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  1. #1
    Jun 2010

    Large Bullett

    Hello, I found a large (approx. 1 1/2" long by 3/4" wide) lead object that appears to a bullett. It does not have any rifling. It was found at a 1800's homesite in Kentucky.
    I have seen three ringers and other smaller civil war bulletts but I can't find any this large.
    I will upload pictures tonight after work.
    Any ideas? I know it's difficult without pictures.
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  2. #2

    Jul 2012
    167 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    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.

  3. #3

    Jul 2012
    167 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    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.

  4. #4
    Jun 2010
    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.


  5. #5
    Apr 2011
    Northern New Jersey
    31 times
    collecting war relics and antiques, shooting
    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.

  6. #6
    Jul 2008
    303 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    Is it flat on the base? If not kinda looks like a Confederate Enfield.

  7. #7
    Charter Member
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    Feb 2006
    South Central Upstate NY in the foothills of the headlands
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    8639 times
    Metal Detecting
    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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  8. #8
    Jun 2010
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    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.
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  9. #9

    Jun 2006
    Victoria & Corpus Christi Texas
    Xterra 705, Tejon, 1270, Stingray II & CZ-20
    19 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thought it was a fired Enfield also....but no...a Enfield is only slightly over an inch in length.

  10. #10

    Feb 2006
    Occupied CSA (Richmond VA)
    White's 6000, Nautilus DMC-1, Minelab
    6916 times
    Relic Hunting
    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.

  11. #11
    Jan 2011
    Whites MXT, E Trac, Garrett Pro Pinpointer
    456 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Exactly! do a little cleanup and show us more pictures, Might get a positive ID then......................HH

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  12. #12

    Jan 2005
    Sand Springs, OK
    ACE 250, Garrett
    118 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    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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