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Once these go into production, I will really have to get one!

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IIRC, Dom, you wrote that a cartridge case type obturation would not be considered for this breech loader. What type of mechanism or object will accomplish this essential task in your bag loader?

Looking really nice!

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Pretty cool Dom. I liked the sound it made.

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Here is a reproduction (old) picture I had acquired here in NH. Restaurant was being renovated and I was able to rescue a couple of the pictures.

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Indigowolf, thanks for posting that excellent photo of the sailor standing next to one of the fourteen, 6 pounder, 2.24", Driggs Schroeder deck guns that Olympia had in 1905. Most of those are gone now, but Mike and I learned a lot from the full time mechanic the association hired to get the armaments in functioning condition. He was working on one of the 6"- 40 Casemate guns which replaced the 5"- 40 guns sometime after WWI, when we visited the Olympia 4 years ago. He showed us the full traverse, about 25 degrees left and right, but was working on the locked-up elevation controls at the time. He indicated that the guns needed lots of grinding to remove welds, lots of Break-Free to loosen rusted parts and lots and lots of hammering! He used a large bronze maul to free-up rust-frozen parts so as not to dent the iron.

Mike and I really like turn of the century, naval artillery, so this ship is high on our list of places to visit. The Olympia, a Protected Cruiser, was laid down by the Union Iron Works of San Francisco, California in 1891 and launched about a year later. She can now be found at her berth at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, PA.

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Dom , I see that you are using fuse but another possibility would be a obturator plug You could leave the primer out and still use a fuse.
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Congratulations on making a highly machined part with minimal tools, well done.
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Indigowolf, thanks for posting that excellent photo of the sailor standing next to one of the fourteen, 6 pounder, 2.24", Driggs Schroeder deck guns that Olympia had in 1905.
She can now be found at her berth at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, PA.

Mike and Tracy
Glad I can share the picture. It is rare that I run across the opportunity.

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Guys, Thanks for the compliments.

I experimented with multiple layered foil cartridges when I built the bridge guns and they worked rather well. That 50 caliber gun had a simple block of heavy steel that butted against the back of multiple lathe turned barrels ends. Video attached. With the small charge used in these guns the foil did not rupture and leak gas. I made a cartridge for this 75 caliber breech loader. It is 12 layers thick on the side and 48 layers thick at the 4 folded breech end. A pointed pick is use to pierce the bag. I'll make a video of firing one.

Indigo, I have had that well circulated photo of the 19th century Naval gun with shield saved in my favorites. Congrats on having an original. What a gem! Dom


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