There's other methods of clearing spiked barrels that have been dry balled, as well.. :grey:To unspike a piece.-- If the spike is not screwed in or clinched, and the bore is not impeded, put a charge of powder of one third the weight of the shot and ram junk wads over it with a handspike, laying on the bottom of the bore a strip of wood with a groove on the under side, containing a strand of quick match, by which fire is communicated to the charge; in a bronze gun, take out some of the metal at the upper oriface of the vent and pour sulphuric acid into the groove for some hours before firing. If this method, several times repeated, is not successful, unscrew the vent piece if it be a bronze gun, and if an iron one, drill out the spike, or drill a new vent.
I surely am, ("Squire Robin" isn't actually my real name) ::Does this imply that YOU are the winning bidder?
I had a good long chat with the seller, apparently his father painted the carriages gray but most of the paint has flaked off. This is probably lucky because paint doesn't do anything to preserve wood. There is an old photo of his grandfather sitting astride one and he says he will send me a copy along with a short history of them.it looks like all the hardware is in pretty good shape it shouldn't be too hard to re build the carrages.
I can believe that. If I had to 'splain to THE ADMIRAL that I had just "won" the privilege of spending 3,600 pounds (which is like a gozillion dollars) the beating would hardly have started. And it wouldn't be my heart. :haha:I had watched it for the last 15 minutes solid and my heart was beating fast when I finally switched to my bidding window and counted down those last few seconds.
I still can't hardly believe I won, it all seems too good to be true :thumbsup: