Holes for paper cartridges?

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Purchased a Napoleonic French cartridge box (repro) from a place in France called Empire Costume. Took 7 or 8 days from order to arrival. Prices were very reasonable and quality of leather is top shelf. Even the wooden insert is nicely made except…the holes in the wooden insert. Pics below. .60 per my micrometer.

Now I’ve drilled out plenty of holes in cartridge boxes to make them bigger (actually my friend with the drill press does it for me!) but they were obviously cartridge holes but before I drill this little piece of art I wanted to make sure.
I presumed the 6 holes were for pre-made paper cartridges (can’t imagine what else?) but they are pretty narrow and no way the cartridges I make (.65 caliber paper wrapped balls for .69 caliber musket according to my books) are going to fit in here. Are the holes for cartridges?
 

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smoothshooter

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They may be for .62 caliber..
Don’t be afraid to drill them out if you need to.
Another possibility is the block may have been made for re-enactors shooting paper cartridge blanks. Blanks can be greatly undersized and still work just fine.
 
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