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    Small cannon balls

    I had a guy give me 3 small somewhat round looks like steel balls he said he dug them up in Bentonville Arkansas I don't know if it is like grape shot are what they are
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    If they are actually steel, a magnet will stick to them.

    Kids used to use steel ball bearings as sling shot ammo.

    Grape shot would be lead, I think.

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    Grape shot was not used much in field artillery. For field arty canister balls were usually iron while case shot contents were usually lead balls or even rifled musket bullets. I believe there are a very few exceptions but I'm too much into sitting with my cup of coffee to go dig out one of the books right now.
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    Small cannon balls???

    I checked and a magnet does stick to these they are not perfectly round almost looks like they were poured

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    Looks like what was used in mortar balls and also shot inside 12 lb smoothbore CSA round.
    I have several also in my collection.
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    According to one wiki on CW artillery, case used in a 12-pounder Napoleon contained 78 balls, while canister had 27 and a 12 pounder grapeshot load was usually 9 balls
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