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 papers 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.
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 quick 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.
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 to file the entry port, but we prefer to use our brass tapping rod to pre-seat the bullet. Our new production Uberti Whitneyville Dragoons fit 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.
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.