A short introduction to period-correct ammunition methods of construction for Civil War era cartridges
US 58-cal Minie Ball Cartridges: these cartridges are made exactly to the original specifications of the 1860 US Ordnance Manual. Like the original Civil War cartridges, these have pure lead Minie balls sized to .575-inch for easy loading in 58-caliber muskets like the 1861 Springfield. They are lubricated with the historically accurate mixture of beeswax and tallow. Simply fill the cartridges with black powder (60 grains 2F was the historic load) and you are ready to shoot! Click here for more details about our Minie cartridges.
Authentic cartridges accurately resembling period rounds, with bullets simulated by tissue paper
Best practices for making your own Enfield cartridges for the P1853 rifle, and a few tips for troubleshooting if your Enfield cartridges don't seem to be working.
Bullets and cartridges correctly made to historic specifications for Civil War-period long arms
NEW! The history and development of the bullets and cartridges used in the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle-musket
Live-Fire Enfield Cartridges for the .577-cal P1853 Enfield rifle-musket: accurate reproductions of the P1853 Enfield rifle cartridge, made to the 1859 British Army pattern. Millions were shipped through the blockade for the Confederate Army in the American Civil War. Each cartridge has the historically correct .550-inch Pritchett-style bullet and clay plug, like the originals. Just add black powder (65 grains 2F recommended) and you're ready to go! Click here for more details about our Enfield cartridges.
Authentic Paper Cartridges
A few observations about making and shooting historically-accurate cartridges in the P1853 Enfield.
Updated August 2017!