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Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by SlamFire, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. SlamFire

    SlamFire New Member

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    From scratch, odds/ends out of the wood scrapbox, stuff found at the marine/industrial supply, drawn over mandrel 3/4" wall 1" dia. steam tubing.

    Hardest part was cold forging the trunnion caps from 1/8" X 1" width strap steel. Tricky to get them to seat tight on the trunnions.

    500 gr. Fg Goex, six squares of toilet tissue (two ply) . . . shooting blanks, but it does fire a lead ball or C Cell battery, nuts, bolts, nails, rocks . . .

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  2. SlamFire

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    I wondered just exactly how naval cannons were rigged and the purpose of the hardware on the cheeks of the carriage. I question the accuracy of this depiction. Seems unlikely that the gun would be primed by someone holding a "slow match" and a fuse too or that this would be done while another man is loading at the muzzle. But the rigging layout is authentic:

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  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Nice looking gun! Have always liked the British term "Household Artillery". ;)

    Turned a .75 cal Rodman style a few years back- had a 16" length of 2.5 " Phosphor Bronze that was scrap from another project, so thought- why not? Mainly for saluting fire, but would hum a 12 g slug thru a 2x4.

    Did get a grin, tho- walked into a gunshop, bought a length of cannon fuse (used by a lot of makers of illegal fireworks) Fellow customer looked at the fuse, asked "Now, what do you want THAT for?" Looked at him, smiled, and said "I want it for my cannon. What else?"

    Ref: Cold forging the trunnion straps- I cheated. 60 ton arbor press, and a swage block.
     
  4. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

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    Great build!! That made my day. I want one.
     
  5. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    HEHEHEHEHE we built on out of an old Cat D8 Axel. It is one hell of a noise maker.

    yours is much nicer looking that ours.
     
  6. SlamFire

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    I'm known affectionately by my neighbors as, "The nut up on the ridge with the cannon."

    First run was really funky. White oak timbers from John Deer pallets, galvanized fence hardware. First run was for function. We were tired of strapping the tube to a pallet and having the pallet busted to pieces. No trunions, I used gavanized U brackets. Eye rings were "garnish" from naval cannons I'd seen. I had no idea what they were supposed to do.
     

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  7. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Seems like I've seen a pic of that somewhere before.:D