Re: Tanning a coon skin
Have you tried the Rittle's products? To be honest, it's the only tanning products we've ever used, so I have no experience or opinion on the other stuff. Rittle's was recommended by somebody that did a lot of home tanning and we've always had great results (been using it for years.)
The pickle (safety acid) and tan work great. The hard part is getting the skins as soft as a tannery job. They have the benefit of commercial hide shavers (many of which were used to shave holes in our best furs) and drum tumblers.
Red fox skins are easy, they require no shaving and break fairly easily to near tannery softness. Almost every other critter (except maybe possum and muskrat) has thicker leather which needs to be shaved before breaking or you will never acquire that "tannery" softness.
We have wall hangers done both at tanneries and home tanned, if we have been diligent about the shaving & breaking work, it is difficult to tell the difference.
We used to use USA Foxx & Furs until we found out how bad they were. Tails, ears and legs tore off, tears and holes shaved in pelts and more than a few furs that just went missing and were never returned.
We have used Moyle's in the past and have had excellent results but still prefer doing them ourselves.