Whitworth hexagonal bolt projectile


#1

Another bullet from the same shop. Any idea?


#2

Civil War era Whitworth. Hard to tell if it’s Shell or Shot.

Ray


#3

It has 2 threaded holes on the opposite sides going towards the inside at a 90 degree angle. I saw it for a sec and saw nothing written on it.


#4

Never seen one with holes. Result of deactivation? That would indicate it’s a shell

The Whitworth, BTW, was rifled and the shape of the projectile conforms to the Whitworth type of rifleing.

Ray


#5

Ha! Both of my kids walkd by and asked if that was an eggplant!

AKMS


#6

Ray, you are correct, as always. Here is a site with a projectile image down the page. Never knew this gun existed!!!
thedonovan.com/archives/2004 … annon.html


#7

Somewhat similar twisted hexagonal rifle bullets were used in Whitworth rifles, popular in the 1860s with target shooters and Confederate snipers.

There was a great display of those at SLICS about 3 years ago- including one or two of the rifles and lots of different ammo variations.


#8

Here is a REALLY nice example of the .45 Hexagonal Whitworth from Manfred Beutter’s Aucton Catalog #2. The Whitworth was also made with a cylindrical bullet.


#9

Here are three .45 Whitworth variations with the round projectile: