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RANGE OF THE FLINT LOCK

RANGE OF THE FLINT LOCK




      

RANGE OF THE FLINT LOCK


RANGE OF THE FLINT LOCK—What was the accurate range trajectory, power, etc., of the flintlock rifle which used the 96 grain ball, used by the early Kentucky settlers? How would these rifles compare in energy, trajectory, etc., with the .44 caliber Game Getter, and the .30 caliber Luger pistol?

Ballistic figures for muzzle-loading guns cannot be given, as the trajectory, energy, etc., varied with every shot, because of the impossibility of loading the same way each time; what is more, such things were unheard of at the time these guns were in use. None of the muzzle-loading rifles suitable for hunting purposes and so used would do very accurate shooting at distances over 200 yards, and this was considered the limit of range of the best muzzle-loading rifles, though I have seen some heavy match rifles, using conical bullets, that would do fairly accurate shooting at much longer ranges. The hunting rifles all used round ball and the range of a round ball is limited because of its light weight.

It is doubtful whether the muzzle velocity ever exceeded 1500 feet per second, perhaps not that much, and because of the light round bullet, it fell off rapidly. At short range such a gun would have about the same power as the .44 caliber cartridge in the Game Getter gun, but was more accurate, because of the long rifled barrel.

Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.

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