This is our Basic Kit, meaning that you will have to get your own 1/2" or 5/8" circle cutter online, as well as All Purpose glue sticks (not school glue), rolling papers, and lube. We strongly suggest the rice paper rolling papers offered in our kits. Lube can be made easily with 50/50 beeswax and beef tallow, which are on eBay.
The kit comes with the two piece knob and block for this specific caliber, calibers, or in some cases a specific gun. It also includes the powder dipper or dippers for the correct height of powder, and one funnel, regardless of how many sets you are purchasing.
All of our kits are engineered to fill the chamber so that the top of a conical bullet reaches the very top of the chamber when compressed with the loading lever. Slight variances in height can be obtained by how much you fill or overfill the dipper.
For lower power target loads, you fill the powder first, for how much you want to use, then top it off with Cream of Wheat to about an 8th of an inch below the rim of the paper.
For roundballs, if you want them topped right up, you should fill the dipper to overflowing, with a little on the handle.
Experiment with your gun so that you don't run into a situation where the bullet or ball will not compress enough to clear the cylinder. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
If you do get stuck, which most of us have, take your cylinder out and hacksaw the top off of the bullet.
None of our kits come with gunpowder, bullets, caps, or of course the guns in the pictures. Our measurements are based on our experience, and you use them at your own risk.
This combo covers most of the Italian replica guns in both .36 and .44. In the .36, we tested this kit with the .36 Richmond pattern bullet and the .44s with the Johnson & Dow bullet from Eras Gone Bullet Molds. It will also fit any other conical that fits in your gun and clears the loading port, but you will have to experiment with the powder height.
If you fill the dipper just so that the rim has no powder on it, the top of the bullet will be at the edge of the cylinder with the two tested bullets.
Note that the J&D bullet DOES NOT FIT IN A .44 51 NAVY. You can use our brass tapping rod, or any other rod that won't damage your gun to start the bullet so that it clears the entry port.
I've got the .36 and the .44 pistol kits and they are a dream to use. I started off by making dummy cartridges with cornmeal instead of real powder for a few test rounds. Now I'm in full production with both round and conical bullets and have the kit for Sharps .54 rifle kit on order. Oh boy!
Really like them!
Good 3 D printed former . A template might have been great to include in the kit. I had to make my own
36 & 44 cal. Paper Cartridge Former Basic Kit
I had been using a wooden dowel. This is much better with the form. Results are consistent.