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Anonymous asked in SportsOutdoor RecreationHunting · 1 month ago

How deadly were muskets in the Revolutionary war? If a person were to get hit by a musket ball in the heart or head, would that be fatal?

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  • Bill G
    Lv 6
    1 month ago
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    Muskets were much deadlier in their time than modern firearms are today.

    Even as late as the Civil War, many people who were shot either had their limbs amputated, or died from infection.

    Modern medicine has made previously lethal wounds survivable, and even able to heal in the long term.

    • oldprof
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      To a point, most fatalities from wounds were in fact due to infections.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    they coated the musket bullets in a substance that ended up more deadly than traditional bullets. so yes and no. modern bullets have more range and accuracy while musket bullets have more lethality

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  • 1 month ago

    Umm,,Yea, they were very lethal, if they wern't, they would have used sling shots and arrows.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Well DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Matt
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    1 month ago

    Considering the medical treatment you'd get would either be a saw to cut your limb off or straight up heroine. Yes, musket balls were deadly if they hit you. The only thing that would save you is the horrendous accuracy of muskets.

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  • 1 month ago

    A musket ball doesn't penetrate as deep as a fast-moving bullet. But the slug weighs an ounce. So if you get hit in any vital organ it's going to kill you.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No way, man.  Those little balls?  They'd only kill you if they hit you between the eyes.

  • 1 month ago

    The "Brown Bess" shot a round approximately 3/4 of an inch in diameter with a velocity of at least 1,300 ft./sec. This could tear the heart right out of a man.

    They were not that accurate because they were not rifled and smooth bore. Most of the deaths were caused by infections and poor medical care.

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  • Murzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If he didn't die right away, he would bleed to death.

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  • Todd
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If modern day replica muskets (yes people still shoot them) are any indication, the answer is most certainly yes, very deadly. Some people use black powder guns to hunt big game. They used to back then and still do today. The weapon does it's damage with the mass of the projectile, not so much the velocity.

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