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This kit does not include musket balls, and is designed for those who already have their own projectiles, or who wish to construct blank rounds. 


The British Land Pattern Musket, or Brown Bess, was one of the longest serving infantry firearms in world history. Its nickname is of unknown origin, although some believe that it originated out of the ranks of the British Army- “brown” referring to the color of the walnut stock, and “Bess” as a female name to personify the infantryman’s rifle as his most faithful companion.

Cartridges for the venerable Bess were constructed using sturdy paper and twine that could be found around the campsite, and were constructed to facilitate speedy reloading between shots. The kit features the neccesary materials (minus powder and shot) to construct 80 rounds, including:

- Cartridge papers of sturdy brown newsprint.
- A forming rod.
- Flax twine for fixing cartridges.
- A choking cord assembly and stand.
- An illustrated instruction sheet that will walk you through the process of constructing cartridges.


We also offer kits for Charleville muskets- click here to see!

Brown Bess Cartridge Kit, 80rds NO PROJECTILES

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