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Old 04-03-2021, 09:04 PM
Heinz Heinz is offline
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I think a lot would depend on the actual time frame. Prior to 1870 the cap and ball revolvers were al "hand loaded," one cylinder at a time. For any cowboy used to that routine, loading a cartridge was just more of the same with primers instead of percussion caps. Cowboys in the pre-1880 time period spent a lot of time out where there were no stores. And, in the 1880s there were a plentitude of calibers out there and the local store may have your 32/20 or 41 Colt or 45 Schofield, or maybe only 45 Long Colts. All you need to reload black powder is a bullet mold, a primer punch and seater, and a crimper. The old powder flask has a measure. I believe lots of pocket reloaders were out there by 1880.
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