I have been metal detecting, treasure hunting, researching and traveling over remaining bits of the Oregon Trail, old Stage Coach and Freight routes, abandon mining roads etc my entire life. I’m guessing there must be a few others out here that do similar stuff.
A couple miles from my house, about a 100 yard section of what used to be the original wagon road into the canyon at Shoshone Falls on the Snake River, still exists up in the rocks and sagebrush. Yesterday I stopped there for a few minutes with a detector and found an interesting old rifle round from the early 1900’s.
This is a (un-fired) 25-20 Single Shot . Remington combined their ammo marketing with UMC in 1912, so the REM-UMC head stamp would date this to 1912 or just shortly later. It has a copper primer (as opposed to brass), which as I understand it, worked better than the brass primers in the old black powder guns because they have such a light hammer strike.
I’m not certain what the deal is with the bullet. It looks like the un-jacketed soft lead tip has either been corroded or melted away…???