Original Civil War Buck Shot Cartridge
Very Rare Example!
Buck and ball issued in the original paper cartridge combined the projectiles with the black powder propellant charge to facilitate rapid loading of the weapon. The buckshot would set in front of the ball, so that the ball would act as a gas seal for the buckshot. Like any other paper cartridge, the rear of the cartridge would be torn open to expose the powder, which would be loaded, and the remaining paper, balls, and buckshot would be rammed down on top. The intent of the buck and ball load was to for a devastating impact.
Inventory Number: BUL 038