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Old April 2, 2013, 10:06 PM   #18
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Some smoothbore shooters don't use a patch, just the ball over the powder and wadding on top to keep it from rolling out. The paper from the paper cartridge served as wadding for soldiers that used smoothbore muskets. This makes a musket very fast to reload and was why rifled military arms didn't really catch on until the MiniƩ bullet was invented.

MiniƩ is pronounced min-i-ay and named after its inventor.
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