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Rex BS: Firearms of the 1840s and 1850s (39) RE: BS: Firearms of the 1840s and 1850s 17 Feb 05


Oho! Didn't know there was such a discussion going on. A look back at the cap and ball revolvers and reloading. It's true that once you fired all rounds in the cylinder in battle, it was not handy to reload. A solution was to carry extra cylinders. Some carried this idea further and just carried say, four revolvers. Another means to quicker reloading was paper cartridges. Instead of a round ball, you use a conical bullet, cut from a pattern a nitrated paper cartridge. Then a set charge of powder is placed in the cartridge with the bullet seated/glued in the top. These cartridges would be kept in a cartridge box. I use these. The primary difference between the idea of the paper cartridge and later metal ones is they cannot be removed after loading except to fire them.

Rex


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