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Old October 6, 2004, 03:09 PM   #3
Cap n ball
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It's done like Jim said with one little caveat that you don't find out about until you've fired six or seven rounds. When you bite the paper cartridge and dump the powder you almost always get a little in your mouth and after awhile also a blinding headache and the nitrate will also cause your heart to beat faster. Not a good thing for old guys or those with blood pressure problems. Oh. and yeah, NO ramrods are allowed. Years ago there were some nasty accidents where horses and men were speared by ramrods accidently left in the barrel. Of course, there are some re-enactors of the so-called 'hard core' variety that would like to use live rounds and think getting dysentry would be cool. I camp far away from those sorts.
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