Three Years of Bullets from Indian War Sites

Mason Jarr

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I just finished inventorying, labeling and trying to identify bullets I've found at Indian War sites over the past three years. These are the ones in perfect/near perfect condition. I probably have twice this amount that are mangled or deformed beyond displaying. I've been able to identify about 80% of them, but I've mainly had difficulty labeling the pistol rounds. There doesn't seem to be as many references for handgun ammo. If anyone considers themselves knowledgeable about bullets from that period I'd be glad for some help. I wish there was a forum just for Indian War relics. It'd be more convenient for posting.
 

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Mason Jarr

Mason Jarr

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Wow looks like you've been busy for the past three years. Lots of digging but definitely cool history.
Yes. I wish I'd kept count on the number of holes I've dug. I did find 97 of the .58 cal Minnies in one hole, but the others were here and there.
 

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Very nice display! I wish I could help you but I'm not an expert on bullets! Good luck with your collecting!
Thanks. Bullets can be tough to ID. Some are deformed and don't fit the measurements in the reference books. I found most of the ones I've labeled in the Thomas and Thomas handbook. I'll keep plugging away, but I doubt I'll ever ID them all.
 

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Lots of great finds! Found this site.

Thanks. I know Ken and he helped me ID some other relics, but I hate to drop such a huge task on him. I know he's usually pretty busy. I'll email him and see if he can help or send me in a direction where I might find some better reference books.
 

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You certainly have dug alot of lead and relics from the site.
Congratulations on getting the lead in displays and the ID process underway.
 

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You certainly have dug alot of lead and relics from the site.
Congratulations on getting the lead in displays and the ID process underway.
Thanks. About 95% of the bullets came from sites that were forts or long term camps.
 

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I think a display of spent bullets would be cool to?
You should be able to fined what the US troops fired?
 

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I think a display of spent bullets would be cool to?
You should be able to fined what the US troops fired?
Are you talking about the metallic cartridges? If you are, I have lots of those, too. I haven't put them in a display yet.
 

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GREAT POST !!! After you get yours all your organized you can come over and show me how to display my things LOL / Nice job REALLY THANKS for POSTING :)
 

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GREAT POST !!! After you get yours all your organized you can come over and show me how to display my things LOL / Nice job REALLY THANKS for POSTING :)
I think the hardest part most times is IDing the bullets. The display part is easy. Get you some cases from Sgt Riker's website and you'll be set!
 

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Yes. I wish I'd kept count on the number of holes I've dug. I did find 97 of the .58 cal Minnies in one hole, but the others were here and there.
97 in one hole ? 😳😳😳
 

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Thanks. About 95% of the bullets came from sites that were forts or long term camps.
What time period would these be from the forts/camps?
 

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