90 grain power measure antler

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Been wanting to find an antler shed to make an antler powder measure like the old guys used when they squirrel hunted. They shot around 60 grains so didn't take a very large antler. I found a shed today that I believe will be large enough in diameter for 90 grains. Will post a finished product later today I hope.
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That's some vicious squirrels if you need 90 grains (or even 60) of powder to dispatch them. I find 25 grains more than enough for squirrels where I hunt.
 

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That has been over 30 years ago. I really have no Idea exactly how much they were shooting. They are who got me interested in muzzleloader hunting/shooting. I know I had a 50 grain one that was brass that one of them gave me. The point I was making is I needed a large in diameter antler for 90 grains. But, I was always told to shoot right above the squirrels head and "Bark it" so the impact on the tree kills it. But I was shooting a .50Cal the only gun I had. All of them have passed away now so I can't ask them now. I'm using it for deer not squirrel.
 

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Thank you FishDfry. I am off today so was a fun quick project. The hard part was drilling down a curved antler. But the curve gives it a better fit in the hand.
 

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Just MHO, but from the looks of that pouring spout, you're gonna spill more than you get in the barrel.
 

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Already poured a dozen shots, I filed a pour grove on the bottom. It pours right in, no problem at all.
 

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Thank you FishDfry. I am off today so was a fun quick project. The hard part was drilling down a curved antler. But the curve gives it a better fit in the hand.

Most of the sheds I find would be good for a pan primer, 3 grains if lucky.
 

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I put the pour spout on there to act as a back board when pouring from my flask or horn. Also helps to funnel powder into the barrel.
 

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Yours is the first one I have seen with a pour spout, I like the idea.

On the Possibles Shop site they have loading blocks made from antler pieces, they are interesting. They are scrimshawed with a small design, kind of like turkey tracks. I had to buy one, well made and takes up very little room in a bag.
 

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I would like to scrimshaw it a little, but I'm no artist. I at least need to put a 90 on it I guess.
 
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