|This is an amazing gun - in part because it is
of such historic interest but also perhaps due to
it being of such large caliber - .577. It could
be said to be the muzzle loading version of a carbine
as against full length rifle (which would be the
Made by Parker Hale it is of course a reproduction
of the original Enfield but very well made and authentic.
It will accept charge weights from 2 1/2 drams (70
grains) right up to 3 1/2 drams, but that is geared
toward round ball - and so for normal use with a
''Minnie'' bullet (approx 520 grain), 2 1/2 drams
is plenty! Thus the slip-on recoil pad! It uses
std #11 caps.
The main problem found is due to the need to get
the cheek very tight to the comb in order to get
a good sight picture. The net result of that is
often a sore cheek, as this gun has quite a fierce
recoil. Downside as with all front-stuffers, is
- clean up!
Below pic's show the Minnie style, and compares
the original casting to a modified - which although
it lightens the bullet is estimated to give improved
obturation. "Bore Butter'' is favored lube'.