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what does "ball of Britannia metal"mean? Under any circumstances the possibilities for muddle in gunshot cases are almost infinite. Abraham Lincoln, like John Kennedy, was shot in the posterior part of the head. Because Booth's nineteenth-century weapon was low-powered his victim survived for nine hours and the .44 caliber derringer ball of Britannia metal did not shatter his head; a one-inch disc of bone was driven three inches into the brain, and the ball lodged in his skull.
Jun 8, 2013 8:28 AM
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"Ball" refers to the bullet, and Britannia metal is the pewter alloy the bullet is made of. From wikipedia: Britannia metal or britannium is a pewter-type alloy favoured for its silvery appearance and smooth surface. The composition is approximately and typically 92% tin, 6% antimony, and 2% copper.[1]
June 8, 2013
ball of Britannia metal= ball of British metal
June 8, 2013
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