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Old February 6, 2006, 10:38 AM   #2
Join Date: September 27, 2005
Location: New Ulm, Minnesota USA
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The use of lube [on top of] the ball is a developement from our time, starting with the resurgence of blackpowder pistols in the 1950's-1960's.

Conical bullets were extremely common during the Civil War, and most factory-made paper combustable cartridges were conicals that had lube grooves & lube in them.

It is known, however, that melted candle wax was often used during the Civil War to cover the bullets in the cylinder and the percussion cap, in an effort to waterproof the gun.

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