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. 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 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 kit includes the knob and block for our .36 cal, .44 cal, Dragoon, Walker, and Old Army sets, the marked dippers for all of them, and one funnel.
The .36 cal was tested with the Richmond bullet from Eras Gone Bullet Molds. All of the .44s were tested with the Johnson & Dow bullet, and the Dragoon, Walker, and Old Army were tested with the Walker bullet.
For those bullets, if you fill the dipper so that there is no powder on the rim, the bullets will top up to the edge of the cylinder when compressed with the loading lever. You will have to experiment with your own gun and bullets to find the right height for whatever you are using.
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. The Walker bullet also does not clear the loading port of some Dragoons and Walkers. Rather than file and reblue the guns, we choose to use the tapping rod to get the bullet started.
Found it at first difficult to turn out decent cartridges. With practice they become better. If you are patient and with practice you can turn out good paper cartridges for cap & ball revolvers.
This is the only kit I've used, so can't compare it to others, but it works exactly as advertised! Mave made up cartridges for .44 and .45 Ruger Old army and from the very first they came out great! Will be making some .36 very shortly. I'm very pleased with the quality and fit of this kit and all it's parts, and can recommend this kit without reservation.