How do you fill the powder horn?

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    Sparkitoff

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    With a horn that has a "cork" stopper, how do you fill it? I am thinking of using a small funnel of some sort. How much powder do you put it in? Any tips on pouring it? Thanks
     
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    Carbon 6

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    I use my brass flask to fill my horns.
     
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    I grab my horn in the web of my hand between the thumb and forefinger, closing up the gaps around the spout and pouring into the funnel made by the finger and thumb. Not too fast but it works ok and no extra stuff needed.
     
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    I use a powder flask. When filling a measure, I hold it with the spout up, the other end lower and curving down, tipping the end up to pour. This makes it easier for me to control the rate of flow out of the horn.
     
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    Exactly how I do it.
     
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    Tom A Hawk

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    If the spout of the horn has a large enough diameter, I stick the horn into the powder can, tip both up and place my ear against the can. I can hear when the flow stops and know the horn is full. Then tip both back down before separating.
     
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    I use a small funnel. I hold the tip of the funnel to the opening of the horn much the same way as Treestalker describes holding his horn. I pour into the funnel very slowly, not letting the powder back up into the funnel (seems to work best if funnel and horn are held at a slight angle) to prevent the powder "bridging" and stopping the flow into the horn. The horn I am currently using has a few spots thin enough and light enough in color that I can hold it to a bright light and see the shadow of the powder level inside. I don't fill it quite full. I end up with just short of a pound of powder.
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    Just short of full.
     
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    On most of my horns, the plug in the base can be unscrewed and I have a large opening to insert a funnel to pour powder from the can to the horn. I do have a couple of small priming horns that I have to use a small funnel in the tip to transfer powder from the can to the horn. You can see the base plugs in the photo. Even the small priming horn has a base plug that unscrews.

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    I have, on more than one occasion, used my hand or fingers to make a funnel at the spout or base to make a funnel. I have also made a funnel from a sheet of paper. The paper has the advantage of being adjustable to the hole in the spout.
     
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    I use a small brass funnel picked up at a shoot many years ago. I fill until the horn won't accept anymore.
     
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    Some years back I was in the doctors office and noticed a bunch of small funnels that are used on an "otoscope" (spelling) that light he sticks in your ear and nose. I took a couple of the largest ones, after asking the doc, and they have worked for me.
     
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    I have made several pouring caps from old can caps. Just punch/drill a 3/8 hole in the middle, cut the end off of a .30 cal casing, and push it through the hole you drilled from the inside. Instant pour spout. Costs nothing.
     
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    +1 for Bud in Pa. I have a couple of those black funnels from the MD office; the only way to fill my priming horns with small openings.

    My main horns I fill with the same type funnel used in modern reloading; fits over the opening snugly while I pour from the can.

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    I’m with the guys who use their thumb and first finger to make a funnel in the web between the two. It is one of the few things I haven’t misplaced at one time or another.
     
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    use a brass flask for one horn and the other one i have i use a small funnel and unscrew the base in the plug .
     
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    I made a funnel from a used .243 Winchester round. I cut the head off with a tubing cutter, then flared the cut end. I drilled a hole, the size of the shaft, in an old powder can lid. I inserted the shell through the hole and soldered it in place. The end of the casing is approximately 1/4" or the size of the opening in my horns. I screw my cap on a can of powder, fill the horn(s) then replace the cap with the one that came on the can. Keep yer powder dry...…….robin
     
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    I bought a 39 cent funnel at the dollar store.... (but only paid 42 cents for it... (Tax)
     
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    Pour when ready.
    If you do it over a piece of paper you wont loose a grain.
     
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    You can also role up a piece of paper into a funnel.
     
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    forever I've been filling my powder flasks with the coleman lantern gas funnel. just took the felt filter out and it's one fine funnel. I ran a die down the outside of the stem to match the flasks threads.
     
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    I have a little brass funnel. Before that (for decades) I just rolled a piece of paper into a cone shape leaving a little opening at the tip.
     

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