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Thread: The .45 Kentucky; first shot of 2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikePal View Post
    Ahhh starting to see the misunderstanding...the target is the 2" square...and 4/5 shots are touching it..that is good shooting in the world of Black Powder shooting with Patch and ball.

    Discussing of clover leaf groups are for guys with scoped center fire guns





    Well considering that 5/6 shots are touching at the 25yds range I can say, yes that is what the gun is capable of.
    Cloverleaf looks to be possible with that at 50 yards, was just curious, I do not see 6 on the 50 yard target, is it out of frame or was this taken before shot 6?

    I wonder how much curve happens to the round ball, throwing a ball or shooting a ball has some really unpredictable movement, would be fine close up but the further away the curve can do weird things. I guess if there is not much spin imparted on the ball by the rifling this type of effect may occur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox View Post
    I do not see 6 on the 50 yard target, is it out of frame or was this taken before shot 6?
    Quote Originally Posted by MikePal View Post
    Well considering that 5/6 shots are touching at the 25yds range I can say, yes that is what the gun is capable of.
    Only 5 shots at the 50....

    You'll have to spend some range time with your new ML to get a feel for how accurate the lead ball/patch shot is. Hollywood had us believe that Jethro Bodine could shot the wings of a fly at 100 paces....reality , not so much..LOL...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikePal View Post
    Only 5 shots at the 50....

    You'll have to spend some range time with your new ML to get a feel for how accurate the lead ball/patch shot is. Hollywood had us believe that Jethro Bodine could shot the wings of a fly at 100 paces....reality , not so much..LOL...
    I was doing some internet digging at lunch, some guys shoot round ball on steel at 300 yards :O

    I will be very curious to find out what mine can do, probably some load development just like the rifles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox View Post
    I was doing some internet digging at lunch, some guys shoot round ball on steel at 300 yards
    Not likely very well with a Kentucky long rifle with open sights....LOL...

    A 125gr ball with an MV of 1400ft/sec has a -185" drop at 300 yds.....You'd have to aim at a spot 15' into the air...be like shooting a mortar and have the ball land on top of the target....LOL..
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikePal View Post
    Not likely very well with a Kentucky long rifle with open sights....LOL...

    A 125gr ball with an MV of 1400ft/sec has a -185" drop at 300 yds.....You'd have to aim at a spot 15' into the air...be like shooting a mortar and have the ball land on top of the target....LOL..
    Not saying I saw it happen, just that guys are claiming at vintage shoots to be hitting steel at 300 :P

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    Good stuff Mike. The accuracy is a bonus. Just getting out to make smoke is the best. I was out at the range with my .50 flinter the other day. Took a .308 and a 30-06 as well. Now.......how about a pic of that Kaintuck????...........................Daniel

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    Hi Daniel..

    I picked this .45 CVA ML off a guy on the forum a few years back. I was looking for a percussion cap for back yard plinking at a cheap price...it fit the bill.

    I refinished it with a 'Outers' Stock Kit...but really not that fond of the 'orange' look it took on. I may redo it one day...

    This is the kit layout for a day of shooting using Lubricated Patches and wads...

    Arte et marte (By Skill and by Fighting)...The RCEME motto

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    Looks like you got everything you need there Mike.........except a Flintlock. LOL They are another ball of wax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikePal View Post
    I also found I need to get into shape...LOL.....walking back and forth 100 yrds to target board to take the pictures after each shot got my heart rate up enough to affect my shooting...felt like a Biathlon shooter. The first two shots where good then I started to have to control my breathing more. Sucks getting old

    I hear you MikePal the only thing worse than getting old is rotting LOL!!!

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    re: Sucks getting old. Mike, the heart is the least of your worries. Wait until you're seriously worried that you might soil yourself during that 100 yd walk! You'll be wearing diapers to the range.

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