American Civil War Bullets & Cartridges

Updated August 20, 2014

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We have finally decided to quit using the McKee & Mason book to reference our bullets. While a great book in its time (1970-1980), it is now well past its prime. While all bullet books will have mistakes, the MM book is full to the brim with mistakes and outdated information. The photographs and the shading of the bullets is horrible. This is especially true in the supplement. This book is full of fired bullets, cut off bullets, modern bullets, misnamed bullets, etc. I have also found the measurements to be off due to the lack of digital calipers during publication of the book. The days of eyeballing a bullet's size on manual calipers are long gone. Quite a few measurements in the book are taken from fired examples or examples that are slightly out of round. With the amount of great bullets on the market today, precise measurements have been recalculated on 99.999% of the known examples.

 

From now on, we will be referencing all of our bullets to the "Round Ball to Rimfire" series by Dean Thomas. In my opinion, these are the best researched bullet/cartridge books on the market and contain way more information than the average lead head can process. Vol. 1 is dedicated to small arms rifle/musket bullets. Vol. II is dedicated to breechloading carbine bullets. Vol. III is dedicated to pistol/revolver ammunition, and Vol. 4 is dedicated to Confederate ammunition of all types. If you are serious about collecting bullets, these books are a great investment. I would also recommend "Percussion Ammunition Packets" by John Malloy, Dean Thomas, and Terry White. If you are just getting into bullet collecting and don't want to spend a fortune I would recommend "A Handbook of Civil War Bullets & Cartridges" by Jim & Dean Thomas. For $12.00 a copy you can't beat the information provided. All of the mentioned books can be purchased directly from Thomas Publications by clicking HERE.

 

We will continue to list high grade bullets on this page. Most inexpensive bullets are available but will no longer be listed. If there is something you are looking for just ask....we probably have it in stock it's just not listed.

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Y289     Federal .44 Starr Revolver Bullet

Description: Nice excavated .44 Starr revolver bullet.

Measures:    D .456  L .733

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $45.00

Y288     Confederate .69 Raleigh Pattern (Carcano/Garibaldi) Bullet

Description: Nice .69 bullet manufactured at the N.C. Institute for the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind in Raleigh, N.C.. This one is in great shape and the cavity walls aren't bent. This one has a great mold seam and very nice patina with a few patina chips.

Measures:    D .685  L 1.093  C .455

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $55.00

Y282     Federal .54 Burnside (Tinned Case)

Description: Here is a bullet that you don't see everyday. This is the late war pattern "pressed" bullet for the Burnside cartridge.

Measures: D .546  L .780  C 147

Recovered: Unknown

Ref: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 371

Price: $55.00

Y281     .69 Raleigh Pattern (Carcano/Garibaldi)

Description: Nice .69 bullet manufactured at the N.C. Institute for the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind in Raleigh, N.C.. This one is in great shape and the cavity walls aren't bent. Hard to find in this condition!

Measures:    D ..676  L 1.113  C ..455

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No.

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $65.00

Y273     .56-50 Spencer Cartridge by Winchester "H" Headstamp

Description: Excellent Indian War .56-50 Spencer Carbine bullet. This one has the depressed/raised "H" headstamp for Winchester. This one is in excellent shape and has a wonderful patina.

Measures:    D .558  L 1.531 

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $28.00

Y272     Lot of 5 Different Indian War Cartridges

Description: Nice grouping of misc. cartridges from the Indian War era. Each is slightly different.

1. D .417  L 1.430 Marked 41 in marker and has a small crack in the side. No headstamp

2. D .437 L 1.502 Headstamped "U"

3. D .437 L1.196 Headstamped "H"

4. D .408 L 1.111 No Headstamp

5. D .408 L .990 Headstamped "H"

Price: $50.00

Y268     Carved Confederate .54 Gardner Bullet

Description:  Here is a nice .54 Confederate Gardner bullet that was pounded into a fishing sinker. This was recovered about two years ago near the Route 51 crossing on the creek. You can clearly see the two rings on the bottom. This one is tapered and pounded into a rectangle. This area of the Opequon creek headed towards Middleway was well used by both sides during the war. This is a very nice section of the stream and you can just imagine troops fishing in the creek.

Measures:   L 1.52"

Recovered: Opequon Creek Route 51 Area

Price: $30.00

Y267     .69 Medium Base French Triangle Base Bullet

Description: Here is a tough bullet to get and you won't have to upgrade on this example.

Measures:    D .683  L .965  C .374

Cavity: Triangle

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 567

Recovered: Unknown

Price: 95.00

Y266     7mm LeFaucheux Pinfire Cartridge by Eley Bros. of London

Description: Very nice 7mm pinfire cartridge with a pleasing brown patina.

Measures:  L .886

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $22.00 SOLD

Y260     .44 Tennessee Rifle (Kerr)

Description: Nice bullet with an excellent teat.

Measures:    D .439  L .912 

Cavity: Teat

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No.

Recovered: Tennessee

Price: $55.00

Y259    .69 Machine Pressed & Turned (Prussian)

Description: Excellent bullet. These are hard to dig without the skirt being bent.

Measures:    D .669  L 1.160  C .355

Reference: TT#188B

Recovered: Central Mississippi

Price: $30.00

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Y235     .54 Heel Cast Three Ringer

Description: Nice crisp bullet. Someone wrote 459 in the cavity with a pen.

Measures:    D .529  L 1.003  C .323

Cavity: Pointed Conical

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $10.00

Y234     .49/50 Picket Bullet for Country Rifle

Description: Excellent and hard to find larger picket bullet type.

Measures:    D .488  L .854 

Cavity: None

Recovered: Orange County, Virginia

Price: $40.00

Y231     .56 Sharps Rifle Bullet

Description: Here is an excellent Sharps bullet. This is the harder to find large caliber compared to the common .52.

Measures:    D .576  L 1..050 

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 484

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $22.00

Y223     .56 Sharps Rifle Bullet

Description: Here is an excellent Sharps bullet. This is the harder to find large caliber compared to the common .52.

Measures:    D .569  L 1.032 

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 484

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $22.00

Y222     Five Different .69 Three Ringers.

Description: Here is an excellent set of five different .69 three ring bullets. The first one is a typical .69 with a conical cavity. The second had a higher base. The third has a stepped cone cavity. The fourth has a very deep conical cavity, and the fifth as the plug cavity. These are the exact bullets you will receive.

Recovered: Virginia

Price: $48.00

Y219     .36 Savage Revolver Bullet

Description: Nice .36 Savage revolver bullet with the rebated base.

Measures:    D .382  L .716 

Cavity: None

Recovered: Winchester, Va.

Price: $15.00

Y217     Confederate One-Ring Gardner Bullet

Description: Excellent one-ring Gardner bullet. This one still has some of the dirt/grease in the ring.

Measures:    D .578  L 1.001  C .449

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 398 Variant

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $35.00

Y216     .55 Macon Arsenal

Description: Here is an excellent bullet that is often associated with the Macon Arsenal. Although there is no proof these were produced there, the name has continued to stick. This one is in excellent condition. You can clearly see the flat spot where the sprue was attached to the side of the nose. This one was recovered from a camp in West Virginia directly across the river from Williamsport, Md.

Measures:    D .542  L .890  C .307

Cavity: Conical

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 227

Recovered: Gettysburg Retreat, Williamsport, Maryland (West Virginia Side of River)

Price: $125.00

Y215     Brass .50 Maynard Carbine Cartridge (Flat Nose)

Description: Nice .50 Maynard Cartridge. This one is intact and appears to be dug but I cannot be sure.

Measures:    L 1.755

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $55.00 Sale $50.00

Z713     Packet of 8mm French Lebel Ammunition (Qty.8)

Description: Here is a very nice packet of French Lebel ammunition still in the packet. This one is wrapped in cellophane to protect it. I am told that these were adopted for the Hotchkiss machine gun in 1932.

Measures: 2" x 3.25"

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $30.00 Sale $20.00

Y199     Indian War 56/.50 Spencer Cartridge

Description: Here is a nice 56/.50 Spencer cartridge for the Indian War era Spencer carbine. This one has some writing on it which could be removed with some alcohol. It also has ".50 Spencer Carb" lighly engraved into the side of it.

Measures:    L 1.606"  

Price: $25.00

Y191     U.M.C. .50-110 H.V. Cartridge

Description: Here is an excellent cartridge for the .50-110. This one is a high velocity cartridge and is an excellent example of the harder to find obsolete cartridges. These early cartridges were used with the Buffalo rifles of the West.

Measures:    D   L 2.738"

Price: $35.00

Z539     Shipwreck Recovered Grouping of Spencer Carbine Cartridges etc.

Description: Here is an excellent relic from the American Civil War. This is a very large concretion recovered from an underwater shipwreck. This one has a ton of Spencer Carbine bullets attached to it. It also has a bayonet scabbard tip attached to the end. You can clearly see where a 24lb. spherical cannonball was resting on the left side of this piece. There are 25+ Spencer cartridges hanging out of this piece at all different angles. This would easily be a great centerpiece for any bullet collection. This piece is quite stable but it must be picked up or delivered to a show.

Measures Approximately 13" x 8"

Weight: 13lbs. 5oz.

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $595.00

Y156     Confederate .577 Enfield Bullet

Description: Here is a nice Enfield bullet showing crude manufacturing. This one is nose cast and has some great cold pour lines on it. Judging the direction of the lines it appears that this one was swirled as it cooled.

Measures:    D .565  L 1.009  C .252

Cavity: Conical

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $15.00

Y154     .56 Colt Revolving Rifle Bullet with Dimple Cavity

Description: Here is an excellent example of the hard to find pattern of .56 Colt Revolving Rifle bullets. This one has the small punch mark on the base and a small air pocket.

Measures:    D .572  L .896  C .062

Cavity: Dimple

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 397 Variant

Recovered: Shenandoah Valley

Price: $30.00

Y153     Confederate Nose Cast .577 Enfield Bullet

Description: Here is a nice .577 Enfield bullet recovered from Tennessee. This one is nose cast and is very pointy. It has a conical cavity with a very thin skirt and mold seams on both sides.

Measures:    D .550  L 1.016  C .299

Cavity: Conical

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 509 Variant

Recovered: Tennessee

Price: $12.00

Y145     Confederate .54 Long Pattern Enfield Bullet

Description: Here is an excellent long pattern Enfield bullet. This would have been used with the .54 Mississippi rifle. This one is in excellent shape.

Measures:    D .528  L 1.221  C .283

Cavity: Conical

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 N0. 289-290

Recovered: Spanish Fort, Alabama

Price: $35.00

Y137     Confederate .50 Breechloading Carbine Bullet

Description: Here is a very nice .50 Confederate carbine bullet. These are thought to have been a product of the Macon Arsenal but that is unconfirmed. These are commonly dug in Confederate positions all around Williamsport, Md. and across the river in Falling Waters, WV. This example is in excellent shape. The dark line running horizontal on the bullet is not a gash but a high spot that is worn down. It is thought that this style may be for a Gallager or Smith carbine.

Measures:    D .513  L .920  C N/A

Cavity: None

Reference:   RBTRF Vol. 4 No.

Recovered: Williamsport, Md. Gettysburg Retreat Route

Price: $45.00

Y133     .52 Confederate Selma Arsenal Sharps Carbine Bullet

Description: Here is an excellent "Selma Arsenal" Sharps pattern. These have now been identified as coming from the Selma Arsenal as many were dug at the site and regions supplied by this arsenal. This one is in very nice shape with the small tie ring on the base.

Measures:    D .542  L .993  C N/A

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 Page 195

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $30.00

Y132     Complete Excavated .54 Burnside Carbine Cartridge

Description: Here is a very nice excavated .54 Burnside Cartridge. This one is intact and original but there is a dent on one side that throws the bullet out of line a few degrees. There are no cracks or chips in the cartridge. The bullet has some powder burn which is quite common on these cartridges.

Measures:    L 2.436"

Recovered: Winchester, Virginia

Price: $50.00

Y108     .54 Burnside Cartridge

Description: This .54 Burnside Carbine bullet is in great shape but the cartridge has cracked towards the bottom. The hull is still full of powder and is crushed on the end.

Measures:    L 2"

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $20.00

Y78     US/CS .38 Picket Bullet

Description: This is an excellent .38 Picket Rifle bullet. The patina and the base are flawless.

Measures:    D .372  L .623  C N/A

Cavity: None

Reference: TT#211 Series

Recovered: Shenandoah Valley

Price: $20.00

Y76     .36 3rd Pattern Richmond Laboratory for the Colt Navy Revolver

Description: This is an excellent example of the 3rd pattern .36 Colt revolver bullet. The third pattern is just a little bit longer than the 2nd pattern and the nose is a little wider. This allowed the bullet to be forced into the rifling. This allowed the bullet to grab the rifling a little better and produce a stable flight pattern.

Measures:    D .384  L .594  C None

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 14

Recovered: Shenandoah Valley

Price: $35.00

Y74     Confederate .44 Colt (Old Style)

Description: Here is an excellent .44 "Old Style" Colt revolver bullet. This is the Confederate version of the .44 Dragoon. These were also produced at the Richmond Laboratory. This one has a slight hint of a rebated base.

Measures:    D .457  L .785  C N/A

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 30

Recovered: Shenandoah Valley

Price: $12.00

Y70     Confederate .577/.58 Selma Lube Groove

Description: This is an excellent example of a shallow cavity Selma Lube Groove. These bullets were produced at the Selma Arsenal in Alabama. There is also a deep cavity version of this bullet as well.

Measures:    D .570  L 1.004  C .268

Cavity: Small Plug Type

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 337

Recovered: Spanish Fort, Alabama

Price: $20.00

Y67     Confederate .577/.58 French Triangle Cavity (Blow Through)

Description: Here is an excellent example of how Confederate ammunition often failed. There were several types of ammunition that were prone to blowing clean through like the triangle cavity bullets and the Gardner bullets. Flaws in casting like air pockets created weak areas in the bullets core. Upon firing the pressure would be to great and the bullet would blow apart from the inside.

Measures:    D .582  L 1.136  C Δ

Cavity: Pointed Triangle

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 329 Variant

Recovered: Virginia

Price: $35.00

Y64     Confederate .54 Merrill Carbine Bullet

Description: Here is an outstanding .54 Merrill Carbine bullet. These were manufactured at the Richmond Laboratory for the Confederacy. This one has a very slick patina and great mold characteristics. McKee & Mason mistakenly called this bullet a Confederate Morse Carbine bullet in their bullet book. This is the one ring version but there is also a three ring version that is similar.

Measures:    D .552  L .840  C None

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No.

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $60.00

Z542     A Handbook of Civil War Bullets & Cartridges by Jim & Dean Thomas

Description: This is an excellent little handbook on Civil War bullets and cartridges. There are some great examples in here with plenty of updated information. In my opinion, this book is better than the $40.00 McKee & Mason book that is full of errors. This book covers a wide variety of bullets used by the North & South.

Price: $12.00 Each (Qty. Available 0) Temp. Unavailable!

Z453     .43 Spanish Reformado Cartridges (11.5mm x 57R)

Description: Nice grouping of surplus cartridges used in the Rolling Block rifles made for Spain by Remington. These bullets were thought to be poisonous when they entered the body. The brass outer layer would form verdigris and it was thought that it was poisonous to the body.

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $10.00 each Qty Available 10

Y11     .54 Georgia Troops

Measures:    D .525  L 1.031  C .129

Cavity: Teat

Price: $16.00

 

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