Monday, April 4, 2011

Paper patched (jacketed) bullets

In use with a very low powder load, a reason for the terrible accuracy, a proper load for cast bullets should have been used, even low loads for jacketed bullets can be used (research loads carefully on this issue). Of course black powder can be used.

Paper patched bullets in detail. You should download and save this, I swage, but this is useful information if needed. Paper jacketed bullets can approach metal jacketed bullets in accuracy and velocity. Many wrap them dry I prefer to use a NON POLYMER glue with my paper patched bullets. Don't use Elmer's glue (a polymer glue) it leaves crap in the barrel. Try a paste such as a Nori Rice Paste or make your own:

Papier-Mache Paste


1 cup water
1/4 to 1/3 cup flour (white, or rice flour - rice flour is best)
5 cups lightly boiling water
Large saucepan


Mix flour into 1 cup water until mixture is thin and runny.
Stir this mixture into lightly boiling water.
Gently boil and stir 2-3 minutes.
Cool before using.

This type of glue takes over 6 hours to dry.< The paper itself is important, see the review along with the directions. Paper patching.

Hunting an shooting the paper patched bullet.

Tricks with paper patched bullets.

A beginners look at paper patched bullets.

Consider this: when the Sharps Rifle Company was at its heyday in the 1870's and 1880's, the PPB was the most common bullet offered in their factory ammunition. Why? Because the PPB was and is the best lead game killing bullet available. The demise of the American Bison can be attributed primarily to PPBs. PPBs were easy to make by the frontiersman, requiring nothing but a skillet, pig lead, patching paper and a mould. Untold thousands of PPBs were made by the campfires during the 1880's.

- Dave Jennings

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