>For a century 1750-1850 the Pennsylvania (some refer to them as Kentucky) rifle was the finest rifle in the world. Whatever you wish to call them they had a longer barrel than European rifles (45+ inches verses 30inch barrels). Given that the wilderness was almost completely wooded and the rifle unwieldy, the additional weight, and that the chances for a non straight and/or bent barrel is greater for a blacksmith made barrel the greater its length, why did the longer barrel PA/KY win out for the Eastern American frontier of that time? Note: It's not (only)that they were rifled. They were, but so too were European rifles and in fact most of the gunsmith's rifling tools were from Europe.
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