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Anyone have a cannon?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by jordanvraptor, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering if anyone out there has or has owned a black powder muzzle loading cannon. Full scale, 1/2 scale, 1/4 scale or homemade. Just wondering how spendy they are to fire, what kind of powder charges you used, etc. I've had a couple black powder pistols but other than that don't know much about the old school guns.
     
  2. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have friends with a couple different types

    one had a 8lb bowling ball motar. That took up to 1/4lb of powder to fire and of course a 8lb bowling ball (most were reusable)

    Another friend has a 1.875" bore Mountain Howitzer (breach loading rifled barrel) and it fired either a 1.875"D lead ball or a large pill bottle full of shot (he used .50 cal ead balls) and about an ounce of powder I think. This gun was scarry accurate he could from a cold bore setup and hit a basket ball sized target at 200 yards on the first shot.

    YOU should be able to do some googling and find a Civil War recreator group close by that has an artilery unit.
     
  3. Markjz

    Markjz Longview, WA Member

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    so about how much does it cost each time he fires it?
     
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    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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  5. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Black powder is about $18.00 a pound locally Lead is about 1.50 a lb locally I'm sure you can do the math As to the Bowling balls well I guess that depends on which garage sale you would get them at.

    Every different size of cannon is going to cost different based on the powder load and what you send down range.

    if your shooting 6 oz tomato paste can full of cement its going to cost less then a soild lead round ball or Maxi ball. etc.
     
  6. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Dixie Gun Works used to be a great source of cannon stuff, and the catalog had a wealth of narrative info about cannons. Don't know if that is still the case, as my catalog is older.
     
  7. old_heli_logger

    old_heli_logger Hillsboro, Oregon Member

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    Hahahaaaaa! Johnny D!!
     
  8. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I thought that was funny once.


    Once... :)
     
  9. Russianfist

    Russianfist Sweet home, Oregon Active Member

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    I built one out of a 6 inch dia. diesel exhaust pipe and scrap steel. It fired solid rubber balls like the kind you find at batting cages. It was pretty cool. I might build another one someday.