Re: Monday. Answer
Response To:
Monday. Winter Doldrums ()

Gary Smyth
>Lots of red herrings in my original question. The woods werenít a problem as the trees had no lower branches like the woods of today. The woods were essentially clear under the canopy except for the rather substantial trunks. Over years the canopy grew and the stuff underneath failed and died and what was beneath was only recent deadfall. There was little brush as we know it today. It would have been like walking through an endless building supported by pillars. The barrels normally didnít get caught on stuff as there was little to catch on. They were carried cradled across the chest also. As to the straightness of the barrel, it was steel folded around a mandrel. Then it was bored separately after the hole was established.. Iím no gunsmith but the information I got was that the barrel was built to enclose the bore. The bore was not drilled as you would through the end grain of a dowel. The bore was straight as anything made today. The length of the barrel was and advantage three fold: 1. to permit the charcoal powder to burn completely thereby giving the ball more speed. Basil is on target. 2. the more time in the barrel allowed the slightly undersized ball to heat and expand to fit the rifle grooves and thereby gave it more spin as well as more velocity. It also didnít destroy as much meat going through it when it hit. Frederick is the winner here 3. Because of the heft of the long rifle no chances were taken. The owners did use whatever means necessary to steady the rifle. Branches, sand piles, boat gunwales were all used if they were available. One shot one kill or you would never see that game again what with the noise and smoke and time to reload. Congrats to Tom and Robert on this part. Good work all.

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