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Thread: Chassepot

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    Boolit Master

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    Feb 2018


    The Chassepot is a very unique cartridge. Iíve recently started making cartridges for mine and would like to know if anyone is or has made them. I would like to discuss what I am doing as well as learn what others have done. I am referring to making the unpatched version, not the authentic patched one. We could discuss here or maybe by PMs.

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    Boolit Master Harter66's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    90 miles North of Texarkana 9 miles from OK in the green hell
    There's a guy in France I think that has an excellent set up for doing them and a few years back had a video up . I somehow just haven't gotten to the 1871 issue stamped example I have much past upkeep . I do have what I believe will be a serviceable bullet for it now which was a stumbling block for several years . I think in one of my note books (wherever it is) I have notes enough to make the mandrel for the tubes . I didn't care for all of the glue steps he used and having the cap sealed away from the powder creating an air gap .

    Of course nitrated paper and rolling the case to become part of the bullet patch .

    Where do we get waste silk to bag the cartridge ?
    I'll just tag along if I can get notifications to work .
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    Boolit Master

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    Apr 2014
    Way up in the Cascades
    Did you do a " Search" of this website? Seem to remember at least two very extensive threads about other Chassepot owners that made ammo for them.

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    Boolit Master
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    Jan 2009
    Central Oregon
    youtube has videos on making the Chassepot cartridge.

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    Boolit Master Jedman's Avatar
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    Nov 2014
    NW OH Oak Openings Area
    I was given a Chassepot rifle with a matching bayonet as a gift once when I was young and dumb and kept it for about 5 years. This was long before the internet so I didnít know nothing about what it was
    and someone offered to buy it so I sold it because I had no idea you could make your own ammo for it.
    Iím sure whoever got it was tickled with the deal as the bayonet alone was worth more than I sold it for.


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    Boolit Master

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    Feb 2018
    I am familiar with videos about making the cartridges. I have already made and shot some. I just have some technical questions for those who are making and shooting them. How type and quantity of powder effects trajectory, thickness of rubber disk etc.

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