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Shooting Cartridge Ammo Nomenclature Part 2; .56-56 Spencer Rifle, 50-70 Government Centerfire & More

By the time of the civil war the rifled barrel was in ascendancy, though some units still sported smooth bore muskets. Claude-Étienne Minié, created a conical elongated and hollow based bullet for firing through a muzzle loading and rifled barrel. Conical bullets and rifling stretched combat out over 300 yards instead of the 40-yard musket…

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Shooting Cartridge Ammunition Nomenclature Part 1; Black Powder & Round Lead Balls

Firearms nomenclature is a confusing, often contradictory mess. No single systematic means were adopted to designate cartridges or weapons and if varies from both country to country but internally from manufacturer to manufacturer. Brown Bess Musket In the early days most weapons were designated by bore diameter or by designer or manufacturer. Take for instance…

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