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Wet Powder in a Flinter

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 11:40 pm    Post subject: Wet Powder in a Flinter Reply with quote

I came across this one in the Journal of John Milton Swisher. Swisher was in the Texas Army in 1836 and fought at San Jacinto. Swisher was an eyewitness to this incident. It seems that one of the volunteers got his rifle wet and it wouldn't fire. He approached General Sam Houston with the problem. Houston told him, "taken your pocket handkerchief and warm it well by the fire, open the pan and wrap it around the lock. Do this several times, then pick a little dry powder in the vent. You'll have no trouble blowing the bullet out" Now, I've tried this and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It's still a neat trick and it's DOCUMENTED

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