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Old February 2, 2018, 03:37 PM   #1
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Drilling a flash hole on an India made BP gun ?

Has anyone done it ?
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Old February 2, 2018, 09:55 PM   #2
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If it came without a flash hole, then it was probably never meant to be fired. If it was never meant to be fired, then don't. I have seen a few rifles made in Spain, India, and various other places, that were made for display only. They were completely functional, but no knowing what steel they were made of.
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Old February 2, 2018, 10:03 PM   #3
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Bad idea.
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Old February 4, 2018, 11:12 AM   #4
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I haven't, but I'd get it steel lined or a whole new steel barrel (and breechplug) first.
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Old February 6, 2018, 11:07 AM   #5
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If it came without a flash hole, then it was probably never meant to be fired. If it was never meant to be fired, then don't. I have seen a few rifles made in Spain, India, and various other places, that were made for display only. They were completely functional, but no knowing what steel they were made of.
I believe, without a flashhole there is very little in the way of import/export restrictions. There have, from time to time, been foreign companies that make functioning arms for other markets importing un-drilled reproduction black powder guns to the US. I looked at products from a Canadian company a while back.

OP may also be referring to re-drilling the flash hole oversize.
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Old February 7, 2018, 03:27 PM   #6
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A fellow reenactor told me if the breech plug is too long that can be a problem.
Mulling getting an India made Brown Bess to go along with my Charleville. The seller I was looking at says his guns have their vent holes drilled. Thanks for the advice.
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Old February 7, 2018, 09:12 PM   #7
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If you don't mind me asking, where are you seeing the non-drilled rifles? I haven't seen mention of them for some time.
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