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To: Calvin Coolidge
I beg to differ. The Kentucky rifle that was used by many American militia was rifled (hence the name "rifle"). Accuracy left much to be desired with the maximum accuracy of about 2 to 4 MOA (minutes of accuracy, it equates to about 2-4" from point of aim at 100 yards or 4-8" at 200 yards). Not great, but generally good enough to hit a man sized target at 200 yards.

The muskets had horrible accuracy. At best maybe 24 MOA (that's TWO FEET from point of aim at 100 yards). That is why the opposing sides walked right up to each other shoulder to shoulder and fired en masse. They are also much cheaper to manufacture.

P.S. I post most of this for those who may not be familiar with guns.
33 posted on 02/04/2003 9:32:57 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
I shoot a .40 rifled flintlock at clay birds at 50 yards with no problem. There is no doubt a good flintlock rifle could hit a man at 200 - 300 yards, once you have calculated the bullet's drop for that range.
49 posted on 02/04/2003 10:53:00 AM PST by TexasRepublic
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