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#1 Whitetiger


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Posted 04 January 2007 - 10:53 PM

what kind of shot did they use back in the frontier days. did they have it like we have with so many shot sizes, oo buck shot,slugs ??



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Posted 05 January 2007 - 07:30 AM

I guess what you mean by back in the days means a muzzleloading shotgun. From what I have read they used everything, even steel shot i.e. nails etc.. Actually fine shot was used. They first loaded the powder then an overpowder wad then the shot and finally an over shot wad to hold it all in. As for slugs they had them too they even had smoothbore rifles. Today a muzzleloading shotgun still is loaded much the same way except a shotcup is used instead of the overpowder wad. From what I have read you can get some really good patterns from these front loaders plus you get that fantastic cloud of noxious fumes as a bonus.
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Posted 05 January 2007 - 11:30 PM

My first shotgun was a single shot 410.

Taht is as old as it gets for me..


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