I will add to Grenadier 1758s comment and say that during the French & Indian War time period, shooting smooth bore muskets during battle no patch was used. The men used rolled paper cartridges filled with measured powder with both ends twisted or folded closed. To load, they would tear off the top end of the cartridge with their teeth (hence the need to have at least two apposing teeth in there month to qualify for duty) place a little powder in the pan and dump the remaining powder down the barrel, followed by the ball that was dropped in, followed by the empty paper cartridge and then the ramrod was used to tightened the charge as usual. The paper kept the ball from moving in the barrel or rolling away from the powder if firing slightly downward creating a hazard condition. No barrel fouling issues with this method.