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A Collection of Indian War Projectiles I've Found this Year


Mason Jarr
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When I'm out metal detecting I find way more metallic casings than bullets, but this year I found a fairly large amount of bullets (still found more casings though). This first batch is from .45/70 rifles or .45/55 carbines. I think they both shot the same 405 grain bullets...just a lighter powder charge in the carbine. I haven't weighed these so there might be one or two of the 500 grain bullets that were used later on. Obviously some have been fired or mangled by some other method.

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These are from a Snake Indian War site around 1866 and apparently muskets were still being used there. Most of these are .69 caliber, but the bottom two are .54s.

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I'm pretty sure this is a chunk of a cannonball, most likely a 12 pounder, but I'm not sure on the size. Also shown are some friction fuses, but the fragment and fuses were found at different locations (all the fuses came from a site in Montana).

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And lastly, is a conglomeration of bullets that I've yet to sort and identify. I'm positive most are period correct, but there could be a few modern bullets mixed in the lot.

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