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  Topic: Frizzen Life
Rod L

Replies: 14
Views: 21735

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:42 pm   Subject: Frizzen Life
A frizzen of properly hardened high carbon steel should last nearly the life of the gun. Be aware, however, that some frizzens---especially on cheaper locks---may have been only casehardened. Caseha ...
  Topic: Another fowler question...rear sights
Rod L

Replies: 12
Views: 15351

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:17 pm   Subject: Another fowler question...rear sights
Depending on where you are and what is appropriate for your gun, a rear sight may be OK. I'd say at least one quarter of the fusils in the Museum of the Fur Trade have had rear sights added to them. ...
  Topic: .58 caliber balls in 20 ga fowler?
Rod L

Replies: 28
Views: 30394

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:09 pm   Subject: .58 caliber balls in 20 ga fowler?
I've found with my NW gun that the closer my ball fits the bore, the better it will shoot. It's a 24 bore/.58 cal., I initially tried some .562 balls, but was not impressed with the accuracy, or rath ...
  Topic: Charred wood
Rod L

Replies: 23
Views: 21378

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:20 pm   Subject: Charred wood
I wouldn't fault you for it, Paul. It's just a time and place specific thing, like everything we do. I actually carry a bit of charcloth in my kit, too, but I've found that I can light the charred w ...
  Topic: Volume 18 Number 6 (Dec/Jan 2011/12)
Rod L

Replies: 2
Views: 8285

PostForum: MUZZLELOADER / On The Trail   Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:59 pm   Subject: Volume 18 Number 6 (Dec/Jan 2011/12)
Arrived on the Upper Missouri---another fine issue!

Rod
  Topic: Charred wood
Rod L

Replies: 23
Views: 21378

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:21 pm   Subject: Charred wood
It works---I'll take pieces of punky wood, stick one end in the fire and get it lit well, then drop it in my tinderbox. Shut the lid and it'll smother out and char. This leaves one end of the piece ...
  Topic: oilcloth materials...
Rod L

Replies: 3
Views: 4962

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:31 pm   Subject: oilcloth materials...
Hemp canvas----aka 'Russia sheeting'----is very tough. I can tear a piece of regular cotton canvas, no way can I do the same with hemp.

Rod
  Topic: Wool Blankets???
Rod L

Replies: 46
Views: 74022

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:53 pm   Subject: Wool Blankets???
Eric---I'd agree that a plain white blanket would be very appropriate. As an aside, you mentioned the candy stripe blankets being fur trade era---actually, they come in pretty late. Here's a couple ...
  Topic: Proper Tin Plate
Rod L

Replies: 3
Views: 4501

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:43 pm   Subject: Proper Tin Plate
Ask these guys where they get theirs--or they may sell you some of their raw materials.

http://www.hotdiptin.com/
http://cunninghamtinner.com/
http://www.cg-tinsmith.com/


Rod
  Topic: Sunglasses?
Rod L

Replies: 14
Views: 14148

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:11 pm   Subject: Sunglasses?
My Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly arrived today----the entire issue is devoted to period optics. Magnifying lenses, burning glasses (same thing), spectacles (including tinted lenses), goggles, fie ...
  Topic: Fort Union Rendezvous
Rod L

Replies: 2
Views: 3813

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:26 pm   Subject: Fort Union Rendezvous
High---it looks like a steamboat could actually dock below the fort right now. Usually there's a couple hundred yards of willow bar to cross to get to the main channel, but the water's right below th ...
  Topic: Fort Union Rendezvous
Rod L

Replies: 2
Views: 3813

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:23 am   Subject: Fort Union Rendezvous
Just a reminder that the annual Ft. Union Rendezvous is coming up, June 16-19. We usually have a great lineup of presentations, and this year is no exception---our feature headliner is John Curry. The ...
  Topic: Express Blue
Rod L

Replies: 5
Views: 7098

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:15 pm   Subject: Express Blue
You're looking for Mark Lee Express Blue--express blue being a brand name. Brownell's or most any other gunsmithing outfit will carry it:

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=8795/Product/EXPRESS_BL ...
  Topic: I need some brains!
Rod L

Replies: 18
Views: 19977

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:03 pm   Subject: I need some brains!
Due to BSE, none of the inspected packing plants (which process for resale) can give you cattle brains---can't sell them, can't even give them away, the brain and spinal cord material must be destroye ...
  Topic: Can Anyone Help Me with This??
Rod L

Replies: 4
Views: 5361

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:03 pm   Subject: Can Anyone Help Me with This??
Dismount the barrels, and take a look at the proofmarks on the bottoms. If it's really English, one of the proofs will be crossed scepters with a crown on top and a capital letter V below. If you se ...
 
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