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Subject: muzzle velocities during the late 1700's
theBird    2/5/2007 2:41:45 AM
any ideas as to what the muzzle velocity of the old brown bess muskets were? I'd think probably pretty slow, but then again they were firing a 70 caliber musket ball so it still probably had a good deal of stopping power.
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longrifle       2/5/2007 3:06:26 AM
I think about 90 grains of black powder should put it in the neighborhoof of 1000 fps.

My source for that is:

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smitty237       2/5/2007 10:49:47 AM
A book of mine lists the muzzle velocity of a flintlock musket round at around 580 fps, but I'm sure that would depend a lot upon how much poweder you used.  That seems pretty slow, but with a .70 caliber ball I'm sure it won't matter that much. 
Source:  The Armory by Keven Dockery. 
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