How to Make a Hunting Horn

by Danny Donahue
Black powder weapons are popular and traditional hunting tools.

Black powder weapons are popular and traditional hunting tools.

Black powder weapons are primitive and traditional hunting tools. Hunting with a black powder rifle requires the knowledge and use of a variety of tools and accessories. A hunting horn, or powder horn, holds your black powder safe, dry and ready for use. A cow horn is the traditional material used in the manufacture of powder horns. Making your own powder horn for black powder hunting takes some imagination, a few tools and a bit of know-how.

Scrape the outside of the horn with your knife to remove debris. Sand the horn with the sandpaper to obtain a smooth and polished exterior. Cut the pointed tip off of the horn with the hacksaw, making a small piece 3 inches long. Sand the cut ends of both pieces of the horn.

Drill into the wide end of the small piece of horn with a 1/4-inch drill bit. Widen the hole with your 1/2-inch drill bit to make the finished hole 2 inches deep and 1/2 inch wide to complete your powder measure.

Drill through the side of the narrow end of the small piece of horn. Thread a 20-inch piece of rawhide cord through the hole. Tie a knot in the rawhide to form a large loop so that you can wear the powder measure as a necklace.

Drill a 1/4-inch hole into the wide end of the large piece of horn. Gradually widen the hole with progressively larger bits until the hole is 6 inches deep and 2 inches wide. Paint the smooth outside of the threaded insert with epoxy and slide it into the hole in your powder horn. Allow the epoxy to cure for an hour.

Drill a hole through the narrow end of the large horn. Thread a 36-inch piece of rawhide cord through the hole and tie the ends of the cord together to allow you to carry the powder horn over your shoulder. Twist the PVC plug into the threaded collar to seal your powder horn to complete the job.

Items you will need

  • Freshly cut cow horn
  • Knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Hacksaw
  • Drill with assorted bits
  • Rawhide cord
  • Epoxy resin with hardening chemical
  • Interior threaded PVC insert (2 inch in diameter by 1 inch long)
  • PVC threaded plug (2 inches in diameter)

About the Author

After learning electronics in the U.S. Navy in the 1980s, Danny Donahue spent a lifetime in the construction industry. He has worked with some of the finest construction talent in the Southeastern United States. Donahue has been a freelance writer since 2008, focusing his efforts on his beloved construction projects.

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