About Authentic Cartridges

A short introduction to period-correct ammunition methods of construction for Civil War era cartridges


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550-cal Enfield 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.

Reenacting & Living History

Authentic cartridges accurately resembling period rounds, with bullets simulated by tissue paper

Makers of authentic, historically-accurate ammunition for black powder muzzleloaders from the Civil War era

B. Gibbons and C. Beresovoy, Proprietors

​Est. 2008



Live-Fire Enfield Cartridges

Pritchett bullets

58 caliber Minie bullets & cartridges

Authentic Cartridges for Reenactors

58-caliber Minie Cartridges

Ten Rules for Enfield Cartridges

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.


Live Fire Muzzleloader Shooting

Bullets and cartridges correctly made to historic specifications for Civil War-period long arms

P1853 Enfield Ammunition

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         

The School of Musketry, 11-12 November 2017 (Veterans Day Weekend): if you are in the Southern California area, you may be interested in the School of Musketry camp on BLM land near Adelanto, CA. BLM land affords the large, open area needed for long-range shooting! Utilizing the lessons in the British Army's 1859 Instruction of Musketry, the School of Musketry will broaden your knowledge of rifle-musket shooting and improve your accuracy. What worked in 1859 still works today! Taught by three instructors with over thirty combined years of black powder shooting experience. Click here for more details.

Shooting the P1853 Enfield

A few observations about making and shooting historically-accurate cartridges in the P1853 Enfield.

Updated August 2017!