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Hello Folks -



Haven't done much on the large 1812 Cannon lately, but did come across this in a long forgotten box.



OAL: 9.5"s
BL: 7"s
Cal: .50


Would like to fire it off, but I have no experience with these guys. Last BP I fired was a .75 Brown Bess. Any thoughts on type & amount of powder, and do you use a fuze or just powder in the touch hole?


I think I have some #2 & #4 powder, but will have to check to be sure what they are.



Thanks for any suggestions and or directions.


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Have more details on the Cannon? I assume you are referring to 2F and 4F powder?


2F would be fine in a .50 Caliber. No 4f for sure in even a small bore Cannon.


Are you going to shoot a Salute load, or with Projectile?


Only a guess as I know nothing about your little Cannon. But around 60 grains of 2F with a projectile is what I would start at. Salute load you could get away with a little more. Read the safe load stickies on the top of the forum also.



Do not take this as a solid suggestion. Just a possible starting point and work up the load from light at first, for sure.
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Yes, forgot the "F's"



Would like to do a Salute load...., and maybe a projectile.


PS - Have a bag of .75 balls for postage if anyone is interested. Musket went away years ago.

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I use .75 caliber round balls in this one. I could maye use them.


What is the actual diameter if you have a calipers maybe?


Just for reference I load 90 grains 2F with round ball in this one. Seems to be a good load for it. It is a steel tube though. No liner.



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Very nice! I will find them and measure a couple and let you know!


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And if you fire it, start at 30 grains (or even lower) and see how that works. These little cannon in free recoil move a lot more than a percussion revolver or muzzle loading rifle because they do not have the additional mass of the shooter to absorb the recoil.

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Thanks,let me know..
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Thanks very much.



I'll bet they do!


Do you think a fuze is in order, or just powder in the touch hole?



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And if you fire it, start at 30 grains (or even lower) and see how that works. These little cannon in free recoil move a lot more than a percussion revolver or muzzle loading rifle because they do not have the additional mass of the shooter to absorb the recoil.
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Fuze and a propane torch are easier but a match to priming powder is quicker and sometimes quicker is better.

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