Just posted a new article on historic methods for reloading pinfire cartridges.
By 1850, pinfire shotshells had been on the market for 15 years and people were familiar with these new breech-loading guns. But they were still more expensive than buying a percussion cap and powder used by a muzzle-loading, percussion gun. Shotshells that were able to be reloaded was one solution to this issue. This articles goes into multiple different ways this was achieved.
I am currently working on manufacturing 16g pinfire cartridges for an RFD. This is looking promising with all new components including the brass cartridge base. I have almost completed a replica Hawksley style pin remover, primer insert and pin inserter in brass.
i need to make a jig to hold the cartridge base for further machining the cartridge base.