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Offline Uncle Bob (he ain’t right)

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black powder cannons anyone?
« on: June 17, 2009, 04:57:39 PM »
Anyone else like black powder cannons? Not too much good for anything other than a long range signal or a short range car can opener.

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2009, 05:06:09 PM »
LOL
When I was a kid my older brother and my brother-in-law (worked in a machine shop) made a home made black powder cannon!
It was a hoot!
Unfortunately A leads to B
They packed it with smokeless to see what it could do.
It could blow itself to smithereens, that's what it could do.
Fortunately no one was hurt but the side of the barn took a heck of a shrapnel hit.

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2009, 05:25:12 PM »
A friend of the family has one he is selling. The thought of buying it from him crossed my mind until I found out what the asking price is.  :o

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2009, 05:42:45 PM »
Go on to youtube and look for the bowling ball mortar.  That's some fun.

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2009, 06:05:13 PM »
Go on to youtube and look for the bowling ball mortar.  That's some fun.


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Americans have way too much time on their hands!
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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2009, 08:16:29 PM »
When I was a kid I used to work at Boy Scout camp at the rifle range. Every morning we would raise the flag, play taps and then fire the cannon. Sometimes I got to do it and load it too.  It was a lot of fun.  Just make sure you know what you are doing before you do it.


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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2009, 08:37:55 AM »
Some guy was selling small ones, about 18 inches long and I would guess about a 1 inch bore at the last gun show.  Been kicking myself for not buying one. 

I should get one and mount it to the front of my jonboat as a joke, of course Jonlaw would probably not get the joke,   ::)

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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2009, 04:13:21 PM »
Some guy was selling small ones, about 18 inches long and I would guess about a 1 inch bore at the last gun show.  Been kicking myself for not buying one. 

I should get one and mount it to the front of my jonboat as a joke, of course Jonlaw would probably not get the joke,   ::)
Then you'd have to start talking like a pirate.
Arg.

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2009, 03:24:09 PM »
I'll take two ;D

I have been pondering the fabrication of such a device for some time.

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2009, 04:11:39 PM »

I have been pondering the fabrication of such a device for some time.


Be super careful.  A kid in my area was killed when a cannon grandpa built blew up.  Grandpa has to live with that for the rest of his life.

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2009, 06:35:43 AM »
Be super careful.  A kid in my area was killed when a cannon grandpa built blew up.  Grandpa has to live with that for the rest of his life.

Safety is the main reason I had mine machined from solid bar. I own the tools to build one but I wanted one built by a experienced company.

http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:4rBin7vEknoJ:www.brasswithclass.com/contact.php+canadian+cannon&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2009, 10:21:58 PM »
I would love to have one. I keep eyeballing the 2 Napoleons sitting at the Courthouse, but I dont think the office across the street would appreciate it much if I fired them off.

Speaking of accidents, we had a good one here on the 4th of July. Someone made a homemade cannon, packed it full of wadding, and then fired it as his girlfriend walked by it. Took a good bit of her face off, but I think she is alive still. Havent heard much lately. Be careful out there.
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« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2009, 03:52:01 PM »
Be super careful.  A kid in my area was killed when a cannon grandpa built blew up.  Grandpa has to live with that for the rest of his life.

Yep, part of the reason I have not attempted anything yet.  Same goes with my ultralight helicopter

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2009, 05:03:41 PM »
Black powder cannon on an ultralight helicopter?

Why didn't I think of that?!!!

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2009, 05:10:15 PM »
black powder

brake fluid

granular chlorine


don't try this at home

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2009, 07:43:57 PM »
My boss has one we fire off at his BBQ's.  Ball bearings work great with a bit of wad!

Boss at a former place of employment (sensing a strange trend) had one two, but had trouble finding ball ammo.  Made an awesome flame tongue when loaded with diesel soaked straw!

Did see an acetylene fueled one in drain pipe triggered by tractor magneto that shot bowling balls.  They couldn't find the first one until they walked farther.  Went 3/4 mile in air and bounced another 1/8th.
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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2009, 07:56:08 PM »
Sorry to be a downer, but everyone should realize that TSP is not suggesting that anyone try some of these cannon ideas.

You proceed at your own risk.  If you read a crazy idea on this forum, it's up to you to realize it's crazy and not do something stupid.

Remember: the most common last words are "Hey, watch this." 

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2009, 09:34:46 PM »
Remember: the most common last words are "Hey, watch this." 

LOL!!!!!   :D  I can so believe that (as I picture some of the antics my brother and his friends pulled as kids... and things my BILs do now as adults.  maybe it's a boy thing. :P

oh dear!  I have 2!!!!!!!  :o

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2009, 09:37:57 PM »
...maybe it's a boy thing. :P

oh dear!  I have 2!!!!!!!  :o
It is. I grew up with four brothers and I have four sons. It is. Most make it okay.

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2009, 11:22:09 AM »
Me and the hubby work at the local renaissance festival...

He's on the cannon crew!  Every morning and evening of the festival, they fire the cannon (yes, black powder).  They had the previous cannon examined (scanned), and found out they were lucky it had not exploded.  The cast immediately started a fund to get a new cannon.

Their prime goal is to see how many car alarms they can set off with each firing... yes, indeed, it's a boy thing.

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #22 on: December 25, 2009, 02:15:40 PM »
This is funny,  I would love to live in this neighborhood, listen to the gunfire at the last few seconds of the video during the shirtless man interview.

Man fires cannon at neighbors house
http://www.wpxi.com/news/20711772/detail.html

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« Reply #23 on: December 25, 2009, 03:48:30 PM »
If it was my house, he'd be lucky. Make the repairs and bring over a six pack and let ME shoot the cannon... :p

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2009, 12:45:34 PM »
If you want to check out a neat place where you can buy cannons and cannon parts, check out the black powder guys at www.dixiegunworks.com.  That is where I buy all of my black powder supplies.  Don't have a cannon, unless you consider a .58 caliber Mississippi rifle a cannon.
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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2009, 01:08:10 PM »
I second Dixie as being a good source for cannons and muzzleloading stuff, but I like to get my powder thru Powder Inc, in Arkansas. I buy it by the 25# lot, and they really discount it and also include the hazmat and shipping fees in the price.

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #26 on: February 04, 2010, 10:54:48 AM »
Some guy was selling small ones, about 18 inches long and I would guess about a 1 inch bore at the last gun show.  Been kicking myself for not buying one. 

I should get one and mount it to the front of my jonboat as a joke, of course Jonlaw would probably not get the joke,   ::)

Better yet - get something specifically designed for that purpose - back in the day, (I am going to say Sears, but could be wrong) sold a 4ga shotgun that mounted to the front of a john boat for mass duck hunting. You could also get a 6ga, but why be a wuss.

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #27 on: March 02, 2010, 09:21:49 PM »
LOL
When I was a kid my older brother and my brother-in-law (worked in a machine shop) made a home made black powder cannon!
It was a hoot!
Unfortunately A leads to B
They packed it with smokeless to see what it could do.
It could blow itself to smithereens, that's what it could do.
Fortunately no one was hurt but the side of the barn took a heck of a shrapnel hit.

I had one go with just over loading it. Luckily it had a long fuse and I was 50 yards away. It made a beautiful mushroom cloud and I never found most of it.

That's good advice, don't be near the first several times you try a homemade cannon.

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #28 on: March 02, 2010, 09:30:49 PM »
Heck, even some of the real cannons didnt last too long. In our town, they used to use one on the 4th of July back in the day (1880s or so). They let it off, and only found a few pieces scattered around downtown. I think it was an old Napolean from the Civil War.

That said, I still want one. Be great sitting on the front porch, cannon next to me, gangbangers driving by............ :o

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Re: black powder cannons anyone?
« Reply #29 on: March 02, 2010, 09:43:33 PM »
Better yet - get something specifically designed for that purpose - back in the day, (I am going to say Sears, but could be wrong) sold a 4ga shotgun that mounted to the front of a john boat for mass duck hunting. You could also get a 6ga, but why be a wuss.

That be a punt gun.

http://www.weaponsblog.org/entry/the-punt-gun-is-worlds-largest-shotgun/