HELP! Flint Target Pistol Caliber???

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Which caliber should I get?

  1. .44 Smoothbore

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  2. .45 Rifled

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    58.3%
  1. Jul 27, 2019 #1

    Smokey Plainsman

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    Hey gun buddies! :)

    Looking to get a Pedersoli Charles Moore for recreational target shooting. Comes in two calibers in flint, one is a .44 smoothbore and the other is a .45 rifled.

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    Guys, my question is, what caliber for informal recreational target shooting and plinking?? Both are priced very close to one another, the smoothbore is about $50 cheaper. Help!! :(

    -Smokey
     
  2. Jul 27, 2019 #2

    Phil Coffins

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    Rifled 45
     
  3. Jul 27, 2019 #3

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    Rifled 45 unless you need a shot load for snakes.
     
  4. Jul 27, 2019 #4

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    I personally would get the .44 smoothbore, but it also depends on other factors. In a competition, you would get more range out of the .45 rifled, same with other doings of a similar type. But to be honest, with the smoothy, you could kill snakes easily with the shot, and then for other purposes you could use ball. And the smooth bore brings a very versatile ability in other ways we know.

    Also, getting sick of that pesky little animal? The .45 would give you (alittle) more power and range with the rifling. But then, with the smoothy, you could also make good use of shot depending on the critter. It depends on these things plus some, but, again, to be honest, they'd both do just fine.


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  5. Jul 27, 2019 #5

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    Rifled 45
     
  6. Jul 27, 2019 #6

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    There wont be hardly any competition with a smooth bore.
    GO RIFLED
     
  7. Jul 27, 2019 #7

    Kansas Jake

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    Question, would the 44 shoot a bare .440 round ball and the 45 a patched one. If you have a hankering for a 45 rifle at some point, having a pistol that uses the same ball is nice.
     
  8. Jul 27, 2019 #8

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    For target, go with the rifled version. I have one of those from Armi Chiappa that is a tack driver (I wish I could hold so steady as to do it more than once in a row). How often do you have to kill a snake in real life? Get a grip, guys; take a step back, and walk around.
     
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  9. Jul 27, 2019 #9

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    A 44 will probably use a 433 ball.just measure the bore
     
  10. Jul 28, 2019 #10

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    Pedersoli lists a .435 ball for the smoothbore and a .445 for the rifled version. Doesn’t amount to much difference. Personally I’d just go with the rifled version unless you have some smooth bore competitions on the menu.
     
  11. Jul 28, 2019 #11

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    I went to the Pedersoli web site.

    The smoothbore calls for a 0.435 ball. (no Pedersoli link for shot wads)

    The rifled pistol calls for a 0.445 ball.

    Good job biliff. Beat me to the Pedersoli website.
     
  12. Jul 28, 2019 #12

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    Rifled will probably be more accurate
     
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    The rifled sure will gave you more basic accuracy. I have one of those, but in percussion and it's a nice shooting pistol.
     
  14. Jul 28, 2019 #14

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    I know you said this pistol will be for rec shooting, but do you happen to be into reenacting/living history? If so, what time frame? Although this pistol might not be 100% correct, depending, it could be worked into an era.
     
  15. Jul 28, 2019 #15

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    No, I shoot for fun. I do not reenact so that will never be an issue for me.
     
  16. Jul 28, 2019 #16

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    Smooth bores are fun, if you intend to shoot shot. If you plan to shoot round balls, get the smoothbore only if you want the the less accurate gun.
     
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    Do you happen to live in snake country? If so, the smoothbore could be of more use. But if you want a more accurate, farther reaching pistol, then, of course, go the .45 rifled route.
     
  18. Jul 28, 2019 #18

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    The smooth-bore would be good for re-enacting a duel set to the English Rules, but not to the French Rules- they used RIFLED barrels!!! :eek:
     
  19. Jul 28, 2019 #19

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    Inside of 25yds they are about the same.
     
  20. Jul 28, 2019 #20

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    At snake shot range (just beyond fang reach) a .45 rifled barrel will probably do just fine.
    Besides, there's LOTS of bullet choices for .45.
     

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