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keytosuccess... 06-01-2007 05:17 PM

Minimum Caliber
What is the minimum caliber for blackpowder/muzzleloaders?

Splatter 06-02-2007 02:53 AM

I've seen .30 and .32 cal front-stuffers, no reason one couldn't make a .22

JoeLee 06-02-2007 05:51 PM

I think 32Cal was the smallest I ever shot or seen.

RONSERESURPLUS 06-04-2007 10:32 PM

Min Caliber?
Hello all


I'm gonna look to Dad on this one? He had a .32 Squirl Rifle he used, I have head of 30 cal as well? I never saw any or did he ever mention one in 22. but as a few here have said, no reason that they could not have? This size or caliber was popular for small game and my Dad took all sorts of that Mess up to racoons till I was about 10, if I remember right?


Splatter 06-04-2007 11:54 PM

I think that probably .30 or .32 is the smallest practical size. Especially shooting real blackpowder. The fouling build-up would make repeated shots on a .22 cal somewhat trying. Also casting .22 cal balls or slugs is a bit of a chore. I've made 45 grain bullets for a .22 Hornet, and the rejection rate was pretty high, and I'm not even all that picky.

deerhuntguy 07-08-2007 07:05 AM

Dixie Gunworks sold a .22 cal. 4 barrel pepper box replica. That is the smallest I have heard of.

zeskullmaster 06-07-2010 07:53 PM

Size matters ?
I know they have 22 cal. slugs but I would think the size depends on what you want to do with a weapon that would be a better question LOL:p

Brigadeir 06-07-2010 10:37 PM

I had me a wall hanging replica of a flintlock years ago. Took off the pipe barrel and put on an old .303 British barrel threaded and breach plugged. Filed the frizzen and riveted on a pc of steel feeler gauge to make it spark. Drilled a touch hole in it and it fired a #4 sinker quite well. Took a few squirrels with it. Don't know what ever happened to it, but I wish I had it now for my grandson. Amazin' what 'Yankee Ingenuity' can come up with.


Deadman1 06-07-2010 11:03 PM

Smallest one I know of is the North American Arms .22 cal Companion cap and ball.

Companion Specifications:
Caliber: Equivalent to .22 Long Rifle
Capacity: 5
Material: 17-4 pH stainless steel
Barrel Length: 1 1/8"
Overall Length: 4"
Overall Height: 2 3/8"
Width: 13/16"
Weight: 5.1 oz. unloaded
Suggested Retail Price: $215.00
Part Number: NAA-22LR CB

quigleysharps4570 10-29-2010 05:31 PM


Originally Posted by keytosuccess... (Post 2463)
What is the minimum caliber for blackpowder/muzzleloaders?

For what...hunting/targets...what?

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