Identification of Civil War Era Bullet

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  1. 4gauge

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    I have a Civil War era metallic cartridge inherited from my father-in-law's collection which I am having problems identifying. It is labeled in the collection as a 52 Sharps, but my Cartridges of the World book does not have any matching candidates. It is either rimfire or inside primed and appears to have a copper case. I am posting a couple of photos and the specs of the cartridge as I measured them, with the hope one of you can help me identify it. Any help would be appreciated.
    Bullet Diameter - .521"
    Neck Diameter - .532"
    Base Diameter - .558"
    Rim Diameter - .641"
    Rim Thickness - .069"
    Case Length - 1.448"
    Cartridge Length 2.160

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  2. Hawg

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    Sharps & Hankins.
  3. 4gauge

    4gauge New Member

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    Thank you for your reply. Do you have any additional info? I found an online photo of a .52 Sharps & Hankins bullet, but it appeared to have a shorter case than my bullet. Was there more than one variation of the .52 Sharps & Hankins?
  4. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    I'm no expert but it's highly possible.
  5. AaronN322

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    That is a 52-70 Sharps.
  6. 4gauge

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    Thank you very much!
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