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British Musket Cartridge

Waterloo 200

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/ Add Artefact by: Ethan Storey, Bishop Luffa School

Date added: 13 Jun 2015

The muskets used at Waterloo fired musket balls that were made of lead and were nearly two centimetres in diameter. They were contained in paper and wrapped up with the gunpowder that they needed in order to be fired out of the gun.

To load the shot, the riflemen tore the top open with his teeth but he would leave the ball wrapped up in the paper. The soldier would then pour some of the gunpowder into a part of the gun called the pan that was located near the flint and the rest of the gunpowder was put down the barrel with the paper to act as wadding. Then, using the ramrod, the soldier would make sure every thing was compact. He would then take the ramrod out and fire. Unfortunately as soldiers sometimes had very little training they occasionally forgot to remove the ramrod which meant that the ramrod would be fired along with the bullet, deeming the weapon unfireable.

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