Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by hawg, Dec 24, 2021.
20 ga is 20balls/lb.
.36 was popular in rifles but they took .350 balls
Exactly, 12 balls, thats a dozen, makes sense, 16 balls...16 very common, 16, oz in 1 lb, its a highly divisible number, used for centuries in British currency, 20 ga, nice round number, 28 balls per lb.......uh.....idk....must be French
That doesn’t seem coincidental. It must have simplified logistics enormously to know an approximate weight per number of lead balls. It also accounts for the .36 Navy being more commonly used in union Army service with .44’s reserved mostly for troops facing horses (cavalry, dragoons). Twice as many shots for the same weight carried. If the .36 made the same enemy casualties with half the lead and 3/4 the powder, why waste resources going heavier?
A 140 grain .36 conical over 21 grains of powder (a maximal loading) is nearly the same in terminal impact as a 147 grain .44 roundball over 21 grains of powder (a light loading), so there is a degree of overlap. Similar to the 9 mm vs. .45 acp debate, those who shoot the lighter caliber don’t see a necessity to upgrade for a mere 100 foot pounds extra, and those shooting the heavier caliber see no reason to shed that marginal ballistic advantage.
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