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Offline Clint

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Copper "horn"
« on: September 11, 2019, 01:04:48 AM »
I built a 32 cal rifle last spring and I shoot it, short range, with 12 grains of powder. All of my powder horns are much too large for this rifle, so I made a small one out of copper. Measured straight from tip to butt, it's 7 inches long.I suppose that I really need to call it a flask, as there is no horn involved. There is also no lanyard I just stick it in my back pocket.
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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2019, 01:31:19 AM »
 Fabulous! What ingenuity.

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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 02:18:26 AM »
Very cool, Nice job!!!!!
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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 02:19:50 AM »
Good evening Clint; Sir, now thats thinking outside the box. The geometry, proportions and total package are outstanding. Not to mention the skilled hands that completed this project. Great job, thanks for sharing. Have a good evening. AJ. 
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Offline B.Barker

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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 03:21:21 AM »
Really cool looking horn. I think there is a tin made horn in Madison Grants horn book. The copper color really looks nice as a horn though.

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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2019, 03:54:59 AM »
Absolutely outstanding! I love everything about your horn/flask. I would not polish it and just the natural patina come through.
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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2019, 04:04:12 AM »
Great proportions!  If you care to share, Did you make an internal mandrel and solder a seam to get it so even?  Or was it is a tube hammered and stretched over a cone or mandrel?  Or other technique?  Nicely done.

Offline BOB HILL

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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2019, 03:31:05 PM »
Thatís a great piece of sculpture. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2019, 04:14:57 PM »
Great job sir. Looks wonderful!
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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2019, 09:29:44 PM »
That's truly amazing work and skill.  I really like that "horn".
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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2019, 08:35:09 PM »
Now thats cool.....
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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2019, 03:27:27 AM »
Great looking horn!  I love the creativity. 

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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2019, 03:43:44 AM »
Very inventive and a fine job. Is the tip wood or horn or----?

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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2019, 04:46:35 AM »
Thanks for all of the nice comments! I did use a wood core to get the basic shape for the copper. If you make a core then cover it with a few layers of masking tape, you can slit the tape on two opposing sides, you can peel it off and get a rough pattern for the copper.  Add about a half inch on all sides when you cut the metal. Lots of tapping with small hammers and lots of trimming as you go. Once you get the two sides pretty well shaped , silver solder them together, one seam at a time. I used a lap joint with about 1/4" overlap and held it together with wire and small clamps. I filed the lap to zero and finished the hammering after it was soldered together. the tip is horn and it fits over a short piece of brass tubing. unfortunately it doesn't unscrew. the plug is a small chunk of black cherry and was turned on a metal lathe (yikes!) The copper was heavily tarnished with black powder flash to hide the thousands of hammer marks and the color difference from the solder. Once again, thanks for looking and for your gracious comments.
Clint

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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2019, 08:36:54 PM »
 Looking for something else in Grant's Powder Horns and Their Architecture I see a Horn made from Tin on page 124. Reference is made to it being used as an Indian trade item mid 19thc.

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Re: Copper "horn"
« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2019, 09:09:04 PM »
Clint,
 That "horn" is cool!!  The tip is horn, that's close enough to be able to call it horn...
Kevin