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Old May 7, 2011, 08:08 AM   #26
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You are way overthinking this matter.
Re-read bedbugbilly's post and take his excellent advice.
Sealing the butt plug/cap isn't rocket science. At events look at other folks horns and get some ideas. You can permanently fasten it in with a lot of things. I have used brass nails, locus thorns, toothpicks.
A big part of muzzle loading involves being inventive and doing for yourself.
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Old May 7, 2011, 09:25 AM   #27
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Locust thorns? I learned something new today.

I've used toothpicks (like on the Ron Ehlert video) and they look great when stained.

BTW, there's one master horner who made a horn for a master gunsmith. We were at the range when the plug fell out and the powder spilled all over the grass. Apparently the master horner only used wax and didn't use anything to pin the plug in. I wasn't there for the razzing that followed.
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Old May 7, 2011, 01:19 PM   #28
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I feel it is important for me to keep in practice the old ways even if it is on cheapies. I want to keep these things alive and pass them down to my children.
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Old May 11, 2011, 01:27 PM   #29
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Yeppers, locust thorns make great nails. Drive in and cut off. Look nice.
Of course, the funnest part is harvesting them.
Use side cutters.
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Old May 11, 2011, 01:37 PM   #30
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I bet Bois d' Arc thorns would work too.
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