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    Ciivil War Bullet? Any Info on it?

    Hello, I tried to do a little research on this, but pretty much got lost.

    I have no way of measuring it.

    But I wanted to know from the experts what Caliber this could be?

    thanks in advance.
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    Without specific measurements it would be hard to say exactly, but it sure looks like a .577 cal. minie ball from the civil war.
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    Your bullet is an unfired civil war "Minie ball." There are many-many versions of Minie bullets. Your version is a yankee "generic" 3-groove Minie. Relic-diggers typically call those simply a "3-ringer" but in actuality it has grooves... not rings, which are raised bands. (For example, a Sharps bullet has rings.)

    The nose-tip on yours is sharply pointed, which is unusual on .577 and .58-caliber 3-groove minies, so I think yours is a .69-caliber bullet.

    Here's how you can tell its caliber without measuring:
    An unfired .58-caliber Minie's diameter is approximately .56 to .57-inch.
    An unfired .69-caliber Minie's diameter is "approximately" .67 to .68-inch.
    A US dime is a hair larger than .70-inch.
    Put your Minie's base onto a dime.
    If its base is only VERY SLIGHTLY smaller than the dime, it is a .69-caliber. If it is 1/8-inch smaller than the dime, it is a .58-caliber Minie.

    Please do that size-comparison test, and tell us the result.
    Last edited by TheCannonballGuy; Jan 16, 2014 at 02:15 PM. Reason: Typo-error correction.

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    Thank you guys so much!.. I will check it out when I get home to compare. Someone traded this and the 1865 Penny for an Old Texas tag I found last weekend.

    Thanks again!
    Last edited by Diggin-N-Dumps; Jan 16, 2014 at 01:26 PM.

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    us
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    Ok, So I Placed this on the dime...And from what Ya'll said..Im thinking its a .58 Caliber
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