100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #79:   “57” Marked Civil War Enfield Bullet

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #79: “57” Marked Civil War Enfield Bullet

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:  Enfield bullet imported from England.  Used by both armies in Civil war, but this one was probably Confederate due to nature of accompanying relics.  Most of these are not marked.   About 1 in 20 I’ve dug have been marked.  The “57” stands for “.577” which is the caliber of the bullet.

SITE:  Yard on old trolley line

SITE EVALUATION: 9 of 10  This yard had clearly never been hunted and produced a lot of great relics

PERMISSION:   Extremely nice widow who was very happy to have me and my hunting partner around.


Hunt the Good Yards Twice:     I usually move on after I hunt a yard once.  I’m not out to get everything, and prefer to keep moving forward.  This virgin yard was just too good to pass up, and on a day I found myself struggling to get permission, I hit it again.

Move Big Iron: Sometimes its good to move big iron to get it out of the way.  This target was masked by a giant plow part.  Once I got that out of the way it rang loud and clear!



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