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 very rare Civil War bullet, a .46 caliber Sharps “multi-ring”. McKee & Mason #193 also known as a “Gomez and Mills”
SITE: Well known, obvious Civil War camp that had been hunted hard over the years.
SITE EVALUATION: 7 of 10 Targets of any kind were sparse as this place had been pounded. I knew that any find could be a good one though.
PERMISSION: Super nice property owner that said we could come back any time we wanted to, whether they were there or not!
Hunt Good Sites Regardless: If you’ve done your research and know you are on a good site, don’t get discouraged when you realize that it has been “hunted out”, as there is no such thing. There is something there. You’re going to have to use your skills and/or think outside of the box to get it. This site was as tough as they come and it would have been easy to give up and run.
Feed off Hunting Partner: Two hours in, I hadn’t found a thing. One of my hunting partners, Jonathan James, had finally dug a bullet. That caused me to recommit, focus and take it to another level as I realized finds were possible, I just had to do the work.
Hunt Creek Banks: A dry creek bank ran along the back of the lot. Often erosion will bring in new finds and this was the case here. I found several items, including this bullet right on the creek bank.
Be Careful Saying a Bullet is Modern: I’d never seen one of these, so I posted it to Facebook and some great detectorists immediately id’d it for me and gave me accolades. Just because it doesn’t look like a regular Civil War bullet doesn’t mean it is post-Civil War.
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