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I don't have any pics, but on a friend's deer lease they found a Confederate War Cannon
still in working condition. Said they all they did was cleaned the barrel and flash hole real good and sprayed the whole thing down with a rust preventive. It would shoot cans (the size of soda cans) using Pyrodex - It was fun!


I've done some google searches, but still not sure what it was.
Going from memory, It was muzzle loading, had large spoke wheels and
cast iron smooth bore barrel just over 2-1/2" (the soda cans fit perfectly).


I realize this isn't much to go on, but if y'all can offer any help for me to google some pics I would appreciate.

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Ray, your description is about as vague as it gets. It could very well be what you think it is or something else all together. Get us some pictures and we can probably help.

I will say that 2 1/2 is pretty common for a reproduction gun perhaps for pool balls.

Get some pictures and show us what they have.
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Also it is very unlikely an original if the wheels are still intact. They would rot out in maybe ten years if out in the open and unmaintained.

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Ray, your description is about as vague as it gets. It could very well be what you think it is or something else all together. Get us some pictures and we can probably help.

I will say that 2 1/2 is pretty common for a reproduction gun perhaps for pool balls.

Get some pictures and show us what they have.



Sorry for the vague description.
I didn't think to take pics was my only invite there.
I got caught up in moment, watching them shoot it after supper that night.
So only saw it once.
We hunted early the next morning and left in the afternoon.
I've been kicking myself for not paying more attention.
As to the wheels they weren't wood.


If 2-1/2" is common for a reproduction, was it also common bore for the period?

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No not period common , uncommon. Wouldn't be right to say never, but feel pretty safe to safe almost no chance.

2-1/4 inch using Georges Round Ball calculator found in the FAQ sticky equates to a 1-1/2 PDR cannon shot. 2-1/2 inch is a 2 PDR. That is pretty small for Civil war period field gun.
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But, 2.5 inch is right for a Lyle type line throwing gun and a lot of them ended up remounted in other ways.
Without photos, just about any guess might be right.
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Oh well thanks for trying to help.
I can see now, it would be like me trying to ID an old rifle w/o any pics.

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