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 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 Dragoon kit was engineered specifically for the Italian copies of several eras of the Colt Dragoon pistol. There have been many many manufacturers of these pistols, and there are many variations. Not all bullets clear the entry port on the Dragoons. Some have suggested filing the entry port, but we prefer to use our brass tapping rod to pre-seat the bullet. Our new production Uberti Whitneyville Dragoons fits the bullets fine.
This design is specifically for the .44 Walker bullet from Eras Gone Bullet Molds, but will also work with the .44 Johnson & Dow bullet. We have not yet tested it with lube groove bullets from Lee and others.
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 Walker bullet.
My paper cartridges using triple 7 fffg..a vegetable wad..and .457 balls worked well
I use a template on coffee filter paper.. and nitrate the paper
25 grains of triple 7.