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P1853 Enfield Ammunition

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

The School of Musketry was enormous fun! If you missed the one held near Victorville, CA on 11-12 November, 2017 then don't worry. We are planning the next School of Musketry near Santa Clarita, CA on January 27-28, 2018. Click here for more details.
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.

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

B. Gibbons and C. Beresovoy, Proprietors

​Est. 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

About Authentic Cartridges

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


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58-caliber Minie Cartridges
Enfield rifle cartridges

Live Fire Muzzleloader Shooting

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

58-cal Minie Ball Cartridges: the most widely used Civil War cartridges, these are made exactly to the original specifications of the 1860 US Ordnance Manual. Like the original Civil War cartridges, these have pure lead Minie-style bullets that have been swage-sized to .575-inch and lubricated in beeswax and real tallow for easy loading in 58-caliber muskets like the 1861 Springfield. Click here for more details about our Minie cartridges.

Reenacting & Living History

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

Shooting the P1853 Enfield

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

Updated August 2017!


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.