Paper cartridge know-how ? (Muzzleloading)

by tommy303 @, Arizona, Sunday, August 12, 2007, 04:01 (4617 days ago) @ manykids

Hi Tom,

I purchased my first black powder rifle, a .40 calibre DGW Flintlock long rifle in 1960. Since that time, the rifles and muskets I have or have had include:

.50 calibre flintlock Southern Mountain Rifle,
45-70 Springfield rifle model 1873
45-55 Springfield carbine model 1873
50-70 Alin conversion Model 1866
11x59R Gras Model 1874
75 calibre Long Land Pattern Musket
.577 Enfield P-1853
.577 MkIII* Snider-Enfield Carbine
-577-450 Martini-Henry
.54 calibre Sharps Carbine M-1863
.45 calibre Sharps conversion of the
M-1863 45-70 Navy Arms Rolling Block Remington,
45-70 Burgess Lever action rifle with a Morse barrel
a variety of percussion and cartridge BP pistols

I have indeed done re-enacting when I was still able to keep up with the youngsters.

Revolutionary War (64th Regiment of Foot)
Mexican War (Horse Artillery)
Civil War (3rd US Infantry and 2nd US Artillery)
Indian Wars period 1856-1880 (3rd Infantry, 1st US Cavalry, 2nd US Artillery)

I live in Arizona with my wife and daughter and I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in history.

I thoroughly enjoy black powder shooting, although my colleciton has been reduced to a handful of favorite shooters (I do wish now that I had not sold or traded a lot of the ones I used to have--but that is life I suppose). It has always been a pleasant learning exprience, using the tools of the past in the context of the times.

When I first started out there was not a very wide pool of experienced shooters or suppliers to draw upon. In fact a lot of learning the ins and outs of the sport was by trial and error. I will be extremely interested in following your progress, and please feel free to ask questions at any time.


Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
They stood, and earth's foundations stay;
What God abandoned, these defended,
And saved the sum of things for pay.

A.E. Housman

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