Yes, but some of us leave the techno, optimum performance issues for our modern firarms hobby and delve into the historical for their flintlock guns so I thank you for that reference once more.
Rifle shooting was a common, very common sport in American at the time the Kentucky rifle and the people that paid attention to what worked best rather that just using whatever they would win more just as today. I think Davey Crockett as a young man won all the parts of a beef at a match and then sold it for $5. Since this was circa 1815-1820 this was a lot of money. He was pretty proud of himself too.
Riflemen, shooters and gun owners. There have always been these three classes.
If you go to rifle matches with your flintlock and shoot for money accuracy becomes more "interesting". But putting up money often frightens people off. Shooting on paper frightens people more than shooting at large steel targets. I don't care what the target is though I do like rifle matches with paper targets. They will teach you things that shooting at steel plates or rocks on hillsides will not.
I like to shoot. I travel 150 miles one way to shoot a 10 shot ML match and now a 21 shot brass suppository gun match. Have to leave here between 5 and 6 am. I like to shoot and I like the people.
I hunt with tallow or animal oil lubes and use them at a match at the Rendezvous. But in matches where the gloves some off and people shoot lubes that will shoot better? One must do what one must do to win or at least place well.
But a great many people in the shooting world are happy if the gun goes "bang" most of the time when the trigger is pulled.
They do no load development. They often shoot loads that are "comfortable" of course if they REALLY tested they would likely find they don't shoot worth a darn but they are happy. This is the "shooter" class. The riflemen class looks a little deeper and do not like missing shots that they KNEW were "on".
So I tend to experiment.
A few months ago I was out with an accurate brass suppository gun and a former co-worker was already on site with some friends. They were finishing up by shooting at one of those exploding targets about 175 yards out with various scoped and iron sighted BSGs. They had shot at it a lot. They had two 15 -16 year old boys with them. So after doing my load test I took it over got a standing rest set up. Let the younger boy dry fire a few times to get the light trigger figured out. He blew the target the first shot. But the rifle was sighted properly and it was accurate. The look on the kids face was priceless.
Wiping between shots is thought to be a waste of time. But our forefathers did it. Its documented.
I started making ML rifles so I had guns to shoot and hunt with and I loved MLing rifles.
I have always been a rifleman first. Shooting and missing a silly. Its why the Marines train shooters as they do and its saved many Marines in current operations where the enemy not only does not have a very accurate weapon in most cases, they don't seem to use it well either.
When someone starts telling me they don't care about accuracy or finding what works best, then I know they are a "shooter" at best. I also am fairly confident that they don't shoot for money very often.
Given participaton in rifle matches in our past, shooting for prizes or money with money spent to enter, ignoring the competition aspect is ignoring a LARGE part of what the "Kentucky" rifle was. This IS a major part of the rifles history. Sadly many seem to ignore it.