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Re: bullet shape
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 26 June 2011, at 11:14 a.m., in response to Re: bullet shape, posted by steven gabrielli on Sunday, 26 June 2011, at 6:50 a.m.
Probably the most comprehensive reference easily available would be volume 5 of the Pitman Notes.
After a quick run-through of same, it appears that both styles (cavity and flat base) did exist, with a great variance in size and shape of the former. And, more of the designs (a very large collection of only .50-70 rounds could be assembled) do appear to have had a cavity of some kind.
With the change to breech-loading, the need for a undersized expanding projectile disappeared. I can recall shooting my .58 musket in the 1960s, and can attest that loading became extremely difficult, after only a very few shots.
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