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Old 09-24-2001, 08:19 PM
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What is this?




I found this bullet in a residential area not too far from Camp Lejeune a big Marine base. Kinda scary thinking about the damage it could cause.



It's about 0.424 in diameter and 1.83 long, all steel with a heavy boattail. Any idea what the cartridge is or what it may have been fired from?
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Old 09-24-2001, 08:44 PM
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Beats me! Sorta looks like a 50BMG bullet, but the recovered WWII 50BMG bullets I have all measure about .508 in diameter. Is it possible you didn't measure the bullet at its largest diameter?-TR
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Old 09-24-2001, 08:51 PM
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I fired the fifty when I was stationed in Korea and the bullets were standard copper jacketed. That bullet in the photo appears to be coated with the same stuff Winchester uses on their "Failsafe" products. Moly or something similar. This is a puzzling thing....
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Old 09-24-2001, 08:58 PM
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Moving to "Ammo Can"...
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Old 09-24-2001, 09:19 PM
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It's a bit smaller than a .50 BMG, the dark color seems to be from corrosion in the salt air, it's almost black now but looks like steel. Double checking the diameter... yup, about .425
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Old 09-24-2001, 09:24 PM
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Hello. Appears to be the steel core of an armor piecing .50 BMG round.

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Old 09-24-2001, 09:26 PM
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Can you give us the approximate weight of the bullet?
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Old 09-24-2001, 09:59 PM
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Not sure of the weight but I'll see if I can get a reloader to weigh it. There is no trace of a jacket in any of the lathe tool marks and no obvious rifling marks so it may just be a .50 core that someone dropped... odd.
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Old 09-25-2001, 02:50 AM
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It has to be the steel core of a .50 (or similar) as Stephen says. I came across something just like it over in europe; it was the steel core of the projectile fired from a WW2 Boys Anti-tank rifle. The Boys rifle fired a .55, but was proportionally the same.
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