I have owned a number of them through the yearssmoothshooter said:What kind of accuracy do you get at various ranges with your .36 smoothbore?
Rested or without a rest?
Wow that is really interesting information. I never would have guessed you could get 25 or 30 shots out of a 32 without fouling it. My 50 fouls out at about 5 rounds. No one will probably believe this but I had a Numrich Arms 36 cal flinter back in the 80's Bicentennial era. I got in a steel target match and fired 110 rounds and never cleaned the gun. Back then I didn't even know you needed to. I won the match shooting out to 100 yards. The 36 couldn't knock them all down but I could make them ring and that counted that day.
Sounds like your .50 needs either to be lapped out, or a lube change made.hoyt can make .38 barrels.as well as other in between calibers. such as .42 .46 and .52.
Maybe what you have discovered about smoothbores of 50 caliber and under is more proof that quite a few of our ancestors did just fine without having the added expense of rifling in their guns.I have owned a number of them through the years
I think of them garden guns. I shoot more shot then round ball.
I do have .36 rifles too.
Most of the smooth bore of what I had, had front sights only
The only time I ever bench rested one, front sight only, I could hit a quart can at 65 yds. Consistently.
They are bunny busters and pigeon poppers for sure. I really like hunting doves.
The only one that I have now, I have not shot yet, an inexpensive Spanish percussion.
I have all the barrels, stocks, lock for two more”¦”¦.. If I ever catch up”¦”¦
Rice barrels makes very fine .36 smooth bore barrels.