To Load Round Ball-I would like to know how to load a round ball.
I have a 12 gauge Remington pump gun, cylinder bored. Do not use a 12 gauge ball in a 12 gauge gun, but use 14 gauge. I use 3 ¾ drams black powder F. F. G. and cardboard wads only. Cut a piece off from a shell 3/8 inches long, cut a piece out of that so it will fit snug in the shell on top of the wads after the powder is in. Now put some fine sawdust in and pack it down with a ramrod with flat end. Now put a little more in, pack with rounded end, drop ball in. The ball must almost rest on the edge of the piece of shell. Now put a little tallow around the ball, with the fingers press in good. If too hard mix soft grease with it. Now take a 20 gauge shell and tun around on this tallow, pressing it around the ball before putting in the shell. When the powder burns there wil be something around it. This is 14 gauge ball and it will shoot just as true as a rifle. For repeating guns the shells should be crimped so the ball will not strike the primer when in the magazine. The recoil might explode them. Do not put the wad on the ball. I use lead about 1 to 30. For modified choke bored guns put in a little more sawdust, which will prevent the piece of shell being drove upon the ball so far making it not so tight in the barrel.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913
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