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04-13-2006, 07:37 PM
where do buy bullets for an 1853 enfield and can you buy gunpowder for the muskets anywhere. Also when purchasing a musket what else do I need to buy.
04-13-2006, 10:24 PM
If you are interested in shooting a CW firearm I would suggest you go to the NSSA forum http://www.n-ssa.net/phpbb/ and find a team near you. That way you can get started the correct and easy way and they can help you out with all your questions and obtaining supplies.
If you want to look before you leap try these sites.
04-14-2006, 01:04 AM
Another good place to look, the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association:
bob 125th nysvi
04-14-2006, 09:24 PM
You can get your bullets from almost any sutler or Dixe Gun works. Depending on where you live there may also be a gun dealer who does black powder and he can get the rounds from a manufactuer (like Hornady).
Don't use the sabot rounds.
For field reenacting (I have a springfield) I use my ramrod with an adapter, cleaning jag, rag and hot water.
For serious cleaning I use a complete kit I bought from Dixie guns works for .58 caliber muskets.
You should also have a musket tool (combination nipple wrench and screw drive) to help with cleaning.
USE ONLY BLACK POWDER don't use the modern smokeless powders. You will have to get this at a local gunshop or via mail order but I get it from my unit who buys it in bulk.
The NSSA guys are pretty serious shooters (one guy I know measures his individual bullets to ensure uniformity) and really know what they are doing. Most reenactors I know aren't that serious.
The best thing to do is join a local unit and sit down with a "mentor" who can help you get what you need, what is nice and what is a luxury item.
By the way, before the modertors remind you you need to put your name on all posts. Webnames aren't good enough.
04-14-2006, 11:35 PM
Just thought of something: Don't use synthetic oils or greases, they turn into gunk when they mix with black powder residue. Use Bore Butter or some other natural product that is intended for muzzleloaders. Follow the directions and you should be okay.
04-15-2006, 11:20 PM
Ok thanks guys for all ya'lls help
05-06-2006, 06:39 PM
Welcome aboard. I see you are in Rome GA, there will be a reenactment in your neck of the woods in a couple of weeks. The annual Resaca event is scheduled for May 20 and 21. I believe James Country Mercantile is usually there and he is an acccomplished gunsmith. I would also check out John Zimmerman and Lodgewood who advertise regualrly in just about any CW reenacting publication (Camp Chase Gazzette, Civil War Historian, etc.).
As to what else to buy, I recomend the following (always buy the best quality I hope needs not be said here), a musket tool (used to remove the cone and screws), a cleaning jag (I reccomend the slotted as it is less likely to get stuck), a bore swab, a worm (for when a patch slips out of the jag), and a cone pick. I also suggest purchasing one that has been "defarbed" (others may disagree) as it is usually only a few $$ more and is cheaper to start out with than to defarb one later (this is of course unless you find a used musket). While on te used musket note, unless you are VERY familiar with these types of weapons, do not buy used unless you have a qualified person check it out for you; your safety is not worth the $50 or so you may save and I have seem some real sticks of rust cleaned up to look good to the untrained eye.
Also unless you have joined a unit and know their requirement, don't buy anything. Different units have different requirements. My unit for example prefers the 1861 Springfield, some prefer the Enfield, others may want an earlier type of musket, others a later. Also under no circumstances do not buy a 2 band weapon, if you do not know the difference, wait until you have a reputable pard with you to purchase.
Hope some of this helps.
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