First attempt at making paper cartridges

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  1. Scoupe

    Scoupe Member

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    Ordered the Guns of the West cartridge kit, and I’m very pleased with how they turned out. Won’t get to test them for a few days, but I see no reason they won’t work.

    Revolver pictured is an Armi San Marco a friend gave me over 20 years ago. It was frozen up when I got it. Bore has some ragged spots and one nipple is still frozen, but it shoots just fine.

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  2. Bighorserider

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    I have the same kit. Made up about 100 of those. Then made some beesway lamb tallow mix to lube the balls with. Hope to try them in the next couple of days.
     
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  3. Miguel Loco

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    Glad it worked out for you. I didn't buy a kit....just made everything myself, it was simple. Been rolling my own for years. I can make a bunch while watching TV or whatever....and never fumble with loose powder at the range.

    I highly recommend it...
     
  4. Blackpowderwarrior

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    I bought the kit as well and used it once.

    They are very handy indeed but I need to fine some stiffer rolling paper.

    Ive only tried J.O.B papers but intend to try some of the brands they have now a days.

    I still prefer loose powder and projectile as its very time consuming to roll your own in my experience
     
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  5. hawg

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    Get some hair curling papers and never look back. No nitrating necessary. I have made paper cartridges and they are nice to just load and shoot but I find making them too tedious.
     
  6. Jackrabbit1957

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    Hair curling papers are the way to go, Hawg hit it on the head. They burn almost completely leaving only a little paper ring in the chamber bottom from where one glues the bottom onto the body of the cartridge. Plus they are way less expensive than cigarette papers and you get a bunch more of em.
     
  7. Miguel Loco

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    Exactly Hawg.....curling iron papers made the task MUCH easier with no fuss. Plus they are cheaper and more durable.
     
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  8. Navy Six 2

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    I will just mention that the tighter you roll the cartridge, the less prone they are to breakage/tearing while handling and loading. I sometimes roll a straight cylinder, no taper using pin gauges. This allows the powder to be compressed somewhat, which makes the cartridge even stiffer, almost feeling like a solid pellet.
     
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  9. Scoupe

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    Thanks for the input! Will look at the curling iron papers suggestion.

    I kept telling myself I'd get around to assembling the parts from scratch to load, but never got around to it. Saw the kit, ordered it, and three days later I'm finally rolling my own. So in my mind the kit got me off my keister, so there's that.

    I don't mind the process, or the pace of making cartridges, at all. Plus I'm looking forward to a less involved shooting session with the cartridges over loose powder.
     
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