Musket Ball

Will a flintlock pistol kill a bear?

Will a flintlock pistol or percussion cap pistol in .54 caliber kill a bear? Will a .54 caliber musket ball coming out of flintlock pistol kill a bear efficiently?

Yes it could be done and has been done. But then there are those who died in the process.
Here is a page from the Complete Blackpowder book;
http://books.google.com/books?id=Dzxyneq43AEC&pg=PA92&lpg=PA92&dq=foot+pounds+energy+of+a+.54+cal+pistol&source=bl&ots=6hi1QhxioQ&sig=Hp13C1jvfj0zYqX7_yqGMDvV0oQ&hl=en&ei=RIk6SoKzG5HiswPM3-y2Bw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1
You see those pistols had from 300 ft lbs of energy to over 600 depending on the load.
This would work at very close range with a perfect shot. However there were bears that didn’t go down until they were hit with several black powder rifle rounds. There are many historical accounts of encounters with bears and men armed with black powder guns.

You didn’t specify what kind of bear. A black bear is much easier to kill than his big brothers like the grizzly, brown bear and polar bear. Against such larger bears that pistol would be a death wish. If a brown bear can take a several rounds from a 500 S&W before expiring would you really want to be up against one with that black powder pistol? Not me! Read this story, it took 12 rounds to kill the bear;
http://www.biggamehunt.net/sections/Alaska/Handgun_Hunting_the_Alaskan_Brown_Bear_02050401.html

I like these sort of questions. The only problem is its hard to describe their tenacity and how really tough they are, its something you have to witness. You may get a good shot and drop it on the spot or get a good shot and have the thing go into super bear mode and crap your pants as round after round is not stopping that bear! Let me tell you when the bear finally drops only10 feet from you, you’re heart rate is off the scale, and you will be traumatized.

So the honest answer is; a big maybe.

4 Civil War 69 Caliber Musket Mini Ball Bullet Battle At Petersburgh VA
4 Civil War 69 Caliber Musket Mini Ball Bullet Battle At Petersburgh VA
$10.95
Time Remaining: 8h 39m

Civil War Relic 69 cal Musket Ball 11th MA Camp Charles County MD
Civil War Relic 69 cal Musket Ball 11th MA Camp Charles County MD
$1.95
Time Remaining: 12h 45m

ANTIQUE CAST IRON Civil War Musket Ball Mold COLLECTIBLE
ANTIQUE CAST IRON Civil War Musket Ball Mold COLLECTIBLE
$29.99
Time Remaining: 17h 12m

Ft DonelsonTN Civil War 3 Bullets 2 Musket Balls
Ft DonelsonTN Civil War 3 Bullets 2 Musket Balls
$9.99
Time Remaining: 17h 13m

CIVIL WAR MUSKET BALL STILL IN WOODEN BRANCH
CIVIL WAR MUSKET BALL STILL IN WOODEN BRANCH
$299.99
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $399.99

3 Rare Civil War Relic Confederate Cannonball 1Grape Shot + 2 musket balls
3 Rare Civil War Relic Confederate Cannonball 1Grape Shot + 2 musket balls
$9.95
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $9.95

CIVIL WAR DUG RELICS LOCK PLATE MUSKET BALLS HARMONICA REED PACK HOOK
CIVIL WAR DUG RELICS LOCK PLATE MUSKET BALLS HARMONICA REED PACK HOOK
$7.99
Time Remaining: 1d 21h 26m
Buy It Now for only: $20.00

CIVIL WAR FIRED BULLETS FREDRICKSBURGVA DROP MUSKET BALLS RICHMOND VA
CIVIL WAR FIRED BULLETS FREDRICKSBURGVA DROP MUSKET BALLS RICHMOND VA
$14.99
Time Remaining: 1d 21h 26m
Buy It Now for only: $22.50

5 64 CALIBER MUSKET BALLS 1 FIRED
5 64 CALIBER MUSKET BALLS 1 FIRED
$14.99
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 26m

BULLET 56 DIA CIVIL WAR REVOLUTIONARY 1812  MUSKET BALL LEAD WHITE
BULLET 56 DIA CIVIL WAR REVOLUTIONARY 1812 MUSKET BALL LEAD WHITE
$4.00
Time Remaining: 3d 1h 40m

4 Original Civil War Lead Bullets 69 Caliber Musket balls A152
4 Original Civil War Lead Bullets 69 Caliber Musket balls A152
$14.95
Time Remaining: 3d 8h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $14.95

CHICKAMAUGA Dug Musket Balls Civil War Bullet
CHICKAMAUGA Dug Musket Balls Civil War Bullet
$35.00
Time Remaining: 3d 11h
Buy It Now for only: $35.00

CHICKAMAUGA Dug Musket Balls Civil War Bullet 2
CHICKAMAUGA Dug Musket Balls Civil War Bullet 2
$35.00
Time Remaining: 3d 11h 2m
Buy It Now for only: $35.00

Civil War Reproduction 69 Buck n Ball Display Cartridge for M1842 Musket
Civil War Reproduction 69 Buck n Ball Display Cartridge for M1842 Musket
$24.99
Time Remaining: 3d 13h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99

Civil War Reproduction 69 Musketball Cartridge for M1842 Musket
Civil War Reproduction 69 Musketball Cartridge for M1842 Musket
$24.99
Time Remaining: 3d 13h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99

Civil War Relic 75 cal Musket Ball dug Richmond VA Campsite
Civil War Relic 75 cal Musket Ball dug Richmond VA Campsite
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 12h 48m

NEW Civil War REPRODUCTION Musket Ball pewter 18th and 19th century history
NEW Civil War REPRODUCTION Musket Ball pewter 18th and 19th century history
$5.00
Time Remaining: 5d 10h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $9.00

Civil War Relic Fired 69 cal Musket Ball Richmond VA Campsite
Civil War Relic Fired 69 cal Musket Ball Richmond VA Campsite
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 27m

Civil War Cartridge Flint Musket Ball and Button
Civil War Cartridge Flint Musket Ball and Button
$19.00
Time Remaining: 5d 14h 5m

Civil War minie musket balls
Civil War minie musket balls
$49.00
Time Remaining: 6d 5h 46m

 BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION OF MUSKET SHOTS AND BALLS CIVIL WAR
BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION OF MUSKET SHOTS AND BALLS CIVIL WAR
$75.00
Time Remaining: 6d 15h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $250.00

Antique lead musket balls civil war 4 bullets with a fabricated stand
Antique lead musket balls civil war 4 bullets with a fabricated stand
$9.99
Time Remaining: 7d 11h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99

10 Civil War Relic 54 Musket Balls Dug Near Richmond Virginia
10 Civil War Relic 54 Musket Balls Dug Near Richmond Virginia
$24.99
Time Remaining: 7d 12h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99

15 Civil War Relic 54 Caliber Pistol Musket or Rifle Balls Found in Central VA
15 Civil War Relic 54 Caliber Pistol Musket or Rifle Balls Found in Central VA
$34.99
Time Remaining: 7d 12h 40m
Buy It Now for only: $34.99

Musket Flint  Ball
Musket Flint Ball
$14.99
Time Remaining: 9d 11h 52m
Buy It Now for only: $14.99

Collection of 5 rare musketball CIVIL WAR BULLETS American military history
Collection of 5 rare musketball CIVIL WAR BULLETS American military history
$40.50
Time Remaining: 9d 15h 21m
Buy It Now for only: $40.50

Lot of 2 Estate 58 Cal Dug Musket Ball Bullets Civil War
Lot of 2 Estate 58 Cal Dug Musket Ball Bullets Civil War
$11.95
Time Remaining: 9d 19h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $11.95

CIVIL WAR BELT BAG MUSKET BALLS PATCHES ETC LK NR FREE SHIPPING
CIVIL WAR BELT BAG MUSKET BALLS PATCHES ETC LK NR FREE SHIPPING
$165.00
Time Remaining: 10d 15h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $165.00

Vintage REVOLUTIONARY WAR Musket Ball Mounted w photo by IMINAC Art Rare NICE
Vintage REVOLUTIONARY WAR Musket Ball Mounted w photo by IMINAC Art Rare NICE
$33.99
Time Remaining: 12d 4h 28m
Buy It Now for only: $33.99

ANTIQUE CIVIL WAR ERA MILITARY MUSKET BALL BULLET CARTRIDGE AMMO LEATHER POUCH
ANTIQUE CIVIL WAR ERA MILITARY MUSKET BALL BULLET CARTRIDGE AMMO LEATHER POUCH
$195.00
Time Remaining: 15d 15h 28m
Buy It Now for only: $195.00

Civil War 69 Caliber Musket Mini Ball Bullet Found In Early County Georgia
Civil War 69 Caliber Musket Mini Ball Bullet Found In Early County Georgia
$4.00
Time Remaining: 16d 5h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $4.00

One 54 Or 58 Civil War Musket Minie Ball Bullet Dug Battle Of Petersburg Relic
One 54 Or 58 Civil War Musket Minie Ball Bullet Dug Battle Of Petersburg Relic
$5.50
Time Remaining: 22d 16h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $5.50

Original Civil War Bullets in Matted Display Case Model 1842 Musket cap
Original Civil War Bullets in Matted Display Case Model 1842 Musket cap
$14.99
Time Remaining: 23d 17h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $14.99

6 Original Civil War Lead Bullets 69 Caliber Musket Balls Early County GA
6 Original Civil War Lead Bullets 69 Caliber Musket Balls Early County GA
$22.00
Time Remaining: 25d 13h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $22.00

10 Original Civil War Lead Bullets 69 Caliber Musket Balls Early County GA
10 Original Civil War Lead Bullets 69 Caliber Musket Balls Early County GA
$33.00
Time Remaining: 25d 13h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $33.00



Comments are closed.