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1842 Musket Velocity?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Boberama, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. Boberama

    Boberama member

    Sometime about 1860, I read that someone working for the army tested the 1842 Percussion Musket with 110 grains of "musket powder" and a 411 grain ball, and found it gave a muzzle velocity of 1,500 fps. Before that the standard load was a 390 grain ball and 120 grains of powder for the same velocity.
    The '42 Springfield has a 42 inch barrel, so how fast would that ball be coming out of the 26 inch Musketoon?
  2. badpenny

    badpenny Well-Known Member

    i have a replica 42 springfield.with 90 grains of goex 2-f and a 750 minnie ball i get 850 feet per second.

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