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    bullet ID please, dug at civil war site

    Nice patina on this one I found.
    I took several photos. It looks to be fired as there are maybe 6-7 lines going down it at an angle which I'd assume are rifling marks. Its base is hollowed out kinda. It's just a hair over 1/2 inch. It's roundness averages about that .305.
    I thank you in advance.
    Tim
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    Because your bullet has a cannelure / "ring" on it I'm pretty sure it's post civil war - the cannelure is used to crimp the mouth of a brass case around the bullet so that the bullets from the remaining cartridges in the magazine do not move forward or reward in the case when the gun is fired. A bullet that moves reward into an unfired case and was then fired ( especially from a tubular magazine) could cause a pressure increase in the breach or barrel of the gun and possibly cause it to blow up. My best guess is your bullet is from a .32-20 Winchester, designed in the early 1880's

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    us
    Jan 2014
    Hannibal, Missouri
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    Thanks Tedyoh. I appreciate you taking a stab at it.
    This makes sense. The site is old. A battle occurred there in 1861. The town diminished in population afterward. Probably a hunter missed something sometime thereafter as you stated.
    Learn something everytime I'm on here.

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    Good job Tedyoh. I think you are exactly right.

 

 

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