dallas wrote:Paper cartridges do not work in pistols with cylinders. They make powder flasks which dispense a set load of powder. The best thing for fast reloads on BP Remingtons is extra cylinders. You carry loaded spares, just like round magazines.
I have used paper cartridges on numerous occasions. It took some research and some experiments but you can do it, as I mentioned in my previous posts in this thread. I don't like flasks for loading directly into the chambers of the cylinder for safety reasons.
Indeed, the fastest reload for the 1858 is another cylinder. I was always wanted to get another for mine just for this reason. I would still have to have a gunsmith check the new cylinder for timing and fit just to be one the safe side.
One other thing I forgot to mention that I found worked quite well when I made paper cartridges is a drop tube for the powder charge. I used a 36" length of brass tubing with a small funnel epoxied to one end for this. I clamped it to my loading bench and poured my charge of powder right into my rolled paper cartridges. This was a method used by many loaders of metallic black powder re loaders to settle the powder granules, giving more space in the cartridge and gives better ignition and thus accuracy. I used brass to prevent any chance of static electricity or spark igniting the powder, just as the old timers did.
Did it work? I really could not tell much difference in ignition, but accuracy did increase a little bit.