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Revolvers/Pistols => YE OLD GUN SHOP => Topic started by: Dave on July 08, 2016, 02:57:22 PM



Title: restored ammo pouch
Post by: Dave on July 08, 2016, 02:57:22 PM
I found this McKeever ammo pouch in an antique store at a good price.  In it were 20 original .45-70 rounds, dated '87 on the head (1887).  It's probably from the Indian Wars.
I got it and began restoring the leather and the cartridges.
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m217/pohill/DSCF5286_zpsfkfjxhqi.jpg)
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m217/pohill/DSCF5290_zpsan2qulaz.jpg)

I treat the leather daily, and it's really coming back to life.  There's an inspector's mark inside the pouch and the name of the arsenal on the back flap.  The cartridges are copper.  
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m217/pohill/DSCF5302_zpsf7a4hhmz.jpg)
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m217/pohill/DSCF5301_zps9ezx3yuy.jpg)


Title: Re: restored ammo pouch
Post by: decrepit on July 08, 2016, 05:06:03 PM
Thats what I call a find.  You sure live in area af great antiques.  Here we find old butter churns and plow shares.


Title: Re: restored ammo pouch
Post by: CGN1771 on July 08, 2016, 05:53:40 PM
Great find. looks great now. a restored piece of our dissapearing history.   (K*


Title: Re: restored ammo pouch
Post by: Dave on July 08, 2016, 06:51:07 PM
Here's the head stamp on one of the rounds before I cleaned them up.  At this time I didn't know they were copper.
10 87 F (Frankford Arsenal)

I'm tempted to take one apart and see what the BP looks like.  Good thing I don't have a .45-70...
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m217/pohill/DSCF5294_zpsw1lukhow.jpg)


Title: Re: restored ammo pouch
Post by: Dave on July 09, 2016, 12:59:35 AM
Plenty of plow shares and butter churns around here, too.  Every now and then I come across firearms related stuff.  The store where I bought the pouch has a bunch of single shot BP caplock pistols, but they also have two interesting handguns.  One is a Smith & Wesson Model 3 (break open, single shot.  Probably .44 - the seller doesn't know for sure).  The cylinder doesn't advance but that might be an easy fix.  I just can't figure out which variation of the Model 3 it is - Flaydermans lists a bunch.  He's asking $450 for it, but I'm kinda tapped out for awhile when it comes to guns.  The other is a Spanish- made single action 1873? revolver, nickel plated, that's in great shape.  He's asking $750 which might or might not be a good deal.


Title: Re: restored ammo pouch
Post by: Dave on July 10, 2016, 08:57:43 AM
My Photobucket account got messed up and the pics are gone.  Oh well.  There must be a better way to post pics.


Title: Re: restored ammo pouch
Post by: Thumper on July 10, 2016, 07:14:19 PM
Nice work Dave..I saw it before the pic's got pulled. As far as saving pic's, I add them to my picture file then transfer them to my documents after renaming and resizing. Give it a try, then when the "add a pic " option comes up, go to your computer and then documents.


Title: Re: restored ammo pouch
Post by: Dave on July 11, 2016, 10:56:15 PM
I think it works.  Here's a Before pic of the ammo pouch.



Title: Re: restored ammo pouch
Post by: Dave on July 11, 2016, 11:33:23 PM
I re-downloaded the pics to Photobucket.  PITA
Work in progress.  I keep adding coats of restoration paste.
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m217/pohill/DSCF5302_zpslntczzhw.jpg)
Before and After pics of the ammo inside
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m217/pohill/ammo1_zpsgrvajezk.jpg)
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m217/pohill/ammo2_zpsaohqeyo0.jpg)


Title: Re: restored ammo pouch
Post by: Baron Von Kesselwalker on July 12, 2016, 12:45:29 PM
very nice ........ }'"


Title: Re: restored ammo pouch
Post by: Navy Six on July 12, 2016, 04:10:19 PM
Congrats on the lucky find, Dave! Looks like your leather treatment approach is working. By the way, Decrepit, you are lucky to find nice butter churns and plow shares where you live. Right now I live in NJ and the only things i usually find are old magazine articles signed by Bill Clinton.