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Flintlock Pistol

Flintlock Smoothbore

 

Calibre

Projectile
Projectile
Weight
Powder
Charge
Powder
Grade
Range Flintlock Pistol
Percussion Pistol
Smooth-bore Musket
Flintlock Rifle
Percussion Rifle
Flintlock Shotgun
Percussion Shotgun
.44" .430" Patched RB 119 grains 20 - 25 grains #2 25 metres
.50" .490" Patched RB 176 grains 25 - 30 grains #2 25 metres
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Flintlock Rifled
Calibre Projectile Projectile
Weight
Powder
Charge
Powder
Grade
Range
.44" .430" Patched RB
119 grains
18 - 25 grains
#2 25 metres
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Military Smoothbore

Calibre Projectile Projectile
Weight
Powder
Charge
Powder
Grade
Range
.65" .640" Patched RB
393 grains
20 - 25 grains
#2 25 metres
.69" .680" Patched RB 472 grains 20 - 25 grains
#2 25 metres
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The above loads are those generally regarded as suitable for muzzle loading firearms in good condition. In certain types of firearms (eg smooth-bore flintlock pistols, flintlock rifles and muskets firing patched round ball) slightly heavier charges and/or finer grades of powder are frequently used to obtain better accuracy. Particular care should be used in such cases and it is advisable to start with lighter loads and make increases gradually. Proof service loads should never be exceeded. We accept no responsibility for the contents and accuracy of, or omissions from, the above table. Link to homepage