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by maverick2076
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Rifles & Shotguns
Topic: Effective Range of a .54 Cal Muzzleloader with Round Balls?
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Re: Effective Range of a .54 Cal Muzzleloader with Round Balls?

The Annoyed Man wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:54 pm
Round balls? Why not just use Minié balls? Civil War confederate guerrilla sniper Jack Hinson made hits on union soldiers up to 1000 yards out, using a muzzle loading rifle custom built for that kind of shooting, loaded with Minié balls. Admittedly, he typically fired down onto troop transports from high up on bluffs lining the river, which would have had the effect of reducing his bullet drop over the range; but those would be hard shots even with a modern centerfire today. It seems to me that shooting that kind of bullet would at least increase your hit probability, and maybe even extend your range a little bit.


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