Swaged .550-inch Pritchett bullets, 530 grains pure lead, for 58 caliber rifle muskets
These compression-formed (not cast) bullets are exact reproductions of the original bullet adopted in 1859 by the British Army for use in the Enfield family of .577 caliber rifles, such as the P1853 "3 band" Enfield. They also work beautifully in 58 caliber rifles like the U.S. Springfield. Like the original bullets, they are 100% foundry pure lead and formed by compression in a custom made Corbin swage die. Because they are swaged, not cast, they are perfectly solid, and do not have any of the inherent flaws of cast bullets, such as voids, hidden air bubbles, and variation in size and weight. If you want to fire your Civil War era 58-caliber or 577-caliber rifle-musket in the period-correct fashion with superior accuracy, this is the bullet to use.
During the American Civil War, the qualities of the Enfield cartridge and Pritchett bullet were appreciated by Confederate ordnance officers, who adopted the Enfield cartridge for use in the Confederate armies. Tens of millions of Enfield cartridges would be run through the Union blockade to supply the Confederate Army, where they were prized for their quality and accuracy.
The historic 550-cal Enfield bullet used an expanding plug (you can buy them with plugs included as an option), and was always fired with a paper patch. You can buy ready-made Enfield cartridges here or make your own using cartridge paper patterns.
For quantities over 72 bullets, please contact me for bulk order pricing!
Authentic Paper Cartridges
Our Pritchett bullets (right) are exact reproductions of the Civil War-era originals. The original bullet on the left was dug near Petersburg, VA and was found with the plug still in place!