Pope System of Rifling a Gun Barrel
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Pope System of Rifling a Gun Barrel

Pope System of Rifling a Gun Barrel




      

Pope System of Rifling a Gun Barrel


Pope System of Rifling a Gun Barrel

The Pope system of rifling, noted for its excellency, has eight wide grooves, which are on a radius about three times the radius of the bore, and has the corners rounded out, so dirt is easier removed, and it is cleaner in use. This groove is cut just deep enough to clean the bore in the center and give a depth at the corners of about .004". The lands are very narrow (about one-fifth to one-sixth the groove). The bullet is made with a base large enough to fill the grooves completely, and the body of practically the same diameter as the bore. This gives a form that is gas tight, loads very easily (being assisted in this by the narrow lands and choke bore) and on upset, instead of the body of bullet meeting only sharp lands and these cutting into the body more or less unequally, it is immediately held to place by the nearly flat center of the broad grooves, and swells out into grooves equally and perfectly central; consequently it is accurate. In this system a false muzzle and starter are used, and the lubricated bullet seated from the muzzle, the shell with powder being afterward inserted in the ordinary way. In doing this the labor is very light, as the shooter has to handle nothing over a few ounces weight, the rifle standing in the loading stand.

By the simple act of pushing the bullet home the sharp, flit base of the bullet cuts the dirt down behind it, and does so exactly alike, each time giving a uniformly clean barrel without the labor of cleaning. The result of these things is that we attain all the accuracy of patched bullets, and in ordinary hands more, without the labor of cleaning. This is also less labor than the ordinary way of seating a greased bullet in the breech, having to invert the rifle and generally sustaining its weight while so doing. Other things being equal, the man who tires himself least does the best shooting in the long run, and if this is accompanied by increased accuracy of the rifle, he has a great advantage over his fellows who do otherwise. A properly made barrel, loaded in this way, will shoot 10 shot groups at 200 yards that will average about 1 1-4 or 1 1-2 inches less diameter than the same or an equally good barrel shot dirty, bullet seated from the breech.

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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