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any one made a homemade bp blunderbuss or handcannon

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  1. cmars

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    I am wondering if any one here other than me has made a homemade bp that is somewhat of a crazy to shoot and scares the :cuss: heck out of any body who hears it go off and dosen't know what it is:what:
     
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    It has a smooth bore barrel that's 16" long including the flared trumpet.
     

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    I was recently reading about Bollers, European firearms with massive bores, used to make noise to open festivals. (Commercial models are made with up to 40mm bores.)

    I have a 12 inch piece of 2 inch ACF brass which I may use to build one. I don;t believe I would bore it larger than 3/4 to conserve wall strength.
     
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    That's a commercial model and a bit small on the caliber I have a 9 gauge homemade fuse lit blunderbuss and my camera is on the fits so no picture
     
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    Ardesa also makes it in 20 gauge but I don't know of anyone importing it or this .54 model that are factory assembled and finished. The few 20 gauge models that I saw were selling for about $500 - $550 several years ago. One place was the Possible Shop and the other was on Gunbroker. These Ardesa blunderbusses are the only factory production percussion blunderbuss models that I've ever seen. At a cost of about $325 at the Sportsman's Guide for the unfinished Traditions kit alone, it's a relatively inexpensive price for a blunderbuss when compared to building one from scratch using the individual parts that are available. Those seem to usually always be built as flintlocks.
    This model is a Sportsman's Guide exclusive. They probably ordered a special run of kits from Traditions which they have been known to do in the past. And once the kits are sold out then they may simply never be made available again which would make this kit gun a limited edition.
    I've loaded up my 28 gauge shotgun with loads at least equivalent to a 20 gauge if not a 12 gauge BP smoothbore. I do think that this model can safely handle a load that's plenty heavy enough to be both effective and fun.
     
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    I have a 14 gauge Blunderbuss. It has a 14 inch barrel. Flintlock of course.
    Neat little piece and a real hoot to shoot. When it fires, everything is right there under your nose.
    From Middelesex Village Trading Co.
    Pete
     
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    I can't find your ad 'Cap, how much do you want, and would you trade for a Remmie?
     
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    There's a working link to the classified ad in Posts #2 & #5.
     
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    ''To allow our staff to spend time with their families during the holidays, we are halting new registrations until Wednesday, January 2, 2013...''

    so, how much?
     
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    I sent you a PM. :)
     
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    thank you, sir. I'm working on making some ca$h, right now. Don't hold it for me though. I'm a believer in cash talks, and good intentions walk.
     
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    What kind of BP gun or guns have you made ?
     
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    In post #5 above cmars stated:

     
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    A 9 gauge Blunderbuss must give a good kick.I would like to shoot one if I ever got the chance.
     
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    I've actually been somewhat interested in a blundervuss myself. I remember seeing premade kits somewhere that were technicallysold as non functioning but only needed a flashhole to be drilled. Any info or knowlege on these? Legality? Are they considered black powder and therefore not subject to most regs, or do they still have length/bore restrictions?
     
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    No restrictions here in the U.S. as long as they're not made by converting a modern firearms receiver into one.
    But once a modern firearms receiver is converted then it's considered a modern firearm and not an antique or reproduction that's exempt.
    So my advice is to not convert a modern centerfire receiver into a muzzle loader because it will be considered to be a modern firearm and subject to all of the modern firearms rules and regulations.
     
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