Re: [Revlist] Re: How to roll Cartridges?
Thanks for the tip. For those of you who are all thumbs as to making a cartridge former, we offer wood ones that have a
convex end for normal blank making and a concave end for loading ball. I suspect that using the concave end as you
suggest will work fine. By the way, we supply a copy of the illustrated directions with the former.
John Thornton wrote:
> I've found that making one end of the dowel about 1/4" to 3/8" concave
> allows you to do a quick 'shotgun' crimp, no glue needed. (I used a pocket
> knife for the first attempt, but a drill bit works best.)
> Simply twist the end of the cartridge after rolling, hit it on the
> tabletop to crimp, and you've got a tube. I stack the empty tubes in a box
> for later filling.
> After the tube is filled with your normal load of powder, fold it like
> the French style, and for longer term storage with no powder loss, tuck the
> tail in to the seam. At first, it seems a little harder, but with practice
> it's easy, no glue needed, and they can take a lot of abuse without coming
> Another trick for doing this at home is to use a short piece of PVC
> pipe, 1/2" to 5/8" as your forming tube. The opening in the pipe makes a
> great crimp too, if you can get over using PVC to roll cartridges. ;-)
> John Thornton
> Loyalist Militia of Chatham County