Blunderbuss reproduction


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SmithManatee
October 23, 2013, 11:13 PM
Are there any good blunderbuss reproductions out there?

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goon
October 23, 2013, 11:42 PM
There are some from India. You could probably lay hands on a decent one from Loyalist Arms out of Nova Scotia. Other than that, you may be be talking about a custom build.

alsask
October 23, 2013, 11:45 PM
Check out Sitting Fox muzzleloaders web site.

MRRAGPICKER
October 24, 2013, 01:06 PM
check this out
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[url]http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/18th-century-54-cal-blunderbuss-kit.aspx?a=918441 (http://http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/18th-century-54-cal-blunderbuss-kit.aspx?a=918441)

goon
October 24, 2013, 07:18 PM
The one at Sportsmans Guide does look kind of cool, but it's not 17th century. Percussion caps didn't exist then. Might still be fun to play with though.

Pete D.
October 25, 2013, 05:38 AM
The SG BB has quite a small bore as blunderbusses go. Hardly worth it.
Look for something in the 16 gauge or larger area. Sitting Fox has a kit for one in 11 ga. Tennessee Valley Manufacturing sells barrels and parts. Most custom makers will put one ($) together for you.
Middlesex Village Trading has some India made BBs that are functional at 14 gauge.
These are all flint guns.

MBB
October 31, 2013, 01:43 PM
Stonewall Creek markets an excellent kit for a 4 bore. Top quality components including an Ed Rayl barrel. His brass barrel is a kit option.
Not cheap, but quality never is.

Pete D.
November 3, 2013, 04:24 AM
Stonewall Creek markets an excellent kit for a 4 bore.
It is a nice kit. But....not for a beginner......no instructions, just parts. You really have to know what you are doing. If you do, you end up with a four bore......gotta be a hoot to shoot. What load? Three or four ounces of 00 buckshot pushed by.......even if you went with two drams of BP per ounce of shot....eight drams of powder (216 grains of BP). Boom.

Gaucho Gringo
November 3, 2013, 06:01 PM
A 4 bore is essentially a hand cannon. At about a 1 inch diameter bore and 1700-1800 grains of lead balls it can do a lot of short range damage. Originally used to clear the decks of ships your were boarding.

Texan Scott
November 3, 2013, 10:26 PM
http://www.militaryheritage.com/musket9.htm

You'll have to drill/ line your own flash hole, and work your loads up carefully ... but if it's for light fun shoots (no weird ideas about turkey hunting, right?) I'd love to see you review one...

http://www.militaryheritage.com/images/blunderbuss1_small.jpg

goon
November 4, 2013, 02:10 AM
You could look for one of these used. Not purely historically accurate, but it's a bigger bore and a flintlock and should be hell for fun. I saw one for sale as a completed gun somewhere a few months ago for $400, but I just can't for the life of me remember where.

http://www.gunauction.com/buy/10907914/

Pete D.
November 4, 2013, 04:31 AM
Originally used to clear the decks of ships your were boarding.
Some blunderbusses were used at sea, it is true. Their more widespread use was as protection for coaches carrying travelers through brigand infested areas. As it might be at sea, the belled muzzle was an aid to reloading the thing while moving along on a pitching vehicle.
As for the clearing the deck ability of BBs....maybe. The flared muzzle is a help when a fast reload is needed but has little to no effect on the pattern spread. At 10 yards, a buckshot pattern from mine is between 10 and 20 inches wide, about right for a cylinder choked gun.

MErl
November 4, 2013, 09:45 AM
As for the clearing the deck ability of BBs....maybe. The flared muzzle is a help when a fast reload is needed but has little to no effect on the pattern spread. At 10 yards, a buckshot pattern from mine is between 10 and 20 inches wide, about right for a cylinder choked gun.
Curiously they might have been better against crowds if they were rifled?

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