Paper cartridge rolling dowel diameter

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George Babits
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Paper cartridge rolling dowel diameter

Post by George Babits » Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:03 am

Back when I got my first Shiloh paper cartridge rifle, Droege gave me an aluminum dowen to roll the paper cartridges on. It must have been the same diameter as the bullet. Could someone please measure one aand post the diameter for me. This would be for the .54 caliber military rifle. Better yet, does anyone have one they would part with? I've been working with a 1/2" dowel beefed up with electrical tape, but it isn't working all that great.

Thanks,
George
Salmon, Idaho

John Bly
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Re: Paper cartridge rolling dowel diameter

Post by John Bly » Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:17 pm

A shooter asked me to make one for him. He asked for .545" diameter x 8" long.
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George Babits
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Re: Paper cartridge rolling dowel diameter

Post by George Babits » Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:23 pm

That sounds about right John. I am using the Lyman .54 caliber minie as I learned a long time ago that they shoot great. So how much to make one if I can't find one?

George

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