The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Keep and Bear
It was estimated that over half of the fatalities of the American Civil War didn’t die from when they were shot, but from infections caused by some of the packing material and lubricants used in the rifles, most of which were muzzleloaders. It wasn’t uncommon to use animal fat, sometimes rancid, to lubricate the muzzle loading rifles. It wasn’t uncommon to find a grease stain surrounding a bullet’s entry wound.
The first cartridge bullet was patented around 1861, but didn’t come in to common production until the end of the Civil War. Reloading with a premade cartridge was so much faster than muzzle loading.
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I can’t recall the last time I read about someone being murdered with a muzzleloader, but that’s not stopping the anti-gun group of former Rep. Gabby Giffords from calling for a ban of muzzleloaders anyway.
(Washington Freepost was originally published on this site