100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #70 Complete Spencer Carbine Cartridge

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #70 Complete Spencer Carbine Cartridge

Note:   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:  This is a dropped Spencer Carbine Civil War bullet that still maintains its original brass cartridge and black powder inside.  These are very unusual to dig intact.

SITE:  Yard that had a small rise which had provided soldiers a long North and South view of a Civil War road.

SITE EVALUATION: 8 of 10 Tons of relics in just one section of this yard.

PERMISSION:  Super friendly homeowners were happy to have us there.  We gave them some relics and shared the history with them.

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Hot Spots May Still Hold Something:  This was one of the last relics I found in the yard, on the second trip to it.  Surprisingly, it was in the middle of the initial hot spot around a tree where I could tell a campfire was due to the pattern of melted and not melted dropped bullets.   I thought I had exhausted this hot spot after hunting it for hours but I was wrong.

Not All Iffy Signals are Deep:  Not only was this relic found in the hotspot, but it was only a couple of inches deep and gave barely a hint of a signal.   Maybe a nail or piece of iron was directly over or under it.  I don’t know, but I’m glad I dug the crappy sound and signal it produced.

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