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    To me, one of the biggest and most frequent...

    To me, one of the biggest and most frequent benefits to living history is experimental archaeology. The Civil War era has it somewhat easier than some later time periods because there is excellent...
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    "The Open Folder can no longer be viewed"

    "The Open Folder can no longer be viewed"
  3. Yes, I read the passage of the test Enfield in...

    Yes, I read the passage of the test Enfield in England that was fired hundreds upon hundreds of times over the course of some years without cleaning.

    I agree that especially when firing...
  4. Here are the results of today's Enfield cartridge...

    Here are the results of today's Enfield cartridge shooting.

    I had 4 sets of cartridges.

    I had Confederate copies of the 1855 British pattern. These had no slits in the wrapper (the 1855 pattern...
  5. I made up a batch of plugs for my .550 bullets...

    I made up a batch of plugs for my .550 bullets today:

    http://i.imgur.com/ZJfZKTW.jpg

    I used Bondo. After I took these pictures of my first 1 and a half batches (did not mix up enough Bondo on...
  6. Here are my latest replicas of Confederate...

    Here are my latest replicas of Confederate British Enfield cartridges. Made using the Noe Bullet Moulds .550" diameter bullet, and .002" thick brown masking paper. The finished cartridges come out...
  7. By the way, I contacted Dan Whitacre about...

    By the way, I contacted Dan Whitacre about re-lining my Pedersoli P53. He said with a screwed-in breech he cannot do a reline. The best he can do is remove the breech from the existing barrel and...
  8. Also thanks for deciphering "Boxer". I was...

    Also thanks for deciphering "Boxer". I was thinking it was "Borer" - I thought I remembered some fellow named Borer on the Confederate side. But it definitely looks like EM Boxer.

    Steve
  9. I know, right? :) I had already started posting...

    I know, right? :) I had already started posting around asking for the period source, and getting books in on inter-library-loan, when I re-read RBtR and re-discovered the image.

    I have emailed...
  10. I made up a batch of "Confederate" .550" diameter...

    I made up a batch of "Confederate" .550" diameter using Home Depot brown (.002" thick) paper. Tied at the bottom, no plug, no slits. They seemed to shed very well when I could see the shedding. ...
  11. This is interesting. The pattern shows 3 cuts,...

    This is interesting. The pattern shows 3 cuts, but those are made in the pre-wrapped paper, and the cuts are covered up when the cartridge is rolled. I know there are some Confederate examples...
  12. Thanks Geoff! I was looking for the final...

    Thanks Geoff!

    I was looking for the final gummed band 1860 patterns.

    They are shown in Round Ball to Rimfire Volume 4, a lithograph of which is said to reside in the Museum of the Confederacy. ...
  13. Thanks Geoff! Steve

    Thanks Geoff!

    Steve
  14. List of Changes in British War Material Vol. I : 1860-1886

    Does anyone have a copy of this book?

    I cannot obtain it through inter-library loan and before I shell out $50 on it I want to know if it describes the final variant of the British Enfield...
  15. Looking for information on the Synder Bullet Machine of Watervliet

    I am looking for technical specifications of the Synder Bullet Machine made at Watervliet Arsenal in 1859 by Mr. Abram G. Snyder at the direction of Major Mordecai.

    Do any of these machines still...
  16. I am re-reading Thomas' Round Ball to Rimfire...

    I am re-reading Thomas' Round Ball to Rimfire Volume 4 and they show a pattern of the final 1860 cartridge:

    http://i.imgur.com/A9Upipd.jpg

    This was evidently sent around by Gorgas as a circular...
  17. I made up 2F and 3F cartridges - I only shoot 3F...

    I made up 2F and 3F cartridges - I only shoot 3F in competition nowadays but I wanted to make some originals out of 2F since I understand it is closest to what they were using.



    Here is the web...
  18. OK, I have tracked down the Camp Chase Gazette...

    OK, I have tracked down the Camp Chase Gazette (1983) article by Geoffrey Walden cited by Bruce Carins and I think I see where Mr. Carins got his incorrect assembly instructions. :)
    ...
  19. Awesome response again, thanks, Brett! I find...

    Awesome response again, thanks, Brett!

    I find with the 1855 pattern that 68 grains of 2F exactly fills up the powder chamber. I only made a few of the 1860 style; I'm not remembering how full...
  20. A couple of more questions for you: In your...

    A couple of more questions for you:

    In your article, you indicated that the Confederates broke up British Enfield cartridges and re-made them. There was some discussion over on the Authentic...
  21. Hi Brett! Thanks so much for the awesome...

    Hi Brett!

    Thanks so much for the awesome response! I sure hope you can get your web site back up again with all your great information!



    ...
  22. Hey Brett! I am so glad you replied. I have...

    Hey Brett!

    I am so glad you replied. I have been hoping to drag you into this conversation - I have sent you a friend request on facebook.

    It was your article (now preserved elsewhere) on...
  23. Wanted: Primary source for 3rd generation British Enfield cartridge pattern and assy.

    Wanted: Primary source for 3rd generation British Enfield cartridge pattern and assy.

    I am looking for the (a) primary source for the pattern and assembly instructions for the 3rd pattern of...
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    Dang farbs... :) Steve

    Dang farbs... :)

    Steve
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    Great reply Rob, our sentiments seem to jive. ...

    Great reply Rob, our sentiments seem to jive.

    I wanted to say that I don't think "powder burner" should be taken literally to mean "people just interested in burning powder". I think what the...
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