Item: Excavated "Pulled" .58 Caliber Three Ring "US" Base Bullet
Condition: Very good, excavated un-fired condition. This bullet has a really pretty bright white patina with no surface chipping, a visible mold seam, and is a near perfect example. The raised letters "US" in its base are crisp and visible. The skirt is slightly out of round and the hole in the top of the bullet is the result of the use of a ramrod screw tip device to extract or "pull" the bullet from the barrel, as this bullet was a misfire (see Comments below).
Approximate size: .58 x.964 inches.
Reference: M&M 342, T&T 152, RBTR Part I, specimen 201.
Comments: While US base bullets are difficult to recover and, while not super rare, finding one that was "pulled" is. What is interesting about pulled bullets is the fact that they were handled not once, but twice by the soldier. Often, in the heat of battle when everything was on the line between life and death, with continued firing often the guns simply misfired and the bullet would need to be extracted prior to re-loading. With bullets whizzing by, the extraction process time must have seemed an eternity.
According to “Round Ball to Rimfire, Part I” page 141 by Dean S. Thomas, referring to both “star” and “US” base bullets: “It was hoped when this project was begun that some concrete information would be located about them, but regrettably, it was not. All we do know is that these .58’s were made by machine, probably at one of the Federal arsenals. An engraved die-punch formed the raised star or letters “US” in a truncated cone cavity during the pressing operation. It is very probable that both varieties were produced by the same manufacturer because the scarcer “US”-in-the-base is almost always encountered where the “star”-in-the-base bullets are found.”
See the additional images in this listing for an image of page 146 from the above mentioned book for an example of a similar "US" base bullet #201 including its description. The US base bullet on that page is not a "pulled" example. The "pulled" US base bullet offered in this listing will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.
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