[SOLVED] Need some help on a couple of bullet IDs for my DIV finds list.............
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    Need some help on a couple of bullet ID's for my DIV finds list.............

    Thank you in advance for helping me with the identifications.

    The smaller bullet is 1.5cm long and 1cm in diameter so I assume it is a .38 caliber. The base is slightly rounded. Found at Brandy Rock.

    The larger bullet is 2.5cm long and 1.3cm in diameter so I assume it is a .52 caliber. The base is flat. Found at Brandy Rock.

    Thanks again,

    Don Bailey
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    The larger one looks like it COULD be a fired and worn Richmond Labs Sharps . . .?

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    Cannonball Guy, if you get a chance please look at these for me and tell me what you think.

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    Donnie, your smaller bullet appears to be a civil war .36 Colt which came out of the bulletmold as a "short-pour" error... meaning, not enough molten lead was poured into the bulletmold's cavity to fill it, resulting in an incompletely formed bullet. See the photos below for other examples, found within a few feet of each other, in a camp where a soldier was casting. One photo shows the Colt type which I think you found, and the other photo shows a "short-pour" .36 Savage bullet at upper right. In that photo, the "blob-on-a-slab" pieces of lead are snipped-off sprues from the bulletcasting process, dug right next to the "short-pour" and the complete Savage bullets. (I'm sure guys here who have done their own bulletcasting will recognize the cut-off sprue pieces.

    My friend Parsonwalker may be correct about the ID of your 13mm-wide-by-25mm-long bullet. It does kinda look like a Richmond Lab Sharps which has been fired. But I can't quite be sure, because all of your photos show it at an odd angle. I need a "straight-on" (90-degree) sideview... and preferably, three such photos giving us a full walkaround view of the bullet's sides.
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    Thank you Cannonball guy and Parsonwalker for helping me with my bullet finds. I really appreciate it very much. Your knowledge of Civil War relics is invaluable. I am traveling on business and will not be able to take additional photo's until this weekend but I will do so and post in this thread. Thanks again, Donnie

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ID:	1146305 Here are some additional photo's of the possible Richmond Lab Sharps. Thanks again!

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    The additional photos show it is definitely a US-mold .52 Sharps bullet. Was hoping for your sake it would be a Confederate version, but, no.

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    Thank you CannonballGuy! I'll take it!


    Quote Originally Posted by TheCannonballGuy View Post
    The additional photos show it is definitely a US-mold .52 Sharps bullet. Was hoping for your sake it would be a Confederate version, but, no.

 

 

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