1853 Enfield rifled mukset at 300 yards


September 16, 2006, 10:04 PM
Today, I took my Euroarms 1853 Enfield rifled musket to the 300 yard line.

I learned a lot.

I learned that my batch of minie balls has a lot of different weights in it, as with the same charge and same hold, some of the minies hit the target, and some hit the dirt in front of the target stand.

Next time, I'll weigh the minies so I have similar results with all shots.

Below is a pic of what I was able to do.

That was 15 shots at this target.

The white sheet of paper with the blue bullseye is 20 inches wide. Again, that's the white paper, not the blue target itself.

There was a stiff left to right wind gusting.

There are three holes in the black particle board target stand. I put a piece of white paper behind two that are right atop each other in the upper right. Look for the little white "figure eight" just off the right edge of the paper.

There's another .58 caliber hole in the black target stand low right.

Overall, I'd rather not stand in front of somebody with an Enfield rifled musket 300 yards away.

I can't imagine what it would be like to stand in front of a rank of 50 or 100 men with Enfields.

Oh yeah. All shooting was off a bench. I used standard 75 grain charges.

Leaves them BIG holes..........


Five hits on the paper near the bullseye. Three more hits in the area on the black target stand. For first time ever at 300 with the 1853 with mismatched minies, I'll take it.


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September 17, 2006, 09:46 AM
You might be suprised how good that gun will shoot at longer ranges! Just like any other muzzle loader, consistancy in all facets of loading has a great deal to do with it...Find the most accurate bullet, weighing every bullet. Bullet lubricant is also a crucial factor. Seating bullets the same every time...Powder granulation and charge. Take some time to experiment and enjoy!:evil:

4v50 Gary
September 17, 2006, 10:39 AM
The Enfield can produce better groups. However, as you stated, you mixed your minies and that delivers mixed results. It's a lot of fun to experiment. I'm more fortunate than you in that I've only one minie mold (Parker-Hale Enfield made by RCBS) and it works pretty good. What I'd like to get is a Pritchett mold that doesn't require a boxwood plug.

September 17, 2006, 11:46 AM
The bedding on a rifled musket can make a substantial difference when shooting at longer ranges. My groups were cut in half when I worked on that in my 2 band Euroarms Volunteer. Here's a link which you may find interesting.



September 17, 2006, 12:08 PM
Thanks for the page of links.

Anyone know how to adjust windage on an 1853 Enfield clone?

I was having to hold quite a bit left to get them on the paper.

The front sight does not look driftable.

Not sure about the rear sight, either.


September 17, 2006, 10:33 PM
Hillbilly, I'm not sure how your Enfield's front sight is set up. I had the same problem with my 1861 Springfield. On it, the front sight is a blade on a block which is, I assume, silver soldered to the barrel. I filed the blade off, then filed a small dovetail into the block with needle files. I made another blade which fit the dovetail that I could drift for windage and file off for elevation. After I got it zeroed in I soldered it in place. While I was at it, I made a bead on it so my older eyes could pick it up better. I killed one deer with it after I modified the front sight and that bead sure helped in the woods.


September 17, 2006, 10:59 PM
I did some checking on my Enfield.

The front sight is a blade on block that's soldered on.

While Steve499's modification shows great ingenuity, it sounds, to be honest, like a lot more trouble than I'm willing to invest

I'll just hold off a bit to the left.


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