I have know idea about English gun laws.By law in England I can (apparently) load no less than five .36" balls into a "shotgun" ( don't ask me to explain, I don't try and understand idiots be them in government, law makers or whomever) and for the purpose of this thread and all things .45" smoothrifle I've done it with success.
Ok, only on small game still but heck, I would not like to be a small deer to 30 yards no siree!
Now as much as I like all my muzzleloaders, the Bess could go, the 12gauges could go but the .45" and the .63" ( Pedersoli trade gun) stay put!
There are two types of gun license in the UK. A shotgun and a firearm licence.I have know idea about English gun laws.
can you get a license for a ml rifle?
Can you get your smooth rifle classed as a rifle.
I note you shoot smoothies, living up to your name, but are all legal long guns required to be smooth?
I know of no long barreled .54 that will handle as well as a lightweight A weight .45. The .54 would be more cumbersome either way you put it.I have no doubt a .45 smooth rifle, loaded with shot, can take small game efficiently and could also take deer with a round ball.
I’m not clear why one would choose .45 for such purposes over, say, a .54.
I’d warrant the Britsmoothie is a much better than average wing shooter and all-around marksman than most and so for him a .410 or a .45 smooth rifle works well. I’ve seen a lot of game keep on going when fired at with a .410 when I was a kid. No personal experience though- just fellow hunters.
30yds, my .45 reaches 30yd with shot easilyWell, excuse me for asking a question and having an opinion.
See, if somebody has their mind made up, it confuses me if they ask the question, “what do you think of this?” I make the assumption that they want to hear different opinions, both pros and cons.
I wonder if this forum is turning into an attaboy forum.
Calibers are chosen because their advantages outweigh their disadvantages for a particular use. I’m pretty sure most shooters will find a .45 smoothbore, unchoked, to be a 20 yard gun with shot and by no means a turkey gun.
I prefer the .54 as a minimum for a smoothbore as I see no advantage to anything smaller.
I’m finishing up a .58 New England fowler that handles like a magic wand. Just about perfect bore for an all rounder for me.
To each, his own, right?
By the way, I hope everyone feels free to disagree with me and tell me why. Because this is a discussion forum.
Would a .45 smooth rifle be useful at all with shot?
I’m with @rich pierce on this one. Don’t see how you got from your OP to the Napoleonic post in less than a week. Not sure what you were looking for, but it was obviously not a discussion or opinions on using shot in a 45 smoothbore.I know of no long barreled .54 that will handle as well as a lightweight A weight .45. The .54 would be more cumbersome either way you put it.
I will be using it mostly with roundball and I like a .45 over a .54 everyday till Sunday for that. Some think you need a .54 or .58 or “you aren’t muzzleloading”. I go my own way and shoot what I please.