44 cal. Paper Cartridge Former Master Kit
44 cal. Paper Cartridge Former Master Kit
44 cal. Paper Cartridge Former Master Kit
44 cal. Paper Cartridge Former Master Kit
44 cal. Paper Cartridge Former Master Kit
44 cal. Paper Cartridge Former Master Kit

44 cal. Paper Cartridge Former Master Kit


This is our Master Kit. It comes with the knob and block for the caliber, calibers, or specific guns, the marked dippers for them, and one funnel. It also comes with all the things you need to make paper cartridges except for bullets and powder. This includes two packages of Elements rice paper rolling papers, a 5/8" paper circle cutter, a regular size All Purpose glue stick, and a 2oz can of black powder lube.

The lube is enough for approximately 200 paper cartridges if the lube is kept hot throughout. If you heat the lube, take it off the heat, and dip until you can no longer dip, it will not last anywhere near as long. The two packages of paper are enough for about 200 rounds of the .36 and .44 if you cut two strips for the body and use the end for two circles (see instructions page). For the larger cartridges, the number is about a half to two thirds, depending on well you combine your cuts.

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. Small 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 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 .44 caliber kit has been engineered specifically for the Johnson & Dow bullet from Eras Gone Bullet Molds. 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.

We are currently testing other molds from Lee, and some real Colt 44H molds, which are very close to the Johnson & Dow. The .44 Kerr mold we have also not tried.

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
Ray R DeBowes
Old Time cartridges

This kit allows you to make paper cartridges for your black powder revolver. The cartridges are easy to make, the hard part is getting the bullet into the mouth of the paper cartridge. I've had limited success cutting small cuts around the top to help seat the bullet. I cast my own .44 conical bullets in a Lee mold. I've only had the kit a few days, so there will be a learning curve. That said I have loaded over two dozen cartridges, and fired half of them. They shot perfectly, no misfires and accuracy was great. I highly recommend this kit, it's fun and works!

Phillip Vaughn


Outstanding! πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

Excellent ! Prompt Delivery! Couldn’t be better! πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

Frank Vetter
44 cal. Paper Cartridge Former Master Kit

Looks good but I haven't tried it yet

Matthew Walker
Simple and fast

I have a few kits I've used to make bullets for my .44 revolvers, and this kit is one of the simplest and fastest. I used Kerr and also Johnson and Dow bullets in this kit because I want to test out which bullet I ultimately one to cast and use, and both work great with this kit (Kerr are easier to load, J&D are a bit harder to fit into the paper and don't seat as far, but still work).