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: .75 Caliber Brown Bess Tower Bullet McKee and Mason #611 Extremely rare and usually found only in Middle Tennessee. Book value was $575 three years ago.
SITE: Great yard on battlefield
SITE EVALUATION: 9 of 10 This is one of the greatest yards I’ve ever hunted. I came in late after it had been hunted hard, yet I dug 5 Federal Eagle buttons on my first hunt there. Tons of .69 caliber bullets. Etc. Etc. Etc.
PERMISSION: Super nice family that loved to see my finds after each hunt.
Yards exist that are not a Frontyard or a Backyard: I found this bullet in the far SIDE YARD. I used to practically ignore the usually small strip of yard between the front and the back, giving it a few cursory swings on the way back and forth between the front and back. This rare bullet was deep in the dead center of a small yard.
Get Big Trash Out of Way: This bullet was under an old rusty license plate shaped like the State of Tennessee
Pay Attention to What Others Have Found There: I had been told that one of these had been found next door. I knew what it was. Had I not, I might have thought it was a fired 69 caliber and thrown it in my display case. It didn’t even have rings, mind you!
No Good Site is Ever Hunted Out: This yard was high profile because it was next to a construction site that had been “the bomb”. Many of the other guys that hunted this yard before me had given it up as hunted out. I no longer think that way. I have to work for most of my finds for a lot of reasons – hunted, trash, iron, interference, whatever.
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