I have a 100% Parker-Hale 2-band 1853 Enfield from the very first Jana Sports imported lot that I need to get back up and running. I am particularly interested in rolling some of the original English/Confederate-type paper cartridges, where the smooth-sided bullet is paper patched&wax-dipped, and is reversed (point to the powder) in the cartridge, unlike the "American" cartridges where the bullet is loaded bare. I have several .577-..58Cal. Lyman moulds, including the 57730 duplicate of the original British bullet except it has the 3 lube grooves, and the 575213, and the 575203-OS in .580 size) I'd like to try the 57730 with the thick patch to improve the fit (Mine has the tapered bore; very early 4 digit S/N; 1-piece English Walnot stock; no Italian parts) and to cut down on the leading, which I remember was pretty bad. The bore is still 100%; like to keep it that way. Is the 57730 a good choice for this barrel combo? Who makes swages for this size, especially one that can accomodate the thick paper patch? I do have a small arbor press I can use to "push it through the die" , as I know the Lyman sizer-lubricator is a bit small for this size. How thick should the patch for the bullet be? In reading the British Ordnance accounts and the "Confederate Gorgas Letter", it seems they are talking about something like card stock. Is this accurate?
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