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I've found that veg tan cow, 5 oz for the strap, and 3 oz backed with canvas or mattress ticking for the body of the bag to be durable, light and supple. I've made more than a dozen bags, the first one more than forty years ago and they are all still in use.
 

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I'm going to Branson in October I will definitely stop. Do they have patterns for bags,ball bags etc?
I didn’t see patterns for anything that might be of interest to the muzzle loader enthusiast, but there are free patterns at the Tandy website that cater to our interests. It’s a pdf of a book, I have it downloaded and will look for it or send a link.
I’m a total noob at leather work, and when I visit the SLC store Ellen is the lady that helps me with my questions and search for tools and supplies. The whole staff is friendly and helpful.
 
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Found it....
Go here,


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This brings you to a post of a series of pdf files of a pattern here,
 
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Found it....
Go here,


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This brings you to a post of a series of pdf files of a pattern here,

Thanks for the tip, I didn’t know about that pattern and all the other info filed away there.
 

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This thread has gotten me interested in making a bag for myself. I’ve been building and tooling leather for years…. But mainly western holsters etc. for cowboy action. Just for me or family…. Anyway I don’t see why I couldn’t make a bag. Ok… next project!
 

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So I'm finishing up my Fowler kit and want to build a hunting pouch for it. I have the recreating a hunting pouch book but wondering what leather to get. Thinking of just going with veg tan but not sure how much I'll need and how thick. Any info would be appreciated.
Is this the book you have?
Ken Scott also has a two part DVD that walks through each step - Great for a first timer!.
The book by T.C. Alberto offers several historic samples along with patterns.

My suggestion would be to first think:
1 - What will you carry in it?
I would think a Fowler you might carry more then for a Rifle, depending on how you organize your gear.
2 - Do want inside pockets, no pockets, or perhaps and outside pocket (front side, backside, or both)
3 - Pick your desired style then make your pattern from heavy butcher paper or grocery bags.

Now you can figure how much leather you will need!
Don't undercut yourself, you can always cut down and have scrap but you cant stretch it bigger!
DON'T FORGET TO ALLOW FOR SEAMS!!!

Myself, I went with German tan smoked hide from Crazy Crow, got lucky and the had a 'reject' that had a stiff shoulder area which was Perfect for the back panel. I added two inner pockets, one large and one small.
The front and flap I used Grounghog hair (and tail) on, chose not to use the head. Groundhog is very tough hide.
**Also consider if you are going use a liner (linen, canvas, ticking) as that will also add weight and stiffness so you can go to light weight leather.
I was told using the buckskin would "stretch" and not work, but with the lining and Groundhog front it has served me fine over four years now has not stretched a bit.
 

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My experience with vinegron harness dye was disaster. It destroyed two bags I made of veggie tanned cowhide. Within a couple of years the bags could be torn as easily as wet cardboard.

Also my experience is that we carry more stuff than out ancestors did in a day hunting bag. I find larger bags more useful for trail walks and waterfowling.
 
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