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Posted 5 years ago


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dont know much about this,found it in a box in goochland va.i know its a powder horn but from when im not sure


  1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Looks to be middle to late 19th century.

  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Muzzle-loading guns pretty much went out with the end of the War Against Northern Aggression or shortly after. I would say pre 1870 & probably closer to the early 19th cent.. Of course it could be much older.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    For military use you are correct-- you will find that many folks continued to use muzzle loaders for hunting purposes until the turn of the century.

    In fact you will find many Civil War era muskets that have been shortened for hunting purposes. Additionally, the muzzle loading shotgun saw use well into the breach loading era.

  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    scottvez, a lot of still use powder horns today. I just gave my antique pdr. horn to the musee' several yrs ago & had been using it. Muzzle loading shotguns stayed longer because early shells were all brass, expensive, & harder to reload. With the surge in breech-loader technology during & right after the W.A.N.G., only the extra poor & die-hards kept using muzzle loading rifles & pistols. Not sure which category I fall under. Even during the W.A.N.G., almost all ammo was in paper cartridges on both sides.
    Nothing to argue about. By looking at a single picture, I am "guessing" pre-1870. I'm curious as to if there are any carvings, metal attachments etc. that may give a clue. Think we can both rule out the 20th cent. as fakes look better.
  5. huey huey, 5 years ago
    thanks guys ill check it out a little closer but dont think there any carvings

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