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"Marking Bit" for measuring

Everything related to the craft of making custom cowboy gear. And a few other gadgets.

"Marking Bit" for measuring

Postby Frank Turley » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:01 pm

This adjustable bit came out of the old stock at the now defunct Amarillo Hardware Company. It was manufactured, and at one time, nickel plated. The bitsmith used it to get an exact mouth and muzzle measurement. The cheeks and cannon are of 1/2" round. The muzzle bar is of 5/16" round. The Rx capsule shaped headstall rings are made of 1/4" round with an outside dimension of 1" x 1 3/4" for a single when bent. Each cheek bar is 7 3/16" long not counting the headstall ring. The cannon is 6 1/8" and the manufacturer tenoned the cannon to the cheek and smoothed up the resultant peening. The muzzle bar is 4 1/4" long not counting the thumb screw, The only adjustment it does not have is the distance from the cannon to the headststall attachment (top of the ring).
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Re: "Marking Bit" for measuring

Postby l. bacon » Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:23 pm

This is very interesting. I have had to measure a horses mouth with just a tape measure. This would give a much better visual of the size needed. Thanks.
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