Making the Wooden Dowel
- Using a 3/8" drill bit, bore a cavity about 1/10" into one end of the dowel.
- Draw a guide line 4 1/2" away from the end with the cavity. This will help you align the paper correctly.
Making the Paper Trapezoid
- Use the pattern to cut a trapezoid out of blank newsprint or packaging paper.
Rolling the Cartridge
- Place the wooden dowel on the paper with the guide line along the right hand side of the paper, about 1/2" from the bottom.
Twisting the Left Edge
Filling with Powder
- Measure the correct amount of black-powder.
- Pour through the open end of the paper tube.
Twisting Right Edge
- If you have a .79 caliber musket, use a 5/8" dowel and the correct powder charge.
- Some newspapers give paper butt-ends away free of charge to non-profit organizations, so if this is used only for a non-profit reenacting organization, you should be able to use some.
- In order to speed up the cartridge rolling process, make a double sided wooden dowel 9" long with a cavity drilled into each end, and with a guide line 4.5" away from each end.
- A black-powder speed-loader flask is highly recommended. To use, place your finger over the mouth of the spout, hold the flask upside-down and press the button. This will open a valve allowing the spout to fill up with black-power. Release the button, and pour the powder into a paper tube.
- You can use sugar or coffee grounds to simulate black powder if you wish to practice without explosives (such as for a project at school, drilling, or simply not wasting your powder, soldier!).
- Black-powder is highly explosive! Never use any black-powder near flames or sparks! Only use with approved .58 caliber black-powder muzzleloaders. Never put anything other than black-powder into this cartridge.
- Never use a black-powder speed loader to pour directly into a musket. If there is smoldering embers in the barrel, they could set off the powder you are pouring in and ignite the entire flask in your hand.
Things You'll Need
- 1/2" wooden dowel, at least 6" long
- Blank newsprint or packaging paper