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PostSubject: Shooting bag I made...   August 12th 2017, 8:36 pm

Here is a shooting bag I made.
Braintain elk with a buffalo horn.
Set up for shooting round ball from my Flintlock Fowler.
Thanks for looking!
Andy


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PostSubject: Re: Shooting bag I made...   August 14th 2017, 9:56 am

It's great when forum members post their talents and personal originality.  Nice bag-to-go AndyinEversonWink
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting bag I made...   August 14th 2017, 9:59 am

Thanks Marty!
I have found that when folks make or modify gear to their own taste , it makes all the difference in how that use and enjoy it.
For myself , I like to make and use gear that wouldn't raise a comment from Daniel Boone or Kit Carson.
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting bag I made...   August 14th 2017, 10:11 am

Same thinking here AndyinEverson.  There's nothing like adding your own personal touch or modification to stock gear to enhance the hunting or shooting experience.
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting bag I made...   August 14th 2017, 11:15 am

How does that bag hold up in the wet? When I've tried elk or deer, braintan or chrome tan, it sagged under the load like droopy diapers when you got it wet.  "Solved" it with linings of ticking, but mostly I've switched to leathers tanned with oils and waxes for our wet climate.
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting bag I made...   August 14th 2017, 4:51 pm

BrownBear ... the Bag holds up pretty good when wet... I have seasoned it with deer tallow and smoking it every chance I get ... so no droopy diaper effect.

Marty ... Yep ... why have a bag or gear like every one else?
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting bag I made...   August 15th 2017, 5:28 am

@AndyinEverson wrote:
BrownBear ... the Bag holds up pretty good when wet... I have seasoned it with deer tallow and smoking it every chance I get ... so no droopy diaper effect.

Marty ... Yep ... why have a bag or gear like every one else?
Andy
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting bag I made...   August 15th 2017, 6:47 am

I let it sit near or over a smoky campfire and the smoke will "season" it .*
It helps it to retain its shape when wet ... I think .
What I do know is that if I do not smoke brain tan it gets that droopy look and feel that we don't like ,, but if I do smoke it ... it doesn't.

* note for peace of mind and safety ... If your powder horn is attached to the bag , remoove the powder horn or empty it.
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting bag I made...   August 29th 2017, 8:04 pm

Andy, when working  with brain tan , the smoking actually finishes the hide. It coats all the fibers of the leather to keep them soft and the biggest gain is that it water proofs the hide.If you take fresh brain tanned hide and break it really nice and soft and don't smoke it, you'll cry if it gets soaked. It'll look kinda like one of those dog chewies you see all over cause it's still "raw hide". Good brain tanned is very light , warm and soft , even after 100 years in a display.
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting bag I made...   August 29th 2017, 8:27 pm

Well I used the elk brains and worked them in the clean hide then smoked it till "dry"... I still "smoke" it occasionally by a campfire .... so far no dog chewies and its soft and light....
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