These Enfield paper cartridges are made to an historical pattern dating to the late 1850s and utilize a 550-caliber, 530 grain Enfield "Pritchett-style" bullet fitted with a base plug, like the originals. The bullets are pressed into shape from cold lead by compression like the originals, instead of being cast from molten lead. In 1859, the 550-caliber bullet was adopted for the Enfield rifle, marking the final refinement to the military muzzleloading firearm. There would be no further developments before breechloading rifles with metallic cartridges were adopted in the late 1860s. This modern recreation is the result of the better part of a decade of research. This is precision ammo, made within tolerances measured to the thousandth of an inch, and we have recreated the iconic Enfield paper cartridge down to the smallest detail.
· 550-caliber, 1.095-inch long "Pritchett" style bullet, compression-formed (not cast) just like the originals
· bullets have plugs, like the originals, which help the bullet's instantaneous expansion when fired
· cartridges made with historically correct 100% cotton rag paper (not wood pulp paper, which absorbs wax)
· bullet end of cartridge lubricated up to the shoulder of the ball with beeswax
· overall cartridge length when filled with powder and twisted closed is 3 inches
The cartridges contain NO POWDER. Before shooting, you need to fill the cartridges with powder and twist the tails closed. The period charge was 2.5 drams, or approximately 68 grains of Fg or FFg black powder. I can fit up to 28 into a small flat rate box (this is the best shipping option due to the weight of the lead). If you need more than 28, please contact me and I will send you a quote for the quantity you need. US Shipping Only -- International buyers please contact me.
The historical cartridge is shown in the diagrams from an 1859 publication; the modern recreation is on the left
Authentic Paper Cartridges
Enfield paper cartridges come ready to be filled with powder (like the ones on the left) and they will look like the cartridges on the right when filled and twisted closed.
My Enfield cartridges are copies of originals, made by E. & A. Ludlow, of Birmingham, a major supplier for the Confederate Army during the Civil War
Loading and firing the Enfield paper cartridge. They slide down the barrel with ease, even after firing dozens (or hundreds) of rounds.
Watch (and listen!) as a bullet from one of these cartridges hits a steel plate at 300 yards. Yeah, the video says 250, but it was actually closer to 300. Notice that you can hear the sound of the gunshot before the bullet impact; at 300 yards the bullet has already gone subsonic.