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I am no horn maker, but I like to try my hand at such things from the day to find our first-hand what problems are involved, to experience a little of what the old boys did and to be familiar enough with the job to understand what's being said when real horn makers are talking about it. I made one horn, enjoyed it, and have carried it many a mile in the last thirty or so years. I did try one thing I had heard discussed, scraped it thin enough to check how much powder is in it against the light. Butt plug sealed in with beeswax and pinned with honey locust thorns, no glue.

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I've only ever made one horn, but I salvaged an old original which gave me even more pleasure.

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The pine butt plug is fastened in with square nails.
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The butt plug and the end of the horn itself seem to have just been whittled out with a knife. From the old hole in the butt plug I suppose there was originally a way to attach a strap of some sort?
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I just gave the butt plug and the plug-horn joint a coat of beeswax to seal the leaks, made a plug for the spout and took the old horn hunting. It's fun to carry in my shot pouch as a day horn.
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I can't wait to see your possibles bag and whatever you're shooting
Cap, this is the bag. One of the fun things for me is researching, and finding things, even if they aren't directly related to what I'm looking for. This is a German coat of arms for my last name, which is of Saxon derivation and fairly common in England. I figure he was probably a mercenary and when they rang the bell he would arrive with his company of archers, earning him a place at the table, so I shamelessly stole it, hah!
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I'm still gathering parts for the Jagdgewehr.
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View attachment 47518I’m almost embarrassed to post this picture as many of you are so good at making horns, but with the exception of buying a couple of raw horns already polished, I’ve made them all, As you can tell. Some I made while in high school 45+ years ago. I grew up ranching and after branding and de-horning, I was never for want of a horn to work with.
it looks like they have multiplied?? you gotta keep EM apart?.
 

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Cap, this is the bag. One of the fun things for me is researching, and finding things, even if they aren't directly related to what I'm looking for. This is a German coat of arms for my last name, which is of Saxon derivation and fairly common in England. I figure he was probably a mercenary and when they rang the bell he would arrive with his company of archers, earning him a place at the table, so I shamelessly stole it, hah!
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I'm still gathering parts for the Jagdgewehr.
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I'd wear that gear to church! Lol. I got a buddy on YouTube in germany whose been building guns from scratch. You gotta go see the stuff he's building. He'd love that horn and bag.
His youtube page is called "home made history"
 

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Here's mine. Carved it about 30 years ago, Glass plug at the big end. The primer has my Grandfather's pocket compass inset for a plug.
WOW!!I like the OAK LEAVES & ACCORNS on it!!
 
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I thought about buying a pair of longhorn cattle horns, to make powder and shot horns from.
Yeah, they'd be big. And bulky. And cumbersome.
But, they'd hold a bunch of powder and shot for a day of shotgun shooting.
 
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Question for you folks that make the horns with maps scrimshawed on them. Where did you come up with the maps to duplicate ?
I make most of my own equipment horns included, but to answer your question I commissioned a horn from a master Horner that I wanted a map of the area around Ft. Loudon Pa. I went to the local historian at a place called the Conocheauge Institute near my home, they have a library there with original documents and maps of the area I was interested in, for the price of copies I acquired the needed maps. Try the local libraries most have historical sections, also on line is a good place to look and study pictures of original map horns. The information is there you just have to look a bit, for me this is part of the journey. The other thing you could do is take a new map of the area and create your own map from that a map, from the U.S. geological survey (topo maps)would be a good start.
 
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