There are not a lot of surviving examples of shot bags from the early
1700 to look at and any research shows that the shot bags of the time
were on the small size.
So I decided to make myself a small size bag and show what I can carry in that bag.
also use a belt bag in which I carry lose ball and patching or paper
cartridge, if shooting shot I will remove my shot from the bag along
with my wading and place it in my belt bag. All of my loading is done
from my belt bag. Also in the bag is a small turn screw and a extra
Here is the bag with all of it's contents.
Carried in the front pocket is a small pouch that holds shot card, flints, and my hunting tags.
copper tin with a oil rag, two wooden picks used to plug the vent hole,
two different tow worms, and a bottom scraper. Also a turn screw.
bag of tow, a small striker and a large musket flint. The striker can
be used for two things, one starting fires the other, sliding the center
hole down over your ramrod to help remove it if stuck.
Attached to the bag strap is a pick & brush set,
attached to the horn is the powder measure.
Carried in the bag is a small brass primmer.
Cow's knee is now carried on the back of the bag instead of inside.
is my bag next to a bag that I just come pleated. My bag is 6" wide by
7" deep with the front pocket of 4" wide by 3" deep the other is 8" wide
by 9" deep and a large double pocket. Everyone has there own ideas of
what they need to carry in order to maintain and fire there fowler or
rifle. Now if I didn't use the belt bag I would need a little bigger
Then again if I was to carry only what is needed in a common
man's bag for the 1700 it would be just the right size. For all I would
need is the turn screw and a few flints a hand full of balls and the
small bag of tow and the spring type tow worm, nothing more.
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