Thoughts On Smooth Rifles

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Brokennock

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You've been here since 2007,,,, have you somehow missed the excellent posts from our friend across the pond, @Britsmoothy ?

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Seriously, the guy has posted may reports of rabbits, squirrels, pheasants, crows, fox, wood pigeons, and probably some other critters I'm forgetting. Sure, he uses a 20 gauge trade gun sometimes, and I he has a 12 gauge halfstock that I'm spacing out on the name of, plus some game taken with a Brown Bess,,,,, but most often his hunt reports involve his little .45 smoothrifle that I am so envious of.
 

Larry Akers

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The first rifle I built 55 years ago was a .375 smooth bore. I shot 55 grs. 3F, tight patch around a .370 ball and could hold my own against rifled bore shooters out to 50 yards or so. It would really CRACK. I won my first competition medal (gold) at the Georgia State shoot in 1969 with that gun. Shot a lot of squirrels with it using single round ball. I never tried shooting shot. Still have the gun but the lock is worn out and not safe to shoot.
 

BigD63

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I recently posted this question/thread in the smoothbore forum and received many great answers...

Why a smoothbore?​


It might be of interest to you...https://www.muzzleloadingforum.com/threads/why-a-smoothbore.154663/
 
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Sure, they exist and did back in the day. They were used by scientists and artists to collect birds and other small animals for study without doing much damage. However, I do not see the point to having one. A 20 ga. is lighter and much more versatile.
 

Bushfire

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I recently posted this question/thread in the smoothbore forum and received many great answers...

Why a smoothbore?​


It might be of interest to you...https://www.muzzleloadingforum.com/threads/why-a-smoothbore.154663/
I have two smootbores but no smooth rifles, different things.
 
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