100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #33 Civil War Bullet Spill

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #33 Civil War Bullet Spill

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:  Over 30 bullets, almost 100 pieces total, found in a single hole!   These are called “Buck and Balls”.  Each 60 caliber bullet is comprised of a large ball and 3 small balls that were glued to it but fell off sometime after glue decomposed in the intervening 152 years.  This was exciting and unexpected.  It took almost an hour to pick all the bullets out of the hole.  The small balls were very difficult to pick out of the dirt with my pinpointer.

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SITE:  Confederate campsite

SITE EVALUATION: 10 of 10  Possibly the best yard I’ve ever hunted

PERMISSION:  Really nice lady, now a really good friend.


Deep and Iffy:  These bullets were almost two feet deep.  Initially I had a deep, scratchy signal I thought might only be a deep bullet.  When I dug a foot down, I was thinking I might have a deep plate.   You should have seen my face when the first shovel full of balls and dirt came out of the hole.

Plenty for Everyone:  Once I had dug 15 or so bullets, and stuck the pinpointer in the hole and realized it was still full of targets, I called my hunting partner over, who was having a lousy hunt, and let him dig a pile of them out of there.  This made it even more exciting.  We even called the property owner over and she ended up with a handful!!!    I recommend that, when you hit a motherlode, you decide to make the most of it by sharing the experience with others.


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