Smooth Rifle Benefits?

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    Put that way, You make a good argument. I was thinking about actual pellets years ago when I had a pellet gun, If I recall the skirts were slightly lager than bore diameter. Maybe I just imagined it, that was a long time ago.
     
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    I don't use patches in my smooth rifle and get reasonable accuracy!
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    The flyers were failed experiments.
    The group was bare ball.
     
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    No, "a very tight combination of patch and ball," is not, "needed," in all cases. Many of us got better groups with a looser patch/ball combo, and eventually got our best groups with no patch.

    Also, duelist didn't try the Skychief load.
     
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    They did make conical bullets for military smooth bore muskets , I forget the name.

    You'd have to mold your own.
     
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    Thanks, all. Seems a .54 smooth rifle could be a real treat. I'd be hunting squirrels and deers.
     
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    Smooth rifles are just cool.
     
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    You didn't mention the distance, but IF those are at 50m then that is VASTLY superior to the slug tests which I saw, using the above pictured slug, as well as a different design, and shot through a rifled choke tube.

    When I was a kid, a lot of the older farmers, as well as one of my grandads, used to use what they called a "pumpkin ball" (and pronounced here in Maryland "punkin bah") which was a 12 gauge shell opened up and the shot removed, and replaced with a round lead ball of about .690. They employed these out to 40 - 50 yards and swore by them. They had used them since they were young men during the American Great Depression, as they were much cheaper than rifle ammo for deer, or the cost of rifled slugs.

    So the old was new again....

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    50 good strides.
     
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    Well I'm gonna call that Vindication ! :thumb:

    So add that to the Smooth Rifle Advantages.., with the proper load they can equal or surpass some modern slugs when going for deer.

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    If you shoot with both eyes open you will get to where you won't even notice the rear sight when wingshooting.
     
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