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    Posted: July 16 2012 at 5:51am
I was at a civil war re-enactment this past weekend & noticed those who were using muzzle loading caplocks were loading blank charges (that worked well enough, even if they did go more "POINK!" than "BANG") in a way that contradicts everything I've read about B/P blanks.Confused
 
I've always read you NEED a wad of some kind (shrdded paper or whatever for safety reasons) both to allow the powder to be pushed soildly into the breech, & to allow enough pressure to build up to get a decent discharge. These guys were using non-combustable paper cartridges all right, but they tore off the folded end, dumped the charge in, cocked & capped. No wad & no ramming at all!
 
Is this normal, or something done just for re enactments?
 
As it worked, why bother to wad & tamp blanks, or am I missing something?
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Despite a great deal of missionary effort I am not a reenactor but I know quite a few. From what I learned ramrods were banned from reenactments several years ago after an idiot accidentally forgot to remove his before firing and almost killed a fellow reenactor.

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Ask Hoadie he was involved with this for many years, I was at the 150th Shiloh battle or Pittsburg landing depending on which side you were on back in April.
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My Great Grandpa (Mother's side) was there for the real event.
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Same here Bud
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Years ago they decided that -for re-enacting purposes- we should use no more than 60 gr of FFF powder per cartridge.Pre battle inspection(multiple times) should ensure that folks weren't "overpowdering". The reason for this is that some yo-yo in the 2nd rank loads @ 180 gr & fires over the shoulders of the 1st rank..it creats a real problem with injured ears & flash burns(as well as waste of powder.) The usual proceedure for us was to load, & ram (tamp) the 1st cartridge.Even @ 60 gr. that will give quite a bang.I was a re-enactor for 30+ years, & I never had a situation whereby we were told to leave our rammers behind.(WAIT!That didn't come out right! )Omit ramrods from rifles...Anyway-over the years there has been an idiot or two that have actually loaded a minnie ball & fired it @ the opposing side..but thats a pretty rare event.
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Hoadie I said Pittsburg landing
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Yeah-but you also said SHILO...Guess you call 1st & 2nd Manassas by its
"Nrthern" names too,huh? heathen!
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I just took a look at the pictures. The ramrods are on every muzzle-loader in the pictures, but don't seem to have been used apart from cleaning maybe?
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I enjoyed visiting the mock city they had, it was all period correct as well. 

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Safety is the reason why nothing but loose powder is allowed in the barrel for actual battle reenactments.
The units I've been in, and the opposing units, all kept the ramrods under the barrel. You still need it to properly clean and oil the firearm after use.
For ceremonial blanks, we often followed the powder with the cartridge paper rammed firmly on top.
 
I usually was on the RIGHT side, if you're facing west! Wink
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Smokey what was the loading procedures?
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i picked up this old P-53 recently , oddly enough it seems to be loaded - rammer stops about 3"shy of the breech block ......
 
 
 
i see i forgot to take a photo with her bay attached , must do that one day soon ,
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Have you got one of those C02 dischargers?
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Springfield Armoury museum has LOTS of still loaded battlefield pick-ups.During the whirl & skirl of battle-if a round mis-fired the shooter often didn't notice & would load another on top!This was compounded by the fact that you were expected to get 4 - 6 AIMED shots off per minute - RAMMED!(I cant/never could do that).
As for loading for a re-enactment load..after the 1st you "rip & pour"-maybe give 'er a tap on the ground.Even @ 60 gr powder, you get a sheet of flame out another 5 feet or so.(Night skirmishes were something to see!
Smokie was one of those guys in a union suit with bullet-proof underware!

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With a flintlock, I could get off an aimed ball load every ten seconds. With a rifle-musket it's more like every fifteen seconds using minie bullets. I worked with paper cartridges in both cases. I was actually pretty impressed with the smoothbore flintlock's performance and speed of loading (until it started to misfire, about 15-20 rounds). It also shot straight enough for the usual engagement ranges of under 100 yards.
In the CW reenactments I participated in, the onlookers would notice that the left side (as you face west) never seemed to have any casualties. The RIGHT side would do a more accurate portrayal of a typical engagement. I remember one instance where the audience yelled at the left side to "take hits, take hits, take hits . . . " LOL
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