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  1. Canute Rex

    Bullet trap/backstop

    I'll join with AJFedak and others in recommending rubber mulch (shredded tires) in a box. I made a box about 2 feet square on the front and 3 feet long. I put a hinged lid with a piece of tin roofing on it. Filled it with rubber mulch, plus pieces of tire sidewall and floor mat up front. I put...
  2. Canute Rex

    Snaphaunce Musket Build

    One of the cool things about a snaphaunce is that you can see the remaining influence of the wheellock on the mechanism. It still has the horizontal "seesaw" double sear and the sliding pan cover. Elegant job on this one, Ricky.
  3. Canute Rex

    Finnished the 20 guage matchlock today

    Way to go, Matt! I like the lines. Time to start burning some hemp.
  4. Canute Rex

    WANTED LeMat Revolver

    Hey Orin, Look back at Nov 25th in this forum and you'll find one: https://www.muzzleloadingforum.com/threads/le-mat-cavarly.117942/ Best that you buy it so I don't.
  5. Canute Rex

    Flying with a Muzzleloader

    If you value your ML (and I'm sure you do), don't just buy a Master lock from the hardware store. You don't have to be a member of the Ocean's 11 team to pick one of those. There are videos on YouTube (I recommend the Lockpicking Lawyer) of people picking them literally in seconds. A crude...
  6. Canute Rex

    Dealing with mosquitoes

    A few ideas: For unavoidable pools of standing water use Mosquito Dunks or BT pellets. These are freeze dried Bacillus Thuringensis, a bacteria that attacks the digestive systems of mosquito larvae. The dunks look like nasty mini-donuts (so you can stake/tie them in place) and slowly dissolve...
  7. Canute Rex

    Skinner, Morphy, and other auction houses

    Does anybody have any experience, either on the buyer or seller side, with these auction houses? For that matter, any other auction house that deals in historical militaria? Thanks!
  8. Canute Rex

    Matchlocks in the 18th century Americas?

    I can imagine the Algonquins giving them a try and then saying "no way."
  9. Canute Rex

    Matchlocks in the 18th century Americas?

    I have seen a photo of a matchlock from a Canadian museum that had been used by the Regiment Carrignan in the 1660s. Probably only for garrison duty. My understanding is that the native Americans regarded matchlocks as worse than useless and shunned them.
  10. Canute Rex

    When casting lead balls, do you drop them in water to cool......

    I use a rectangle of leftover 1/2" Homasote (cellulose wall board), cut to fit a shallow corrugated cardboard box. I wouldn't want water droplets anywhere near a pot of hot lead. My face isn't an oil painting, but I like it the way it is.
  11. Canute Rex

    Rainproof covers for matchlocks outside Japan?

    My impression from old illustrations is that European matchlock shooters made do with large brimmed hats. That's my solution today. Of course, I tend not to go shooting if there is a steady rain.
  12. Canute Rex

    Aiming a Brown Bess?

    Well done! Where was your point of aim?
  13. Canute Rex

    New Argentine Wheel lock

    Look at the photo and do a parts count. You can't see the hand made bicycle-style chain behind the raised plate. These things are devilish to make and tune. There's a reason everyone went to flintlocks as fast as they could, a few Teutonic aristocrats excepted. A thousand bucks for a decent...
  14. Canute Rex

    Aiming a Brown Bess?

    A couple of things on Brown Bess accuracy. I have seen racks of original Besses in various British museums, including the Tower of London. Invariably they have two features: 1) The muzzle is worn oval, generally top to bottom. 2) The button on the ramrod is barely a swell in the end of the rod...
  15. Canute Rex

    Venetian cannon

    Yes indeed! Lots of ancient fortifications. Although, in Greece everything is soooo ancient that something from 1685 is considered to be from the "Modern" period. I recommend going to Greece in late September to mid October. 72F and sunny every day, and almost no other tourists. By the way...
  16. Canute Rex

    Venetian cannon

    I was looking through some old photos from a trip to Greece and found a few photos of a really spectacular 17th century Venetian bronze cannon. For your enjoyment (click on the thumbnails) Note the lion of St. Mark. " 1685 Marc Antonio & Nicolo DiConti Fonditori Publico D'Artigliarie"...
  17. Canute Rex

    New Wheellock

    Hi Feltwad, Nice work! I use iron pyrite that I got from eBay. Be forewarned: It all comes from China, and they always exaggerate the size. If they say 8-10mm the cubes will be 6-8mm; 10-12mm will be 8-10mm, and so on. You'll see polished looking perfect golden cubes of pyrite from Spain, but...
  18. Canute Rex

    New Wheellock

    cw1873, that seems to be an attachment point for a sling. It comes out from the stock in a curve and has a rectangular slot in the end.
  19. Canute Rex

    New Wheellock

    At some point when it is a bit warmer (-5F in central Vermont right now, teens during the day) I'll do a video on the care and feeding of this wheellock. Share the joy - that's what it's all about, right?
  20. Canute Rex

    New Wheellock

    Feamir, those are the barrel pins. A great copy of the original decorative scheme. Slight mystery: The original has *four* barrel pins, and the rearmost one has what looks like a screw rather than a pin. In the left hand view you might notice that the original also has a sling attachment. It...
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