by heelerau
15 Feb 2018, 03:19
Forum: Cartridges and Reloading
Topic: The Pritchett Cartridge ..my Way PART 2
Replies: 22
Views: 559

Re: The Pritchett Cartridge ..my Way PART 2

Bob,  I see what you mean, a better idea at this stage. 

Gordon
by heelerau
08 Feb 2018, 15:00
Forum: Martini-Henry Forum
Topic: New members, old members, long lost friends--check in!
Replies: 732
Views: 79.8K

Re: New members, old members, long lost friends--check in!

Welcome Carlos, I have no spanish,  but I make out you have quite a collection including martini carbine various sniders. You will have to post some photos of your martini carbine so we can help with the identification. 

Cheers 

Gordon
by heelerau
06 Feb 2018, 09:55
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: Pair of EIC Pistols
Replies: 17
Views: 455

Re: Pair of EIC Pistols

video of shooting the cap lock EIC pistol
EIC Horse Pistol.zip (1.4 MiB)
by heelerau
05 Feb 2018, 09:35
Forum: Historical Shooting, Competition, and Outings
Topic: Alberta shoot, 2018.
Replies: 15
Views: 369

Re: Alberta shoot, 2018.

As a "revolting miner" who has been a bit noisy, The Eureka Stokade, at least you won't be frozen in the Crimea. There is a decendant of Peter Lawler, who has the same name and is a Senator in Victoria or New South Wales !! Have fun what ever you all decide !!
by heelerau
05 Feb 2018, 08:48
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: East India Company Leather Musket Sling
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: East India Company Leather Musket Sling

Well,  we do use them and the ones we have here do take the weight without issue.  Test them over a bed as I did. So I am the sort of mad fool who tried them and shot the musket as well !!
by heelerau
05 Feb 2018, 00:32
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: East India Company Leather Musket Sling
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: East India Company Leather Musket Sling

As a horseman, I use RM Williams saddle dressing which should be available from your local feed store, failing that neatsfoot or Dubbin. I have cleaned several of these old slings up and they are surprisingly sound. 
by heelerau
02 Feb 2018, 22:58
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: Pair of EIC Pistols
Replies: 17
Views: 455

Re: Pair of EIC Pistols

Gordon, Is 2 1/2 Dr the going rate? It sounds a fair bit in a pistol. Pistols take a good bit of getting used to I find.  I only have 2 that worked well right away.   The others are perverse.  (Or the projectiles are!) Pukka, that is the figure I did find in a period handbook giving loads for rifle...
by heelerau
02 Feb 2018, 11:16
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: Pair of EIC Pistols
Replies: 17
Views: 455

Re: Pair of EIC Pistols

I fired a few shots off with both pistols, 2 1/2 drams of Fg with a patched ball. did not hit any thing but both pistols went off ver well and recoil is surprisingly mild. I suspect they would be pretty nasty on the receiving end. 
by heelerau
01 Feb 2018, 23:40
Forum: Historical Shooting, Competition, and Outings
Topic: Blew the Dust of My 3rd Model Pat 53
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: Blew the Dust of My 3rd Model Pat 53

Gentlemen, this is the rifle I started my black powder shooting  with when I was about 11 or twelve years old.  When I took it first to the range I was lucky to get 50% of the bullets on target at 50 m and would get the odd bullet stuck half way down.  My late mate John Humberstone told me about ho...
by heelerau
31 Jan 2018, 20:15
Forum: Historical Shooting, Competition, and Outings
Topic: Blew the Dust of My 3rd Model Pat 53
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Blew the Dust of My 3rd Model Pat 53

Gentlemen, this is the rifle I started my black powder shooting  with when I was about 11 or twelve years old.  When I took it first to the range I was lucky to get 50% of the bullets on target at 50 m and would get the odd bullet stuck half way down.  My late mate John Humberstone told me about how...
by heelerau
30 Jan 2018, 01:37
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: Is This Pistol Real? Need Help
Replies: 13
Views: 433

Re: Is This Pistol Real? Need Help

allaccess wrote: Anyone have a approx value on this Pistol ?
They were asking about $1200,  the one I mentioned was more than likely an Afghan knock off. 
by heelerau
26 Jan 2018, 21:28
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: Long Land Lock Needs Work
Replies: 27
Views: 914

Re: Long Land Lock Needs Work

I have a feeling sea service muskets were sometimes painted black to help preserve them from the marine environment.
by heelerau
25 Jan 2018, 01:00
Forum: Historical Shooting, Competition, and Outings
Topic: The School of Musketry, 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 641

Re: The School of Musketry, 2017

Brett, have to have one of your stadia, have just ordered one !!
by heelerau
23 Jan 2018, 00:08
Forum: Historical Shooting, Competition, and Outings
Topic: The School of Musketry, 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 641

Re: The School of Musketry, 2017

Brett,  I would not think it unreasonable to charge enough to cover material costs.  Any retired Cuban cigar rollers near you? Might be worth a try contracting out  cartridge construction !!
by heelerau
22 Jan 2018, 03:09
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: Splicing a butt onto a "half stock parts gun" P1853 Enfield from IMA.
Replies: 26
Views: 533

Re: Splicing a butt onto a "half stock parts gun" P1853 Enfield from IMA.

I must say, a remarkable job ! You may need to  give the bore a bit of a lap to clean up any rough bits. I did that to a Pat 53 I have years ago.  I pulled the breech plug out first then made up a rod with a couple of small washers and a minnie bullet coated in fine valve grind past.  The rifle has ...
by heelerau
18 Jan 2018, 03:20
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Nipple protector replacement leather
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Nipple protector replacement leather

See your local boot maker or saddler
by heelerau
16 Jan 2018, 09:35
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Another Pritchett journey
Replies: 32
Views: 698

Re: Another Pritchett journey

Brett I will try a little more powder with the .568 as well and see how that goes. The bullets do stabilise, they are just all over the paper at 50m, and I will test with my Bienfang, and then some with the 9lb onion skin. If the onion skin combo works that will be interesting as Buffalo Arms don't ...
by heelerau
15 Jan 2018, 20:37
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Another Pritchett journey
Replies: 32
Views: 698

Re: Another Pritchett journey

Bob,         I would not be to fussed about that target,  most of us are still feeling our way, you have just shewn us something that did not work, that will save some of use going down that particular path. I have not had much joy with the .568 bullets with any combination at this stage and have fo...
by heelerau
15 Jan 2018, 19:05
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Another Pritchett journey
Replies: 32
Views: 698

Re: Another Pritchett journey

Brett off topic, how many civil war reinactors do you think there might be, just say civil war ? I am thinking there must be 10s of 1000snd of them. I will try the 9lb onion skin with my .568 and see what happens. 

Cheers 

Gordon