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Buck and ball was a common load for muzzle-loading muskets, and was very commonly used in the early days of the U.S. Civil War. The load consisted of a full caliber round lead ball combined with three buckshot pellets. A muzzleloader is any firearm into which the bullet is loaded from the muzzle of the gun. ... A musket is a muzzle-loaded, smooth-bore long gun. ... The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 until 1865 between the northern states, popularly referred to as the U.S., the Union, the North, or the Yankees; and the seceding southern states, commonly referred to as the Confederate States of America, the CSA, the Confederacy... The word caliber (American English) or calibre (British English) designates the interior diameter of a tube or the exterior diameter of a wire or rod. ... General Name, Symbol, Number lead, Pb, 82 Chemical series poor metals Group, Period, Block 14, 6, p Appearance bluish white Atomic mass 207. ... Remington pump-action shotgun held by a Florida Highway Patrol cadet shotgun, see: Shotgun (disambiguation). ...

Buck and ball was issued in paper cartridges that combined the projectiles with the black powder propellant charge to facilitate rapid loading of the weapon. Rimmed, centerfire . ... Black powder - here a 100 grams container - can be freely bought in Switzerland. ...

The intent of the buck and ball load was to combine the devastating impact of the full-size (normally .69 caliber) ball with the spreading pattern of a shotgun, and served to greatly improve the hit probability of a musket used in combat, especially at close range. Shotguns and boxes of ammunition A shotgun is a firearm typically used to fire a number of small spherical pellets, the shot, from a smoothbore barrel of relatively large diameter. ...



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