Flintlock Musket Muzzle Diameter?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by ArmyCarbiner, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. ArmyCarbiner

    ArmyCarbiner New Member

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    Hello fellows can someone tell me the diameter of a common Napoleonic era flintlock musket? Is it around 4-5cm? Thanks guys!
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    That would be likely to be the 1777 Infantry Musket. Flintlocks, replaced by percussion cap rifles in the early 1800s. Nominally, about .69 caliber, or about 17mm in diameter. Something like this one:

    french%20napoleonic%20musket%201777_1.jpg

    Ummmm- a 5cm bore would be 50mm, or about 2 inches in diameter. Small cannons were that size.
     

  3. ArmyCarbiner

    ArmyCarbiner New Member

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    Thank you C3Shooter. I was thinking about a Brown Bess but the 1777 Infantry Musket is similar too. So a 1800 Flintlock would have a bore diameter of around 17mm-20mm? Thanks in advance :)
     
  4. ArmyCarbiner

    ArmyCarbiner New Member

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    Oh sorry forgot to add, can you also tell me the diameter of the whole barrel? Thanks!
     
  5. dunerunner

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    That would depend on whether it is an original rifle with a hand hammered barrel or a reproduction? Keep in mind, a 233 year old rifle isn't going to represent the barrel diameter of the original manufacture anyway.

    A reproduction will depend on where the barrel was made. Why do you need the information?
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    At the muzzle, a bit less than an inch (25mm) in external diameter. If you have access to a socket bayonet for a rifle of that period, measure the hole in the socket.
     
  7. ArmyCarbiner

    ArmyCarbiner New Member

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    Thanks C3, appreciate it.

    Dune, I'm making a prop for class project.
     
  8. badpenny

    badpenny New Member

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    I don't believe i'm man enough to shoot a 50mm musket.
     
  9. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Not a musket but you'd prolly want to leave this bad boy alone too.

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    * Caliber: 2 Bore (1.325" groove diameter)
    * Action: Left hand Jones Rotary Underlever w/Back action hammer lock and extractor
    * Barrel: 28" long (1:48 twist) w/ Quarterrib and ramped front sight base.
    * Weight: 22 Pounds 3 Ounces w/ 3-13ounce mercury recoil reducers
    * Length of pull, drop at comb, drop at heel and style of stock were all built to the customers specification.
    * Stock: Sugar Maple w/ ebony forearm tip, stained to customers specifications, oil finished, and carnuba waxed.
    * Checkering: 20 Line Per Inch Semi-flattop, borderless.
    * Finish: Action, Underlever, Triggerguard, Grip Cap, Back action lock, Off-side plate, and escheutons are Color Case Hardened, the monoblock and barrel are rust blued, the screws are nitre blued.
    * Recoil Pad: Pachmayr Decelerator
    * Sights: Rear - NECG Multi-leaf Express Sight, Front - Stolzer and Son's Partial Silver Caterpillar.
    * Cartridges: S&H 2 Bore Black powder express 3.5" 700gr FFg, Jeff Tanner Custom Ball Mould, 1.325" 3500gr, Arsenal Primers.
    * The Rotary Underlever acts to the right, at the request of the Customer, all other functions are left handed.
    * Engraving is a custom pattern by Stolzer and Son's in traditional broad acanthus leaves.
     
  10. badpenny

    badpenny New Member

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    I believe you are correct. I'd like to be there to watch though. When I was a young man I would have tried it. But the arthritis makes me a little circumspect with heavy recoil.
     
  11. Hawg

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    It was built by Colin Stolzer. There's pics of the build on my regular forum.
    Black Powder Times - 2 Bore Jones Underlever B/P Cartridge Rifle

    There's also a video of a 2 bore muzzleloader being fired that was also built by Colin. The charge was 350 grs of FFG.

    Black Powder Times - Mike VS. 2 Bore Boxlock M/L (Video)
     
  12. Vakarian

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    lol i would love to shoot it lol i remem the first time i shot a side by side the guy said here shoot this (they were black powder rounds) it had an 18 inch barrel when i got ready to fire both barrles they were backing away from me lol my dumb *** stood by a fire with my back facing it lol