I see people mainly just shrugging the idea of increased reload times off. Why is that such a bad idea?
The only reason the rifle is more accurate is because it has, brace yourselves, rifling (or grooves). Either you could put the bullet in there and shoot, but that would barely be more accurate than a musket. If you wanted to use the rifling you had to but the balls in pieces of leather for it to grip and give the ball a spinning motion, increasing its accuracy. This of course is a lot more tedious to do and requires a bit more time, but again, it increases the accuracy.
This is a trade off which was dsicussed at the time. For example, the British (quite rightly many would say) chose to use rifles to a rather large extent. This was proven very effective against the French who still chose to remain with the musket for (virtually) all their skirmishing units favouring an increased rate of fire.
Either you choose the line infantryman, hoping to put more fire down range, or you pick the rifleman hoping to put more accurate fire across the field, at the loss of volume. Of course, depsited the historical arguments this also makes a lot of sense for game balance.
Increase the reload times for rifles, please!
Also, what do people think about reload times whilst moving/ crouching?
As far as I am aware the quickest reload was:
1. Using a musket. (Quicker than a rifle.)
2. Standing up. (Chrouching put the musket at an odd angle and prolonged the process.)
3. Not moving. (For obvious reasons walking makes priming and ramming etc. way more time consuming. I know that British light infantry practiced this pretty effectively, but it was observed that the reload was much more difficult.)
Correct me where I am wrong.