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What kind of power did blackpowder weapons have?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Nightcrawler, Jul 16, 2003.

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  1. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Member

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    I'm speaking specifically of percussion revolvers and rifles, as well as flintlock long and hand guns.

    What bullet weights were typically used for various revolvers? To what velocities could the powders of the day push the bullets? What about the Colt Walker revolver, with its extra-large powder chambers?

    How about the rifles used in the Civil War? What bullet weights and velocities there?
     
  2. Old Fuff

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    To answer all of your questions might take a book – and fortunately there is one. Since you are into, or want to get into black powder, go to: www.dixiegunworks.com and order a catalog (it costs $5.00) and is a bargain at that price. You’ll find over 700 pages of data, products of every kind, and all sorts of information.
     
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    Just as a rough general estimate :
    Black powder revolvers : velocities ranged from 650 - 900 fps; 750 fps avg.
    .36 caliber had just under 200 fpe
    .44 caliber had around 250-300 fpe
    Colt Walker was the most powerful pistol ever
    for a number of years.

    Black Powder muzzle-loading Rifles :

    Typical velocities were 800 - 1850 fps; ~1250 fps average
    Energy levels were low, bullet weights were high. Basically, to get more power, you either increased caliber or increased bullet weight. Increasing powder does increase velocity to a point.
     
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