Question on a VERY odd bullet
About 35 years ago, I worked with a guy that found this bullet at a VERY old range. Now civilian, the range had at one time been military. When he first found it, he thought he had found one of those bullets that was used for the patient to bite down on during surgery, when anesthetics were unavailable. But when he cleaned it up, he realized this was not the case. I took a picture of it and sent it to the NRA along with a description of where it had been found. They said none of their experts had any idea what it could be.
Well the picture is long gone, and I have lost contact with the bullet owner many years ago, but here is what he found.
The bullet was solid lead, about .30 cal and round nosed. The rear of it was still inside the brass case mouth, which had all corroded away except for just the mouth that enclosed the rear of the bullet. The exposed portion of the bullet was about 1" long.
Now for the screwy part.
The bullet had two deep indentations in the lead, each a curved section like it had been squeezed REAL hard between thumb and forefinger. The indentations were each about .080 deep, on opposit sides of the bullet, and IDENTICAL in all respects.
BUT - there were absolutely no signs of lead deformation around these dents. IOW, they were MOLDED into the bullet, or possibly MACHINED into it after molding, not made by any squeezing or smashing after it was finished.
The only thing that came to mind with me was possibly these indentations were originally filled with a pyrotechnic compound in some sort of experimental tracer round, but I would think rubbing on the rifling would dislodge it from the lead - -
Anyway, can anyone hazard a guess from my poor description?
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