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Speed Loader?

MDB55

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I have picked this up recently. It appears to be a speed loader and has an opening for .69 caliber ball. Marked US. Copper. Any information would be appreciated.
 

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I have picked this up recently. It appears to be a speed loader and has an opening for .69 caliber ball. Marked US. Copper. Any information would be appreciated.
Is it 2 separate chambers in it? If it has only chamber I would say it's a powder flask. The spout is there to stick in end of barrel to quickly load your black powder charge into the barrel. Neat piece! Thanks for sharing.
 
Also the dent in the powder flask is more than likely there from the owner/soldier from tapping the flask on the end of his barrel to break the black powder loose. Or to settle the charge down/ settle the powder down in the flask.
 
That's a big bullet.
I use the spout for measure on my 45 Ruger.
On mine the spout holds 40 grains.
Holding my finger over the spout.
Holding it upside down.
Depressing the lever and filling the spout.
Release it. Now the spout is full and measured.
Then I pour into chamber.
I have a number of spouts for different measures.
That looks like what. A .58 bullet ?
 
.69 caliber ball with 3 smaller buck shot on top was the famous "buck and ball" load

Muskets of .69 caliber were being used by the US military during the War of 1812 clear up to the Civil War.
 
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