Ive been into black powder off and on over the years, but lately Ive been getting more serious about it. Ive seen people with the paper cartridges and never bothered to try it... thinking it was a pain in the bubblegum or some other reason for me to be lazy. Now that Im in a spot where I need to occupy my free time with things other than looking for new guns to buy, I thought Id give it a shot. ITS AWESOME! I havent actually fired any of them yet, but Ive made them and they should work fine. Ive read that some people take their pick and poke into the powder side of the cartridge, Ill try that but it seems just as easy to rip out the bottom before stuffing it in. What I did was for .44 cal cap & ball revolvers, but the concept is the same for long guns / single shots. First, assemble your stuff. Balls powder Cigarette papers scissors a .38spl case (.357 if you need more powder) loading block of somekind .45acp box, or similar Place the ball on the open end of the brass & begin to wrap 1/2 cig paper around both. Be aware of the orientation of the glue strip! make sure it sticks properly lick the glue strip and finish wrapping the brass & ball wet the paper that is around the ball, just give it a sloppy kiss... then pat it or roll it in your fingers so that it clings to the ball. Blow on it some and place everything, ball side down, into the loading block. Carefully remove the brass case. Add your powder. I used 25gr of FFFg (real black or pyrodex) out of a premeasured spout. Carefully grab the cartridge in the middle, lift it out and wet the remaining paper... pinch & twist it into a small tail. Store them someplace dry where they wont get damaged. I use a plastic .45acp box from Midway that I used for my .45 reloads. To shoot them, just puncture or tear the paper before loading, stuff it into the cylinder and fire away. The paper will burn off or blow away. Just for fun, here are my 1858 Remingtons. Stainless Buffalo 12" and the standard 8" but with case color frame and checkered grips, both by Pietta. There it is. Super easy. Just do a few of them a day when you have a moment and by the time you get to go shooting you will have plenty of rounds already loaded. You can use this method for other calibers too. Just find something around the house that is close to the diameter of your ball. I used a .44mag case to load a .535 round ball cartridge. If you dont have empty brass of various calibers around, you can anything from pens to chapsticks. You can hit the hardware store and buy dowels too. Its the most fun you can have without the governments permission these days.