100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #19 Pulled Civil War Bullets

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #19 Pulled Civil War Bullets

In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.

KEEPER:  The bullets with the gnarled tips are pulled.  This means they were unloaded from a rifle by a soldier instead of firing them.   A metal piece called a “worm” is fitted onto the end of a ramrod, and put down the barrel.  As it is turned, it will grip the soft lead of the bullet enough to pull it out.


SITE:  Very trashy yard on a battlefield.

SITE EVALUATION: 8 of 10  A really great yard.  Had Civil War history, and was the grounds of a school after the War.  Heavy iron and trash had caused lots of relics to be left in place over the years.  I’d like to eventually get back when I can and hunt it one more time.

PERMISSION:  Super homeowner who actually stopped and talked to me when I was detecting a few streets over a couple months prior to this hunt.


Don’t Run from Trash: A sizeable tree was in the back yard, and around it was a bed of very old trash.   I initially was repelled after digging 10 or so horrible pieces of trash.  What saved me was finding the first pulled bullet on top of the ground.

Flip “The Switch”:   This is a phenomenon I can’t explain.   No matter how mentally prepared and optimistic you are about a hunt, and no matter how hard you hunt, there is something about digging that first good find that usually “flips a switch” in your mind.   I hadn’t found anything in this area of the yard, and was disgusted with the trash.  As soon as I found the bullet on top of the ground, its like all the trash disappeared and the good finds started coming on after another.  Sounds crazy but this happens to me extremely often.


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