minié ball

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min·ié ball

 (mĭn′ē, mĭn′ē-ā′)
n.
A conical rifle bullet used in the 1800s and designed with a hollow base that expanded when fired.

[After Claude Étienne Minié (1814?-1879), French army officer.]

Minié ball

(ˈmɪnɪˌeɪ; French miɲe)
n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a conical rifle bullet, used in the 19th century, manufactured with a hollow base designed to expand when fired to fit the rifling
[C19: named after Capt C. E. Minié (1814–1879), French army officer who invented it]
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The Union charge at the railroad redoubt was met by shells, minie balls, grapeshot, glass, railroad iron, and hickory nuts delivered by .
58 Minie balls for a Civil War story some time ago.
It's so hard to do that muzzleloading rifles adopted the patched ball almost two centuries ago; and when conical bullets are used in modern muzzleloaders, they're either undersized Minie balls, contained in soft sabots or have some other way of being engraved by the rifling without undue friction.
58 Minie balls in the Civil War and horrendous (as far as recoil is concerned) 8, 4, and even a 2 bore on the really big stuff in Africa.
Wilson's introduction is one of the great libertarian statements in American letters, which is why the minie balls flew upon publication.
Well the military minds of that day were still familiar with Civil War type Minie balls with their deep hollowbases, so they built the new .
Be sure to visit the "gift shop," a makeshift market displaying everything from Civil War-era wine bottles to flower pots to minie balls.
Despite such colorful language and the odd, unfortunate chapter title "Maggots and Minie Balls," the author generally avoids gratuitous coverage of illness, injuries, and wounds in favor of a narrative faithful to the development of army medicine on both sides of the Mason-Dixon.
But the first and screams and curses, punctuated by the explosion of artillery shells and the whining pitch of minie balls.
As I bump along the roads meandering through the nearly 6,000 acres of the battlefield on a double-decker tour bus, I can't erase images of young men - many just boys, really - charging over knolls, dodging minie balls and bullets and fighting fiercely with broken rifles, sticks, even rocks.
As children, we dug minie balls out of the yard - strange, white, rounded metal, that had aimed to kill, a century earlier.
For those who cast their own black powder missiles, Lyman has a great variety of molds to choose from, including Minie Balls and conicals for the black powder cartridge rifle.