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 Old Army kit was engineered for the Ruger Old Army cap & ball pistol. It is slightly different than a standard .44, because the cylinders are about .005 inches wider, allowing slightly more powder.
The tallest, heaviest bullet available that works with this gun is the Walker bullet from Eras Gone Bullet Molds. If you fill the dipper so that no powder overlaps the edges, that bullet will be topped up to the top of the cylinder.
The Johnson & Dow shaves in the ROA, but we have not tested it for accuracy to see if it centers properly. There are several other bullets from Lee that work in the ROA, and we will test them at some point. You will have to experiment with your bullet in your gun to find the correct powder measurement.
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.