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    shooting blanks from a Smith carbine

    Greetings to all:


    I?m looking how to make blanks for a smith carbine. I have had several suggestions that were not tested but rather just thoughts on how to make them. The blanks would be used strictly for rifle salutes at ceremonies. I?m using brass tubes for the smith.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated, and thanks in advance


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    Bryan i would put about 40gr of 3f tight packed with a cardboard insert to keep packed and seal it with a lube. Should be ok so long as you aren?t pointing it at anyone and give a nice Pop when you fire it. If it was reenacting i am pretty sure you couldn?t use it due to the cardboard and lube in the end basically being a projectile.

    Hope this helps,

    PapaRob



    Quote Originally Posted by brgreen View Post
    Greetings to all:


    I?m looking how to make blanks for a smith carbine. I have had several suggestions that were not tested but rather just thoughts on how to make them. The blanks would be used strictly for rifle salutes at ceremonies. I?m using brass tubes for the smith.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated, and thanks in advance


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    I carried a Smith on horseback in a Cav unit. For blanks 35 grains of FFF or FFFF and a toilet paper wad, well compressed on top. The TP won't hurt anybody and melts in the first rain.

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    I second the toilet paper. I used 40 grains of 3F and either TP. I used my drill press & a wooden dowel to compress the rounds. Never had one come loose. It doesn't take but a half a sheet of TP folded many times to the size of the opening then pack it. I don't recall any TP ending up on the ground.
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    My reenactor buddies who shot Smiths, made blanks from short lengths of PVC. They were 1/2 inch inside diameter and the same length as the black nylon cartridge cases. They pressed a card stock disk inside to make the base (with pin hole for ignition) added the powder charge and then either toilet paper or another card disc. They were simple to make and it was not big deal if they were lost on the field.
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