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Real nice job. Gives me a bit of inspiration.

A black powder rifle uses a patched lead ball loaded on top of a powder charge. Pour a measured amount of powder down barrel, place a flattened chunk of cloth on barrel end, insert lead ball until flush with barrel end, then cut all excess cloth away using a knife or other sharp object. Using a ramrod the patched ball is then rammed home atop the powder charge. All that is needed then is to use appropriate ignition method for style of rifle; primer cap, flintlock, etc. Ready, aim, fire; then repeat entire process again. After watching the actual procedure being done many are left wondering how bows and arrows were ever defeated.

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