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Old February 5, 2013, 08:22 PM   #26
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Here is a period lube I made - 1:8 tallow:beeswax.

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Old February 6, 2013, 09:59 AM   #27
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I am working on a prototype paper cartridge that works the opposite of the originals. This one has the cavity in the bullet filled with wax, the end of the 'Minie' exposed and also sealed with wax, the charge on the back of (heel) of the Minie.

To load, just drop in the barrel, ram into place and fire it...
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Old February 6, 2013, 10:11 AM   #28
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Sorry for the dumb question, but all my BP experience with a rifle was a Hawken. Am I correct in what I have gathered in this thread that the Enfield does not use a patch????
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Old February 6, 2013, 04:45 PM   #29
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No patch unless shooting the round ball. The minie bullet has a hollow base that expands upon firing to grip the riflings. That way the soldier could easily load the undersized bullet into the rifle that automatically expanded to fit the bore when fired.
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Old February 6, 2013, 05:22 PM   #30
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Am I correct in what I have gathered in this thread that the Enfield does not use a patch????
Once again, it depends on whose ammunition you are talking about.

US and Confederate .58 expanding ball cartridges were designed to have the bullet removed from the paper and shot "naked" - no patch.

British Enfield cartridges were shot still in the paper, and were thus paper patched bullets.

The Confederates also made British-style cartridges, particularly later in the war.

The simple answer is it was done both ways.

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Old February 6, 2013, 05:50 PM   #31
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Thanks for the clarification....
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Old February 13, 2013, 07:37 PM   #32
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I have been trying my hand at paper cartridges...
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