Originally Posted by BirchOrr
Please enlighten me...
When a soft/pure lead ball, a bit larger than the caliber, is rammed home in the cylinder/chamber, a very thin ring of lead is shaved off the ball, ensuring a tight, flame-proof seal at the front of the chamber.
That said, "44's" of the ML era are not necessarily the same size/caliber as what today is referred to as a "44" - why it's a good idea to try a different size ball.
Ditto .36 cal's.