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Thread: What powder charge did the 69 cal rifled musket use in the Civil War?

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    I was about to be super impressed when I saw a 100 yard target but even at 50 that is very good. Looks like another winner mold from Moose Molds!

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    Shot it at 100 yrds this past weekend and it?s starting to look good I?m going to play around with powder charges next. 10 shoots in that target Name:  IMG_2234.jpg
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    what powder charge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maillemaker View Post
    The US Ordnance Manual of 1862 lists 70 grains powder for the 1842 with Expanding Ball, and 110 grains with Round Ball.

    The information is on page 270.

    https://books.google.com/books?id=ww...page&q&f=false

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    I'm not sure I'd rely on this data. As I recall, in the winter of 1864, during an inspection tour of the Army of the Potomac, Grant noticed that a large percentage of 3rd New Jersey troops were cross eyed. Grant ordered the Army Medical Department to investigate this. It turned out the 3rd was equipped with '42 smoothbores and shooting the 110 grain charge. The medical folks did experiments and found that the soldiers' eyeballs were bouncing off the backs of the sockets when they fired this round, and the eyeballs did not always bounce back into alignment. After that the 3rd was always placed on flank duty.

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    There is some confusion as to why they were placed on flank duty. Of course guys with an eye skewed to the left, and better than average observation off in that direction, marched along on the left flank, and those with eyes skewed right marched along on the right flank for the opposite reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maillemaker View Post
    The US Ordnance Manual of 1862 lists 70 grains powder for the 1842 with Expanding Ball, and 110 grains with Round Ball.

    The information is on page 270.

    https://books.google.com/books?id=ww...page&q&f=false

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    Thank you for the reference. Fascinating read.

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    I made a video a few weeks ago concerning shooting historically-accurate cartridges with correct loads.

    Turns out that I loaded them upside-down - the ordnance manual states that in one motion after turning your hand palm-outwards to dump the powder you should then put the cartridge in the barrel, which means it should go paper tail end first down the muzzle.

    But anyway, they were astonishingly accurate to me at 25 yards.

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    It seems like the rifled .69's would be prime candidates for an expanding flat base, something that operated on the same principle as a TC maxiball. But, at least a hollow base helps us achieve that with lighter weight projectiles.

    An alternative I've thought about trying is a thin skirted shuttlecock design with the lube in the base but no lube grooves. Something like a second hand #575213 with the .577 portion machined out to suit the .69 bore and the #68569 plugs.
    Last edited by hobbler; 10-30-2021 at 08:08 AM.

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