This may not look like the best 100 yard target you have ever seen, but I was out back throwing some REALs down range, trying out the wax wads in it, and was curious as to how well the Armi Sport 1861 would do with round balls. I've fired a few balls through it before, and they seemed to go where I wanted, but I've always considered this rifle a "slug gun", since the barrel is 40 inches long and the thing weighs 10 pounds. Might as well make it the power house of the stable...know what I mean? So I fired up four round ball loads. This was with a pure bee's wax wad under a Wonder Wad, under a .570" ball with my thinnest patching, about .010" I'd guess, and over 100 grains of Goex ffg. Wonder lube for lube. I keep trying other lubes, and just keep coming back to Wonder lube. Seems to work best for me. Patches were a bit torn, but not burnt. I was able to thumb press the ball and patch into the muzzle, but used a short starter after that. Then she went down okay, but tight. This was in a clean barrel every shot, I believe it would be a bit hard to ram in a fouled barrel. But it was promising. Would like to try a .565" ball and .018" patch. I think the super thin patch is tearing at loading. Or not. Step down in power from a slug, but that long barrel probably churns up some good velocity with a ball. I think fffg works a little better in this rifle, then ffg. Not sure, just a feeling. Most important observation, the wax-wad REALLY keeps the barrel clean. Made it real easy to clean between shots. Noticeable difference between loads with no wax wad, and those with.