These cartridges are a faithful reproduction of the originals, and come completed up to the point of adding gunpowder.


Throughout the Civil War, .54 caliber muskets of various design were issued to troops of both sides, including the imported Austrian Lorenz rifle, and the venerable old M1841 Mississippi Rifle, a veteran of the Mexican War. The conical Minié-style projectile was developed for use in these rifles, as was a modern paper cartridge to facilitate speedy reload on the battlefield.


The cartridges are constructed of sturdy paper wrapped around a soft lead, .535cal Minié ball lubricated with the historically correct beeswax/mutton tallow mixture. The top of the cartridge is open and ready to receive a charge of powder. Included is an arsenal wrapper with a label so that you can bundle your completed cartridges. An illustrated instruction sheet will guide you through the proper method of folding the rounds shut.

Ten rounds come in each pack- just add powder and they’re ready for the range!


Want to try your hand at constructing your own cartridges? Click here to take a look at our .54cal "Minié" Paper Cartridge Kit!



Pre-constructed .54cal "Minié" cartridges, 10rds