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Old January 15, 2013, 07:31 PM   #26
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can you explain Minnie Balls to me????
The Minié Ball is a hollow base conical named after its inventer, Claude-Étienne Minié. It was invented during the Crimean War and was the standard bullet used during the Civil War.

To spell it correctly, use alt+130 to make the é on your pc.
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Old January 15, 2013, 07:32 PM   #27
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Wow,

I got a lot to learn about these rifles!!!!! It has been 30 years since I shot a Zouave .58!!!!!
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Old January 15, 2013, 07:35 PM   #28
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B.L.E.,

Thanks!!! I learned something from you and Hawg today!!!!!
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Old January 15, 2013, 07:40 PM   #29
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I doubt you would find many people then and now that pronounce it min·ié
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Old January 15, 2013, 07:43 PM   #30
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So, let's say, for conversation's sake, I am able to pick up a decent, used Deerslayer with a 24" barrel.

What kind of accuracy could I expect in .50 and .54, and which would be the flatter shooting caliber????
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Old January 15, 2013, 07:53 PM   #31
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What the heck is a deerslayer anyway? The only deerslayer I know of is a Mossberg shotgun.
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Old January 15, 2013, 07:59 PM   #32
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http://www.traditionsfirearms.com/pr...78312028312e96
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Old January 15, 2013, 08:11 PM   #33
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That says Hawken Woodsman and has a 28 inch barrel. The 50 would be flatter shooting but you're going to lose a lot of velocity with a 24 inch barrel. Something with a 33 inch or longer barrel would be best. The twist rate is probably 1:48 or faster and I seriously doubt it comes in .54 or with a 24 inch barrel.
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Old January 15, 2013, 08:20 PM   #34
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Thanks!!!! I am learning!!!!
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Old January 15, 2013, 08:23 PM   #35
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I want a .58 Zouave, but I need to find a budget rifle to get started with....
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Old January 15, 2013, 08:45 PM   #36
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The only deerslayer I know of is a Mossberg shotgun.
What you talkin bout willis?? You know one RIGHT HERE!!! I am the whitetail widowmaker!! Well I'm slackin this year though!

That is a very nice looking rifle in the link though, very pretty
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Old January 15, 2013, 09:58 PM   #37
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you wont lose a lot of velocity with the 24 inch barrel. We have guys over at my place cutting barrels down to 20" and still getting excellent velocity, and accuracy out to 300 yards.
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Old January 15, 2013, 10:10 PM   #38
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I'm glad you say that Frontier. I want to run my 58 carbine over a chrony just to see how fast it shoots, I think its a 22" barrel. Running the chronograph on it sure will help me fine tune a load.
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Old January 16, 2013, 11:22 AM   #39
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Anybody got chrono info on .50, .54 & .58?????????????
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Old January 16, 2013, 01:20 PM   #40
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Each caliber comes with many possibilities for speeds. And quite a few different projectile profiles due to the different manufactures involved with the B/P sport. There's the issue of different brands of powders and grades and their charge rates up-down a volume measurer having to deal with.
My suggestion would be be more specific OP: Kind of projectile, (ball, bullet, sabot, maxi or mini) its weight, type & brand of powder used. Asking a question in that manner would narrow the field substantially. All the years of shooting I have never seen a fellow enthusiast chronograph their B/P rifle. Saying that. Only applies in my very limited experience and not meant that it has never happen. I'm quite sure it has been done by someone.
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Old January 17, 2013, 03:29 PM   #41
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Another point to consider: commercial ML barrels in .50 and .54 calibers generally have the same external dimensions, width-wise. So, a .54 caliber rifle will be lighter in weight than a .50, due to the bigger hole reamed in that barrel....
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Old January 17, 2013, 04:32 PM   #42
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Welcome to the form BCarp._

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