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    Building a miniature black powder cannon?

    I want to build a small black powder replica cannon that actually fires projectiles. My plan is to get a gun barrel, weld the end shut, and drill a touch hole for cannon fuse. Then load it like a muzzle loader. I am considering using this particular barrel:
    http://www.gunpartscorp.com/catalog/...360&catid=6748

    Does that sound like a safe plan?
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    Just keep in mind that after you weld you need to re-temper the metal. If I were going to use a manufactured barrel I think it would be better to thread the breech and use a breech plug rather than weld. It would depend on what tools are available.

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    If you just want a cannon, you can get one here: http://www.blackpowder-cannons.com/

    They're very reasonably priced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KodiakBeer View Post
    If you just want a cannon, you can get one here: http://www.blackpowder-cannons.com/

    They're very reasonably priced.
    Wow, those are pretty cheap. I want something that will shoot a .50 lead ball though.
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    The first one on the list is .50 caliber for $25.

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    Is that meant for shooting a ball though? They're usually just for noise. I see they have some that shoot BBs but that's not what I want. Sure hard to beat $25 though....
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    Yes, they shoot balls: http://www.gunrightsmedia.com/showth...-with-a-cannon

    I'm buying the golf ball mortar next.

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    Really interesting variations on the theme in that link, KodiakBeer!

    Some of those designs are quite elegant.

    I kinda like the key chain cannons.

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