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Online Smokey

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Horn size?
« on: January 12, 2021, 01:40:16 PM »
I have been using one of those 6'-9" 'day horns' from TOW.  It's fine, but I wonder if I should get something slightly larger.

What are you carrying? How big is your 'primary' horn, the one you use most often? 

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Re: Horn size?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2021, 02:39:44 PM »
Being something of a neophyte at this I have to wonder if the real question might be:

"Have you EVER run outa powder, on any outing with your current horn?

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Re: Horn size?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2021, 04:24:14 PM »
I have been using one of those 6'-9" 'day horns' from TOW.  It's fine, but I wonder if I should get something slightly larger.

What are you carrying? How big is your 'primary' horn, the one you use most often?

I carry in the range of 9 to 12 inch horns... (The smaller [9 to 10 inch] horns for .40 to .45 caliber, and the larger [10 to 12 inch] horns for .50 caliber and up).

In reality, I've never ran out of powder in any of those sizes - and I think that's simply do to eventually getting to know just how many loads you'll get out of your horn(s) for the caliber(s) you carry.

100% of the time a simple shake of the horn tells me when it's time to fill the horn, or just add some for an outing I might be off to.

No real science to my method - it just simply works for me.  So carry what works for you. :shake 
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Re: Horn size?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2021, 04:29:26 PM »
So far I just carry a small day horn .
 Approx 7000 grs to the pound.
 70gr charge is 100 shots.  Sooooo....
 How much do you plan on shooting.
 I like to carry only what I need .
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Re: Horn size?
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2021, 07:01:06 PM »
When I started shooting lo these many years ago, I got my hands on a small day horn that measured 7" on the bottom curve.  I was shooting a T/C Renegade in .54 caliber and I don't recall ever running out of powder at a shooting match, but I might have filled the horn during the day.  for some reason, I had been using various charges for different ranges, I think 25 grains for 25 yards, 50 grains for 50 yards and maybe 75 grains for anything further than that.

Now, I am using a nice horn that is 11 1/2" on the curve and I shoot a charge of 85 grains for everything.  It has adequate powder for any of my endeavors.

Like kDub says, he only carries what he needs.  After all, you're just going out to punch holes through paper or knock over a piece of steel.  You're not going to go fight a war.

For hunting, I had a .72 caliber rifle that shot a 200 grain charge.  I would load the barrel when I started and I carried 3 speed loaders with me.  I also carried a small 750 grain flask along with 3 extra round ball and wads and patches to reload the quick loaders.  Way more than I would ever need for three expeditions. 
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Re: Horn size?
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2021, 10:01:31 PM »
For me its always a conscience decision based on if im hunting or at a trail walk at rendezvous, what caliber im shooting and plan ahead. I can never remember running out of powder. And until recently all my horns are medium to smallish in size. And three most common calibers I Shoot are , .36,.45&.50.
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Re: Horn size?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2021, 04:53:26 AM »
LOL! I had to go measure!!  My "EDC" Is 13.5" not counting the plug.  The Horn for the Cherokee is 7.5", Flat horn is 7" and a "tribute" horn is about 8" and the next work that has not started yet looks like it's going to be between 9 and 10 inches.  I guess, what ever is available or which gun, which horn?

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Re: Horn size?
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2021, 02:06:02 PM »
For hunting, I had a .72 caliber rifle that shot a 200 grain charge.  I would load the barrel when I started and I carried 3 speed loaders with me.  I also carried a small 750 grain flask along with 3 extra round ball and wads and patches to reload the quick loaders.  Way more than I would ever need for three expeditions.

I'd have to get out the book to confirm this & I'm being lazy so I won't, but Nessmuk (George Sears) told of a trek he took across Michigan with his Billinghurst rifle and half a dozen cartridges he made up for it.  Those would be paper cartridges, not the unmentionable kind.  He walked over 200 miles through wilderness, living off the land; I believe it took him two weeks. I guess a horn is not especially necessary!   :laffing

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Re: Horn size?
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2021, 09:35:27 PM »
Usually I have enough powder in the horn for a moderate range session, but I have run out a couple of times.