Firing & Cleaning

Firing Procedure for Your Bowling Ball Mortar

Step 1: Obtain the following materials:
Any size of standard Bowling Balls
FG or Cannon Grade Black Powder (MUST BE BLACK POWDER)
A Locking, Non Metallic Box to secure Black Powder
Visco or Safety Fuse
Wet Sponge
Dry Sponge
2x 5 Gallon Buckets
Written Permission to use selected firing range
Powder Measure

Step 2: Fill one bucket with water. This water will be used to keep the mortar clean and so that it can be loaded safely. It is also is for putting out any potential fires.

Step 3: Set up Firing Line and Safety Area.  Minimum safe area should be 25 feet behind cannon, and of course never stand in front of or directly behind the cannon while firing.  To shoot you need at least a 100 X 500 yard clear area.

Step 4: Wipe down Breech and Barrel with Wet Sponge. Be sure to thoroughly clean the breech.

Step 5: Wipe down Breech and Barrel with Dry Sponge

Step 6: Measure out desired powder charge in non-metal container and load into breech.

Step 7: Load the Bowling Ball, the finger holes should face upward. When loading, stand to the side of the Bowling Ball Mortar and gently lower ball into barrel. 

Step 8: Verify fuse burn time.

Step 9: Cut fuse to a length that will yield at least a 20 second burn time.

Step 10: Ensure that the firing range is clear, and that all spectators are in the Safety Srea.

Step 11: Insert fuse

Step 12: Ensure that the firing range is clear, and that all spectators are in the Safety Area.

Step 13: With loud clear warnings, “fire in the hole” announce that the cannon will be fired shortly.

Step 14: Ensure that the firing range is clear, and that all spectators are in the Safety Area.

Step 15: Light the fuse, and return to the Safety Area.

Step 16: Stay in the Safety Area until the ball has landed and come to a stop.

Step 17: Wipe down Breech and Barrel with Damp Sponge. Be sure to thoroughly clean the breech.

Step 18: Wipe down Breech and Barrel with Dry Sponge

Step 19: Place empty 5 Gallon Bucket over the Barrel of the Bowling Ball Mortar. As long as the Bucket is over the Barrel, the Mortar can be considered disabled and people can safely go in front of the Firing Line.

Step 20: Retrieve Bowling Ball.

Step 21: Repeat steps 4-20 as desired

Firing Procedure for Golf Ball & Billiard Ball Cannon

Step 1: Obtain the following materials: FG or Cannon Grade Black Powder (MUST BE BLACK POWDER) A Locking, Non Metallic Box to secure Black Powder Visco or Safety Fuse 2x 5 Gallon Buckets Written Permission to use selected firing range Use Powder Measure -- Never poor directly from the can directly.

Step 2: Fill one bucket with water. This water will be used to keep the mortar clean and so that it can be loaded safely. It is also is for putting out any potential fires.

Step 3: Set up Firing Line and Safety Area.

Step 4: Wipe down Breech and Barrel with Wet Sponge. Be sure to thoroughly clean the breech.

Step 5: Wipe down Breech and Barrel with Dry Sponge.

Step 6: Measure out desired powder charge, and load into breech.

Step 7: When loading, stand to the side of the cannon and drop the projectile in the barrel.

Step 8: Verify fuse burn time.

Step 9: Cut fuse to a length that will yield at least a 20 second burn time.

Step 10: Ensure that the firing range is clear, and that all spectators are in the Safety area.

Step 11: Insert fuse.

Step 12: Ensure that the firing range is clear, and that all spectators are in the Safety Area.

Step 13: With loud clear warnings, announce that the cannon will be shortly fired.

Step 14: Ensure that the firing range is clear, and that all spectators are in the Safety Area.

Step 15: Light the fuse, and return to the Safety Area.

Step 16: Swab down Breech and Barrel with wet sponge. Be sure to thoroughly clean the breech.

Step 17: Swab breech and barrel with dry sponge or brush.

Cleaning and Care of Golf Ball Cannons and Billiard Ball Cannons

A bottle brush dampened with a little diluted detergent works very well to scrub down and clean your barrel. Dry thoroughly after wet cleaning. After cleaning apply a light coat of gun oil inside and out of your cannon. Keep your cannon well maintained and have fun.

Cleaning Your Bowling Ball Mortar

Bowling ball mortars are shipped, primed, and ready to paint any color you choose.

Cleaning and care of your bowling ball mortar

The bowling ball mortar barrel can be easily cleaned with a scrub brush and any diluted detergent, dry with a towel or sponge. Powder chamber wiped down and scrubbed with scotch brite pad. Apply a light coat of gun oil to prevent rust between firings.

Touch up any dings if necessary on your barrel with matching paint after shooting.

For easiest cleaning, take your bowling ball mortar to the local car wash!

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