Paper-Patched Bullets

Paper-Patched Bullets - In the early cartridge era, in the interest of improving the accuracy of cast lead bullets, they were normally first swaged, then wrapped precisely two times with a parallelogram-shaped  piece of tough, moistened paper. The lubricated paper jacket reduced friction and improved the gas seal, allowing more efficient utilization of the powder's expanding gasses. The jacket fell away from the bullet after exiting the muzzle.

 

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