.577 Enfield Bullet Base Markings


#1

Does anybody have a list detailing what the inner base markings are on .577 Enfield bullets? I have consulted my various books/papers and cant seem to find any reference on these. Its something I feel I should know but don’t!

Any help gratefully appreciated.

Mark


#2

I have “L broadarrow”, “L3”, & just “L”


#3

5577

There must a few different marks then Pete. These examples have ‘7’ & ‘8’ markings. Found by a metal detectorist on the beach on the island of Jersey. Very well preserved!


#4

Khanmak,

Yes, there are lots of different letters/numbers on these as they were made by many different companies. Those with the letter L in were made by Ludlow of Birmingham.
their stampings L1 - L2 and L3 are often found on Civil War battle sites.
Those showing just a number indicate the machine number in the Royal Arsenal factory.
There is a website devoted to Civil War bullets (cant remember the name) which shows pics of many of these.
Jim


#5

Thanks Jim. Very useful information. I had wondered if the numbering was Woolwich related due to the more or less central manufacture of ammunition at this time.


#6

k,

look out for rticle on these in the next journl.

jim


#7

Wil do :-)