Thanks for your reply. I appreciate the clarifications. This was fascinating:
It might be noted, there is a continuity of professional artillery training from 1698 to present at the Mikhailovskaya Artillery Military Academy in Saint Petersburg dates back to 1698. In 1953 it was called the Kalinin Artillery Military Academy.
Do you know how many students would have graduated from there during the twenty years of the Napoleonic era? From reading other authors there was the idea that the Russians had no artillery school for most of that time--which wouldn't make much sense if they had such fine artillery during the SYW and before. Do you have access to records covering the academy?
Any suggestion of a regression in artillery training and equipment after the SYW--or perhaps the Russians were resting on their laurels, so to speak?