Old calibers in Norway


#1
  • There is an 18th century Norwegian M1774 infantry musket having the caliber of “16-lodigt”, see the weapon here => norskevaapen.no/?p=551 I’m completely unfamiliar with the old Norwegian calibers and I would like to know how much is the caliber of “16-lodigt” measured in “mm”. I hope somebody will be able to explain here about the term of “lodigt” and how the old Norwegian (perhaps Danish too) calibers were measured. Thanks in advance for any help, Liviu 04/17/11

#2

Liviu,

The term is actually “lødig”. 16 lødig meant you could manufacture 16 round balls out of 1 Norwegian pound of lead.

At that time, a Norwegian pound was 0.4984 kg.

0.4984kg/16 = 31.15 grams

31.15 grams of lead has a spherical radius of 8.69mm

which would give you a caliber of about: 17.38mm


#3

Norway was a part of Denmark at the time, so you are right in assuming that measurements are the same.
vaabenhistoriskselskab.dk/ar … ditid1=152
Soren


#4

As Aaron322 says, the old Norwegian caliber designation lødig was similar to the US gauge, and the basis was the Norwegian pound (498 g). When pointed bullets came into use, tha caliber designations were changed to linjer (abbreviated ‘’’). The lødig calibers were then recalculated to linjer:

8 lødig = 7,008’’‘
12 lødig = 6,122’’‘
13 lødig = 5,95’’‘
14 lødig = 5,80’’‘
15 lødig = 5,65’’‘
16 lødig = 5,50’’‘
17 lødig = 5,40’’‘
18 lødig = 5,30’’‘
19 lødig = 5,25’’‘
20 lødig = 5,10’’‘
22 lødig = 4,95’’‘
24 lødig = 4,80’’’

1’’’ = 3,1374 mm, so 16 lødig is 5,50’’’ x 3,1374 = 17,26 mm

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