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Prompted by an earlier thread, I thought I'd post this link to the entire Workshop Practice Series. I've already ordered a couple myself. Available cheaper at other outlets 🙂

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Home foundery...cast your own canon

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justin ball said
Home foundery...cast your own canon  

New crank cases?

What's 7/16 in mm again?

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SpacedMarine said

New crank cases?  

 

I think we have enough...

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roflroflrofl

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justin ball said
Home foundery...cast your own canon  

That would be Cannon & Ball then, Ratty-Tatty-Ta get-me-coat

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Oh, Frank. VERY good roflroflrofl

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justin ball said
Home foundery...cast your own canon  

There is actually a series of videos on YouTube a chap in America making a smaller copy of an actual civil war cannon, in bronze, amazingly complicated and so much can go wrong, and did! laugh

Mike H --

Murphy's 4th law of motion states that any small object that is accidentally dropped will immediately hide itself under a larger object.

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Field guns have been bronze since 1600 or so. They are 18% lighter than iron cannons, and therefore easier to move with men and horses. They wear out quick though, but you can recast bronze. Iron is good for ships, you have a much larger tonnage you can use. There is a guy called Wiley in Cambridge Maryland (USA) who is a former Vietnam marine and former machinist who casts and bores canon (4 last time) I knew him. You can buy black powder in the sporting section at the city Walmart. Field guns don't count as "real firearms" because they are single shot and you can't conceal it. You could also buy replica flintlockas for $129.88, also not considered a real gun. Wiley used to buy junk cars from the wrecker's yard for $50 and lob shot, chain and bar at it. Had a morning of fun with him.

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WPS books are great little gems of knowledge. Some better then others. All worth a read...I have the full set on a shelf!

Cheers Col

P.S I haven't built a canon yet. But I have started gathering the bits for the Gingery home foundry.

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I've been making lead sling stones, almond shaped, 2 oz. Potato and plaster of Paris.

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Field guns have been bronze since 1600 or so. They are 18% lighter than iron cannons, and therefore easier to move with men and horses. They wear out quick though, but you can recast bronze. Iron is good for ships, you have a much larger tonnage you can use. There is a guy called Wiley in Cambridge Maryland (USA) who is a former Vietnam marine and former machinist who casts and bores canon (4 last time) I knew him. You can buy black powder in the sporting section at the city Walmart. Field guns don't count as "real firearms" because they are single shot and you can't conceal it. You could also buy replica flintlockas for $129.88, also not considered a real gun. Wiley used to buy junk cars from the wrecker's yard for $50 and lob shot, chain and bar at it. Had a morning of fun with him.  

A long time ago as a younger man I came across a very historic Naval Gunnery Trainer facility on the East Coast of Scotland.  From the outside it was just an old timber shed, built very strongly from stout timers and payed with tar. It had some strange hatches, outward opening hatches, ( at first we thought it was an old canteen or NAAFI facility. We could find nobody around who knew anything about and it had obviously attracted no real attention since well before WW2 and possibly earlier.  Once inside it was obvious that it was a replica of a Man-of-Wars gun deck complete with 2 x opening gun ports, places and hooks for all the rammers, sponges and worms etc. The gun tackles and ringbolts, cleats and what was left of the old wooden buckets. It was well painted and looked as though somebody had been maintaining parts of it.  There was some decay and some spiders etc but overall it was in pretty good condition. Sadly the guns themselves were absent but the oak floorboards (deck) were well scored and dug up by the trundling of the guns back and forth and the gunners using handspikes to 'lay' their guns.  

We had to hand it back to the respective authorities and sadly I have heard nothing more about it.  Your piece about old black powder weapons jogged my memory.

There was also a very interesting WW1, steel, machine gun turret half buried in a sandbank, but that's another story.  

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Anything up to 2" counts as a shot gun. Smaller screw guns are therefore shotguns. Grapeshot doesn't HAVE to be 1" shot, you could have a hundred 1/4" shot and wipe out a flock of seagulls in a flash of powder

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