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How a Charrge of Shot Travels.

When standing within a few yards of the gun's muzzle at the time of discharge, a person would be amazingly astonished were he only able to see the shot as they go whizzing by. Experiments m instanteous photography have proved to us that the shot not only spreads out, cometlike, as they fly, but they string out one behind the other to a much greater distance than they spread. Thus, with a cylinder gun, when the first shot of a charge reaches a target that is forty yards away, the last shot ia lagging along ten yards behind. Even with *he choke-bore gun some of the shot will lag behind eight yards m forty. This accounts for the wide swath that is mown m a flock of ducks on which a charge of shot falls just right. About 5 per cent only of the charge of shot arrive simultaneously at the target, but the balance of the first half of the charge is so close behind that a bird's muscles are not quick enough to get out cf the way, although those who have watched sifcting birds when shot at have often seen them start as if to fly when the leading shot whistled by them, only to drop dead as they were overtaken by the leaden hail.—From Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper.

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How a Charrge of Shot Travels., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2518, 15 September 1890

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How a Charrge of Shot Travels. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2518, 15 September 1890

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