An Essay on Shooting: Containing the Various Methods of Forging, Boring, and Dressing Gun Barrels ... Remarks on the Properties and Action of Gunpowder ... the Methods of Training Pointers--and a Short Description of the Game of this Country ... The Whole Interspersed with Summary Observations on the Various Subjects of the Sport

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T. Cadell, 1791 - Dogs - 313 pages
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Page 4 - ... than the intended bore of the barrel. The edges of the plate are made to overlap each other about half an inch, and are welded together by heating the tube in lengths of two or three inches at a time, and hammering it, with very...
Page 302 - ... at four or five times, before he will leave the wood to go to an adjoining; one, or to a hedge-row. During the day-time, the woodcock remains in thofe parts of the woods where there are void fpaces, or glades, picking up earth-worms and grubs from amongft the fallen leaves. When night...
Page 296 - U 3 eyes eyes are encircled with two large and red eyebrows, which are compofed of a fiefhy membrane, rounded and pinked on the upper part, and extending beyond the crown of the head. The plumage of the hen has lefs of the red and more of the white than the cock, the membrane of the eyebrow is lefs projected, lefs pinked, and of a lefs lively red.
Page 271 - A third has been known to fwim into the middle of a piece of ftanding water, keeping only her nofe above the furface in order to draw breath *. Thefe are matchlefs efforts of cunning. According to naturalifts, the hare lives fix or feven years, and attains its full growth in one. From the firft year it engenders at all feafons, and has no particular time for coupling with the female. Yet, it is obfervable, that from the month of December to the month of March, the buck feeks the doe more frequently,...
Page 190 - Its purity is known by laying two or three little heaps near each other upon white paper, and firing one of them. For if this takes fire readily, and the...
Page 6 - ... under the action of the hammers. — Thefe heatings and hammerings are repeated until the whole of the barrel has undergone the fame operation, and all its parts are rendered as perfectly continuous as if it had been bored out of a folid piece. The number of heats given to each...
Page 268 - If the dog runs after fheep, and you cannot break him of the cuftom, couple him with a ram, and in letting them loofe, whip the dog as long as you can follow him. His cries will at...
Page 16 - The boring bit is a rod of iron* fomewhat longer than the barrel ; one end being made to fit the focket of the crank, and the other being furnifhed with a cylindrical plug of tempered fteel, about an inch and a half in length, and having its furface cut in the manner of a perpetual fcrew, the threads...
Page 26 - The laft operation is that of colouring the barrel, previous to which it is polifhed with fine emery and oil, until it prefents to the eye, throughout its whole length, and in whatever direction we obferve it, a perfectly fmooth, equal, and fplendid furface. Formerly barrels were coloured by expofing them to a degree of heat which produced an elegant blue tinge ; but, as this effect arifes from a degree of calcination taking place upon the furface of the metal, the infide of the barrel always fuffered...
Page 4 - To form a gun-barrel in the manner generally practised for those denominated common, the workmen begin by heating and hammering out a bar of iron into the form of a flat ruler, thinner at the end intended for the muzzle, and thicker at that for the breech ; the length, breadth, and thickness of the whole plate being, of course, regulated by the intended length, diameter, and weight of the barrel.

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