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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-22-2014, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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The other day I took the metal detector out on a farm to see if I could find anything. There are 2 very very big oak trees out next to the fields. It looks like there was a farm lane or an old road that passed by these 2 trees. Not much I could find due to the high vegetation. I did find something interesting that has me wondering. It's a round lead ball. When I found it I thought it was just a .50 cal from a modern muzzleloader. But when I measured it at home it was .69. Does anybody have an idea what it could be. I'm not sure exactly how old the farm is. I do know it was around on an 1867 map I saw but beyond that I have no idea.







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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-22-2014, 12:34 AM
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Re: lead roundball

Man, I just watched that show 'Diggers' a few days ago and they were searching for General Braddock's camps somewhere in western Pa. One of the guys found a lead ball that he showed to an expert at the end of the program. The expert measured it at .69 and he said that was proof that it was from one of Braddock's men's guns.

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you can still get 69 cal rifles & smoothbores
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-22-2014, 03:10 PM
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Re: lead roundball

I may be wrong, but it appears to still have a metallic lustre to it ? And picture 1 seems to have a flat spot, as if it came from a modern mold. Many modern roundballs seem to have that. I have about a dozen round and minie balls from the civil war, and every single one has that chalky oxidized outer look to them. Then again, maybe it's just how the picture looks.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-24-2014, 01:25 AM
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Re: lead roundball

It looks like it does have an oxidize coating to me, also I have seem old roundballs with flat spots. .69 was a common caliber through the civil war. Are there any round indents on it where it looks other roundballs were pressed against it? If there are three close together it could be from a buck and ball load. if they are spread out it could be from a cannon load. Of course it could also have been shot singley. Was there any civil war or revolutionary war history in the area. If only it could talk.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-24-2014, 02:03 AM
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Re: lead roundball

Braddock's Bear camp featured on Diggers is on Rt 40 in Maryland. Just west of Keysers Ridge, MD.

There is a historical marker along Rt 40.

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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-24-2014, 01:38 PM
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Re: lead roundball

If I remember right, 69 was a popular calibre with the union back during the civil war. And that flat spot comes from clipping the bullet. You poured lead into a single bullet mold, then when it hardened you opened the mold and clipped the top overflow portion off with the cutter on the mold handles.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-25-2014, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Re: lead roundball

Thanks for all the responses and different ideas. I found this in union county so probably no chance of braddocks men. I was doing some research and found some interesting data. Nothing specific to the exact location though. There was a few skirmishes around the area with Indians in the late 1700s. The place I found the ball is real high with weeds.
I will be back there to try and locate some more. It's driving me crazy knowing it could be a really really old bullet....or not so old.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 12:22 PM
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It could be a early punkin ball fired from a paper 12 gauge?
They were a 69 caliber round ball, that kinda rattled down the barrel
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 01:10 PM
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Union County is a treasure trove of indian relics, I have spent many hours searching for arrow heads and the like, there is a lot of information on the web about the many conflicts between settlers and the indians. I have found silver coins without a metal detector in stream beds. Keep looking I am sure you will find more.

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