Accuracy was a byproduct of rifling

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    I saw a special on guns on one of the history/discovery channels a while back. I had always wondered who came up with Rifling, and where on earth did they get the idea of putting grooves in the barrel to improve accuracy.

    Well, it wasn't done that way. The grooves were originally placed in the barrel to give the powder and lead deposits a place to build up to allow a higher number of shots between cleaning. (Remember this is ball n powder days) This however proved to be a great idea, when they noticed the tremendous improvement's in the weapons accuracy.

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    As they say - ''whoda thunk it''

    Must confess I had not heard that before - but no question that imparting axial spin is a real bonus for stability. I often wonder at how the tooling in those early days could do a good enough job.
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    Its funny how a solution to a differant problem "spun" off into a solution to the smoothbore accuracy problem.
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    Thanks for the enlightment. I have never thought of the reason for rifling in this light.

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    I had heard the same thing. As I remember they actually cut straight grooves but the imperfections in their groove cutting put a slight spin on the bullet that improved acuracy. It was a mystery as to why the acuracy improved. Once they figured out it was the spin of the bullet they began to intentionally cut spiral grooves.

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    wow i just got smarter had no idea either thanks

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