Actually, if a thorough examination were to be done, I believe that it would be found that the cage would have been filled with charcoal and wrapped with some form of burlap, then dripped in either pitch or tar. Flames would flare up from the charcoal in flight, the tar or pitch would ensure that the flames would not extinguish on impact, with a solid structure, and the cage would collapse spewing the flaming material in a wide dispersal pattern.ricky said:Hello all. I can Post a bit of a lengthy explaination of cannon/gonne arrows as they were used in Europe, should anyone like to read it. Let me know. Meantime: Original Gonne Arrow....
GBG said:After seeing what heavy compounds and crossbows can do, I've also wondered about combining the lethal efficiency of a razor sharp broadhead with the higher energy from small charges of BP.
Note: non-vented broadheads on short arrows at high (300+fps) speeds can windplane and fly wildly off target. Be very careful in a remote location if you experiment.
now i want a gonne even more!GBG said:Matt, here's an old thread, there may be more but I only remembered this one. http://www.muzzleloadingforum.com/fusionbb/showtopic.php?tid/192749/
Claypipe, my 200# compound xbow is a little scary to cock and load. Don't think I'd have the courage to try a ballista but I'd love to see one shoot.