✅ SOLVED Bullet ID Help, Please

Dougie Webb

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Jun 14, 2019
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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Garrett Ace 200
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I found this small round buried about 5- inches deep on some land near my house that's been inhabited since the early 1800's.

  • Extremely light: 1.6 grams/25 grains
  • Width ~.22 inches/5.7 mm
  • Flattened if you look at it from the side
  • Found near another similarly sized bullet (last picture) that is a little heavier (2 grams).

Mostly just interested in a rough estimate of age to help figure out the history of the land. Sorry the pics are so blurry but these things are really small.

Thanks in advance!

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BAW

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I found this small round buried about 5- inches deep on some land near my house that's been inhabited since the early 1800's.

  • Extremely light: 1.6 grams/25 grains
  • Width ~.22 inches/5.7 mm
  • Flattened if you look at it from the side
  • Found near another similarly sized bullet (last picture) that is a little heavier (2 grams).

Mostly just interested in a rough estimate of age to help figure out the history of the land. Sorry the pics are so blurry but these things are really small.

Thanks in advance!

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It is hard to tell from the pictures, but it appears that the the bullets shown are of the "heeled" type - that is to say that they are slightly smaller in diameter at the base. This is typical of .22 rimfire bullets, and the diameter and weight you report are within a few grains / 100ths of an inch of the standard for the .22 short, which has been made from 1857 to the present.
 
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Dougie Webb

Dougie Webb

Sr. Member
Jun 14, 2019
393
642
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Detector(s) used
Fisher F5
Garrett Ace 200
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
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It is hard to tell from the pictures, but it appears that the the bullets shown are of the "heeled" type - that is to say that they are slightly smaller in diameter at the base. This is typical of .22 rimfire bullets, and the diameter and weight you report are within a few grains / 100ths of an inch of the standard for the .22 short, which has been made from 1857 to the present.
Really appreciate that. Didn’t realize a 22 LR load was so light!

Sounds like you’re basically saying it’s gonna be pretty hard to tell close to how old it is bc it is so common?
 
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