I have a change of pace for this post. Most of the time I 'hold forth' with my humble opinions. This time I need help. Just how reliable were pinfire cartridges?
I have had first hand experience with flintlock and cap lock weapons. When a writer or history buff asked me about these I can speak as someone who has fired them for years - or attempted to - in all kinds of weather. Over the last year or so Hangman and I have been making friends with a matchlock.
I have no experience with pinfire cartridges.
To the best of my knowledge I know no one who has.
I know the theory, I'm just not sure how well they actually worked in the field. Were misfires common? Did they store or travel well?
I'm hoping someone out there has experience with them. I would be grateful if anyone could relate experiences with this fascinating weapon system.