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 Post subject: 24 pounder cannon
PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2022 6:12 pm 
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I just finished this one.
This is a replica black powder FIRING, brass, "Brook's USA" 24
Pounder barrel with a 1" bore. It's weight is approx. 16 pounds
of hand crafted brass. Length is approx. 13" and diameter is 3"
at the breech.
This firing carriage is made of oak & custom made by me
specifically for this barrel. Overall dimensions mounted is
approximately 14" wide, 19" long, 10" tall & weighs 28 lbs.

These can be seen here on my website.

http://jmelledge.com/BrooksUSA24LBCarriages.html

One of these things firing a blank load can be seen here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUQlxqMlGcs

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 Post subject: Re: 24 pounder cannon
PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2022 7:47 pm 
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A usual beautiful work


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 Post subject: Re: 24 pounder cannon
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2022 3:39 am 
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Was any of your work used in the pirates of the Caribbean Franchise. :D What really impresses me, you do not strip the brass screws. How do you do that? even waxed, I get those burrs.

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 Post subject: Re: 24 pounder cannon
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2022 7:26 am 
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Mango wrote:
Was any of your work used in the pirates of the Caribbean Franchise. :D What really impresses me, you do not strip the brass screws. How do you do that? even waxed, I get those burrs.



Mango,
Nothing in The movies. A whole lot of stuff in various Texas museums.
Freeport, Texas Historical Museum
Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry in Austin
Aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington in Corpus Christi
San Felipe de Austin Museum near Sealy, Texas
The Galveston Pirate Museum
The Seaport Museum in Galveston
The Alamo in San Antonio
Texas Renaissance Festival

I don't use wax with the screws but do drill a pilot hole. I still manage to get some burrs every now and then. :(
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 Post subject: Re: 24 pounder cannon
PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2022 6:52 am 
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Nice Job Zulu!

So I was reading, a 24 lber can shoot a 17 lb shell and up to a pound of black powder. How/when is the shell detonated on a battlefield?

Thanks Ron

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 Post subject: Re: 24 pounder cannon
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2022 10:46 pm 
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Ron,
In the 1770's, an English lieutenant named "Shrapnel" developed an exploding shell that blew up over troops. It had a fuse that was ignited when the cannon was fired.
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 Post subject: Re: 24 pounder cannon
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Zulu wrote:
Ron,
In the 1770's, an English lieutenant named "Shrapnel" developed an exploding shell that blew up over troops. It had a fuse that was ignited when the cannon was fired.
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That took some exact timing I am sure. Too soon or too late would not be good.

My Dad was a WWII B17 gunner. He told me every plane in his group had one bomb on timer set an hour apart so that every hour after the initial drop there would be an explosion to hamper enemy fire extinguishing operations. A lot of his targets were refineries.

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 Post subject: Re: 24 pounder cannon
PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2022 8:23 pm 
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One of the theroys about Lee's loss at Gettysburg was that they were using fuses from a different than usual source ,and the shells were exploding behind the union lines. Leaving Picket's charge into intact positions rather than destroyed ones.


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