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hellbilly075
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:34 pm    Post subject: Loading blocks Reply with quote

Howdy All, Does anyone have any pics of 18th century loading blocks? Thanks everyone...Eric
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They did not exist prior to the 1830's or so. The one block that was featured in an article in either ML or MB as being a 1767 dated piece, when examined closely was, from my understanding, made from not very old wood, stained with circa 1950's wood stain, and then aged in 10W-30.....

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What he ^ said.

And to add, there is no written documentation, nor are there any images depicting such in the 18th century.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree! Seem's like an obviouse accouterment to our modern thinking,but nowhere is it even hinted at in contemerary writng's of the time's.

I used one when hunting once,and have found it more of a PITA than a conveniance. More crap hanging off the strap to get hung up on. I even use a "Day" horn inside the bag when small game hunting.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:49 pm    Post subject: Loading blocks Reply with quote

Thanks Everyone, I was looking for a way to make a quick follow up shot but after posting this I remembered that MAB had some some ideas in his book PJ Vol.II. I appreciate it, Its one less piece of gear gotta mess with since Im trimming down anyway! Anybody doing any good with he turkeys yet? Eric
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

season in NY isn't till May, can't wait.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use one all the time, and it doesn't have to "hang" from the strap. Mine has an "idiot cord" so I don't lose it like an idiot, but it rides inside my rifle bag, out of sight. It does speed up the reloading process, but since I wait 30 minutes to go find the deer I shot..., it's not a factor.

What I use it for is at living history sites it works great for showing folks the concept of the cloth patch around the bullet, AND..., it also works great for teaching the idea that although it's made from materials available in the 18th century, and with tools available in the 18th century, there isn't any evidence of them, ..., so illustrates that what we think would be a good idea might not necessarily have occurred to folks two centuries ago.

I have several, and got them from Jason. :D

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too tried them in the pouch and short wang off the strap. Made them from Wormy curly maple and Spalted maple,look's really "cool" and they do work OK,just used to doing it the "old" way. Now that I think of it,I may bust 'em out again,they were beautiful! Had one with 6 .760 ball's in it for my .80 Bess,my "Buddy" liked to lift it to "look" at it and let drop,right on the sternum! Good to have freind's!

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