Possible explosive minie ball - looking for cannonballguy!

murdochbaines

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I was referred here and am looking for cannonballguy. I dug a possible explosive minie ball in Virginia. Solid base. Not an explosive gardner/gardinier? Copper casing inside. In one picture I removed the casing. Perhaps it’s modern? Thanks in advance!
 

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Digger RJ

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I was referred here and am looking for cannonballguy. I dug a possible explosive minie ball in Virginia. Solid base. Not an explosive gardner/gardinier? Copper casing inside. In one picture I removed the casing. Perhaps it’s modern? Thanks in advance!
Nice!!! Congrats!!!
 

ironhorse

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I feel exploding ammunition is newer phenomenon and your bullet appears older due to the oxidation on it...as for the cavity , possible damage at the time of impact
 

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Looks like a fired .58 hollow point bullet with a copper expander placed inside the point. I've never seen one before. Likely others have.
 

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