Smaller than usual smoothbores (~45 caliber)?

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  1. Aug 22, 2019 #1

    Skychief

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    I would like to hear from anyone with experience using smoothbores of about 45 caliber.

    I'm thinking one could make a nice rig for deer hunting with roundballs and close range squirrel hunting with shotloads.

    Please tell me about roundball accuracy and shotloads used and how well they patterned.

    Thanks very much.

    Best regards, Skychief.
     
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    You know all about my .45 buddy.
    Get one, or a .50".
    :)
     
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    Thanks Nath.:thumb:
     
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    Will try and get out with the 45 later.
     
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    I have a salvaged Spanish 9mm smoothbore barrel in waiting, it was bulged about 1" from the breech. I cut off about1 1/2 inches and re-breeched it with a forged plug. I want to make a light percussion gun out of it and see how it does. I call it my 'pack rat project' since I was busy evicting one from my shop when the barrel came to light. It runs around .355 bore and is about 32" long as I recall. A real 'small game gun' for sure.
     
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    Don't let anyone put you off.That thing when done could feed a family easy.
     
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    Ok I braved the heat with the 45. Oh and for my British chums used shot, no need to have any anxiety attacks and go running to a committee or chief constable maybe.
    Five shots skychief for six birds! First shot got two! One shot on the wing.
    Well that's not quite right there was a crow as well.
    All shots under 30yds and skychief no recoil, none to bother you with, a child could shoot it brother.
    5/8-3/4oz on top of 4 thin cards on top of an equal measure of 3f.
    IMG_20190825_163453.jpg
     
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    Thanks very much for this report friend! Looks like those shot charges could spell trouble for squirrels too.

    You sure look happy with those six birds with five shots. It's written all over your face!!!:D

    Seriously, I'm thinking a 45 smoothie is likely my next acquisition or build.

    Best regards, Skychief.
     
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