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Title: Jaegerbuechse, Hunting Rifle

Place: Duchy of Brunswick

Date: around 1776


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Title: Hunting Rifle

Place: Brunswick

Date: around 1776


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Title: Hunting Rifle

Place: Brunswick

Date: around 1776

Jaegerbuechse:The Jaegerbuechse was a heavy barreled weapon firing a bullet of at least .69 cal. Many of the rifles had a flared barrel to improve the hitting capability. Flaring the barrel took the firing vibrations away. The sight had mostly an extra leaf. The grooves of the rifling were once in a while refreshed. After each refreshing a circle was engraved around the muzzle of the barrel. The rifling was deeper than in modern guns. The first rifles were produced very early. in the late 1500's rifles existed. Originaly the rifling was put in to improve the fouling of te piece. Early gunsmith hoped that the rifling would help to do that, but soon it was noticed that the rifling improved the hitting capability. n the butt a box was located holding spare flints and tools. The box was closed by a wooden hatch. Loading took longer than with the musket, because the ball had to be pushed down all the ay. The Brunswick Jaegers were equipped with a bullet mold to make their own rounds. Some of the rifles used a double trigger. With such a trigger the round could be squezed off very easily.