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#1 Pyro1

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 08:47 AM

Here is a little movie i took of a couple of cannons doing their thing.



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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:42 AM

I've build quite a few cannons, both air powered and combustion. Nice work.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:52 PM

I've build quite a few cannons, both air powered and combustion. Nice work.


Thanks
those 2 were the first cannons i ever fired, we picked up that old wooden fort from a junk sale for something to aim at, to be honest i wasnt exspecting so much power from them and it was great fun blowing that fort to bits.
since then iv been given a nice 1inch bore cannon, man does that thing have some kick and needs much tethering.
i will upload some vid/pics next time i fire it.


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Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:48 PM

Here is a couple of video's of me firing my golf ball cannon. Built it a few months ago...




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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:11 PM

I ordered a cannon ball mold(a-1164 =2 11/16 in ) from lil mac molds to make concrete balls for my soda can bore cannon.


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Posted 23 April 2018 - 09:54 PM

Many, many years ago I knew a guy who had a Civil War cannon, muzzle was marked 1862, 3" bore, with rifling, non-openable breech. I made wooden projectiles for it slightly bigger than beer cans. Wrapped a rag around one, placed about 1/2 teaspoon of some kind (forget now) of smokeless powder, fired it in my basement at the brick wall far end of the house. Figured with all that volume inside, detonation extremely impossible; it made a sound ~ like a .45 Auto, which I had also fired down there. The wood can hit the wall, without damaging it much, cracked into pieces.

 

Muzzle end was about 6 inches in diameter, tapering to about 10 at the fat end. Had two round trunnions on sides for mounting. Wish I had taken a pic. This was in 1962.  tenney



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Posted 24 May 2019 - 09:13 PM

I would love to build a black powder cannon . But even after a lot of searching finding something strong enough to make the barrel from has been near about impossible for me. I would like at least a 2 inch bore.



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Posted 25 May 2019 - 01:20 AM

There is a 14" cannon on the UK reenactor scene, the issues include transport weight, safe distances for firing and the cost of both 14" balls and the powder to propel them. Oh! and the legal complications of owning a 14" bore firearm that would take down big defences 



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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:29 AM

I stumbled across this on on a job one day. I had some ideas for it when I saw it, but never could convince anyone to give me bore diameter. It does get fired ocassionally.

I work often in an area that has a fair amount of civil war memorials so cannons are pretty common to see just driving down the road.

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 03:16 PM

Newbie here not trying to hijack a thread just following instructions. I bought a Black powder cannon and need some help. It arrived with no flash hole. The canon's barrel is 29.5 1/2 inches to the rear seam has a 2.5 inch bore and the bore length is 28 inches. How far forward of the end should the flash hole go and what should be the diameter....5/16?? Any help appreciated. Rick.



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Posted 19 August 2019 - 04:26 PM

Newbie here not trying to hijack a thread just following instructions. I bought a Black powder cannon and need some help. It arrived with no flash hole. The canon's barrel is 29.5 1/2 inches to the rear seam has a 2.5 inch bore and the bore length is 28 inches. How far forward of the end should the flash hole go and what should be the diameter....5/16?? Any help appreciated. Rick.

If it has no "touch hole" maybe it isn't made to be fired. I would be careful with this one...


https://www.youtube....h?v=oZrcT1xQpaY


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 02:57 PM

If it has no "touch hole" maybe it isn't made to be fired. I would be careful with this one...


https://www.youtube....h?v=oZrcT1xQpaY

 

It's solid steel and we will test it carefully. Where does the touch hole belong and what diameter? Thanks.



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 12:39 AM

Sakorik you should contact the person who sold you that cannon. Ask about the touch hole and why it wasn't drilled before. Ask if it was designed to fire, or be a non firing ornament.  






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