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.


We make more than just paper cartridges! Visit our sister site at www.FTG1853.com for historically correct reproductions of various Victorian-era military and civilian items.

550-caliber Pritchett bullets, compression formed: these are swage-formed (like the historical bullets) and not cast, forming perfect bullets that perform wonderfully in rifle-muskets like the P1853 Enfield and also the US Springfield. These bullets are exactly like the originals in every specification. If you want to shoot your .577 Enfield rifle the way it was intended, then these are the bullets to use! Click here for more information.

Please call or email if you have any questions. I enjoy talking to my customers! I do my best to respond to emails in 24 hours; please keep in mind this website is a labor of love, and not my full-time "real" job!


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(805) 218-2214

Enfield rifle cartridges

Live Fire Muzzleloader Shooting

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

Ten Years of authentic cartridges! 2008 - 2018

We make historically-accurate bullets and cartridges for black powder muzzleloaders from the Civil War era​ (and occasionally shoot them ourselves)

​Authentic Paper Cartridges         

P1853 Enfield Ammunition

The history and development of the bullets and cartridges used in the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle-musket

Combustible 36 caliber Nitrated Paper Pistol Cartridges
Enfield Cartridges: accurate reproductions of the rifle cartridge, made to the 1859 British Army pattern for the .577 caliber P1853 Enfield family of rifle-muskets. This was the preferred cartridge for the Confederate Army in the American Civil War, and millions were imported and made in Confederate arsenals. Each cartridge has the historically correct swage-formed .550-inch Pritchett-style bullet and 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.

About Authentic Cartridges

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


Reenacting & Living History

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

Brett and Darrell shooting Enfield cartridges from P1853 Enfield rifles 

Shooting the P1853 Enfield

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

Updated February 2018


Rifleman's Stadium: a reproduction of the brass stadiametric rangefinders used in the Victorian era to ascertain the estimated range of objects at distance. Graduated for infantry and cavalry, and made of thick, heavy gauge brass. This is no cheap, flimsy reproduction. It is a close replica of an original made by Holtzapffel & Co of London. They were popular with the Volunteers and American Civil War officers. Click here for more info and photos. $24 plus $3.45 shipping to the US.