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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:07 pm    Post subject: loose plug on powderhorn Reply with quote

I have a new powderhorn with a wooden plug, apparently turned on a lathe. My problem is that the horn doesn't grip the plug, so the plug slips out, spilling powder. Twisting the plug harder into the horn seems only to polish the plug, making the situation worse. Is there an effective way to solve the problem? Grateful for your thoughts.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will probably have to make a new plug for the horn. The stopper should have a slight taper to the pin that enters the horn. It woild also help if there was the same slight taper to the entry to the powder horn. Being tapered, the plug as it became more polished would go a little deeper and still fill the spout of the horn.

What material is the plug made of?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:41 am    Post subject: Plug Reply with quote

It is probably best to carve a new plug. It may not be as elegant, but it will work. Alternatively, you might consider rubbing a little bee's wax on the plug. It may make it stick just enough.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drop the plug into melted beeswax. It may swell enough to take up the slack. Alternately, it takes 10 minutes to make a new plug with a piece of wood, a file and sandpaper.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

put the plug you have ibn water to swell it up and then place itin melted beeswax to set the plug.
check the plug fit before beeswaxing it!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just rub the plug across a cake of bees wax a few times and then check fit.
If still too loose you may need to make another (larger) plug.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the suggestions. I rubbed the plug in softened bees wax and it worked like a charm.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:58 pm    Post subject: Loose plug Reply with quote

A series of shallow dimple punch's around the plug with a prick punch will expand the wood. Go easy and just a few at a time while checking the fit.
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