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Old August 6, 2010, 02:32 PM   #27
Mike Irwin
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"There were probably more round ball explosive shells used than all the rifled shells combined."

Hum...

I'm not sure I'd take that bet.

By the end of the war the Parrot, Rodman, and U.S. Ordnance rifles were in heavy use, and pretty much all they used were shells.

In addition, for Naval use, the shell guns had largely replaced the roundball guns by the middle of the war for new construction.
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