Originally Posted by jericho
Thats the one part I do understand. They were saying the absence of rifling is what decreased the velocity. I thought some of the older muskets( pre rifling) when packed and charged well gave comparable velocities to some modern day rifles.
Remember this is TV.
My understanding of the theory is that if the bullet is a good fit it would be faster than if it
was not. But it would have more drag due to the increase in surface area slowing it down
a little. But a sabot with a good seal and of the same weight would be the fastest with
everything else being the same.
If a weapon was worn out and didn't have any rifling left it would have a lot of blow buy
and would be slower, But I have never seen a rifle with all of the rifling gone. I have looked
down the bore of rifles with over 75,000 rounds through them and they still had rifling
but 4 or 5" of throat was gone.
The old muskets used smaller round balls slightly smaller than the bore so they could be
patched with cloth or paper to seal the bullet to the bore and improve the loading process.
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