Saturday, September 10, 2005

Eighty Pounder

80 Pounder Rifled Muzzle Loader of 4.35 tons on Wood, Central Pivot Mount
Range: 2000 metres
Crew: 9
Calibre: 6.25”
Projectile Weight: 88.3 lb
These guns were among those purchased by Sir George Vernon in 1866.
Recoil was controlled by letting the gun run up a wooden slide.
The gun fired either solid or exploding shells cast in water-cooled moulds to harden their tips for the purpose of armour penetration.


Anonymous John Rogers said...

I think that you will find that the calibre of the 80 pounder is closer to 6.5 inches.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Okehills said...

The 80 pounder had the same bore as the 64 pounder RML which was 6.25 inches. The 64 pounder bore was chosen so it was the same as 32 pound round shot, in case this was ever needed, or the guns were a failure.
The 80 pounder shell was longer than the 64 pounder (increasing the weight ) and its studs were broader to prevent mixing up.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Bloggerator said...

Thanks for your comments - what is your interest in this field? It's so rare to come across someone with this interest!

3:32 PM  

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