Black powder cannon alternatives

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  1. Oct 21, 2019 #1

    S/V Nessa Skipper

    S/V Nessa Skipper

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    Looking for suggestions from the members. As a defense cannon against high-seas pirates , which of the two cannons would you prefer?

    1): two and a half pounder muzzle loader smooth bore 60mm bore ID, firing solid lead shot or buckshot or canister, or

    2): 20 mm rifled muzzle loader made from surplus Vulcan aircraft cannon barrel? This one shoots military surplus solid 20mm projectiles.
     
  2. Oct 21, 2019 #2

    Heelerau

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    You might be best firing grape and cannister rounds.
     
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    S/V Nessa Skipper

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    Thanks. Then I guess the best gun would be the 2.5 pounder, rather than the Vulcan?
     
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    tenngun

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    I dont understand the question. Today a Vulcan will sure chase pirates away. I don’t know how much of a steel hull it would take to stop a light cannonball.
    O the other hand Vulcans and steel hulls were both rare during the great age of piracy. I would think a two or better yet a four pounder would serve better back then then a yet to be invented Vulcan.
     
  5. Oct 21, 2019 #5

    S/V Nessa Skipper

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    Guess I’ll go with the Vulcan then. Solid steel Vulcan projectiles wil SURELY have much greater penetration power than the 2.5 pound lead shot. I can still load her up with 00 buckshot for anti-personnel use. How much shot would you figure? 1/2 to 1 pound?
     
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    This is off-topic, but can anyone share a link for posting to general merchandise for sale forum? I want to sell the wooden pattern I made for the two and a half pounder, and/or the guns themselves in sand-cast AlMag bronze. But I cannot see how to post the ads
     
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    . Here’s a scale drawing: 1/4”=3” scale
     

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