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Hey Edge, take it easy on that old guy. I'm almost to his age but he has five years on me. Watch him and don't let him overdo it. Exuberance sometimes gets the best of us an we go beyond our bounds. I know of what I speak and am not afraid to admit it. Take some cans of oxygen with you can get it at the sports stores, I always carry it and some aspirin also. Good luck and God bless you for what you are trying to do.
Time to take it to someone who can test it for real.
You have done about all you can do to rule out tramp iron. You might get an XRF for nickel at this point and that might help get someone interested. It won't rule out tramp metal but it will be one more step you could take on your own.
There is not much more you can do. You need an expert that can take it further with lab tests and professional observations.
The pattern is vague. I can't tell if it is a weidmanstatten pattern. But if you can polish it out and repeat the pattern I would say it is as much confirmation as a layman could do. It certainly could be a coarse octahedrite.
You did a great job! Someone in the meteorite community will take this one forward and give you some answers. It is certainly an interesting specimen. If it is not a meteorite it is a darn good facsimile.
Have you researched known meteorites in your area? If there have been others found to compare this with it might shorten the process a bit.
I widened the window a bit and Etched with home brewed ferris chloride. Looks to be the letter “A”. It’s faint and does not photograph well, but it seems to be something.
I sanded and etched a number of times to be sure it was not dirt or an artifact of the sanding pattern. Each time it comes back with the letter A. Maybe there is a message inside ;)