Excerpt from Report of the Quartermaster General of the State of New Jersey, for the Year 1885
The supply held on hand is never very large, from the fact that it deteriorates with age and the best results are obtained from freshly-made ammunition. The chemical action of the p... owder and grease used in the charge, producing verdigris, is found to be detrimental to the shells, but if cleaned off soon after forming, the effect is very slight. Shells can be re. Loaded a number of times, sometimes as often as twenty times.
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