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Old November 14, 2012, 05:17 PM   #37
James K
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As noted, firing the ramrod has been done many times. Observers in major Civil War battles have mentioned the glint of ramrods flying through the air.

As Newton24b says, if the rod is down on the bullet, it will act as a long and heavy bullet and a blown or bulged barrel is unlikely. BUT if the rod is stuck partway down, and a bullet is fired into it, the barrel will be damaged because the bullet will be stopped and its kinetic energy turned into heat, weakening the barrel and allowing it to bulge or burst.

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