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Hi all,
Just wondering if you think that this projectile is safe.
--- I am aware that I can call my local Bomb squad - but would prob not see it again And I would like to keep it.
This .50 cal was found metal detecting ona beach - It was encased in a - baseball-sized, black encrusted rock like with just the tip sticking out.
I assume that its been rolling on the ocean floor for a few years.
I did smash the 'rock' on the pavement to revel the projectile.
It has been fired - it has rifleing.
There is no trace of any paint on the tip.
The center of the bullet was also filled with black muck,
i picked that muck out, then washed it up--- but Im pretty sure I can hear the 'core' shaking around in it if I shake it.

What do you think?
Safe to keep around the house?

This is my first post here, so hopefully you can see an image of it below, if not then email me and Ill send it to you.
its also on my insta site at...
https://www.instagram.com/sircribb
Charlie


 

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Is it just the bullet (projectile) or is it a fully loaded cartridge?

I'm assuming you're vocabulary is correct and it's just the fired bullet. It's going to be hard for anyone here to tell if we can't see the projectile. A picture would help greatly.

But... and don't take my word... it's probably perfectly harmless. Just wash your hands after handling it due to lead that is probably in it. That's nothing to be scared of, as lead is in most bullets and is used in air rifles. Just don't want to ingest any.

Again. A photo would greatly Help.
 

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I see no problem with that. If it was dangerous the poking and prodding could have caused consternation, but I think you're safe now. If the bullet jacket is hollow, it was a tracer and that would explain some of the cluster of mineralization around it.
Dog Island Fla. was a gunnery range during WW-II and the surf used to be littered with 50 BMG cases and bullets of all sorts but that was just ten years after the war and they were already showing erosion, corrosion and fragility.

I saw the picture. Bullet only, BMG, six right twist riflings. Ma Deuce spoke!!
 

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its been firede

Thanks for the reply - yes its def been fired, i can see the rifling.


Im trying to add a link to my instagram page here - i have a pic up there.
 

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The army air corp used the badlands of South Dakota as a gunnery range during WWII. When I was a kid grandpa and I cut cedar trees for fence posts near by. It wasn't unusual to find spent .50 and 20mm projectiles. Still have some but would think twice before dissecting them.
 

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Back in WW2 they had a training base in Hobbs Nm and another in Carlsbad and Alamogordo. They would do bomb training drills and drop these fake bombs all over the area. They cleaned up a bunch but if you look around you can still stumble across one very now and again. Most are broken but there are a few rare ones that are still intact out in the desert. Lots of military testing in this state so lots of things you can find laying around in certain places.
 

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Totally safe.
When I was young and my Dad was stationed in Germany, we went to England for a week. While waiting for the ferry to leave from Calais, France we wandered the beach a while. There were several very large (3 feet sticking up out of the sand) naval gun shells in the sand, left over from WWII. Kind of startling to see them still there!
 
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