Decisive controversy arose due to the passing of the November Constitution in Denmark, which integrated the Duchy of Schleswig into the Danish kingdom in violation of the London Protocol. The constitution gave Otto von Bismarck and the Prussians an... Read more ...
The November Constitution was passed
Decisive controversy arose due to the passing of the November Constitution in Denmark, which integrated the Duchy of Schleswig into the Danish kingdom in violation of the London Protocol. The constitution gave Otto von Bismarck and the Prussians an excuse to start the Second Schleswig War in 1864. Reasons for the war were the ethnic controversy in Schleswig and the co-existence of conflicting political systems within the Danish unitary state.
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Today none of the major bullet mould makers make copies of the original Pritchett bullets. The Prtichett bullet was a hollow based projectile that was used in British rifle muskets. They did not have grease grooves and thus had to be paper patched. I once had a batch of Pritchett moulds made at Lee Precision.
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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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.