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  1. David Veale

    Poured some lead today.

    From a chemistry perspective, I don't see how beeswax could possibly "draw impurities" out of the lead myself. Does it perhaps dissolve lead oxide in the way that borax dissolves iron oxide scale to prevent bonding issues when forge welding? However, I do see how a layer of beeswax could...
  2. David Veale

    Smoky smell.

    Take this for what it's worth, since I haven't tried it myself, but.... I would try soaking it in denatured alcohol for a day or two, maybe changing the alcohol once as well. Smells will likely be coming from fat soluble compounds as well as water soluble, and alcohol dissolves both quite...
  3. David Veale

    Black walnuts

    I've got one of these I've used for shelling acorns (for which they work amazingly well), but I'm thinking that black walnuts are too tough for them -- have you tried them with black walnuts or only english/carpathian walnuts?
  4. David Veale

    Black walnuts

    The most efficient way to get the husks off of black walnuts is to use a hand-cranked corn sheller, but I only do that when I want to save the nuts themselves. The small cast-iron version designed to clamp to the top of a barrel works great. Seems way easier than running them over with the...
  5. David Veale

    What's the best way to waterproof a Cow's Knee ?

    Here's my .02.... I've used Sno-seal on boots (and just about every other product made for the same purpose) for years as a professional forester and avid mountaineer, hunter, etc. I've since graduated to making my own (mostly because I keep bees and like using our own wax), and here's the...
  6. David Veale

    SOLD 16 gauge jug choked

    Pm sent - interested!
  7. David Veale

    Smoothbore rate of twist?

    it seems to me that there is undoubtedly some spin to a roundball fired from a smoothbore, and that this spin will affect the roundball's trajectory in a more or less random manner that becomes more pronounced with increased range. This is precisely why smoothbores do not have the accuracy of...
  8. David Veale

    Carrying Flintlock Pistols

    This was my take on a holster that could both be carried on my shooting bag strap as well as on a belt. Second photo shows the attachment I came up with. I usually carry it on the strap.
  9. David Veale

    Carrying Flintlock Pistols

    This was my take on a holster. I wanted to be able to carry on the strap of my shooting bag or on a belt. The second photo shows the attachment which handles either situation.
  10. David Veale

    Historical Tarp Colors

    any turpentine should be long since evaporated and would pose no hazard. Beeswax... yeah, some hazard if you apply flame, but fully cured BLO should be relatively safe. Of course, if you're applying direct flame, you're gonna mess up anything. IMHO... learning to be safe around fire is part...
  11. David Veale

    How's the Trekking Scene?

    You're definitely in a better spot in terms of public land. I spent most of my life in Washington, which was similar. Southern MI is decidedly lacking that way!
  12. David Veale

    How's the Trekking Scene?

    I'm guessing your question was directed to Bnewberry, but I'll chime in as well. As for me, I got off on the wrong foot from the get go when I started in with a Beck style pennsylvania rifle adorned with german silver furniture (which wasn't invented until 1834)... so there's plenty of period...
  13. David Veale

    How's the Trekking Scene?

    I'm in SW Michigan - would definitely be up for some trekking if you should make it up this way. Grew up backpacking, skiing, climbing, canoeing and kayaking, but all with nylon and gore-tex. Been making my own gear lately and love it;. It makes for a very different experience!
  14. David Veale


    I'm in SW michigan -- might be interested in an ohio trek if I can swing the drive.
  15. David Veale

    Anyone winter camping?

    That's what happens when the jet stream starts to run north-south instead of east-west. Temps in the arctic right now are as abnormally warm as yours are cool.
  16. David Veale

    Gluten Free

    Regarding "lactose intolerance"... Most of the people who believe they are lactose intolerant are in fact not. They're intolerant of pasteurized/homogenized milk, both processes of which alter the chemical structure (pasteurization destroys much of the nutritional value, and homogenization...
  17. David Veale

    Patriot shoes

    I actually know the guy who made many if not most of the shoes used in this movie -- and he's top notch in terms of making them all by hand and knows their history as well. I actually had him teach me to make a pair of Jefferson bootees. Can't vouch for producers who had Mr. Gibson's family...
  18. David Veale

    Denatured alcohol for MAP

    H2O2 dissolving carbon -- that would make sense, I think. Elemental carbon (which I would guess is one of the products of blackpowder combustion) is decidedly difficult to dissolve! I did notice an orange cast to some patches while cleaning with map after it had set for a few minutes, which...
  19. David Veale

    Denatured alcohol for MAP

    I originally started using MAP at the suggestion of the gunsmith who made my first flintlock... but then thought about it and decided that the soap and peroxide weren't likely to add much to the mixture, and both had the potential to cause damage (soap residues and oxidizing effects of...
  20. David Veale

    WANTED Flintlock pistol

    I believe Sitting Fox muzzleloaders has a horse pistol on their website for 1300 if my memory serves - I've been drooling over that one myself.