.58 cal bayonet question

Tex1911

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hello, I am new to the forum and need some bayonet information.

I have just made a deal on a Bridesburg .58 cal musket - marked 1864 on the side plate. I would like to get a bayonet for the gun however I am not sure what bayonets would fit as I scroll thru various listings which many do not list rifle calibers. Is there a way to tell what bayonets would or would not fit without actually purchasing one ?

I do apologize if this is a crazy question, just wanted to get some info from folks who are familiar with the subject.

Thanks for any information............. attaching a picture of the side plate

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Tex1911

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Thank you Larry, really looking forward to this forum. I know there are some really fine members with great Civil War knowledge .
 
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Sorry, but I don't think bayonets were made in 58cal, or any caliber for that matter:D

You're going to be looking for a bayonet to fit a Bridesburg musket, whether it will actually fit is unknown depending on condition of both parts.
 

Tex1911

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Thanks Package4.
I would guess the conversion to .58 ca. center fire worked well for the rifle in the Indian Wars, however I don't think the gun will be fired much these days with the price of that particular cartridge.
 

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Tex1911 - Actually the Needham conversion saw most of its use in the Fenian Raids into Canada in 1866 and 1870. There is a lot of history there, too!

As for shooting it, I think you can fabricate cartridges for it from currently available 24 gauge brass shotgun shells, as is done for the Snider and Martini rifles.
J.
 

Tex1911

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Jobe , thank you for this information, I really need to do some studying up on the Fenian Raids. This is really going to be interesting.
 

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There are several Sulters who sail the Bayonets with scabbards. The Enfield has the socket type. You may want see if it would fit your rifle.
 

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Texas 1911 - I would strongly urge you to NOT put a British Enfield bayonet on your Bridesburg-Needham musket, it is just plain inappropriate. If you do, all you will ever hear is "That's not the right bayonet!"
J.
 

Tex1911

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Gentlemen, thank for all of the information you have been providing.
I really appreciate the fine folks on this forum and their wealth of information.
The history contained in this forum is priceless.
 


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