1. Back in the 40s they used the area as training grounds for the Army and Air Force. People find old .50 rounds and cases washed up all the time. Have found 3 separate cases and one full round over the years going down there. Cool find

  2. agree. Found a whole .50 round with material like that pictured on it on the Atlantic City beach. Later learned that there was quite a bit of military activity there during WWII.

  3. Bullet in coral maybe? Rounds usually deform on impact and that looks neat. Rolled around a while, coral grew and washed up on shore?

  4. that does seem like the most reasonable answer. and my dad also mentioned that it would be deformed if it had actually hit something. look at my other comment with the second picture attached

  5. Apparently copper kills coral so I don’t think this coral growth. I think it’s leeching the steel core to make a conglomerate of whatever was on the bottom of the ocean around it.

  6. Medical professional here. I've Seen lots of bullets on x-ray. The only ones that don't break apart or deform are ones that glide under the skin and follow the path of least resistance. Early in my career I do remember a silver/aluminum colored (not made of it, but it looked brushed like and aluminum colored.) looking bullet that had just made it through both side of a person's skull. It was stuck in their hair and I wasn't sure what it was until I moved it, realizing it was the bullet. I'll never forget the booming voice at the door that asked, "Who found the bullet!" As the person was still technically alive, but not for long. It was a police officer/investigator. I remember feeling a turd poke out of my butt there.

  7. Yeah, I'm pretty sure the tip would be more mashed if it hit a living thing. It probably hit water and had stuff grow on it afterwards.

  8. My, uneducated, guess is that was a steel core round from a 50 BMG that the iron in the steel has leached out of and bound the surrounding environment to itself. This can be seen in civil war era relics on Aquachigger’s YouTube account if you go looking. This would explain why the conglomerate is only found around the bottom of the round (where the opening to the steel core is). From what I understand, copper kills coral so I doubt it’s corral growth and is more likely just stuff that was laying on the bottom when the lead started to leech.

  9. Since you’re curious - I found both a bullet and a fired shell at Holden Beach, NC this past weekend (pictures in my post history). They’re dredging fresh sand up for beach nourishment, so lots of stuff is being found.

  10. Fun Fact: A bullet can't penetrate more than a few inches of water without losing velocity. A .50 Cal with armored piercing round fired into water will not harm you after 14 inches.

  11. .50BMG corroded. Used to pick these up by the 5gal bucket. They used the creek behind the beach for target practice in WW2

  12. Well that is coral, and shellstone. The bullet has been fired and it did hit something hard when it was not quite spent. Shellstone is a concretion of coral and broken up pieces of shell. Bullet gets fired and ends up in some muck that hardens into this, then erodes out in chunks. Cool find. :)

  13. It’s a .50BMG that’s grown coral on it the Navy does some live fire events out at sea and they wash up occasionally, I’ve found a few over the years

  14. So first its a .50 call at least, idk how much deforming would go on with it being so large and heavy if it hit bone since they are designed to penetrate heavy armor. The next thing id say is bone will shatter when hit with a bullet (deer hunter I’ve seen it many times) so I can’t imagine it would become lodged in bone especially again with it being such a large and heave round. I’m gonna say that’s probably coral thats grown on the bullet some very large bullets were used in the pacific and Atlantic theater in world war 2 just depends on where you are and where that bullet washed up.

  15. It has rifling marks. Best guess is it was fired from a m2 machine gun on either a war time related naval use long ago or by the coast guard. Both have ship mounted m2 machine guns in 50 caliber. But that’s definitely m2 ball.

  16. When bullets hit bone, they fragment or deform. This just looks like a bullet that loosened from its brass case and found itself on a piece of coral

  17. There was a boy scout camp I went to while I was growing up that was near some sand dunes. Back in the 30s and 40s the dunes had been used by the nearby army and air force bases as a shooting range. It was common to find corroded old bullets and casings surfacing from the shifting sands every once and a while and they often looked like that. They usually had weird "growths" on them that I suspect were caused by the corroded metals fusing with the sand particles.

  18. Definitely a large caliber bullet you can still see the riffing, but as a beach comber I’d say that’s either natural ocean “muck”, or concrete that’s been in the sea too long.

  19. I have one just like it actually, from Outer Banks. There were so many Navy ships and training and bases during WWII and such that the rounds fired just hit or fall into the water and sink. From there, they collect stuff just like anything else in the sea. Just an old round with sea life/junk attached. They are cool finds

  20. It has definitely been fired because of the visible rifling marks. However due to the lack of deformation I believe some idiot just shot it into the sky and it landed in the water. Some coral grew on it and it washed up.

  21. You can see rifling grooves on the jacket. It hasn't impacted anything or it would have been deformed, but it could have been fired into the air and slowed down sufficiently before hitting the water that it wouldn't deform.

  22. It looks like a horse’s tooth. And the bullet, it’s a war relic, it could be valuable. I don’t know what the hell happened down there, some sort of horse massacre?

  23. I'm going with bullet in coral. Perhaps was fired in water, wouldn't deform on impact. Landed in coral or something formed on it. Maybe got loosned by a storm and washed a shore?

  24. The bullet may have been laying in the sand, in an area that was hit by lightening. I had a piece of sand that was hit by lightening and it formed what looked like sedimentary rock like this. The metal may have been conducting the electricity.

  25. More likely coral or pulverized shells. Many beaches are sights for artillery testing. They just lob rounds out into the water.

  26. We have these in South Carolina on Shell Island. The b-52 bombers used to test guns on island and would shoot directly into soil. Apparently by some ocean magic, the shells get lodged into whatever it is that encompasses them

  27. Not an impact shot. That's a large caliber round "prob .50 Cal." that does not appear to have met resistance of any physical kind with the exception of water. Newer looking in fact. Minimal oxidation.

  28. alright first of all, thank you to everyone who gave me answers and some very interesting information, i can see now that it was most definitely not lodged in a bone. a lot of people mentioned how this could be from test firing/firing during WWII, my question is how did the copper not oxidize/corrode while being in the water for so long?

  29. It's a round and some coral or whatever those creeps are grew around it. Because if it was a bullet lodged in bone, it would be deformed.

  30. Yep, bullet in bone sounds correct to me! You can say “REDDIT” said so. Will be an awesome story your kids will tell your grandkids 🙌🙌🙌

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