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Erwan

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I'm pretty sure the cartridges are going to rupture when rammed (maybe?). . Alot of shooters break the paper with a pick when loading. Do any of you find that really necessary?
I have read that one reason the cartridges are tapered is so that they will rupture when rammed. I personally have not found any need to break the paper beforehand. I make very fragile cartridges with just a single layer of fine paper, though.
 

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I have a half-inch dowel sitting by my drill press waiting for me to turn down a few paper cart mandrels. The other day I was watching guns of the west videos on YouTube at the end of one his paper cart videos he had a plastic paper cart mandrel for sale so I ordered one came today so tonight I will be trying it out tonight. The mandrel is made to use 44cal Johnston & Dow bullets but I think I can make them a little longer for round balls.

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You can tell that I'm new at this by the questions. Why would a longer mandrel be needed for round balls? And why is hardwood specified instead of just regular pine or some of the other softer woods?
 

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The Johnston & Dow bullets are glued close to the bottom of the bullet. I make RB carts two different ways. One way I leave the paper over the ball leaving a rats tail for easy handling and loading. But I also like them with the ball uncovered so I can ranch dip the balls in wax or JPW. You can use a softwood dowel a hardwood will last longer.

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