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Cannon or Future Yard Art?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Mark W., May 5, 2013.

  1. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    So long story shortened. My Mom is organizing a sale for the Silverton Senior Center. I go down to help sort piles of tools and man toys junk. I end up working for 5 hours. And after buying what I wanted. The ladies asked me if I would take the Cannon!

    CANNON what CANNON

    so they show me this:


    Cannonsideview_zpsbe087a57.jpg
    Cannonmuzzleview_zpsd893115c.jpg

    Thats a 1.8" approx Bore. the bore is 28" long/deep to give you an idea of the scale of the thing.

    Now thats not a very heavy wall on that thing so I assume it was never used with a lot of powder and was mostly used to make noise rather then stop a cavalry charge.

    My question is are there any actual knowledgeable Cannon guys on the site that might be willing to help me check the thing out before using it.

    If it can be cleaned up (honing the bore etc) I'll build some sort of carriage for it and shoot it even if its only a 100 grain charge and light weight projectile.

    If its junk I'll build a cool looking Naval type Swivel gun mount and paint it up with Hammerite and stick it in the front Yard as YARD ART.
     
  2. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yard art.
     
  3. tacticalgunner

    tacticalgunner Wilsonville The Man, The Myth, The Legend Bronze Supporter

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    Yard art, that rusted bore could be hiding some thing, especially if its just a decoration to begin with.
     
  4. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You would have to Magna-Flux it after cleaning up the rust to determine if there where any cracks.
    Does it look like it was cast or turned on a lath?
     
  5. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It was turned on a lathe and has been fired a bunch of times according to the gal who knew its history

    A close look at the bore shows its just surface rust. If I do decide to fire it it would only be with low level charges and after I run a brake cylinder or small engine cylinder hone it until clean. Looking down the bore with a light I see no pits just color.

    but again I'm not going to be the only one looking at it before its fired.

    I been around Black powder firearms for 25 years and seen many home made cannons over the years. So I know to respect the BIG BANG possibilities.
     
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  6. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Great score, I'd love to have something like that!! That has to be some sort of cannon club to help ID it, if not locally then nationally. I'd pull it out of the cradle it's in and look for some sort of ID mark?
     
  7. HandLoad

    HandLoad Gig Harbor Member

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    Looks like it might be made for Pop Cans! Check with a Soda Can!
     
  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    What kind of ignition system does it have?
     
  9. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Touch hole / cannon fuse

    As to it being for Pop cans no way a pop can is approx 2.625" so they are .825" to big
     
  10. gtivan

    gtivan Salem Member

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    I know a guy over in Salem that has belonged to a Civil War Re-enactors group. He is on the cannon squad.

    If he can't assist he would probably know someone who can. email if you want contact information.
     
  11. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Hurry up; 4th of July is right around the corner :thumbup:
     
  12. svtrc51

    svtrc51 Woodland Member

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    Golf Balls!
     
  13. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Thats probably one of those line-throwing cannon. My neighbor has one on his front porch.

    Keith
     
  14. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Greybeard Outdoors has a cannon forum - you might check over there.
     
  15. Rotty

    Rotty Skagit County Active Member

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    I know absolutely nothing about cannons. I am curious though, how heavy is it? It looks pretty stout.
     
  16. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I would guess it weighs about 40lbs two of us picked it up to load it and I took it out of the truck with one hand
     
  17. Kevinkris

    Kevinkris Aloha Well-Known Member

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    i just want to be there when you fire it, awesome score.
     
  18. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I've collected cannons for a lot of years and have everthing from .22 bullet size to beer can size. What you have is what is known on GBO as a "pipe bomb". It positively isn't a line gun, if you want pictures of a real one pm me. Fill the barrel with cement and use it for a yard ornament. Just because someone got away with firing it in the past doesnt mean it's safe. I don't mean to be rude about it, but things like that turn to shrapnel in a heartbeat and people get hurt. I wouldn't be anywhere near that thing if it had powder in it.
     
  19. Kid@Heart

    Kid@Heart Vancouver, USA Cynic Lifetime Supporter Diamond Supporter

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    I don't believe I want to be there. I would like to see the video.

    Distance from the point of operation might be your friend...