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We have finally decided to quit using the McKee & Mason book to reference our bullets. While a great book in its time (1970-1980), it is now well past its prime. While all bullet books will have mistakes, the MM book is full to the brim with mistakes and outdated information. The photographs and the shading of the bullets is horrible. This is especially true in the supplement. This book is full of fired bullets, cut off bullets, modern bullets, misnamed bullets, etc. I have also found the measurements to be off due to the lack of digital calipers during publication of the book. The days of eyeballing a bullet's size on manual calipers are long gone. Quite a few measurements in the book are taken from fired examples or examples that are slightly out of round. With the amount of great bullets on the market today, precise measurements have been recalculated on 99.999% of the known examples.

 

From now on, we will be referencing all of our bullets to the "Round Ball to Rimfire" series by Dean Thomas. In my opinion, these are the best researched bullet/cartridge books on the market and contain way more information than the average lead head can process. Vol. 1 is dedicated to small arms rifle/musket bullets. Vol. II is dedicated to breechloading carbine bullets. Vol. III is dedicated to pistol/revolver ammunition, and Vol. 4 is dedicated to Confederate ammunition of all types. If you are serious about collecting bullets, these books are a great investment. I would also recommend "Percussion Ammunition Packets" by John Malloy, Dean Thomas, and Terry White. If you are just getting into bullet collecting and don't want to spend a fortune I would recommend "A Handbook of Civil War Bullets & Cartridges" by Jim & Dean Thomas. For $12.00 a copy you can't beat the information provided. All of the mentioned books can be purchased directly from Thomas Publications by clicking HERE.

 

We will continue to list high grade bullets on this page. Most inexpensive bullets are available but will no longer be listed. If there is something you are looking for just ask....we probably have it in stock it's just not listed.

 

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Y493     Excavated .44 Henry Rifle Cartridge

Description: This one still has the popular "H" headstamp. You can clearly see two tick marks on the base which means this cartridge was misfired. It may have been the reason it was discarded.

Recovered: Harper's Ferry, West Virginia

Price: $30.00

Y418     .54 Confederate Three Grove Bullet for Mississippi Rifle (.54 Selma)

Description: Here is a very nice and crudely manufactured Confederate bullet. These were once thought to have been a product of the Selma Arsenal but there is no documentation that proves that. This one has a lot of excess lead in the cavity and there is a nice cold pour mark around one side of the nose.

Measures:    D .536  L 1.082  C.217

Cavity: Rounded Conical (Filled with Excess Lead)

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 266

Recovered: Virginia

Price: $30.00

Y417     .54 Confederate Three Grove Bullet for Mississippi Rifle (.54 Selma)

Description: Here is a nice confederate bullet with a nicely trimmed nose. These were once thought to have been a product of the Selma Arsenal but there is no documentation that proves that.

Measures:    D .520  L .994  C .328

Cavity: Rounded Conical

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 266

Recovered: Virginia

Price: $25.00

Y415     .54 Confederate Three Grove Bullet for Mississippi Rifle (.54 Selma)

Description: Here is a nice confederate bullet with a nicely trimmed nose. These were once thought to have been a product of the Selma Arsenal but there is no documentation that proves that.

Measures:    D .528  L 1.031  C .326

Cavity: Rounded Conical

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 266

Recovered: Virginia

Price: $30.00

Y413     .54 Confederate Three Grove Bullet for Mississippi Rifle (.54 Selma)

Description:  Here is a nice confederate bullet with a nicely trimmed nose. These were once thought to have been a product of the Selma Arsenal but there is no documentation that proves that. This one still has a lot of excess lead which entered the cavity when the bullet was cast.

Measures:    D .535  L 1.012  C .215

Cavity: Rounded Conical (Filled with excess lead)

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 266

Recovered: Virginia

Price: $25.00

Y412     .54 Confederate Three Grove Bullet for Mississippi Rifle (.54 Selma)

Description: Here is a nice confederate bullet with a heavily trimmed nose. These were once thought to have been a product of the Selma Arsenal but there is no documentation that proves that. This one is crudely manufactured and has excess lead on the bottom edge. 

Measures:    D .540  L .975  C .300

Cavity: Rounded Conical

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 266

Recovered: Virginia

Price: $30.00

Y409     .54 Confederate Three Grove Bullet for Mississippi Rifle (.54 Selma)

Description: Here is a nice confederate bullet with a heavily trimmed nose. These were once thought to have been a product of the Selma Arsenal but there is no documentation that proves that.

Measures:    D .534  L .962  C.324

Cavity: Rounded Conical

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 266

Recovered: Virginia

Price: $25.00

Y404     Handmade Poker/Game Chip from a US/CS Three Ringer

Description: Here is a nice little three ringer that has been pounded into a poker or game chip. This one is interesting due to the fact that you can clearly see three grooves around the edge of one side. This one measures approximately 1.2" in diameter.

Recovered: Shenandoah Valley

Price: $15.00

Y403     Federal .56 Colt Revolving Rifle (Small Pressed Cone)

Description: Nice bullet with the harder to find dimple base.

Measures:    D .574  L .957 

Cavity: Small Pressed Cone

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $20.00

Y399     Federal .54 Machine Groove Bullet

Description: Here is a very nice bullet that was fashioned on a lathe. Due to this manufacturing process, there are almost an endless variety to collect.

Measures:    D .538  L 1.009  C .262

Cavity: Ellipsoidal

Recovered: Harper's Ferry, West Virginia

Price: $10.00

Y397     Confederate .577/.58 One Groove Gardner Bullet

Description: Here is a very nice one groove Gardner patent bullet. One these bullets the middle ring is missing and the bullet appears to have one groove instead of two.

Measures:    D .569  L .970  C .405

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 398 Variant

Recovered: Bunker Hill, West Virginia

Price: $30.00

Y396     Hand Carved Lead Pencil

Description: Here is a neat little artifact. This lead pencil measures just over an inch in length. Looking at the base, it appears this one may have been carved out of a Confederate Gardner bullet.

Measures:    D   L 1.072"

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $20.00

Y395     Confederate .577/.58 Nose Cast Three Groove Bullet (Fayetteville Arsenal)

Description: Here is a nice bullet that collectors often refer to as a Fayetteville Arsenal bullet. To my knowledge there is no proof these were made there.

Measures:    D .565  L 1.033  C .354

Cavity: Truncated Cone

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 359 Variant

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $20.00

Y394     Confederate .577/.58 Nose Cast Three Groove Bullet (Fayetteville Arsenal)

Description: Here is a nice bullet that collectors often refer to as a Fayetteville Arsenal bullet. To my knowledge there is no proof these were made there.

Measures:    D .572  L 1.074  C .355

Cavity: Truncated Cone

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 359 Variant

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $20.00

Y393     Confederate .577/.58 Nose Cast Three Groove Bullet (Fayetteville Arsenal)

Description: Here is a nice bullet that collectors often refer to as a Fayetteville Arsenal bullet. To my knowledge there is no proof these were made there.  This one has a great cold pour mark that appears to be a fourth groove.

Measures:    D .577  L 1.059  C .339

Cavity: Truncated Cone

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 359 Variant

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $22.00

Y381     .577/.58 Confederate Tie Ring Three Ringer

Description: Here is a nice Confederate bullet. This style had the cartridge tied to the bottom groove. You can clearly see where the paper cartridge was trimmed off in groove two.

Measures:    D .576  L .960  C .332

Cavity: Conical

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 340

Recovered: Maryland 1862 Campaign

Price: $25.00

Y379     54 Gauge for Deane & Adams Dustbin Cartridge

Description: Excavated .44 for Deane & Adams. This excavated example is missing the wiper which is common on dug examples.

Measures:    D .441  L .739 

Cavity: N/A

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 43

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $65.00

Y348     Ornately Carved .54 Confederate Gardner Bullet

Description: Here is a very nicely carved .54 Gardner bulbnose bullet. This one has nice lines running up and down the sides of the bullet.

Recovered: Maryland 1862 Campaign, Point of Rocks, Md.

Price: $55.00

Y374     Unlisted .61 Four Ring Bullet

Description: Here is a rare variant that I am pleased to offer. This is the second one of these that I have ever had. I now know of three and all of them have been recovered on the Best Farm which is part of the Monocacy Battlefield. This one almost appears to be a .58 bullet that was cast without the cavity plug in the mold. However...these bullets are larger than your typical .58 three ringer. You can clearly see where the paper/skin cartridge was trimmed at the base of the bullet. In the 2nd groove from the bottom there is an excellent knife mark that goes halfway around the bullet. There are a few little marks on the side of the bullet but it is a rare one! This would make an excellent addition to any Civil War small arms collection!

Measures:    D .600  L 1.118 

Cavity: None

Reference: Unlisted

Recovered: Best Farm, Monocacy Battlefield, Maryland

Price: $295.00

Y372     .58 Shaler Sectional Three Piece Bullet

Description: Nice three piece Shaler sectional bullet. All of the components are here and in good shape. All pieces were found in the same field up on South Mountain. The top and middle sections were dug together and the bottom piece was dug elsewhere in the same area. You can see where the digger over cleaned the dirt out of the bottom part.

Measures:    D .579  L 1.293

Recovered: South Mountain, Maryland

Price: $125.00

Y371     .58 Three Ringer (US in Cavity)

Description: Very nice shape with a clear cavity mark!

Measures:    D .570  L 1.013

Recovered: Middletown, Maryland

Price: $65.00

Y370     .42 Rocker Base Picket Bullet for Country Rifle

Description: Very nice and minty flat nose picket bullet with a rounded (rocker base)!

Measures:    D .410  L .774 

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $25.00

Y368     .69 British Sea Service Bullet

Description: Very nice bullet associated with Louisiana Troops!

Measures:    D .667  L 1.029  C .368

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $100.00

Y366     Lot of 20 Carved/Whittled Civil War Bullets

Description: Here is a very nice lot of 20 carved Civil War bullets. Each one is different in its own way. Carved bullets come in a variety of shapes!

Recovered: Misc. Camps & Battlefields

Price: $60.00

Y347     British .69 Bullet for the Pattern 1851 Rifled Musket (Tower)

Description: Here is a very nice example of an early Tower bullet for the British 1851 rifled musket. These were used during the Crimean War era although some are said to have been found in areas in the US where British troops were stationed. This style used the earlier iron insert instead of the boxwood plug used at a later date. This bullet is in great condition!

Measures:    D .698  L 1.009 

Cavity: Iron Inserted Cup

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 Page 239

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $40.00 Sale $32.00

Y345     .38 Sharps Tie-Ring for Sporting Rifle

Description: Very nice smaller size Sharps bullet for the Sporting Rifle.

Measures:    D .432  L .764 

Reference: TT#101

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $55.00

Y344     .44 Sharps Tie-Ring for Sporting Rifle

Description: Very nice Sharps tie-ring bullet!

Measures:    D .460  L .843 

Reference: TT#108

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $55.00

Y343     .56 Colt Revolving Rifle Variant (Selma Colt???)

Description: Here is a tough bullet to find and it's unlisted in a few bullet books. MM does list it as a Selma Arsenal Colt revolving rifle bullet. To my knowledge this has never been proven. I discussed this with Dean Thomas a few years ago and he did say that there were Colt Revolving Rifle bullets produced there. There is an example of the original wrapper out there but no cartridges that are known. This bullet is nice but does have a very small period ding that can be seen in photo 2.

Measures:    D .566  L .981 

Reference: TT#96V

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $150.00 

Y342     .58 Southern Manufacture (Georgia Troops Conical Cavity / No Teat)

Description: Nice bullet variety without the teat and nice mold seams!

Measures:    D .572  L 1.108  C .304

Cavity: Conical

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $25.00

Y341     Federal .58 Three Ringer (Marked US in Cavity)

Description: Nice bullet with a harder to find cavity marking! These are thought to have been produced at the Springfield Arsenal but I have yet to see documentation proving so.

Measures:    D .560  L .985 

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $50.00

Y337     .70 British Rifled Musket P51 (Tower)

Description: Very nice bullet!

Measures:    D .664  L .976  .510

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 590/591

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $45.00

Y335     .56 Colt Revolving Rifle Bullet

Description: Very nice Colt Revolving Rifle bullet with clean seam marks and a nice clean base

Measures:    D .570  L .968 

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No 393

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $15.00

Y333     60 Bore Sharps Multi-Groove by Gomez & Mills

Description: Nice excavated Sharps multi-groove bullet. This one was clear coated many years ago.

Measures:    D .460  L .794 

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 552

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $80.00

Y332    60 Bore Sharps Multi-Groove by Gomez & Mills

Description: Nice excavated Sharps multi-groove bullet. This one was clear coated many years ago and still has the tie-ring string around the base!

Measures:    D .460  L .770 

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 552

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $80.00

Y325     .58 Benet Internal Primed Ball Cartridge for the 1866 Allin Conversion Muskets

Description: Here are four very nice cartridges for the early Allin Conversion Rifles issued in 1866. These would make an excellent condition to any cartridge collection.

Measures:    L 1.707

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $95.00 Each Three Left!

Y319     Confederate .54 Nashville Arsenal Bullet (Often Referred to as the .55 Suhl)

Description: Here is another very nice bullet. This one has a clear cut mark on the nose seam where the sprue was cut. This one has an air whole in the bottom of the cavity.

Measures:    D .533  L .950  C .258

Cavity: Concial

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 264

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $20.00

Y316     Confederate .54 Nashville Arsenal Bullet (Often Referred to as the .55 Suhl)

Description: Here is a very nice bullet. This one is nose cast on the side and you can clearly see the mark where the sprue was cut. This one has an air pocket hole in the cavity.

Measures:    D .536  L 9.69  C .276

Cavity: Conical

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 264

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $20.00

Y314     Confederate .44 Colt Produced at the Richmond Laboratory

Description: Here is a very nice Confederate .44 Colt revolver bullet. These are a little bit different from the typical .44 US Colt Army bullets. This type doesn't have a rebated base and was produced at the Richmond Laboratory. This one still has a lot of dirt in the groove.

Measures:    D   L   C N/A

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 25

Recovered: Winchester, Virginia

Price: $20.00

Y313     Confederate .44 Colt Produced at the Richmond Laboratory

Description: Here is a very nice Confederate .44 Colt revolver bullet. These are a little bit different from the typical .44 US Colt Army bullets. This type doesn't have a rebated base and was produced at the Richmond Laboratory. This one still has a lot of dirt in the groove.

Measures:    D .461  L .666  C N/A

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 25

Recovered: Winchester, Virginia

Price: $20.00

Y312     Confederate .44 Colt Produced at the Richmond Laboratory

Description: Here is a very nice Confederate .44 Colt revolver bullet. These are a little bit different from the typical .44 US Colt Army bullets. This type doesn't have a rebated base and was produced at the Richmond Laboratory. This one still has a lot of dirt in the groove.

Measures:    D .454  L .668  C N/A

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No 25

Recovered: Winchester, Virginia

Price: $20.00

Y311     Confederate .44 Colt Produced at the Richmond Laboratory

Description: Here is a very nice Confederate .44 Colt revolver bullet. These are a little bit different from the typical .44 US Colt Army bullets. This type doesn't have a rebated base and was produced at the Richmond Laboratory. This one still has a lot of dirt in the groove.

Measures:    D .454  L .675  C N/A

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 25

Recovered: Winchester, Virginia

Price: $20.00

Y310     Confederate .44 Colt Produced at the Richmond Laboratory

Description: Here is a very nice Confederate .44 Colt revolver bullet. These are a little bit different from the typical .44 US Colt Army bullets. This type doesn't have a rebated base and was produced at the Richmond Laboratory. This one still has a lot of dirt in the groove.

Measures:    D .465  L .691  C N/A

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 25

Recovered: Winchester, Virginia

Price: $20.00

Y309     Confederate .44 Colt Produced at the Richmond Laboratory

Description: Here is a very nice Confederate .44 Colt revolver bullet. These are a little bit different from the typical .44 US Colt Army bullets. This type doesn't have a rebated base and was produced at the Richmond Laboratory.

Measures:    D .455  L .690  C N/A

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 25

Recovered: Winchester, Virginia

Price: $20.00

Y288     Confederate .69 Raleigh Pattern (Carcano/Garibaldi) Bullet

Description: Nice .69 bullet manufactured at the N.C. Institute for the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind in Raleigh, N.C.. This one is in great shape and the cavity walls aren't bent. This one has a great mold seam and very nice patina with a few patina chips.

Measures:    D .685  L 1.093  C .455

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $55.00 HOLD

Y282     Federal .54 Burnside (Tinned Case)

Description: Here is a bullet that you don't see everyday. This is the late war pattern "pressed" bullet for the Burnside cartridge.

Measures: D .546  L .780  C 147

Recovered: Unknown

Ref: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 371

Price: $55.00

Y268     Carved Confederate .54 Gardner Bullet

Description:  Here is a nice .54 Confederate Gardner bullet that was pounded into a fishing sinker. This was recovered about two years ago near the Route 51 crossing on the creek. You can clearly see the two rings on the bottom. This one is tapered and pounded into a rectangle. This area of the Opequon creek headed towards Middleway was well used by both sides during the war. This is a very nice section of the stream and you can just imagine troops fishing in the creek.

Measures:   L 1.52"

Recovered: Opequon Creek Route 51 Area

Price: $30.00

Y267     .69 Medium Base French Triangle Base Bullet

Description: Here is a tough bullet to get and you won't have to upgrade on this example.

Measures:    D .683  L .965  C .374

Cavity: Triangle

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 567

Recovered: Unknown

Price: 95.00

Y259    .69 Machine Pressed & Turned (Prussian)

Description: Excellent bullet. These are hard to dig without the skirt being bent.

Measures:    D .669  L 1.160  C .355

Reference: TT#188B

Recovered: Central Mississippi

Price: $30.00 Sale $24.00

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Y234     .49/50 Picket Bullet for Country Rifle

Description: Excellent and hard to find larger picket bullet type.

Measures:    D .488  L .854 

Cavity: None

Recovered: Orange County, Virginia

Price: $40.00

Y231     .56 Sharps Rifle Bullet

Description: Here is an excellent Sharps bullet. This is the harder to find large caliber compared to the common .52.

Measures:    D .576  L 1..050 

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 484

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $22.00

Y223     .56 Sharps Rifle Bullet

Description: Here is an excellent Sharps bullet. This is the harder to find large caliber compared to the common .52.

Measures:    D .569  L 1.032 

Cavity: None

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 484

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $22.00

Y199     Indian War 56/.50 Spencer Cartridge

Description: Here is a nice 56/.50 Spencer cartridge for the Indian War era Spencer carbine. This one has some writing on it which could be removed with some alcohol. It also has ".50 Spencer Carb" lighly engraved into the side of it.

Measures:    L 1.606"  

Price: $25.00

Y154     .56 Colt Revolving Rifle Bullet with Dimple Cavity

Description: Here is an excellent example of the hard to find pattern of .56 Colt Revolving Rifle bullets. This one has the small punch mark on the base and a small air pocket.

Measures:    D .572  L .896  C .062

Cavity: Dimple

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 397 Variant

Recovered: Shenandoah Valley

Price: $30.00

Y153     Confederate Nose Cast .577 Enfield Bullet

Description: Here is a nice .577 Enfield bullet recovered from Tennessee. This one is nose cast and is very pointy. It has a conical cavity with a very thin skirt and mold seams on both sides.

Measures:    D .550  L 1.016  C .299

Cavity: Conical

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 509 Variant

Recovered: Tennessee

Price: $12.00

Y145     Confederate .54 Long Pattern Enfield Bullet

Description: Here is an excellent long pattern Enfield bullet. This would have been used with the .54 Mississippi rifle. This one is in excellent shape.

Measures:    D .528  L 1.221  C .283

Cavity: Conical

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 N0. 289-290

Recovered: Spanish Fort, Alabama

Price: $35.00

Y78     US/CS .38 Picket Bullet

Description: This is an excellent .38 Picket Rifle bullet. The patina and the base are flawless.

Measures:    D .372  L .623  C N/A

Cavity: None

Reference: TT#211 Series

Recovered: Shenandoah Valley

Price: $20.00

Y70     Confederate .577/.58 Selma Lube Groove

Description: This is an excellent example of a shallow cavity Selma Lube Groove. These bullets were produced at the Selma Arsenal in Alabama. There is also a deep cavity version of this bullet as well.

Measures:    D .570  L 1.004  C .268

Cavity: Small Plug Type

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 337

Recovered: Spanish Fort, Alabama

Price: $20.00

Z542     A Handbook of Civil War Bullets & Cartridges by Jim & Dean Thomas

Description: This is an excellent little handbook on Civil War bullets and cartridges. There are some great examples in here with plenty of updated information. In my opinion, this book is better than the $40.00 McKee & Mason book that is full of errors. This book covers a wide variety of bullets used by the North & South.

Price: $12.00 Each (Qty. Available 0) Temp. Unavailable!

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