🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Is this a musket ball?

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Hello,
Found metal detecting at an early 19th century farm site, with an 18th century cabin site nearby-
Is it a dropped musket ball? If so, is there any way to date it?
Thank you
 

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Here are some that show the sprue and the little dimple I assume forms as the lead cools, also varying degrees of oxidation. I feel very comfortable saying the op’s is a musket ball. Hopefully dropped because I doubt that ball would be very accurate coming out of the barrel with that sprue bouncing around.
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I agree it’s a ball without the sprue cut, but I’d say more than Likely early 1800’s based on odds… far more people then casting their own bullets than now but yeah you can’t tell for sure
Thanks - the site where I found it is almost all pre 1900 relics - mostly 1820-1880 with no relics later than 1910
 
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The mold like edge shown in one image doesn't go the full length of it's side. Are people sure its a musketball? The colors are mineral or pottery-like not metallic either?
 
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The mold like edge shown in one image doesn't go the full length of it's side. Are people sure its a musketball? The colors are mineral or pottery-like not metallic either?
That's the colour Lead goes when it oxide's in the soil.

BUT, are you now saying its an eyes only find & not a find by the detector? Or are you saying it doesn't have a metallic look? (Because it does to me)
 
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Here are some that show the sprue and the little dimple I assume forms as the lead cools, also varying degrees of oxidation. I feel very comfortable saying the op’s is a musket ball. Hopefully dropped because I doubt that ball would be very accurate coming out of the barrel with that sprue bouncing around.
88C0237E-E63A-423C-840A-FBCF0B669E14.jpeg

346A64F0-9519-4880-88AC-14158EA5C347.jpeg
1C3AEBFA-BB09-452E-A3A8-6C978DDF1408.jpeg
 
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The mold like edge shown in one image doesn't go the full length of it's side. Are people sure its a musketball? The colors are mineral or pottery-like not metallic either?
Hi
It is definitely lead - very heavy
 
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