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    Turning a Pedersoli Bess into a Dublin Castle Short Land Musket

    I thought that might have been a "blobby" side plate, but wasn't sure because sometimes my repaired eyeballs play tricks with me on pics. What I did notice was that rather deep curved upward dip in the stock behind the rear of the tang. Wasn't sure if that was done to cover a chipped out...
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    Barrel Harmonics or Technique?

    MOST International ML Shooters, who actually win or at least do very well in that competition, weigh every load and put them in individual glass or plastic vials for each shot, before coming to shoot. Of course, since I mostly competed in primitive matches, that wasn't allowed there. Gus
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    Full length bedding

    That's true, but International Muzzle Loading regulations forbid anything other than period bedding. So, they allow hide glue and wood shims. Gus
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    Barrel Harmonics or Technique?

    Travis, Because of barrel harmonics in every barrel, as dave951 already mentioned, there are actually TWO best accuracy loads for each rifle. Now many, if not most folks may not know that unless they target shoot a lot and instead just go for a deer load and shoot everything with that. In...
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    Shot Bag

    And yet ANOTHER reason to have a good Lady! Gus
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    Shot Bag

    Beans and Rice a la Vinegaroon? 😉 Gus
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    Shot Bag

    Thank you, that's another great tip. I can see it now. The Lady says she is going to make pork chops, greens and rice and beans for supper. You wince. Then she asks, "What happened to all the rice?" Your reply, "Well, Honey, you see I needed the rice for this pouch I'm...
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    Shot Bag

    Wow. This time you have taken one of the most basic of all designs and elevated it three or four times over. Ok, ok, I just have to ask. Did you wet form it with shot/sand/something else or perhaps just used an oversize front - to make it fill out that way? Gus
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    Baldrick/crossbelt for a higlander officer

    In between marriages, I collected 18th and 19th century swords years ago. I know exactly what you mean about ridiculously curved blades. Besides some European examples, I've handled Nathan Starr blades made that way and just shook my head and asked, "Why bother?" With respect, I carried my...
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    I went to a car boot sale…

    LOL. No, the car boot in England is the car's trunk to us. Gus
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    Turning a Pedersoli Bess into a Dublin Castle Short Land Musket

    Hi Dave, Not sure if you have the following pics? Gus
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    Baldrick/crossbelt for a higlander officer

    Coinneach, Sorry I missed this post earlier and a question you had, so I'll try to rectify both in this post. You asked: "I wasnt aware of that, but what era would that be, Napoleonic or F&I war? Considering that the Light Infantry werent issued with the 1796 pattern Cavalry sword in the F&I...
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    millita hanger

    Oops, here's an Iron Guard sword I missed adding earlier. This one definitely was made of drawn out or plate Iron. Here's another brass guard that could be made from brass plate/flat stock, but would definitely take time to drill/cut/file out the slots. Sword of a Massachusetts Minute Man...
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    millita hanger

    I bought a separate sword blade at Friendship in the late 70's, that had never been mounted. It was double edged and sort of a flat topped curve on both sides. However, it was too short to be a crusader sword and it was heavily pitted all over the surface. Now since it was only $ 8.00, I...
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    Original British Percussion Caps, dated December 1858

    The British were MUCH more realistic about the number of rifle musket caps to cartridges issued. During the UnCivil War here, they issued 10 cartridges wrapped in paper which contained a smaller paper wrapping of only 11 caps near one end of the cartridges. Here is what the paper tube for the...
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    Witnessed Unsafe Behaviors

    FWIW, I have forgotten how many ranges I've been all over the US and I've never seen a firing line that allowed the shooters to smoke, even with modern guns. Heck, even when I am all alone on a modern range, I step well away and far behind the firing line to smoke. Gus
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    Witnessed Unsafe Behaviors

    Yeah, I bet. I spent a LOT of time as an Armorer on standard familiarization firing and re-qualification firing of rifles and pistols as well as LOADS of time as a NM Armorer, Block Official, Range Officer and even a few times as a Match Director. One time I was the Range Officer when we fired...
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    millita hanger

    Oh, though this is a Cutlass Blade and Guard, it shows what can be done with using Iron/Steel plate. Gus
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    millita hanger

    Exactly what are the problems you refer to? Gus
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    millita hanger

    OK, first some simple Iron/Steel Guards: One of the simpler ones to make, though it would take some time drilling/cutting out and filing the open spaces in the guard: "H" marked Cavalry Sabre – Works – The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (history.org) Similar: The Charleston Museum | News and...
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