bullet : configuration : round nosed with base cavity and three cannelures. Relic condition, lead covered by white oxide
Authority: Baisden, C N : 1980
Reference: Lewis, B R : 1968 : Small Arms and Ammunition in the United States Service, 1776-1865 : Smithsonian Institution Press : : plate 28. Description: this hollow-based pointed Minie design with deep cannelures to hold lubricant represents a widely-used type of the 1850s and 60s used in muzzle loading rifles such as the British Pattern 53 Enfield and the US 1856 rifle musket. It was accurate, effective at well over 1,000 yards for area fire against artillery positions, and used in reasonably priced machine-made muzzle loading rifles with interchangeable parts. No breech loader of the 1860s could match these rifles either on long-range performance or on price. These bullets, with their complex form, were made not by the traditional method of casting molten lead, but by mechanical compression or 'swaging'. Although named after a French Captain who had designed the original ogival form, the British and American versions represented considerable product improvement.