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General Discussion / Re: GETTYSBURG SHOW
« Last post by gandycreek on May 23, 2017, 07:49:06 PM »
I've been hitting Gettysburg that weekend for the last 10 years or so, & I've never had a problem with those spots late Friday, early Saturday, or early Sunday.

I believe most people don't know you can walk the charge route, it's never been crowded when I've been there.

Watch out for the Boy Scout troops - I've never heard such goshawful language in a public place, the adults with them don't seem fazed at all!

If you see any Segway tours, & you're driving, pretend they're duckpins!

Where I see the biggest crowds are the ghost tours - what a racket!
Yeah, thats the ticket. Get out there early and beat the crowds. Mornings on the battlefield are great. Dont be discouraged , just have patience.
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General Discussion / Re: GETTYSBURG SHOW
« Last post by Lamar on May 23, 2017, 07:05:13 PM »
I've been hitting Gettysburg that weekend for the last 10 years or so, & I've never had a problem with those spots late Friday, early Saturday, or early Sunday.

I believe most people don't know you can walk the charge route, it's never been crowded when I've been there.

Watch out for the Boy Scout troops - I've never heard such goshawful language in a public place, the adults with them don't seem fazed at all!

If you see any Segway tours, & you're driving, pretend they're duckpins!

Where I see the biggest crowds are the ghost tours - what a racket!
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General Discussion / Re: GETTYSBURG SHOW
« Last post by speedenforcer on May 23, 2017, 05:14:36 PM »
Now I am discouraged. :(
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General Discussion / Re: GETTYSBURG SHOW
« Last post by gandycreek on May 23, 2017, 04:57:27 PM »
I'll be at the show again this year. As far as touring the battlefield you'll find the "hot spots" like The High Water Mark, Devils Den and Little Round Top heavily crowded and no parking spots. I don't even bother to visit the battlefield on this weekend, but I've been there dozens of times. The best time to visit is early spring and late fall.
  I'll be going to the show both days and walking to places around town. I stay in town so we don't need to drive as much.
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Artillery / Re: Lets talk Naval Artillery
« Last post by CarlS on May 23, 2017, 12:16:24 AM »
Hello,

The bore for a 32-lber is 6.4-inch and the shell is typically about 6.25 inches in diameter.  So it sounds like your shell is a bit big if your measurements are accurate.  The next size up is a 42-lber which is a 7-inch bore and your number seems way short on that so if I had to guess I'd say you do have a frag from a 32-lber.  Off hand I don't know the thickness and it may well depend on whether the common shell is a Bormann or wood fuse although off hand I don't know if there is a difference.

My 32-lber ball with a water cap fuse is about 1.25 inches thick opposite the fuse.  I am not sure if they have uniform thickness inside.  My wood fuse ball has that wood fuse still in it so I can't measure that.  None of my reference books give wall thickness that I could find.  Perhaps some forumites have some frags from a 32-lber they can provide some data on.
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General Discussion / Re: GETTYSBURG SHOW
« Last post by speedenforcer on May 22, 2017, 05:29:54 PM »
Thanks Jim for the info, The Horse Soldier was already on my list for sure. My good friend Dicky told me to go by there. I periodically check out your web site so was already planning a visit and he said make sure I get by there. I will make it a Friday visit for sure. As far as the summer show versus the Autumn show, my son is in kindergarten so I have to settle for the summer show. Do I like crabs, I've always tried to avoid them, oh wait you mean the food oh ok. LOL.  :o
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Artillery / Re: Lets talk Naval Artillery
« Last post by 24thMichigan on May 22, 2017, 10:49:37 AM »
I have a 42lb solid shot recovered from the Potomac near Budd's Ferry, most likely fired by the confederate's 42 pounder guns..... batteries located at what is now Quantico.  So 42lb guns were there.  Talk to Rick Burton.   Please excuse any misinformation in my original post.
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Artillery / Re: It Went Boom!
« Last post by CarlS on May 21, 2017, 10:18:53 PM »
In this case there was no context to the video.  This gives some more info:
     http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-39939925
Amazingly they spent two days getting the bomb ready to blow up by packing sand around it and evacuating the area.  It shut down the interstate and rail for two days.
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Artillery / Re: It Went Boom!
« Last post by emike123 on May 21, 2017, 06:15:35 PM »
Did they have a control experiment to show how much of that dirt and smoke was from the old bomb and how much was from the explosives used to "control" the detonation or is this merely a titillating video without any context?
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Artillery / It Went Boom!
« Last post by CarlS on May 21, 2017, 06:04:33 PM »
While not the time period we mostly discuss, here is a WWII bomb being detonated in England:
           http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/downtime/wwii-bomb-never-exploded-until-now/vi-BBBiOiA?ocid=spartandhp
Still had pretty good energy.
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