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    11-27-2010, 02:17 PM
It is a musket ball, or it is identical to the 20 or so I got, it looks to be a slightly larger one. Most of mine are rusted, but the mostly came from a old barn caught in the floor boards. The ones that were used are pitted and more rusted.
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    11-27-2010, 02:57 PM
If it is steel or iron then it is NOT a musket ball. Musket balls were made of lead. Because lead is soft and bullets usually hit something hard before they stop it is actually quite rare to find a musket ball that has been fired and is still round. Ball bearings however are very common on farm machinery and they ARE made out of steel. The easiest way to tell if it's steel is to touch it to a magnet and see if it sticks. Lead is NOT attracted to a magnet. I would say that if you found 20 "musket balls" caught in the floor boards of a barn and they were pitted and covered with rust what you actually found was where a bearing failed and spilled all the balls onto the floor of a barn.
    11-27-2010, 03:43 PM
Yeah, it would make sence. But the barn that they were found in has nothing to do with animals or farming. It was small 1800s town house someone was restoring. Only about half of them were found in the floor boards. And they are more misshapen than dented, these ones I do know are lead. The others came from my dad with his great great grandfathers gun ( I know nothing about them), and these most are lead or not magnic metal. For the rust it is more of a grey/green? With red through out, I have no pictures don't have a scanner. You're probably right though them don't have the same "rust" as mine. Oops. Sorry
    11-27-2010, 07:31 PM
Yeah I don't think this one is, oh well. And yeah Kevin it's hard to find fired ones still around, cause I have another one that I know for sure is a mini ball. I found it at Vicksburg battlefield and it's been chewed up.
    11-28-2010, 09:53 AM
May I chime in and suggest that it could be a ball bearing that fell off a tractor at some point? They come in all sizes, and they do rust over time.
    12-04-2010, 03:38 AM
Maybe it is a piece of spacecraft from an alien abduction!! Jokes, Jokes!
Wow this is very interesting! Let us know what it is when you find out. My guess is that it is some kind of ball bearing. But I would scout around and see what else you can find. On my farm we found 100's of old clydie shoes and all kinds of metal bits and pieces from years and years before we moved here.. very cool!!

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