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I got my Needle rifle in the mail today. What a Stunner! I have no idea if the needle is original or not so I don't want to fire it with what's in the gun now. And they only last from 60 to 200 shots so will need to have a few on hand. Where can I get,

1. Needles

2. Bullet mold. Would like the proper bullet mold. I understand some guys just use plain ball ammo but not interested in that.

3. What best percussion caps are best for this? Same stuff you use for a muzzle loading musket?

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About 15 years ago I paid for the custom cherry that Bernie with Old West Bullet Molds uses to cut his molds. AFAIK he is the only person in the US to offer a Dreyse mold. I think I remember using a drawing of the n/A bullet for the mold. It's available here.

Heinrich Hensel with Hensel bullet molds also offers one here: Langblei
I just purchased a different mold from him a month ago and couldn't be more pleased with the quality. It will take a bit, as you'll have to complete an international wire transfer and wait for the mold to be shipped over. Overall time from the transfer being initiated to receiving the mold was about a month.

Stephan Joan with antiquefirearms.com offered reproduction needles at one time, but has since sold out. You might contact him and see where he had them made.

Where'd you find your needle rifle?
Simpsons LTD. Their thank you for your order is held up before I get into the bubble rap in the video. I have seen them sell for less but also seen them sell for more.
 

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What type of Lead Smelter do I need? Anything special? I saw one at the pawn store last time I was there. I just ordered the bullet moud. :)
 

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Good Evening,

Have owned several Dreyse rifles and now shooting a '41 long rifle. Good source of needles w/holders are the West brothers out of the United Kingdom. They are the authors of several books on Dreyse, Chassepot, and more. The brothers are very knowledgeable and always helpful:

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Simply use 4-wing musket caps and you can also find the bullet mold at Accurate Molds.

I also use homemade wooden sabots.

Randy
Can you put up a photo of the sabot?
 
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