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50 yards. It doesn't matter whether
it is a sabot round, Maxi ball, MiniƩ
ball, PowerBelt, or just a hunk of lead.
Beware, however, of the consequences,
as deep rifling will become laminated
with plastic from the sabot, or copper
from the jacketed bullet, or lead from
the unpatched slug. Very quickly, the
shooter will find that his/her gun just
doesn't load easily or shoot well after
just a few shots.
But what if you have a modern gun
designed for safely shooting saboted
bullets, can they shoot roundballs or
sabots? If you have a shallow buttonengraved rifling (0.003 to 0.006-inch)
with a rifling twist faster than 1:48
(meaning one turn of the bullet as it
travels 48 inches), then your flintlock
rifle will shoot the longer, jacketed or
sabotted bullets with more accuracy.
Can they still shoot a patched roundball? Yes, but accuracy will quickly
fall off after 50 yards, because there
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is too much spin on the ball-shaped
orb of lead. That extra spin means it
will fly around like an unpredictable
curve ball.
Another part of the reader's questions asked about lubrication on the
patch, namely grease. The patch carries
lube for two reasons: to reduce friction
and soften fouling (and one could
argue a third, preventing the patch
from igniting into a fire starter.) Oils
are not held in high regard by hunters, because they evaporate and leave
nothing behind that is slippery. In fact,
under the heat of exploding black powder (up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit),
oils turn into tar. And yet, no lube
is perfect. Even the lowly vegetable
grease known as Crisco, while a great
low-cost lube, will dry out and lose its
lubricating qualities. Don't depend on
greased patches to be effective in ensuing years unless you have them stored
in an airtight container.
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