Jul 29, 2012, 11:04 PM
please help. what type and value.
hey everyone i have a bullet that i found on my property that was previously a union campsite. cant figure out what kind of bullet this is, it has two small rings and looks like either a .54 or .57. does anyone know what type of bullet amd approximate value. thanks, dalton
Jul 29, 2012 11:04 PM
Jul 30, 2012, 10:21 AM
Th single photo you posted is out-of-focus. For certainty in identifying your bullet, we need more photos, and clear focus.
That being said, your bullet SEEMS to be what is called a "Ringtail" Sharps. Also, your bullet seems to still have the casting sprue (a leftover from casting the lead bulet) on its base. Normally the casting-sprue was cut off.
"Ringtail" Sharps bullets made their first appearance in the mid-1850s and were used by both yankee and Confederate cavalry during the civil war. (The Sharps Rifle/Carbine was mostly issued to cavalry, not infantry.)
There are several varieties of "Ringtail" Sharps bullets. As I said above, we'll need well-focused, closeup photos to identify which specific variety you found.
Jul 30, 2012, 05:18 PM
ill try to get a better pic of it tonight. i thought i seen one on here that was worth quite a bit but it had the portion cut off bottom. also its wierd cause that little piece in bottom is very round. so i dunno. i always thougt it was a oddball bullet or a pistol bullet stuck in bottom. haha
Last edited by civil_war22; Jul 30, 2012 at 05:31 PM.
Jul 30, 2012, 05:45 PM
heres a couple more photos
here is two more photos hope this helps. it is not like any ringtail ive ever seen. it has that odd base. its not a flat base matter of fact it looks concave with the ball in it or looks pressed in
Last edited by civil_war22; Jul 30, 2012 at 06:17 PM.
Sep 08, 2012, 08:54 AM
Can someone help in this bullet. It appears to have 3 lines but can't find the same one in the book. Plus it's not a flat base it has the lower ring where most ringtails have but this one is completely rounded