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« on: August 03, 2011, 08:32:28 pm »


As with most of my projects I've figured out that I can probably buy a cart for less than it will take me to build one, but I want to do it anyway. The lumber is no problem, Home Depot and Lowes are full of it, but where do you buy the wheels, axles and bearings? I really don't want to take my Grandaughters tricycle apart for this. She's pretty smart and would figure it out right away.
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2011, 12:22:22 am »

Bugscuffle,

Home Depot and Lowes have wheels too, in the lawn mower section is where I found them

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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2011, 04:59:17 am »

BS, get at least 12" wheels as the larger they are the easier they will roll over obstacles.  Smiley WM
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2011, 08:46:44 am »

Wheels, go tonyour local small engine rfepair shop. ask if they have any old high wheel push mowers out back in the scrap pileand if you can take thebig rear wheels off.  some may wany $10 for a pair some might be free.  you might even be able to get an azel and/or hight adjusters ifyou want to use them.  I just used a bolt and locknut and washers on mine.  hard rubber tires to not go flat.  bigwheels to roll easy. plastic or wire spokes. 
Just an idea.
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2011, 02:05:17 pm »

Bugscuffle,

Home Depot and Lowes have wheels too, in the lawn mower section is where I found them

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Lawnmower section huh? Thanks, I never thought of that. Too much like work over in that section.
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2011, 03:00:26 pm »

At Harbor Freight you can get pneumatic wheels for $10, less if on sale. (And they're often on sale)

I've used hard plastic wheels, but pneumatic wheels are much, much better on soft ground & gravel.

http://www.harborfreight.com/10-inch-pneumatic-tire-30900.html
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2011, 03:21:34 pm »

Here's the wheels on my 2 carts.


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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2011, 04:10:32 pm »

Just a thought, if you are ever thinking about shooting with NCOWS, I think they have  a rule against 'pneumatic tires' ...
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2011, 05:02:39 pm »

Just a thought, if you are ever thinking about shooting with NCOWS, I think they have  a rule against 'pneumatic tires' ...

I sould have expected something like that from NCOWS. They have rules against everything. Heck, if they had their way, they'd have yiu take the bullets out of the cartridges and throw them at the targets.
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2011, 08:08:19 pm »

NCOWS just tries to stay authentic. If we have our way people wouldn't be dressed like Howdy Doodie shooting non period correct guns wearing buscadero rigs while wearing baseball caps.  Wink

But we do expect you to use what would have been available in the period we are supposed to be replecating.
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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2011, 02:01:28 am »



I got this cart used for $100 and has served me well for over 5yrs. I found some replacement wheels at a liquidation store for $4 each. But haven't needed to use them yet. These wheels do great over rocks etc....

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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2011, 09:13:40 am »

Here is a pic ifound of my cart. Itain't pretty but functions well, and folds down if needed. started with the box from an auction and the wheels from above mentioned source.  put the rest together quickly with the idea of building a better/nicer looking one later.  been using it for almost 4  years now.  I like not having to worry about flat tires.


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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2011, 09:38:10 am »

NCOWS just tries to stay authentic. If we have our way people wouldn't be dressed like Howdy Doodie shooting non period correct guns wearing buscadero rigs while wearing baseball caps.  Wink

But we do expect you to use what would have been available in the period we are supposed to be replecating.

Like gun carts?   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2011, 09:57:31 am »

I sould have expected something like that from NCOWS. They have rules against everything. Heck, if they had their way, they'd have yiu take the bullets out of the cartridges and throw them at the targets.

Since you obviously know even less about NCOWS than SASS, I would recommend you actually read the rules before you comment on them.  The NCOWS "Tally Book" is much smaller than the 3 volums needed by SASS.  Here's their website if you would care to visit it.   http://www.ncows.org/   BTW, I shoot NCOWS matches with the same firearms and clothing that I do in SASS.
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« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2011, 12:21:19 pm »

Thank you John.... you saved me the retort I had planned  Roll Eyes

FYI Bugs...NCOWS discourages gun carts, it does not outlaw them outright , pneumatic tires or otherwise.
We do ask they be kepted off and well back of the shooting line.

however two classes Working Cowboy & Originals does  not allow them period....
they are just not needed both being two gun classes
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« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2011, 10:01:45 pm »

tractor supply is a good place to shop as well.
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« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2011, 11:59:36 pm »

I stand corrected and bow to the better knowledge of our gentlemen on this post .... I had thought that I had read that, but the pneumatic thing must have been some anecdotal information that I accepted as a truism ...
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« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2011, 08:55:40 am »

Wadd... I meant "outlawing" Carts themselves.

pneumatic tires however are just more like putting salt in a wound.

There were pull carts like these...  If one must have a cart these are period ( not gun carts but would serve )


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« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2011, 12:01:12 pm »

Like gun carts?   Roll Eyes

I don't use a gun cart. And most NCOWS members don't. 
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« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2011, 01:20:52 pm »

Y'all play nice please.  Wink
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« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2011, 03:53:34 pm »

Gun carts is like guns, one is never enough.  Roll Eyes  WM
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« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2011, 05:45:18 pm »

Rolan Kraps has a couple of easy plans, light, folding, easy to haul. I built a 5 gun version of the Rough Rider out of 1x3 oak from Lowes, and the 3 Gun Ultra Lite from 1x3 pine. I made the bottoms out of 1/2" treated plywood instead of 1x4 to reduce weight. Plus I added a tray on the back of both for drinks and stuff. Well worth the $6.25 download. I carry a light folding chair, so instead of building the ammo boxes I use fabric Igloo coolers in thier place to cut down even more weight. I made a few more modifications like padded gun rests..etc.. to suit me, bought the tires at lawn mower supply. The biggest mistake I see in first time gun carts is they are way to bulky and heavy. Good Luck Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2011, 08:01:20 pm »

Got mine at http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/category_tires-wheels
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« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2011, 11:52:58 am »

As with most of my projects I've figured out that I can probably buy a cart for less than it will take me to build one, but I want to do it anyway. The lumber is no problem, Home Depot and Lowes are full of it, but where do you buy the wheels, axles and bearings? I really don't want to take my Grandaughters tricycle apart for this. She's pretty smart and would figure it out right away.

Made mine out of Oak Boards, some Oak Plywood, brass screws. drawer handles, hinges and windo latchs (a lot of them).  Would have been much better off buying one.  Used some plans off the internet.  In retrospect, should have used my plastic ammo boxes and shotgun shell boxes and planned the cart around the ammo storage box.  Dillion Boxes and shot gun shells do not pack really efficiently.
Had I done that the Cart may have been a couple of inches wider or longer.

Still have not built a tray up by the handles.  Will also have to make a platform for C & B loaders for plainsman and frontiersman.  Have the wood, been putting it off for a few years now.
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« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2011, 06:59:52 am »

I built this a few years back, made from Poplar wood. The axel is 3/4” steel turned down to ˝” I think for the wheels.
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