Welp, the experimental paper pistol cartridge results are in. Results and impressions are mixed. Let us start at the beginning.
Paper pistol cartridges were invented back in the 1860’s to speed up the loading process on the percussion cap and ball pistols of the day. Loading from loose components, the procedure is to fill the chamber with black powder, seat a wad or card over the powder, then ram a lead ball into the chamber, and then cover that with lube. Once all that is done, the nipples are capped and the gun is ready to fire. Five operations to load each of six chambers. I find the process relaxing but many find it to be a pain. The paper cartridge eliminates three of those operations.
There’s fancy kits you can buy to make these but I chose to make my own. And rather than futz with period correct conical bullets, I use lead round ball. It’s interesting to note that few people shot these guns for entertainment back in the day. With black powder, they are filthy, the lubes are gummy and sticky, loading and cleaning them was a drear, and it would have been prohibitively expensive for most. These things were strictly for business in their day.