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P1853 Enfield Ammunition

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

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Minie Cartridges for .58-cal and .577-cal rifle-muskets. ​The most common cartridge used in the American Civil War, by far! These contain a 495-grain Burton-style Minie ball sized to the historically correct .574 for easy, consistent loading. The bullets are also lubed with the 1860's composition of beeswax and real mutton tallow. Just fill with powder, and you're ready for the range. ​26 cartridges for $53, with US shipping included. Click here for more information.

Limited availability due to high demand. Limit one per customer, please.

Minie (Burton) bullets for .58 and .577 caliber rifle-muskets, 495 grains, sized .574". Cast on Lyman 575213OS mold. ​The infamous "Minie ball" caused the majority of battlefield wounds during the American Civil War. These are sized to historically correct .574" as adopted by the U.S. Army in 1862, to allow easy and consistent loading. 

36 bullets for $35, with US shipping included. Click here for more details.

Limited availability due to high demand. Limit one per customer, please.

Shooting the P1853 Enfield

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

Updated February 2018


Enfield Cartridges for .577 or .58-caliber rifle-muskets. Now available with .568 and .550 bullets. Perfected for the British Army in the late 1850s, it was quickly adopted by the Confederate Army. Millions were imported and made in Confederate arsenals. Each cartridge has the historically correct swaged Pritchett-style bullet. Just add black powder and you're ready to go! Click here for more details about our Enfield cartridges.

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.550-inch Pritchett bullets, compression formed. 530 grains, for .577 or .58 caliber rifle-muskets. These are swaged (like the historical bullets) and not cast, forming perfect bullets that perform wonderfully in rifle-muskets like the P1853 Enfield and 1861 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.

Unavailable until I'm back from deployment, winter of 2021.

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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.


P1853 Enfield Ammunition

The history and development of the bullets and cartridges used in the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle-musket. This 40-page downloadable PDF includes the patterns for every version of the remarkable Enfield cartridge, from the first bullet designed by Metford and perfected by Pritchett, to the final .550-inch version of the cartridge produced by Colonel Boxer's Royal Laboratory.