It is probably irrevelent, but it has been said that the Italians are using Mike Yeck's rifling machines...
In my N-SSA Daze, in my Yeck Smith I shot a load of 36 grains of FFF with corn meal filler. It gave a bench-fired group of half a dollar at 50 yards.
In my wife's WSA Daze, in her Yeck Smith she shot a load of 30 grains of FFF with corn meal filler, for a fifty cent piece group.
And even though the cartridges had grommets in the vents, we had to insert a small square of toilet paper to keep the FFF from dribbling out (an actual cause of a burst barrel in someone;s else's Smith). However, FFF dribbled out, but FF did not.
Some lads simplified loading and skipped the TP, going to small self-stick "inventory dots" over the vent that they either scraped off with their finger nail or simply let the German caps burn through.
In gleichem Schritt und Tritt, Curt Schmidt
Not a real Civil War reenactor, I only portray one on boards and fora.
I do not portray a Civil War soldier, I merely interpret one.