Posted by Clabert on February 24, 2000 at 12:01:04:
In Reply to: silk? posted by Malcolm Angus MacWilliam on February 19, 2000 at 04:33:05:
: I am new to this site. My longhunter friends and I have always questioned Hawkeye's use of silk to patch a ball to make it go further (the scene in the fort as the couriers take off, I'm sure all of you LOTM experts know what I'm talking of)...I have never tried this, but our opinion is that silk, being slippery, would not aid in a further shot, even may make it fall short. Opinions??
This is the way I always saw this as being somewhat true. From a modern stand point, it has been proven that any two guns of the same make and model, only difference in one being a blued gun and the other being made of stainless steele, shooting the very same cartridge. The SS gun will produce shots at a faster FPS then the blue steele gun. Because the SS barrel is "slicker" the same bullet, in front of the same load, while travel faster. The faster it travels, the farther it will go. Now, what about that silk patch? Anyone who has touched a silk shirt are scarf can tell you that it feels slick. Because they didn`t have SS back then, a very slick patch would do the same thing in making the ball travel just a bit faster, and gaining another 20 yards.
That`s the way I call it.
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