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    Musket balls?

    I found these on an old military base but Im not sure if they are musket balls or not . Any help will be appreciated!


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    Re: Musket balls?

    Yep, I'd say so, and fired to boot!!!! How big are they?
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    Fired to boot? Do you have an age estimate? My 7 year old daughter will be thrilled if they are musket balls as she found 3 of them. I know nothing about relics

    Hope this helps as my caliper's battery was dead!



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    .....Kewl.......I'm no help but they are neat.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert
    .....Kewl.......I'm no help but they are neat.....
    ditto !
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    Sure looks like musketballs but I'm no expert....
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    I couldn't say....I have been throwing musket balls away not knowing what they were until just recently.....as well as leaving a cannon ball where I found it cause I had no idea what it was....
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    Neat finds They look to be in the 60-70 caliber range from looking at your measure.
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    Neat finds
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    They look just like the musket balls I find here,,,,Cool!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitro 54
    Neat finds They look to be in the 60-70 caliber range from looking at your measure.
    .62 caliber would be 5/8's inch. They look to me to be about . 54 or .58, both common calibers way back when. They also look to me to be very old. They are either musket, or they could possibly be rifle balls. A rifle ball is patched when it is loaded, therefore you don't see rifling marks on the bullet if it's been fired. Some look like they have been fired. There is also the possibility that they were inside an explosive cannon ball. These type of cannon balls were fired at advancing troops, with the fuse set so that it would burst the shell above and in front of the soldiers, and the lead balls would spread out, killing and maiming. They were hand cast in an antique style bullet mold, they have not been cast in a modern mold is why I'm guessing they are very old.

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    Re: Musket balls?

    looks musket on my screen
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    You guys sure know your muskets, another one solved
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    Re: Musket balls?

    Quote Originally Posted by sandals55
    I couldn't say....I have been throwing musket balls away not knowing what they were until just recently.....as well as leaving a cannon ball where I found it cause I had no idea what it was....
    sandals i would be getting back there and digging up that cannonball and bullets pronto!!!

    those look like musket balls to me
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    Re: Musket balls?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert
    .....Kewl.......I'm no help but they are neat.....

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    Re: Musket balls?

    Hi My Fellow TH'ers

    My best guess is that those are black powder pistol bullets in the .36 to .44 cal range. Love digging up lead! Thanks for sharing.
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    Buckshot...

    Here is a musket ball (fired from a British Brown Bess.)


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    Re: Musket balls?

    Musket Balls nice finds

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    Re: Musket balls?

    Pretty sure they are pistol balls and they are old. dig loads of them over here and i love finding them. Well done.
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    For sure musket Balls

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    Gotta love it!

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    Re: Musket balls?

    To the best of my knowledge, musket or rifle balls will be white when dug up because of the lead oxide. In my opinion these appear to be canister shot or grape shot as they appear to be made out of steel because of the rust color. But matter not, I think it is a great find and well worth keeping.

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    Great finds
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    Re: Musket balls?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandals
    I couldn't say....I have been throwing musket balls away not knowing what they were until just recently.....as well as leaving a cannon ball where I found it cause I had no idea what it was....
    Please tell me you went back for that cannon ball. That could be revolutionary war era.
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    I live about an hour from Gettysburg and go into the relic shops and drool over all the awesome relics! To me I am thinking grape shot, or canister. I know the President of the Pennsylvania Bucktails, they shoot original rifles, cannons etc, in competitions. I don't know if he has internet, he's in his 70's but I will ask him and let you know. He is an expert in this stuff. Have a great day and happy hunting!

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    Great Find!!!!!! Look like musket balls to me too
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