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topic 9626

Black powder cannons


I am writing to ask about the black powder cannons. Is it essential for the inner bore to be completely smoothe?

James Munday
- Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


no, if you are not firing any objects out of the cannon the bore does not have to be smooth,
if you are how ever firing something out of it, it should be smooth enough that the projectile does not catch in any spot of the bore

Erik Johansen
- Danvers, MA U.S.A.


A smooth bore is a happy bore. Not to be Boring, but; a smooth bore is safer because it allows you to completely lubricate and it ensures all burning embers are extinguished. Safe shooting. Peace. S.B.

James Scott Brown
M.R.U. - ElDorado, AR, U.S.A.


Having done Revolutionary War Re-enacting with a full size 6 pound cannon the best way to go is with a smooth bore. It will allow you to extinguish any and all material still alive in the bore after you fire the cannon. Also, wrap your powder charge in an aluminum foil sabot, there is nothing to burn afterward and it is easily removed with a worm. Always do a double tube sponge and cleaning. Never, ever, rush. A pre-mature firing will hurt the rammer, badly. If the rammer is lucky he would only lose half his hand, unlucky, his arm. Real cannons are not a toy.

Guy Perram
- Medina, Ohio, USA



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