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1. October 1827

En russisk styrke under van Paskevich stormet Jerevan i Armenia under den russisk-tyrkiske krig, som raste... Read more ...


30. September 1541

Hernando de Soto møtte tula-indianerne

1. October 1827

Russerne stormet Jerevan
En russisk styrke under van Paskevich stormet Jerevan i Armenia under den russisk-tyrkiske krig, som raste mellom 1826 og 1828. Byen falt dagene etter, og russerne tok 4000 fanger og 49 kanoner. Seieren førte til at 1000 år med muslimsk dominanse i Armenia nå var over. Det tidligere khanatet i Jerevan ble nå en russisk provins.

30. September 1541

Hernando de Soto møtte tula-indianerne
Den spanske conquistadoren Hernando de Soto og hans styrke gikk inn i Tula-territoriet i det som i dag er det vestlige Arkansas. Her møtte han sterk motstand fra tula-indianerne.

Spanjolene beskrev dem som de dyktigste og farligste av alle indianerne de hadde møtt. de Soto og hans menn trakk seg etter hvert tilbake til Mississippi-elven.



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    The Modern Pritchett Bullet

    Category: Muzzle-loading
    Published: 24. November 2007 by Øyvind Flatnes.
    Edited: 24. November 2007.
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    Original Pritchett-kule

    What is a Pritchett Bullet?

    The Pritchett, or Metford-Pritchett, bullet was used in the .577" calibre family of muskets in the British army from the introduction of the  Original PritchettP-1853 Enfield musket in 1853. Basically the Pritchett was a hollow based smooth sided conical bullet that was loaded paper patched in the musket. The diameter of the un-patched bullet was .568", but in 1858 the diameter was reduced to .550". It weighed 530 grains.

    Most bullets of this type are called minié balls today. The US Army used a similar ball in their .58 calibre muskets, but this had grease grooves and was loaded without paper patching. However, a lot of Pritchett bullets saw service in the American Civil War. Huge amounts of cartridges with Pritchett bullets were imported from the trade in England, and confederate armouries produced many variations of the Pritchett.

    What is the "Modern Pritchett Bullet Mould"?

    Pritchett Pritchett

    Pritchett balls.

    The "Modern Pritchett Bullet Mould" is basically a slightly shortened version of the original Pritchett projectile. Why shorten it? Well, from the beginning the P-1853 Enfield rifle muskets had a three groove barrel with a 1 in 78" rifling twist. In addition, the P-1856 and P-1858 Army Short Rifle plus several carbine variations had barrels rifled with this twist.This is a very slow twist for a heavy conical projectile. In 1858 the British Royal Navy adopted a two band rifle, the P-1858 Naval Rifle which had a five groove barrel and a 1 in 48" twist. The accuracy was superior compared to the three groove 1 in 78" twist rifles. The British Army adopted the 1 in 48" twist in their P-1860 and P-1861 Army Short Rifles. The P-1861 Cavalry Carbine and the P-1861 Artillery Carbine also had the new fast twist.

    Find out more!
    You can learn more about the history and use of British and American rifle muskets and the Pritchett and Minié balls in the brand new book From Musket to Metallic Cartridge: A Practical History of Black Powder Firearms.

    The "Modern Pritchett Bullet" is made to stabilize better in slow twist muskets, both original and replica. It can also be used in the fast twist muskets. All .58 calibre muskets and rifles, such as the 1855, 1861 and 1863 Springfield, CS Richmond Musket, 1863 Remington ("Zouave") etc. can shoot this bullet.


    • .568" diameter unpatched
    • 450 grains


    The mould.

    The bullet moulds are produced by Lee Precision to my specifications. The mould blocks are machined from aluminium and handles are included. The mould is made in 25 copies. If you have questions, use this contact form. I planned to have another batch of mould made, but Lee no longer makes hollow based or hollow point moulds. This means that I have to get another maker to make the new batch.

    The price is $72 + shipping. Sold out!


    Paper cartridges and paper patched bullets.