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I don’t have calipers but it looks to be about 3/8″ diameter and 1 3/8″ long, un-fired, center fire, round nose lead.  Assume it’s brass but maybe copper?  It’s darker and not green, like I’d think copper would be.  There is some scaling on the head that I don’t want to scrape off yet.  I might be able to see something if I went to town on it with a brush, but I’m waiting.  I used to be able to put up pics here but no longer.

Any guesses?  Thanks in advance.

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Huck,

Is it center fire or rim fire? Any sign of a head stamp? If its round nose it is not  for a lever action gun that has a tubular magazine. they would be flat nose bullets. If you want to email the picture to me I will post it. Address is below.

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Huck

Here are the pictures, To properly identify it we would need some more precise measurements.

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Taking into account corrosion and approximate measurements the 38 S&W comes to mind.

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I will try to find an accurate tool for more precise measurement.  Thanks!

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Outside lube groove and heeled bullet suggest 38 Short Colt.

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leo horton said
Outside lube groove and heeled bullet suggest 38 Short Colt.  

According to Donnelly’s book on cartridge conversions a short colt is 1.07″ loaded length and the case is .762″ long.  The long colt is 1.36″ loaded length and the case is 1.031″ long.

This book has over 1,000 pages that show all the dimensions of each round and how to make it from some other cartridge. 

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