Jun 14, 2012, 06:23 PM
Carved lead?... what do you think
I was so happy about the mini ball I just put this in my pouch without really looking at it. do any of you see what I'm seeing? please let me know your thoughts
if I wasn't the 1 who found it I would have probably thought that 3 ringer was made last week. no oxidation at all. gotta love mud.
Jun 14, 2012 06:23 PM
Jun 25, 2012, 03:46 PM
Sure it wasn't dropped during deer season?
Jun 25, 2012, 06:29 PM
im not going to entertain that.
Jun 25, 2012, 07:41 PM
I was just messing w you. It's in great shape. Great find
Jun 25, 2012, 07:46 PM
Jul 08, 2012, 11:21 PM
I think there's no need to worry that you found a modern Blackpowder deerhunter's Repro minie-ball. The modern ones are nose-cast, and yours isn't nose-cast.
Regarding the lack of oxidation/patina... civil war bullets found in "wet ground" (and underwater) often show no oxidation, because the water prevents oxygen from reaching the lead. During the past 30-something years, I've found a good number like yours in creeks and swamps.
Feb 11, 2013, 02:08 PM
Nose castings are more common, but that Minie appears to have been Swaged. Swaging is the process used in large arsenals where molten lead is injected into a die/mold. We found a crate of them on the Maple Leaf shipwreck. They came out of the river dark, just like yours. Often the base of swaged bullets have a "chuck" mark similar to a star incised into it.
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