The history and development of the bullets and cartridges used in the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle-musket
Williams Patent "Cleaner" cartridges for .58 or .577 caliber rifle-muskets, Type II, 600 grains, .574" diameter. The Williams bullet has a controversial reputation. Even though its inventor, Elijah Williams, proposed it as a more accurate rifle bullet, this unique projectile's ability to clean the fouling from a dirty barrel has given it the nickname "the Williams Cleaner." Tens of millions were made for U.S. Army service, and to identify Williams cartridges, the paper was often dyed blue and these historically correct cartridges are also dyed using a period process. At 600 grains, the Williams delivers enormous energy and the base plug ensures rapid, full expansion.
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.44 Johnston & Dow conicals for cap and ball .44-caliber revolvers. Cast on Eras Gone mold, they are 217 grains and sized at .46" so they will beautifully seal the chamber of your cap and ball gun. This is the bullet you want to use for Civil War era historically correct shooting! I have a very limited stock of bullets I cast in 2020 before I deployed. $16 for 50 bullets plus shipping to US addresses only.
Colt Cartridge Works conical bullets for .36-caliber cap and ball revolvers, cast on the wonderful Eras Gone bullet mold. I have very limited supply on hand, which I cast back in 2020 before I deployed. $12 for 50 bullets, plus shipping to US addresses only.
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A few observations about making and shooting historically-accurate cartridges in the P1853 Enfield.
Updated February 2018
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Swaged paper patch cylindrical Whitworth bullets, 530 grains pure lead, for .451" rifles, diameter .442". The historically-correct Whitworth bullets are exact recreations of the originals made for the British Army (and imported for the Confederate Army). They were designed at the Royal Arsenal to work perfectly in the hexagonal Whitworth bore. Because they are swaged, and not cast, they are perfect in weight and size. Warranted to be within +/- one grain of 530 grains! I can paper patch them for you upon request, to about .450" diameter. Packaged exceptionally carefully for shipment, to prevent damage.
.44 Kerr cap and ball revolver bullets. Cast on the Eras Gone mold. Personally, I find this to be the best bullet for my .44 C&B's and because it is a heeled bullet, it is easy to load, even in revolvers with small frame cut-outs. $16 for 50 bullets plus shipping to US addresses only.
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.
Authentic Paper Cartridges.Making historically correct black powder bullets and cartridges, since 2008.