Fun Project 1800s Cartridge Belt Restoration

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Fun Project 1800s Cartridge Belt Restoration

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Just recently finished restoring a Pooler & Jones Boss Shotshell Cartridge belt. Feel free to check out the link for full details.

Also recreated a historic photo of John Slaughter while I was at it.


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Now that is just downright COOL!!! 8) 8) 8)

Well done!!!
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Ysabel Kid wrote:
Sun Oct 10, 2021 8:17 pm
Now that is just downright COOL!!! 8) 8) 8)

Well done!!!

Thank you. It was a fun thing to work on.
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Great job of restoration, well done :mrgreen: those type of cartridge belts are often found in the UK usually made of spring steel. I have used them in the past but once carelessly scratched my stock on an empty shell holder. They are quick to use and hold the shells securely. Sometimes I see a row of the spring clips on cartridge bags too..…
I really like the photograph, a nice touch to finish off the project.... 8)
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gamekeeper wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 4:19 am
Great job of restoration, well done :mrgreen: those type of cartridge belts are often found in the UK usually made of spring steel. I have used them in the past but once carelessly scratched my stock on an empty shell holder. They are quick to use and hold the shells securely. Sometimes I see a row of the spring clips on cartridge bags too..…
I really like the photograph, a nice touch to finish off the project.... 8)
Thanks Gamekeeper. I could definitely see how someone could scratch a gun stock with something like this. Something to definitely keep in mind while using it.
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Well done sir! I admire your patience and persistence. Bringing back a piece of history and doing it correctly requires some dedication. Thank you for sharing with us.
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That was quite the project, and very well done. Thanks for sharing with us!
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Awesome.!!!
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Thank you all. It was a fun project and one that I just kind of backed into. Started out with a facination of the original John Slaughter photo because his 1887 was so prominant. Then I just assumed that he had a canvas Mills style belt on. Thought that for years. In the Packing Iron book it is even listed as a Mills belt. Then one day I seen a very good image of the photo and could see that it was something more than just canvas. That lead me to really digging in to try and see what type of belt it was. Once I found what it was I just decided to look for one and after a week or so of searching I found that one but in rough shape. I thought to myself that I could prob. bring it back and give it new life. Glad I did.

Thanks for checking it out everyone.
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earlmck wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 9:56 am
That was quite the project, and very well done. Thanks for sharing with us!
+1 to that! Well done!

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THATS GREAT!
BUT....WHICH ONE IS YOU...HAHAHA
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Excellent Rube. Very, very excellent. I had the pleasure of spending a day in the saddle on the J-S. Did you know the south fence of the corrals is the border fence? The cussed horse I had borrowed actually tore a post out of the shed where I tied him. Well, it made a memory.
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M. M. Wright wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:39 pm
Excellent Rube. Very, very excellent. I had the pleasure of spending a day in the saddle on the J-S. Did you know the south fence of the corrals is the border fence? The cussed horse I had borrowed actually tore a post out of the shed where I tied him. Well, it made a memory.
Thanks and goodness. I’m sure that did make a memory.
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RIHMFIRE wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 11:50 am
THATS GREAT!
BUT....WHICH ONE IS YOU...HAHAHA

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Rube,
A few times a year someone comes up with a "post of substance". Yours is one of the best and one I enjoyed immensely.

Very tedious work that few have the patience or the craftsmanship for and I take it that it was a "labor of love" on your part.

Your belt would be a real eye catcher at a cowboy match.

Well done young man!-----006
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amazing work ! would never have thought it could be done so well !!
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Sixgun wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 9:26 pm
Rube,
A few times a year someone comes up with a "post of substance". Yours is one of the best and one I enjoyed immensely.

Very tedious work that few have the patience or the craftsmanship for and I take it that it was a "labor of love" on your part.

Your belt would be a real eye catcher at a cowboy match.

Well done young man!-----006

Thank you Sixgun. It was absolutly a labor of love. I enjoyed giving new life to a piece that would otherwise be long forgotten about. Thank you again for the kind words.
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hfcable wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:16 pm
amazing work ! would never have thought it could be done so well !!

Thank you very much.
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Your welcome Rube and thank you...when I like someone I'll give em the shirt off my back.......let's not talk about the alternative as some people need to "sleep with the fish". :D

Yes, I agree on getting something old back into running condition as a labor of love.........like Pitchy, I like the old stuff ......especially guns and related items.....

How well do the shotgun shells fit in the copper holders?....is there any "spring" tension or is it just a tight fit. Your belt is super cool and I'm not patronizing....I really like it.----006

Picture is really spot on...
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Very nice work!
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Sixgun wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:57 pm
Your welcome Rube and thank you...when I like someone I'll give em the shirt off my back.......let's not talk about the alternative as some people need to "sleep with the fish". :D

Yes, I agree on getting something old back into running condition as a labor of love.........like Pitchy, I like the old stuff ......especially guns and related items.....

How well do the shotgun shells fit in the copper holders?....is there any "spring" tension or is it just a tight fit. Your belt is super cool and I'm not patronizing....I really like it.----006

Picture is really spot on...

The holders do have spring tension in them. When I got them many of them were crushed. I reshaped them as best as I could to get the proper tension back in them. The only "problem" if you will, when putting them in. The original brass shotshells were tapered. The taper allows for the end of the shell to pass over the rivets that secure the carriers to the belt. I normally don't taper my brass shotshells so the end of the hull will catch the rivet on the way in if not done carefully. If they had the taper the would slide right in. It does not effect pulling them out at all though.
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ywaltzucanrknrl wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 5:04 pm
Very nice work!

Appreciate it.
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