Punt Gun

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  1. Aug 15, 2019 at 4:28 PM #1

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    Just got back from Chincoteague, VA. Did lots while there, including touring the little Chincoteague museum. In the display they had about old market hunting days they had an old punt gun out. must have been 8 feet long, BUT part of the barrel had been reinforced with a section of iron pipe used like a sleeve over the barrel. The threads were still clearly visible. Some of the decoys were fantastic. Apparently one of their really famous decoy carver was in the movie "Misty" His shop is set up next to the museum. Only power tool was a old old bandsaw.
     
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    The museum at ST. Michaels (eastern shore of MD) also has a good market gun display including punt guns.
     
  3. Aug 15, 2019 at 5:33 PM #3

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    I never saw it but heard they had one at Gettysburg 60 years ago. Who knows where it is now. Gettysburg went strictly "Civil War" around the centennial I believe.
     
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    If you go hunting with one, don't forget your step ladder.
     
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    I think the feds and most states limit shotguns to 10 ga. for hunting. I have a 4 bore barrel I have yet to get around to making a stock for. The gun at Chincoteague looked like about a 1.5 inch bore. I don't know what ga description a barrel gets when it is over 1.39 in. (1 ga)
     
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    Here in the UK punt guns were known has tools of the trade punt gunners made a living from these what they did not use to feed the family the surplus was sold at market.
    These people punt gun on the estuary's and the inland marshes known has ings, other guns used for fowling were shoulder gun of which the 2 bore bank gun the largest but most were 4 and 6 bore .
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    :)Well kid, thats ok for hummingbirds, but when are you going to get a real MANs gun?
     
  9. Aug 19, 2019 at 2:32 PM #9

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    Nykname,

    You mentioned a step ladder. (For loading I presume)
    The rammer had a spoon on one end, so the charge could be placed down at the breech, and tipped out . this means the gun didn't need to be upright to load.

    Cheers,
    Richard.
     
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