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The colonial musket and rifle are the two most confused firearms at the fort, even though they are very different. They are usually confused because of two things. One; their outsides resemble each other, and two; they are both muzzle loading flintlocks. However, that is where the similarities end.
The most prominent difference between the two is rifling. Rifling is the curved grooves inside the barrel of all rifles. Having rifling helps guns aim, because it gives the ball a spin. The spinning of the ball helps it maintain its path through the air. Because the musket doesn’t have rifling it is only accurate to about fifty feet, while the rifle stays accurate to about three hundred feet.