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58 caliber minie ball ballistics

Discussion in 'Civil War Weapons and Ammunition' started by edward, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. edward

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    I would like to know the ballistics of the 58 caliber rifle minie ball. Bullet weight in grains, typical muzzle velocity and muzzle energy. I have a display with two of them and want to add the onfo on a label. Thanks to anyone that can help. I recently joined your organization. ED LACKEY
     

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  3. Bob Owen

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    Ed, repost under your membership. We have a host of experts on the matter on this forum. Thanks.
     
  4. Ken S

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    .58 MINI ballistics.
    BOOM. up up higher higher... fall fall fall fall THUMP! all this in 100 yards....

    ok..975 fps with 60 grains 1, 1/2 Elephant BP (service charge) 510 grain mini traditional shape, pure lead.
    out of an Original Springfield in near 'very very nice' condition, it shoots 2 inch groups, 3 inches above center aim point at 50 yards . at 100 yards I think I'm hitting the ground, but that's as close as I can come. I'm still working on getting used to sighting it. Clean every 5 shots or so to keep things even. Bullet is .585 , yeah, big, but it fits the bore and is accurate.
    nice steady recoil, good crack of the shot...and if I listen reallllyyyyy hard, I can hear a Rebel Yell.....Ken
     
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  5. ed lackey

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    Thanks for the information. Still having a bit of trouble trying to figure out what the muzzle energy is in ft-lbs. ED
     
  6. Tommy Mahone

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    Then the Foster slug would be dominate? Correct? Why can't foster slugs engage rifling like a Minnie ball without the use of a Sabot?
     
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