Turning on scrimshawed powder horn

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Project by Gar posted 04-18-2010 05:47 AM 3202 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As promised some time ago here is the horn I have been working on all winter. It is scrimshawed in the traditional style. It has a turned elmwood plug, rope border, crossed rifles, ingrailment, brass hardwear and scroll. In the scroll is a quote from Thomas Jefferson ” Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those that do not.” The brass spout is a 90gr fast flow spout. I haven’t antiqued it yet or made the strap. The strap will be made by way of card weaving the oldest form of weaving. I like this one more than any I have made I may not sell it. I know I will for the right money. I’ll just make another one. Thats why I put the 90gr spout on thats what I shoot. This was the whole reason for getting the lathe out and learning how to turn. The only thing is I’m haveing so much fun on the lathe I haven’t done much of anything else.

-- GAR

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#1 posted 04-18-2010 07:16 AM

Nice work. You don’t load directly from the spout on the horn to the barrel do you?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-18-2010 07:17 AM

that is beautiful the end cap is a good mate for the horn

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#3 posted 04-18-2010 04:43 PM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#4 posted 04-18-2010 07:17 PM

That’s a very nice horn!!!

BUT A WORD TO THE WISE: I was taught to never to pour powder directly from the horn (you have the measure mounted on the horn) into the barrel there might be a spark left in the barrel that will explode the charge and the horn, not a good thing.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 04-18-2010 07:26 PM

Daveeeeeee Crockeeeeeet well howdy purdner.Seriously a beautiful Job.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 04-18-2010 10:10 PM

O.k. time to explain I fiqured people would say something about this. It is true you do not pour from the horn on most horns as they only have a plug there may be a spark and you don’t know how much powder you put in. A spark seldom is the cause it is generaly a hot bore.These horns I have made for 30+ yr all have the fast flow spout. I have sold these at many Rendezvous over the years. This spout has a air tight fire proof valve made for this job there by making a barrier between the horn and measure (available from the Possible Shop). The same way as on a black power revolver. On a revolver with out a barrier you will get a chain fire (all rounds at once). To stop this you either use grease or lubed patch. However I tell all customers to swab the bore between shots. The wet patch will put out any sparks or they can use a powder funnel with valve as I do or use paper rounds. A paper round is an old Britsh Brown Bess trick. It is much the same as a speed loader. You measure out the powder on to parchment paper place the patch and ball then roll it up. This is where we get the term round for one shot. Unlike smokeless powder black powder will not blow up if not compressed and confined it burns with a flash fire. However for the inexperienced use every precaution. Me I did explosives in the Army. When in dout take the safest course.

-- GAR

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#7 posted 04-19-2010 02:58 AM

The reason I mentioned it is for anyone who may not know. The so called safe measures will not stop the charge from burning through to the powder in the horn, that has been proven. Unfortunately, I have heard of 2 horns going up in the last 40 years here in Water World, aka, Western WA. One caused severe burns using a measuring spout pouring directly into the barrel. The other was somewhat comical; it went round and round on the leather string around the guy’s body like a rocket until the fuel ran out. No harm done, but he was out of power.

Tests have shown chain fired in percussion revolvers to be from loose caps. They almost always chain fire through the nipples. I know of one guy who had it happen with a 36 Navy, (same pistol Wild Bill Hickok carried.) They were shooting fairly close to the target and were able to track all 4 shots. 2 shots went down the right side of the barrel and landed close to the one that went through the barrel. The 4th shot was in the center of the frame, split the bullet and didn’t damage the firearm.

I also know of one muzzle loading rifle the fired when the load was compressed. Shooter claimed he had swabbed the barrel. Theory was it was compression like a diesel at the time, but could not be reproduced. Who knows?????

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-11-2013 09:53 AM

do you know of anyone in illinois who build powder horns?

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#9 posted 11-03-2013 01:01 AM

-- GaryW, Edgefield SC, Too old to start over, can't remember why...

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