Thanks LJPII, I ordered my 1842 smoothie 3 weeks ago and still haven't got it, so no testing yet. But your results sound very similar to what I have already read on the subject. Of course a patched roundball would be even better, but that wasn't military method. I've read too that you can use a lighter powder load to get even better results, again not military method. I'm taking mine Deer hunting with patched roundball, if I get the damn thing in time. Thanks for your post!