Powder Flasks DIY Leather

@Keith. @bigpete

Hi, can anyone assist with a bit of guidance. I’m after a powder horn/flask and being a DIY bloke (& TA) lol I like to make this stuff myself. I have not been able to pick up a cow horn after keeping my eye open for about 6 months. BUT I have a fair bit of leather handy so, just wondering about leather flasks. Were they used? Any info about making one?

P.S This old stuff is all new to me so please be gentle. LOL

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I have a kangaroos nut sack I was gunna use, got it off eBay for about 17 bucks

G’day Oldbloke,
Yes, very common to carry powder in leather bags, as well as linen. I have seen a few treated leather flasks with metal fittings in old European military collections. Keith has a bit of info in one of his posts, worth checking out, Cheers.

hey, no need for rude pics mate. not many women watching LOL

@bentaz just saw your earlier post. Explains a lot. :grinning:

Thanks. I just found some pics on the www. Any idra where i can buy the brass fittings?
Or could i just use some copper tube and a plug?

You want a horn for powder ? I’ve got a few hundred at work…

@Bigpete. Are you driving over for plink fest?

No sorry

@Oldbloke I can give you a couple of small goat horns.

Thanks for the offer. But prefer cow.
The goat horn is more dificult to work with.

Cool cool

@bentas We all search for different things on ebay :astonished:, each to their own lol… Guess you could make yourself a nice mask GIMP lol

Was told the same thing from a goat herder @Oldboke :joy: lol…

The difference between using leather for storage/carrying, & actually using to load your muzzle-loader is that the one you use for loading needs to be safe to use. Flasks & powder horns have a safety feature, a pressure release. On metal flasks it is lightly soldered seams, on a powder horn it is the base plug. The base plug should NEVER be glued, only sealed with beeswax & secured with a few short pins around the perimeter.
I don’t recommend making a leather powder flask, the nature of a leather flask would require you to carry it spout upward. IF a spark were ever to ignite the powder in your flask, the pressure of the explosion would be outward towards your body, & upward towards your head/face.
Horns can be found at abattoirs if you have any nearby. You need to find a cow horn, NOT a bull horn, they are different inside.
Another source is purchasing an inexpensive ready made powder horn. Mostly these are NOT made correctly, often the base plug is not sealed which means fine powder can leak out & this is dangerous, also of course it will not be waterproof. You can either: 1) try & seal the base plug without removing it using melted beeswax 2) Remove the base plug, seal it & replace securing pins or make a new base plug 3) cut the horn & the base plug off & fit a new base plug.
If you use a pin punch you can drive the pins further into the base plug to remove the plug. If the base plug has been glued in, then you will probably have to cut it off, or drill a series of hole in the plug until you can remove it bit by bit.
DON’T fit a brass measure to your horn, NEVER load directly from your horn: https://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com/2011/04/correct-way-to-load-flintlock-gun.html
Making A Powder Horn: https://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com/2018/12/making-powder-horn_31.html
These powder horn suppliers are in the US, but their prices are probably less expensive than here in Australia. Get the largest & least expensive horn available.

Any questions Ob, just ask.

Gee, thanks for thst info @Keith. Looking like @Bigpete will be able to obtain a horn for me if Im patient. Sooo,…are bull horns thicker than cow horns or it it just the shape?

PS. The local slaughter yard only processes hornless cattle.

Edit. I see the answer is in the link. Thicker near the tip.

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Gday mate, been a while. I’ll make a mask if you’ll model it for me?


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