James Felix Bridger var en amerikansk jeger, fangstmann, speider og guide som utforsket og jaktet i det vestlige USA i tidsrommet mellom 1820 og 1850. Bridger døde på denne dag i 1881, 77 år gammel. For dagens generasjon er Jim Bridger mest... Read more ...
Jim Bridger døde
James Felix Bridger var en amerikansk jeger, fangstmann, speider og guide som utforsket og jaktet i det vestlige USA i tidsrommet mellom 1820 og 1850. Bridger døde på denne dag i 1881, 77 år gammel.
For dagens generasjon er Jim Bridger mest kjent for sin rolle i filmen The Revenant der han ble spilt av Will Poulter.
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Percussion revolvers, also known as cap and ball revolvers, were made by the thousands before and during the war, but the principle of muzzleloading started to become obsolete when the new metallic cartridges became common after the war. This article shows you how to convert a percussion revolver to fire metallic cartridges.
Published: 5. December 2007 by Øyvind Flatnes.
The ten kilos were sent to me because I’m the owner of a Shotmaker. When making bismuth shot I used the same setups as I normally use when making lead shot. The bismuth we bought was 99.98 % pure, so the quality should be good enough.
Bismuth has a lower melting point compared to lead. While lead melts at 621.50 °F (327.5 °C) bismuth only needs 520.34 °F (271.3 °C) to melt. The test with the ten kilos of bismuth shows that it is possible to make good quality bismuth shot in the Shotmaker. The shot appeared to be just as good as the lead shot the Shotmaker spits out, perhaps even better.
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You can learn more about muzzle-loading and black powder cartridge shotguns and shotmaking in the brand new book From Musket to Metallic Cartridge: A Practical History of Black Powder Firearms.
Of problems, the following can be noted:
It is possible that making the shot in a less windy condition would have solved this problem. When the temperature began dropping during the night I set up a provisional windbreak and put a homemade lid on the ladle. This seemed to help a bit. It is possible that it simply was too cold for the Shotmaker to function optimal as wind cools down the heating elements in the Shotmaker.
For more information about making shot, see the article about the Shotmaker.