Aug 13, 2012, 07:33 AM
Last edited by jamesobush; Aug 13, 2012 at 06:59 PM.
Reason: added pictures
Aug 13, 2012, 09:44 AM
A picture would help. There was a .78 cal Belgian musket issued to the western Union forces early in the civil war. Sure glad I never had to fire one. Of course that's pretty close to the measurments of a modern 20mm cannon round, but if fired would have rifling marks.
Aug 13, 2012, 09:48 AM
A quick search shows up a number of large cal. muskets post revolutionary and until the war of 1812 used in calibers from .68 to the well known Brown Bess in a .75 caliber.
Aug 14, 2012, 03:42 PM
Capt-zero, thanks for the replies does the brown bess use ball type ammo or wouls be a bullett type of projectile? I got a few pictures uploaded and maybe some of the members can give me some input as to what I have found.
Aug 14, 2012, 04:42 PM
A Brown Bess musket would have used a round ball or buckshot. Elongated projectiles were for firearms with rifling, not in general use when the Brown Bess's were in use.
Aug 14, 2012, 07:06 PM
Is it flat on the base? If not kinda looks like a Confederate Enfield.
Aug 14, 2012, 09:31 PM
"Is that a Geiger Counter?"
I'm thinking it's not a bullet - but I've been wrong before. Maybe some Kain-tuk had a 4-bore elephant gun for trips to Africa.
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Aug 17, 2012, 07:40 PM
Hello aquachigger, thanks for the reply. I will download a few more pictures. The base of the bullett is not flat but it's full of clay or mud.
Last edited by jamesobush; Aug 17, 2012 at 07:47 PM.
Aug 17, 2012, 10:14 PM
Thought it was a fired Enfield also....but no...a Enfield is only slightly over an inch in length.
Aug 18, 2012, 05:45 AM
Please gently remove the dirt from the hole in the object's base, and post close-up photos of it. The shape and depth of the hole may help us identify the object.
Aug 18, 2012, 12:18 PM
Exactly! do a little cleanup and show us more pictures, Might get a positive ID then......................HH
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Aug 18, 2012, 04:42 PM
I will say it once again. To get a good ID on a bullet you need give measurements with a caliper and weigt in grains. You can buy a set of calipers for about 7 bucks at just about any firearm/reloading store. The weight in grains can be converted by looking up one of many conversion charts on the net. If no rifling marks the bullet may have been fired in a sabot or in a smoothe bore musket. Monty
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