This is our Deluxe 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 of the things you need to make paper cartridges except for bullets and powder. This includes five packages of Elements rice paper rolling papers, a 5/8ths paper circle cutter, a large size All Purpose glue stick (or three small ones depending on availability), one 2oz can of lube, and 4 lube refills. Also our loading block and a project box.
The lube is enough for approximately 400 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 five packages of paper are enough for about 500 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.
The original Sharps percussion rifle was designed in 1848 by Christian Sharps and went through several iterations until it was replaced by famous "Quigley Down Under" cartridge guns in the 1870s.
The percussion version was used extensively in the Civil War by both sides, and the Confederacy made their own bullet for the gun in their Richmond lab. This kit was designed for the Eras Gone bullet mold which is a replica of that bullet and uses a hybrid material system.
The barrel of the cartridge is made from "end wraps," which are paper rectangles used by hair salons for certain procedures. They can be found on Amazon, eBay, and many other online retailers. We are using the 2 1/2" by 4" size.
The end of the cartridge uses our standard cigarette rolling papers, and the former works the same way. But you do have to glue the edge of the end wraps because they don't have glue on them already.
We include a 1" circle cutter in our Master and Deluxe kits, but if you plan to buy your own, you probably can get away with as small as 3/4" if that's all you can find. The rolling papers tend to bind the larger cutters, so try to do at least 10 layers at a time. You can do this by layering 5, then folding them together. If the cutter binds just tear the circles free and pop the cutter back open. They are plenty large enough to lose a small edge
Please see our video on how to make and shoot these convenient and easy cartridges with your Sharps rifle. They work fantastically. Note that we suggest only real black powder. The substitutes will most likely not ignite reliably.
Included in this kit is also our loading block for the caliber or calibers. It makes it so you can make 20 papers and fill the powder at the same time. This is particularly valuable if you are loading roundballs because with those, the glue will get on your fingers and make subsequent papers and powder significantly more difficult. It makes things go quickly for conicals as well and is a very useful addition to your paper cartridge arsenal.
We also include a Berry's 20 cal ammo can as a project box. They are Made in the USA by Americans.
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.
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.
Very knowledgable and helpful….highly recommend
Kit is good, had some issues with ignition but that may have been the caps more than anything else.
Kit received perfectly packaged ! Kit constituted with absolutely all needed material to manufacture you own paper cartridges. No regret, perfect purchase, Thanks !!
I’ve only made some dummy cartridges as yet. Will make some real ones when I get something for filler. The cartridge holds 75 grains of ffg. I’m going to back it off to 50 gr. to start. Easy to use. No problems.
A great kit and well worth the cost. Sitting soon making cartridges now.