Night Hawk Stories... Entry 3
Wilson's Bench Gun
QUESTION: Tell me about the bench gun that you've built.
ANSWER: This .54 caliber bench gun weighs 52 pounds. The gun has a false muzzle used in loading that you remove when you're ready to shoot. This false muzzle allows you to shoot a bullet about four or five times larger than the gun has been designed to shoot. Although the gun shoots a round ball, the lead looks more like a watermelon than a round ball by the time you get it loaded. Since the ball fits the rifling perfectly, the gun shoots more accurately.
QUESTION: At what range do you hold bench gun matches?
ANSWER: We hold most matches at 100 yards, but you can go up to 200 yards.
ANSWER: I use 140 grains of 2F powder, about two tablespoons full, and a round lead ball.
QUESTION: How accurately do these rifles shoot?
ANSWER: A good shooter can hit a 50-cent piece at 100 yards almost every time he shoots.
Tomorrow: Wilson's Gorilla Gun