flintlock pistol, buck and ball or buckshot load?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by blackdragon, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. blackdragon

    blackdragon New Member

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    is it possible to shoot a buck and ball or buckshot load through a flintlock pistol? would it have been effective? since it wouldn't have the velocity or energy it would have coming from a musket.
    have they ever used this load in combat? or is this not a good idea?
    your opinions?
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I wouldn't try it from a rifled pistol but if you have a smoothie then why the Hell not?
     

  3. blackdragon

    blackdragon New Member

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    where have you ever seen a rifled flintlock pistol? I've only ever seen reproductions with smoothbores, like a super short musket barrel.
     
  4. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    They're not uncommon on kit guns. You see it a lot more on caplocks though.
     
  5. blackdragon

    blackdragon New Member

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  6. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    That's a good site to know about if your looking for harder to find reproductions.
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    My single shot, caplock pistol from Traditions is rifled but slowtwist, iirc.
     
  8. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Yeah it doesn't take much twist to stabilize a round ball. Anything with more than 1:48 can actually be too much and you should switch to more modern type projectiles like maxi balls.