Been a subscriber to Backwoodsman for years. Just sent in my renewal.
Got a subscription for my brother last spring and he loves it. We both enjoy fishing and the outdoors, but neither of us hunt. You'll find yourself reading about all kinds of things -- how to build a dory boat, raising chickens, making pickles, etc. -- and never do any of those projects. But it's still interesting and fun reading.
I highly recommend Backwoodsman for a fun, interesting light read for all who enjoy the outdoors.
I haven't yet got my copy, so I can't comment on the article.
Foil cartridges. Yep, Sam Colt started with foil and later went to paper. The 1960 or 1961 issues of Shooting Times had quite an article on Sam Colt's foil cartridges. This was back when Shooting Times was a paper tabloid and not a magazine. I have the bound copies of these early editionst; very few bound volumes exist as far as I can tell.
Anyway, I looked for this article but couldn't find it (of course).
Sam Colt tried using American-made tin foil but it was poor quality. It had too many tiny holes, out of which powder leaked. Soon, he began importing the foil for his cartridges from Germany, which was very high quality and didn't leak.
But the cost of import was too much. Later, he perfected the paper cartridges and went with that.
Original Colt's foil cartridges for cap and ball revolvers are rare. Few survived.
Today's modern foil should work fine.