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    I have found 8 Confederate used rifles (5...

    I have found 8 Confederate used rifles (5 Enfields and 3 Springfields) in one CS position. None had any sling hardware in the hole. I know of 3 more that came from the same area. One had three lead...
  2. Thread: Accident

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    That is the reason that the Indian repros should...

    That is the reason that the Indian repros should not be used. Those tinfoil barrels are dangerous. I have only seen one and it had no proof marks or warning requiring the use of black powder only. I...
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    Since no projectile is fired in reenacting, I...

    Since no projectile is fired in reenacting, I don't think the barrel would burst as it did in NSSA live firing. Wouldn't want to try it though.
    You also have to assume that re-enactors can read the...
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    Curt does this jog your memory? In the 1970/80s...

    Curt does this jog your memory? In the 1970/80s there was a article in the American Rifleman which explained the process of making a musket at the Springfield arsenal. It was taken from the Harpers...
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    http://www.military-historians.org/company/journal...

    http://www.military-historians.org/company/journal/confederate/confederate-2.htm

    http://www.military-historians.org/company/journal/confederate/confederate-3.htm

    You need to specify which army...
  6. Thread: Enfield P-53

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    The mark furthest from the trigger guard appears...

    The mark furthest from the trigger guard appears to be the Birmingham Small Arms Trade (BSAT) mark. You can see what that mark looks like on the Salter bayonet shown below.

    Look inside the ramrod...
  7. Thread: Enfield P-53

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    Pictures would be nice.

    Pictures would be nice.
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    Frying pan does not have to be cast iron. See the...

    Frying pan does not have to be cast iron. See the one on this page http://www.angelfire.com/ma4/j_mayo/relics.html
    You may be able to make a respectable one from the one you have by cutting the...
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    Answers to questions like this are not usually...

    Answers to questions like this are not usually short answers since no definitive value can been arrived at from available information. I suggest you search the forum for posts on leather items, go to...
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    I believe that information came from Paul...

    I believe that information came from Paul Johnson's book "Civil War Cartridge Boxes". Curt however has covered the original source above.
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    Bullet remains or rings are not much of a problem...

    Bullet remains or rings are not much of a problem with round balls as there is no skirt to break. Here is a picture of two repro minies with two skirts that were removed from an Enfield. Both skirts...
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    I never patch the balls for my 42. I just rub...

    I never patch the balls for my 42. I just rub them in a little pan of lube I picked up at an NSSA event. It's mostly bees wax. No patch required. I use the loads I have made up for reenacting (and...
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    Don't blame it on the kids. In Va. we have a...

    Don't blame it on the kids. In Va. we have a event called Harbor Fest. The event includes a pirate battle with drinking and levity all around. About 10 or 15 years ago the pirate ship had a powder...
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    I would try and locate an original and have it...

    I would try and locate an original and have it copied. Construction methods and size vary. I assume this will be a unit flag? Depending on the time of impression the number of stars may differ. I...
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    In addition to all the above suggestions it is...

    In addition to all the above suggestions it is also worth taking a walking tour of old town and the battery. My son and I took the tour about 4 years ago. We had Jack Thomson for a guide...
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    I tried 40 rounds and ended up giving the rest of...

    I tried 40 rounds and ended up giving the rest of the can away. It is not graded and has random grain size with some quite large chunks. Burns slow, fouls up the barrel very quickly and did not make...
  17. Gotta go way back to the late 70s. Sailors Creek...

    Gotta go way back to the late 70s. Sailors Creek was perhaps the first Campaigner event I can remember. No sutlers except the local church ladies selling biscuits No porta johns. Forgot where we...
  18. Thread: Camp Stove

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    Go here...

    Go here http://www.thetreasuredepot.com/cgi-bin/bbs62x/relic_config.pl?md=read;id=408327
    to see a dug hut with fire box.
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    Here is a 1861 tower that is marked 25 and 26....

    Here is a 1861 tower that is marked 25 and 26. The 25 mark does not show up good in the picture but can be made out on the gun. This is the only one I have ever seen marked with a 26.
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    Read the book "A Taste for War" by William Davis....

    Read the book "A Taste for War" by William Davis. It has been a few years since I read it but subjects such as making bread in camp, cooking and lots of other aspects of dining in camp are covered.
  21. Thread: A Country Ham

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    Nothing like a moldy cured Smithfield Ham. Just...

    Nothing like a moldy cured Smithfield Ham. Just don't eat much of it unless you have two canteens. Had a yankee neighbor that threw out one that someone had given her because she thought it was...
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    I have a friend who had one. Didn't shoot well...

    I have a friend who had one. Didn't shoot well for NSSA but a good copy for reenacting.
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    Point of Rocks is hear Hopewell Va. and is on the...

    Point of Rocks is hear Hopewell Va. and is on the Bermuda Hundred side of the river. It was in the rear of Butlers force. Much of the Army supplies came in to that area.
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    I suspect he just wanted in the picture and...

    I suspect he just wanted in the picture and grabbed a musket for eye wash. Good thing they could not take selfies back then.
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    William Brittenham of the 9th Va. Inf. has a nice...

    William Brittenham of the 9th Va. Inf. has a nice cap. His coat also has eagle buttons.
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