Barrel Twist

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by NelsonMuntz, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. NelsonMuntz

    NelsonMuntz New Member

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    Why would a slow twist in the barrel of a gun make it shoot round balls better than conicals?
     
  2. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Conicals are longer and much heavier and need a faster twist in order to stabilize. This is a relative thing. A twist like one turn in 32 inches just might shoot both round balls and conicals well.
     

  3. Unkown Soldier

    Unkown Soldier New Member

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    Not only twist but length of barrel are important in these calculations.

    COMMONLY, it is stated that /48 is the half way point. anything faster is conical, anything slower is round ball.

    I have a special Rice barrel, its 1/60 @ 42 inches. I shoot only roundball, and they do go a long ways.