Since the advent of powder and ball, there have been thousands of varieties of all sizes and imaginable shapes, round and long, with points of every conceivable curve that can be geometrically figured, some with a flat base, others with depressions of all depths and shapes, some to be patched with paper, or covered with steel, copper or nickel, others with grooves, the width, depth and number of them varying according to the theories of the many so-called scientific men Scientific theory and practice do not always agree. Science will figure out the size, shape and weight of a bullet, and not the proper portion of a certain grade of powder. It will place this powder and ball in a rifle barrel of a figured length, bore and twist of rifling.
Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.
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