Dug Civil War Union Minie Ball Set. .54, .58, And .69 Caliber. Very Nice Set.
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Dug Civil War Union Minie Ball Set. .54, .58, And .69 Caliber. Very Nice Set.:
The most widely used bullets used by both the Union and the Confederate soldiers was the minie ball, named for its French Designer, Captain Claude Minie. It was designed for quick loading so the bullets could slide easily into the barrel. When fired, the lead in the cavity of the base expanded into the rifling grooves, making the bullets spiral. The .58 caliber minie balls were the most commonly used round by both sides. The .54 and .58 caliber mini balls were not fired. The .69 caliber minie ball has been fired.