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  1. #1

    Dec 2020
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting


    Can someone help me identify age, caliber, and what gun this bullet came from please. It is made out of solid lead. Thank you.
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  2. #2
    Dec 2012
    lower hudson valley, N.Y.
    safari, ATPro, infinium, old Garrett BFO, Excal, Nox 800
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    Looks like a fairly modern rifle slug. Caliber is the outside diameter in hundredths of an inch which you will have to measure with a caliper or micrometer, cannot get much of an accurate idea with it next to a ruler. You will likely not know what rifle it was fired from since may different rifles used the same caliber. Millions of these things in the ground.
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  3. #3

    Feb 2016
    macro racer 2, whites mx5, whites mx sport, trx pinpointer
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    Modern lead flat nose (LFN) usually loaded, read hand loaded, in a revolver. Need diameter measures with a caliper to the thousands of an inch and weight done on a scale weighing in grains. For example: .357 diameter and 158 grains a reloading manual would show a picture in either a .38 special or .357 magnum. If it measures .429 and weighs 240 grains in this case .429 translates to .44 caliber, I.e. .44 special or magnum. A scale, calipers, and a loading manual will tell you what you need to know.
    As other comment above states it does look rather long for caliber so it maybe a lead rifle bullet , I say lead because it doesn't appear to have a copper jacket. If it measures .308 than it could fit a wide variety of .30 caliber rifles and used as a reduced charge/velocity for small game or just plinking to keep in practice.

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  4. #4
    Feb 2013
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Tesoro Sidewinder Umax, Minelab Equinox 800
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    That one is a swaged lead bullet (as opposed to cast). If I had to guess, it would be from a 44-40 cartridge (44WCF). Although it could be 38 caliber model too. Time period probably 1900-1920's...again just a best guesstimate on my behalf.

  5. #5

    Dec 2020
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thanks for your input. I know a lot more than I did before.

  6. #6

    Dec 2020
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I found it about 5” in the ground metal detecting in my parents back yard 20 or so years ago. Just finally got around to see if I could find out if it was really old or not. Thanks again guys.



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