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    P1851 rifle musket

    I was reading an article in Guns and Ammo on the P1851 Enfield. I was wondering if any skirmisher out there has used one in competition. It is a .702 caliber. According to the article, both sides in the War of Northern Aggression bought some, as these arms were replaced by the P1853.

    Enquiring minds want to know.
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    Gil,

    Check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_KQj7OYN-w

    Also on youtube search britishmuzzleloaders. The guy has tons of info and videos on many British, expecially Victorian Era, firearms.

    Good stuff,
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    My unit, the 44th NY, back ion the late 1960's had one old fellow, actually a Tuscarora Indian, who used a P-51 Rifle Musket for the old wooden stake events. Because he was never able to find a proper mould he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn if he had been inside the barn! However, a friend had a P-51 Rifle Musket made from a Rifle Shoppe kit and it shot wonderfully with the now available correct projectiles. Of course, the barrel was made by one of the current modern makers.

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    In the latter part of the 1960;s, the late, great Skirmisher/Gunsmith John Stotler had a "Fremont 1842" Rifled-Musket he had cobbled together using mostly original parts. He used it ONLY for the Stake Event.

    His name for it was "Termite II" and he showed me a Minie Ball he used in it. He had taken a Lyman , .69 Caliber Minie Ball mould, put the mould on a lathe and bored out the ogive of the nose to .68 Caliber. His Minie Balls cast in that mould
    were, in effect, long .69 Caliber "Wadcutters." They had to weigh well in excess of 1,000 grains each.

    John's comment: "Ole Termite II kicks like the Devil, and I am looking around for a lead mine to buy, so I can keep feeding her."

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    And you size them way undersize so they keyhole.

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    Dear Maillenmaker:

    It was at a Nationals, many, many years ago a well known team going into the Stake Event, LOADED THEIR RIFLE-MUSKETS WITH RAMRODS (AS PROJECTILES) and if I recall correctly, obliterated their Stake with one mighty volley.

    Anyone recall the specifics of that incident? What team? What year?

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    What does any of this reverie have to do with the original question about the use of a British P-51 Rifle Musket? Very simply, nothing.

    If you want to discuss something different.....start a new Thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Holland View Post
    What does any of this reverie have to do with the original question about the use of a British P-51 Rifle Musket? Very simply, nothing.

    If you want to discuss something different.....start a new Thread.
    Yep and it is getting very old.
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    I'm not clear here. Was the P1851 not used in the ramrod shooting??

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    Eggman - That's a fair, and on topic, question! The simple answer is, not one of those muskets used was a P-51 Enfield.

    I was on the line at time of the "incident" Southron, Sr. has referred to, and only a few positions away. For N-SSA historical purposes, here is what they did: Those eight men on the team had previously gone to Sutler's Row and purchased cheap reproduction ram rods at $2.00 each. When they fired their first volley at the chip board horizontal stake one ram rod just happened to hit the stake broadside and cut it in half. And, yes, they were disqualified for that stunt.

    Now, to all readers and enthusiasts, lets continue on with anything regarding the original question about use of the P-51 Enfield in the N-SSA. Or even the history of the P-51, if you wish. Thank You!

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