Artillery shell—help identifying

Bamascvreb

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Just acquired this shell and not sure exactly what i have as bought it online. It is about 6 7/8 high, 3 inch diamter at orbase and weighs just under 7 lbs. i havent seen any without a rim so not sure exacty what this is, and, have no clue what these cement-like holes are that are filled in on the shell. Any thoughts are appreciated.

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Welcome to CWT from the Smoky Mountain side of North Carolina. Just jump right in and enjoy. No clue but just wait a little while and someone will be along to answer your questions. Paging @ucvrelics
 

tbuckley

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Welcome from eastern Ohio.
I suspect that the "cement-like holes" are lead plugs.
 

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Welcome from the Cannons and Artillery Forum, and from Rushville Ohio, 1/2 way between Sherman ( lancaster) and Sheridan (somerset) Ohio

From the Field Artillery Projectiles of the Civil War, It looks like a round for an Armstrong or Clay breech loading Rifle. The holes match up to where the brass shunts would be that acted as a sabot to engage the rifling in the gun.
 

ucvrelics

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Welcome From THE Heart Of Dixie. @drezac is spot on with it being an Armstrong. They came in several different versions. There were breach load and muzzle load Armstrong cannons. The studs on yours appear to be zinc. If you could post some photos of the studs themselves and the dimensions we can try and nail down which type it is.

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Welcome from Michigan . For future references check civilwarartillery.com Lots of images of projectiles .
 

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It would certainly appear to be an Armstrong which is one of the most argued over shells used in the Civil War as when you mention it; one faction will say that that they were never used by the Confederates and one will say that it was. I have to say that it was as I have one that was dug on Lee's Retreat Route in Farmville, Virginia.:cannon:
 

Bamascvreb

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Welcome From THE Heart Of Dixie. @drezac is spot on with it being an Armstrong. They came in several different versions. There were breach load and muzzle load Armstrong cannons. The studs on yours appear to be zinc. If you could post some photos of the studs themselves and the dimensions we can try and nail down which type it is.

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Attached are couple close-up pics. The plugs are not magnetic. Diameter is approx 3/4 of an inch

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