You think that the deadliest bullet ever invented is something brand new…well not so fast. So here we are in the 21st century and technology has given us many wondrous inventions, especially when it comes to guns and ammunition. But the single most technological advancement regarding ammunition, was created over 150 years ago….that’s right ! This one goes back to the Civil War, or, if you’re from the South, it’s called the “War of Northern Aggression”. But, let’s not split hairs on the name of the war, but instead, concentrate on the technology of that time in history. Prior to 1860, there were rifled muskets, meaning that the barrel of the musket was “rifled” with grooves inside the barrel to make the round musket ball shoot straighter and further than that of a “non-rifled musket”. But the REAL game changer of that time…was the “Minie ball”.
This invention caused some of the most horrific wounds ever seen on a battlefield at that time in history. Since the tactics during that war were still Napoleonic, meaning, two opposing forces marched onto a field with a 100 to 200 yard distance between them. They would then fire at each other and usually after a couple of volleys, the armies would then charge at each other using their bayonets to finish the job. This ammunition would fire with far greater accuracy at a greater distance.
In a YouTube video by Iraqveteran8888, it shows just how deadly and accurate this ammunition really is:
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According to Wikipedia:
“The Minié ball, or Minie ball, is a type of muzzle-loading spin-stabilized rifle bullet named after its co-developer, Claude-Étienne Minié, inventor of the Minié rifle. It came to prominence in the Crimean War and American Civil War. It could fire further and straighter than any type of ammunition before it, making it a deadly and devastating game changer in war.Wounds inflicted by the conical Minié ball were different from those caused by the round balls from smoothbore muskets, since the conical ball had a higher muzzle velocity and greater weight. Round balls tended to remain lodged in the flesh, and they were often observed to take a winding path through the body. Flexed muscles and tendons, as well as bone, could cause the round ball to deviate from a straight path. The Minié ball tended to cut a straight path and usually went all the way through the injured part; the ball seldom remained lodged in the body. If a Minié ball struck a bone, it usually caused the bone to shatter. The damage to bones was usually severe enough to necessitate amputation”