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Old February 14, 2011, 01:44 AM   #26
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Thanks for the reference Mike. Did y'all notice that the 44 cal. cartidge carried only 18 grains of hazard's powder?
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Old May 28, 2011, 01:53 PM   #27
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Hawg, where do you find tea paper? I've searched the Internet a bit and I find most are pre folded into pouches. Is the tea paper you use flat or do you undo the pouches?

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Old May 28, 2011, 02:20 PM   #28
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I buy a box of cheap tea in flow thru bags and undo them.
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Old May 31, 2011, 06:10 AM   #29
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Coffee filters are almost the exact same type of paper as tea bags, so they should work just fine.
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Old May 31, 2011, 06:27 AM   #30
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"Coffee filters are almost the exact same type of paper as tea bags, so they should work just fine."


Now that is interesting I have been using cigarette paper for my pistol ctgs and tracing paper for Musket.
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Old May 31, 2011, 02:56 PM   #31
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I think tea bags are more porous and they're not as stiff. I don't drink much coffee tho so they may work. Be worth a try.
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Old May 31, 2011, 03:19 PM   #32
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Flash paper is low-grade nitrocellulose. The paper is nitrated using sulfuric/nitric acid mix, not saltpeter. (although you can substitute saltpeter or AN for the nitric acid in the nitrating bath.)

It's not something you really want to do, but here's a youtube video I found that describes the process. http://youtu.be/_utrFBo8DzY I would try coffee filters first. Keep some ice water handy to flood it with if the reaction starts to overheat.
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Old May 31, 2011, 03:25 PM   #33
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You don't need to nitrate tea bags. They burn clean just as they are.
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Old June 8, 2011, 06:26 PM   #34
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HUH???

I have been shooting a Pedersoli New Model 1859 Sharps Carbine in RAPID FIRE N-SSA competition for ten years now. I just use Ladie's Hair Curling Papers and don't nitrate them. I use 40 grains of FFFg Black Powder.

In our Carbine Team Matches I rarely fire over 10 to 12 rounds "Rapid Fire" BUT....I have never had a "Cook Off" from jamming a fresh cartridge in the chamber of my Sharps the instant after firing the previous round.
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Old August 31, 2013, 09:14 PM   #35
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Gordon's Stump Remover is 99% KNO3. Spectracide brand is 100%
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Old September 8, 2013, 12:36 PM   #36
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nitrate

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I see a lot of Sharps owners and shooters here. I am trying to locate a source of nitrated (flash) paper to build cartridges for my reproduction Sharps rifle and carbine. Or, where can a person buy nitrate to make their own 'flash' paper. Since 9/11, this kind of stuff has gotten practically impossible to find for purchase. Or, am I looking in all the wrong places?
Also, does anyone make a bullet mold for .54 Sharps at an affordable price? If so, who?
I'm new to this forum and, new to breech loader b/p guns. I've had and used 'front loaders' for a good number of years, both percussion and flintlock, but I'm a newbie with a breechloader. Please bear with me.
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you can buy the nitrate at lowes home center. Forget what it is maybe somebody here remembers.
Pedersoli makes a mould for the sharps. You can get from Dixie or possibles shop maybe others, but not cheap. Based on a Lyman style steel mould and a single cavity.
I have one and if you wish I can mould you some up.
I do both paper and metallic cartridge in my 1863,
I use plain old zig zag rolling paper. Quick and easy.
I spend more time at the 1858 remngton forum than here, so pm me there if you want.
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Old September 8, 2013, 01:16 PM   #37
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does anyone make a bullet mold for .54 Sharps at an affordable price? If so, who?
Dunno what you consider affordable. I got mine from Moose Molds. Double cavity for 125.00. It's a .575-490 ring tail but they make other sizes. Their webpage isn't up yet but they have a Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/MooseMoulds. Or contact Sandy at 267-229-1676 or moosette@moosemoulds.com
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