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Old 07-31-2020, 10:48 PM
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After 10 years I decided to retire and sell my .58 Enfield musketoon that was pretty worn out after years of shooting even before I owned it, but I wanted another muzzleloading military musket, and I really wanted a British Baker rifle, but the only copies are Indian made versions of dubious quality that aren't even rifled, they're all smoothbore, or a kit from the Rifle Shoppe which would take a year and then still need to be finished and assembled.

So I picked up a Pedersoli French An IX de Cavallerie carbine in .69 caliber, which was used during the Napoleonic Wars by the Hussars and other special troops versus the latest full length Charleville musket. I've been trying a variety of loads in it out to 50 yards, so far the most successful being a .678" roundball with a .010" patch or a .662" roundball with wadding made from tow (flax fiber). It tends to shoot a little left but being it's a smoothbore musket, the accuracy is what it is. I'm hoping to get the groups shrunk down some more, because I would love to hunt with this gun and keep the shots to 50 yards and closer.



.662" and wadding made from tow.



Groups from the wads of tow.

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How do you load it with a ramrod that is too short?

Or is the ramrod channel deep-drilled way back into the buttstock?
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How do you load it with a ramrod that is too short?

Or is the ramrod channel deep-drilled way back into the buttstock?
The ramrod is very deep into the stock and at an angle as well underneath.
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What kind of accuracy is acceptable for a smooth bore? I have never owned or shot a smooth bore musket.
I own a Pedersoli 1859 Sharps carbine and a 1861 Springfield. They are both quality arms.
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Have you ever tried the buck and ball load?
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They are flintlock shotguns, that's the accuracy you'll get-they don't even have rear sights. A tighter fitting ball and wadding can improve accuracy a little.
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Have you ever tried the buck and ball load?
That's next on my list. I'm working up some loads with either .648" and .662" roundballs and .289" and .310" buckshot pellets to go with it.
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