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  1. Recently, I had a brain-fart while loading a batch of .45 Colt cartridges with black powder and some commercial bullets that lacked lube grooves (which I'm not planning to buy again), and failed to put any lubed wads in the cases. Can I work around this by being sure to shoot them in a revolver rather than a rifle, and filling the mouth of each chamber with Crisco (as if it were a cap and ball revolver)? Or is there something I'm missing that makes this impractical?
  2. These are both historical practices used by at least one significant civil-war era paper cartridge producer, Johnston and Dow. Neither involves smokeless powder (as such), and neither seems to have been motivated by a desire for increased power or more reliable ignition of the black powder (the two typical goals of BP+smokeless duplex loads); their patents indicate strength, water-proofing, and complete combustibility (i.e., not leaving smoldering bits of paper behind) as the goals. But they do both involve the use of (small quantities of) nitrocellulose, in one form or another. Note: I know that the term "nitrated paper" is sometimes used by current black powder shooters to refer to paper impregnated with potassium nitrate, and I've seen claims that this is how the term was used at the time. That may well be the case. But Johnston and Dow's patent #34,061 specifically states: "Paper, cloth, or other fabric or textile material is first converted into gun-cotton, or its equivalent, in the usual manner, viz: by treatment with nitric acid (NO5) in combination with sulphuric acid, (SO3,) or with a nitrate—as nitrate of potash (KONO5)—and sulphuric acid in combination." (And no, I don't know why both nitric acid and potassium nitrate have too much oxygen in their formulas; they're like that in the original.)
  3. My apologies to all for the delay in both replying and updating the thread title; I fell rather badly behind on dealing with my email, including SASS Wire notifications. I have purchased a rifle locally, from a fellow shooter who saw this thread. Thanks to all for the offers.
  4. Starting out, aware that 20" .357 is the usual starting recommendation, but I like big cartridges and heavy bullets. Would prefer 24" and Uberti, but might consider 20" and/or Winchester if the price is right.
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