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Calibre

Projectile
Projectile
Weight
Powder
Charge
Powder
Grade
Range Flintlock Pistol
Percussion Pistol
Smooth-bore Musket
Flintlock Rifle
Percussion Rifle
Flintlock Shotgun
Percussion Shotgun
.451"
.451" Cannelured
500 grains
60 - 70 grains
#2
100 metres
.451"
.451" Cannelured 500 grains 65 - 75 grains #4 100 metres
.451"
.451" Cannelured 530 grains 80 - 90 grains #4 up to
1,000 yds
.451"
.442" Paper Patched 530 grains 90 - 100 grains #4 up to
1,000 yds
.462"
.451" Paper Patched 560 grains 90 - 100 grains #4 up to
1,000 yds
MLAIC Discipline Whitworth / Walkyrie
   
Long Enfield
Calibre Projectile Projectile
Weight
Powder
Charge
Powder
Grade
Range
.577"
.577" Minie
530 grains
50 - 60 grains
#2
100 metres
.577"
.577" Minie
530 grains
65 - 75 grains #4 100 metres
.577"
.577" Minie
530 grains
75 - 80 grains #4 up to
600 yds
Short Enfield 3 groove
Calibre Projectile Projectile
Weight
Powder
Charge
Powder
Grade
Range
.577"
.577" Minie
530 grains
50 - 60 grains #2 100 metres
.577"
.577" Minie
530 grains
75 - 80 grains #4 up to
600 yds
Short Enfield 5 groove
Calibre Projectile Projectile
Weight
Powder
Charge
Powder
Grade
Range
.577"
.577" Minie
560 grains
40 - 55 grains #2 100 metres
.577"
.577" Minie
560 grains
70 - 80 grains

#4

up to
600 yds
Springfield
Calibre Projectile Projectile
Weight
Powder
Charge
Powder
Grade
Range
.58" .577" Minie
530 grains
50 - 60 grains #2 100 metres
.58" .577" Minie
530 grains
65 - 75 grains #4 100 metres
.58" .577" Minie
530 grains
75 - 80 grains #4 up to
600 yds
Zouave
Calibre Projectile Projectile
Weight
Powder
Charge
Powder
Grade
Range
.58" .577" Minie
560 grains
40 - 55 grains #2 100 metres
.58" .577" Minie
560 grains
60 - 70 grains #4
100 metres
.58" .577" Minie
560 grains
70 - 80 grains #4 up to
600 yds
MLAIC Discipline Minie
           
Offhand Rifle
Calibre Projectile Projectile
Weight
Powder
Charge
Powder
Grade
Range
.44" .430" Patched RB
119 grains
35 - 45 grains
#2
50 metres
.54" .535" Patched RB 230 grains 40 - 50 grains #2 50 metres
.450" .450" Minie 200 grains 30 - 40 grains #2 50 metres
.450" .450" Minie 200 grains 35 - 45 grains #3 50 metres
MLAIC Discipline Vetterli
     
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