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    Cap and Ball at 450 Meters

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    Very cool.
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    Nice! Thanks.
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    wow, amazing.
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    I like watching his videos,,,,,,,,,,,,
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    Amazing shooting with iron sights.
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    Good video but I'm not surprised, black powder rifles are/were amazingly capable.
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    62 cal muzzle loaders with 30"+ barrels took out many a red coat
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    I think this is his Whitworth hexagonal bore military target rifle. The bullets are cast in a hexagon, and fit the barrel closely. If you look, he doesn't use a cloth wad when seating the bullet., he only lubes it with his fingers. Whitworth rifles set World records back then at distances to 1000 yards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob42049 View Post
    I think this is his Whitworth hexagonal bore military target rifle. The bullets are cast in a hexagon, and fit the barrel closely. If you look, he doesn't use a cloth wad when seating the bullet., he only lubes it with his fingers. Whitworth rifles set World records back then at distances to 1000 yards.
    Not only were Whitworths quite capable, so were the P58 Enfields. In fact, anyone using a P58 had 10% of their score deducted to make it "fair" to the other competitors. I shoot a first gen Parker Hale P58 in musket competition and it is a sub 2moa rifle with minie balls.

    Now PRB, Patched Round Ball, the load and type of muzzleloader that most are familiar with suffer at distance. The drag on a round ball is huge and past about 100yd it gets sketchy fast. The Minie bullet design of Civil War fame and Whitworth "bolt" design were the last word in muzzleloader tech before cartridge guns started taking over. Lots of folks think a muzzleloader or black powder gun can't be accurate but that's so far from the truth as to be laughable. A properly set up gun (just like modern ones) in the right hands (just like today) can be scary accurate just like today. What a modern gun does for the shooter is it enables the shooter to be able to be more accurate at distance by reason of the advanced technology taking out a large part of the shooter skill. To be fair, a black powder gun is unforgiving in poor technique. A modern gun, by virtue of how it functions, is much more forgiving.

    There is another technique used in black powder that modern shooters know almost nothing about and that is paper patched bullets. The bullet is wrapped in paper and then loaded into the cartridge. In the P58, it used a version of paper patching and that technique survived through much of the black powder cartridge era. Many new shooters today have no clue how to make it work, but guys who shoot the Quigley Match in Montanna are intimately familiar with it.
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