buck and ball in a rifled barrel?

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deerstalkert

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got to thinking after watching a movie that must have had a 500.00 budget that i have never shot a buck and ball load.
are they limited to smooth bores or will they work in a 54 rifle. thanks.
 

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I wouldn't shoot them out of a rifled barrel. No advantage, but several disadvantages.
 

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The rotation of the load imparted by the rifling will cause the buck to open up in pattern. Similar to the extreme patterns seen when firing shot from a rifled bore.
 

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The advantage of shooting a buck and ball load was into a group of soldiers standing fairly close to one another.
The patched round ball would travel fairly accurate, where as the buck shot would travel in a scattered formation causing harm to any body near by with a remote chance of causing a serious wound.
In a rifled bore it is a waste of lead and time, and ethically hunting it is unwanted.
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Also illegal during the primitive hunting season in a lot of states. It could cause leading of the bore too.
 

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any anecdotal accounts of having tried it? all the answers above are great and what i expect, just wondering what the physics in the bore would be like.
its raining like Noahs promise here today and i'm bored.
 
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