Thanks to those who replied to my original question about Sharp's Carbine blank cartridges. I've experimented with a few methods quite successfully.
I have two more questions regarding "live" firing. First of all can anyone recommend a source for .54 cal. bullets that reasonably replicate the original minie balls? Checking locally all I've found are modern style bullets (hollow point, "maxi" balls, saboted bullets etc.) for black powder hunting. I'd prefer not to have to mold my own, but if it comes to that I'd appreciate a source for a good, accurate mold as well.
Finally, I am unsure if or how to lube the completed live round. My only black powder experience is shooting a flintlock rifle with patched round balls (where the patch is obviously lubricated) and shooting percussion revolvers. I got into the habit of sealing each chamber with Crisco or one of the commercial preparations both to lube the round and prevent chain fires. How should one go about this with a carbine round? Were the original CW era rounds pre-lubed in the package?
Thanks for your patience with what are probably ridiculously basic questions, but this breech loading business is new to me.