Joined: 14 May 2007
Location: Gallatin, TN
Real Name: Jason W. Gatliff
|Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 11:23 pm Post subject: Fixing up Old Horns
|Some of us use old horns and they do look real nice. There are several things that are good to keep in mind. Blowing/Hunting horns can sometimes be made into neat powder horns with a little work. The smaller sets of decorative horns sometimes make real pretty priming horns. Just because a horn is cracked doesn't mean you can't use it. A thin copper patch riveted over a crack looks cool and lends charcter. Rawhide can be used to repair splits and cracks too. This last trick I came up with myself and I felt pretty smug afterwards. Many old horns will have a piece of a previous plug bouncing around inside them which will block powder flow at times. Since it is nearly impossible to get it out without destroying the horn, this is what I did. Trickle about a teaspoon of white glue down the spout. Hold the horn up to the light so you can see the piece of plug and the glue running down into the horn. Position the horn so the glue covers the piece of the plug. Run a pipe cleaner in and out of the spout several times to clear it. Prop the horn in position over night and the glue will hold the piece still and out of the way. You can use left over pieces of horn for other projects too. Keep an eye out for those old horns but leave some for me.
Submitted by: Mark G. Lewis - Mlewishome@cs.com on November 23, 2000
Jason W. Gatliff