12G or may be 54cal B.P smoke pole got gas checks so could be lots just from this picture , no rilfe'g marks that I can see? did it come from the USA ?
but don't think it is ?
Last edited by paul o'; 25-08-2016 at 18:57.
Our black powder guys at our rifle club shoot rounds like that. It looks like it hit a gong straight on with not many revs behind it....
It is probably a .577" minie bullet as used in an Enfield or similar muzzle loading rifle.(1850 era).
That one has been shot with too much or too "fast" a powder load. - Evident as the skirt at the back end is blown out - this happens just as the bullet exits a barrel before the powder charge is all burnt. The blast deforms the hollow base skirt resulting in poor accuracy.
The calibre & original rifles are still shot out to 600 yards targetsby the MLAGB at many rifle range complexes.
p.s. John - That is very nearly as cast - If it had hit a gong it would be as flat as a pancake! They are made of pure lead & very soft to ensure obturation in the barrel rifling.
Last edited by Yorric; 25-08-2016 at 19:16.
Looks like a hand cast bullet for a black powder rifle the array of calibres and moulds to make your own is mind boggling .Have a butchers at Henry Kranks online catalogue theyve got this type of bullet on the shelf.atb damn Yorric beat me to it
she buys shoes i buy ,shooting,she stops buying shoes,il be amazed
I'm presuming it was shot into a sand dune, found it whilst playing golf. It could be American as there was a US military base here.
Oops I just realized I wrote a fib. I should have said slow - not fast powder load. Sorry.
It certainly was subject to an overcharge.
Normal charge would be 60 grains if FFG powder if the little grey cells are working right.