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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2019, 09:50:36 pm »
It would have been amazing to see that thing in action!
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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2019, 09:57:01 pm »
I could not get a sense of what a load/fire/swab/reload cycle would be in time elapsed.

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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2019, 10:02:30 am »
ship board it was one shot every 4 minutes.
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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2019, 11:14:21 am »
Thanks Drydock.

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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2019, 11:44:09 am »
When I first saw the subject title, I thought it was a misprint...usually a gun designated by a weight is referring to the weight of the projectile.  With a 17.72" bore, the Armstrong's shell would be around 2000 lb, or 1 ton.  The "100 Ton" must refer to the weight of the entire piece.  I know the "Swamp Angel" was a "200-Pounder Parrott" of 8" bore.  Cool animation, tho...
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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2019, 04:57:10 pm »
Witworth rated Muzzleloaders by the barrel weight.  Breechloaders by projectile weight.
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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2019, 10:28:23 pm »
Drydock we need one of these for the Grand Muster - hitch it to the back of your trailer and haul it up the hill...

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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2019, 01:22:52 am »
Make sure the wind is in the right direction or lunch may taste like rotten eggs.🤮
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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2019, 06:20:13 am »
How much powder did that thing use for a maximum range shot?
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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2019, 09:30:24 am »
Around 550 lbs.
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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2019, 09:49:24 am »
Imagine the Hazmat fee . . .
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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2019, 01:31:13 pm »
Around 550 lbs.
Wow!  ONE shot would provide me a lifetime of powder!
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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2019, 03:46:59 pm »
Do you suppose you could grind that "cocoa powder" into smaller grains to use in small arms?
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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2019, 05:36:50 pm »
I believe it burns too slow for small arms, and with the low to nil sulfur content would be very hard to ignite if ground to the small grain size needed for small arms.  Most bag gun charges even today have a small amount of standard black powder sewn in one end of the bag to act as an igniter.
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Re: Operation of the Witworth 100 ton gun.
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2019, 06:40:19 pm »
Probably not a big deal, as I'm not likely to find a bag of that "cocoa powder" lying around anyway.........
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