Why lead balls not bullets?


Tests conducted by the manufacturers of black powder revolvers suggest that there are no advantages of a bullet over that of the ball. This, they reckon, is due to the distortion caused by the rammer on the soft lead bullet when pressed by the rammer. Possibly a purpose made rammer used with the chamber removed from the frame, could produce better results, but to date I have seen no evidence to support this. As the revolvers produced by ANVIL CONVERSIONS have been designed to be loaded without the need to remove the chamber from the frame, the use of lead balls has been found to be the easiest and most consistent form of projectile.


Balls are easy to make and to load and being lighter, result (for any given measure of powder) in a reduced breach pressure and a higher muzzle velocity.


Est April 2011  

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