About Authentic Cartridges

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


Live Fire Muzzleloader Shooting

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

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.

Reenacting & Living History

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

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.


Makers of authentic, historically-accurate ammunition for black powder muzzleloaders from the Civil War era, since 2008

Live-Fire Enfield Cartridges

Pritchett bullets

58 caliber Minie bullets & cartridges

69 caliber Buck and Ball cartridges (back in stock!)

Authentic Cartridges for Reenactors

The School of Musketry

Brass Rifle Stadia (NEW!)

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The second School of Musketry is scheduled for January 27-28, 2018, at the California Tactical Academy rifle range in Piru, CA (about 45 minutes from Los Angeles). If you missed the original School of Musketry held near Victorville, CA on 11-12 November, 2017, here's your chance to make it to the next one.  Click here for more details and photos of the previous School of Musketry.
Enfield rifle cartridges

P1853 Enfield Ammunition

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

​Authentic Paper Cartridges         

Live-Fire Enfield Cartridges for the .577-cal Enfield rifle-musket and carbines: accurate reproductions of the P1853 Enfield rifle cartridge, made to the 1859 British Army pattern. 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 .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.

Shooting the P1853 Enfield

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

Updated August 2017!