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    michigan michael

    Musket balls ????

    I found these two in 2 different places. An 1800's farm field and the big one at a school. One weighs 5 grams and the other 15 grams. I have not ever seen one before so, I am not sure if it is just wishfull thinking or if they really are old musket balls. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Musket balls ????

    Are they lead? I'd bet they are musketballs.

  3. #3
    ca
    Likely, B.C.

    Aug 2008
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    Re: Musket balls ????

    It's an ant's shot-put (or cannonball).


    Sorry MM and Jim, I just had to.
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    Re: Musket balls ????

    Look for a flat spot with possibly a small ridge. That is where the excess lead was cut when it was taken from the mold. If it has one, 99.99% musket or pistol ball. If not, 99.99% modern buckshot.

    Daryl
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    Re: Musket balls ????

    The first is too small to be a musket ball, it is either a pistol or rifle ball. It is hard to tell the size on the second, it may be for a large rifle or musket.

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    us
    Aug 2008
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    Re: Musket balls ????

    Quote Originally Posted by BioProfessor
    Look for a flat spot with possibly a small ridge. That is where the excess lead was cut when it was taken from the mold. If it has one, 99.99% musket or pistol ball. If not, 99.99% modern buckshot.

    Daryl
    You may be right.

    This is what they looked like out of tha mold.







    Wether there was any ridge left depended on
    how well tha user cut tha ridge off.

    Happy Huntin,

    Tabdog
    Tabdog in Arkie Land

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    Re: Musket balls ????

    Looks like a musket/pistol ball to me. The caliber is the diameter in decimal inches - .22cal = .22 inches, .45cal = .45 inches, etc. The caliber will help narrow down the year and maybe the weapon.

    Daryl
    The only way to really understand something is to play with it.

 

 

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