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Old March 29, 2013, 08:57 AM   #9
PetahW
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If you research caplock rifle target shooting from the 1800's, you'll find out that not many were shooting bores as large as a .50, most likely because it's quickly tiring, and even more likely, more expensive than a smaller caliber.

The target guns almost invariably had bull barrels.

.40 & .36 (which can use buckshot) calibers were lighter on both shoulders & wallets.
Some today use a .32, but that bore is too small for my fat fingers to handle easily. YMMV.

Holy Black & lead PRB's (patched round balls), in a slow twist barrel, is the path to accuracy.

I highly recommend a read of "The Muzzle-Loading Caplock Rifle", by Ned Roberts - it's a classic book that will edukimate anyone interested in shooting targets with a frontstuffer.





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