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Round Ball vs Cut Lead Bars in Military Muskets
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:39:07 am »
Interesting European battlefield history combined with Velocity, Accuracy and Gelatin tests.

Although the use of cut lead bar sections makes perfect sense for a supply expedient, I had never heard or read of this approach being used in military combat.

« Last Edit: December 31, 2014, 11:52:28 am by JesseL »
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    Re: Round Ball vs Cut Lead Bars in Military Muskets
    « Reply #1 on: December 31, 2014, 12:07:46 pm »
    Interesting stuff. Given the tactics of the time and the accuracy limitations of a smoothbore musket at the time, that looks like it would have been a pretty effective way to go.

    The difference in terminal ballistics is interesting too, but I suspect that getting hit with either a round ball or square hunk of lead would be so massively devastating that the distinction wouldn't matter much.
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    Re: Round Ball vs Cut Lead Bars in Military Muskets
    « Reply #2 on: January 04, 2015, 12:09:37 pm »
    I didn't know they did that.  Makes sense though.  It would keep your gun running much longer between cleanings if you had to.
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