|The Paper Jacket
by Paul Matthews
Wolf Publishing Company, 1991
Features; text, black & white photos, dimensioned drawings
Soft cover, 6”x 9”, 140 pages
The paper patch bullet first appeared about 1870 and was the projectile
of choice up until the turn of the century. It was the best choice
for hunting and target work, and was also chosen by the majority of the
world’s armies of that time, with the sole exception of the United States.
A number of factors combined to remove the paper patched bullet from its
position of popularity; the high cost of hand fabrication vs. machine made
copper jacketed, or metal patched bullets, and the introduction of smokeless
Plain lead bullet velocities are usually kept under about 1400ft./sec.
to try to reduce the friction and heat generated as the bullet slides down
the barrel so that none of the bullet gets left behind, smeared on the
inside of the barrel as lead fouling. A paper patched bullet is contained
in a paper tube so that the lead of the bullet never touches the steel
barrel. Velocities can be increased for the benefits of flatter trajectory
and greater bullet energy at impact resulting in better penetration and
mushrooming. The Author is an avid hunter and uses a soft lead bullet
and a velocity of about 2100ft. /sec. to create an accurate hunting round
that will mushroom to more than twice its original size on impact and remain
mostly in one piece.
“The Paper Jacket” describes; lead bullet design and casting considerations,
has recipes for lubes, suggestions for suitable patching paper, detailed
tips on how to cut out and apply the paper patch, various pitfalls and
how to deal with them.
These bullets are more work to make, needing to be carefully hand fabricated
and requiring a sizing machine and dies. There are also decided advantages
in niche applications we might find ourselves in.
The book is well written and illustrated and has got me thinking about
making some paper patched bullets! Engineer BILL