Jul 24, 2012, 10:23 PM
your finds always amaze me
Jul 24, 2012 10:23 PM
Jul 25, 2012, 05:49 PM
Most of the shells I have been finding are paper fused and thus filled with water and mud. However, it is always wise to have them professionally drilled and flushed of any remaining black powder that may be inside even if it is decomposed. If you find a shell, it will not explode if it dries out, is dropped or even stared at for a very long time. They are potentially dangerous only if put in a fire or drilled into by the inexperienced. Any type of shell that is WWI or later is a very different ballgame and must be handled with extreme caution until properly identified. Almost all of my shells are drilled and flushed by the time a picture is posted of them.
Originally Posted by gforce1972
Jul 25, 2012, 08:50 PM
Those are some great finds!!! I have an old buddy that used to water hunt and he got some of those leeches on him down at Stone's river, Tennessee. Although he got them off as soon as he discovered them on his legs and ankle, he soon developed blood poising and was in the hospital for over a week. Be careful. Tennessee digger
Jul 26, 2012, 07:15 AM
That's what I want to know. Are these live shells? Wet gunpowder isn't something I would want to play with - but I digress, those are AWESOME shells!
Originally Posted by gforce1972
Jul 26, 2012, 07:29 AM
I always worry about them because of that very reason. I guess it's somewhat common to get infections by them. Yikes!
Originally Posted by tennessee digger
Jul 26, 2012, 07:30 AM
Thanks! I answered that question in a post just a little above...
Originally Posted by crazyfish
Jul 26, 2012, 08:47 AM
Pardon my ignorance!
Originally Posted by aquachigger
I'm a Marylander myself and I remember as a kid going to my mothers boyfriends old farmhouse in WVA, finding Civil war bullets lying in plain site. Still have them to this day, and If I could track down her ex-boyfriend (this was 25 years ago) I'm sure he'd let me hunt his land (he was the coolest guy in the world).
I'm in Montgomery County, but grew up going to old parts of MD, and I'm fascinated with what you recover! The relics amaze me!
Jul 26, 2012, 08:52 AM
Sweet finds. Is that shell explosive? If so how did you disarm it?
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Jul 26, 2012, 08:31 PM
A little tip on electrolysis,if you must put the brass in the water with the iron to clean the whole shell, you can wrap the brass parts with black tape it will keep the patina safe. I have even used hot glue to protect the patina, it comes off smooth surfaces well. But the idea is to keep that beautiful dug patina, so if you stop the current from touching the brass it will come out just as it was dug.
For lead sabots I've used plastic wrap with tape.
Not to say it's better, I'm just saying that's the way I do it, just personal preference.
Hope you don't mind me saying this on your post Aquachigger.
Jul 26, 2012, 09:01 PM
I caught the "ketchup" pun....good one! Awesome finds. I don't relic hunt per se, but I wouldn't be opposed to finding the same types of interesting things you do. Oh, btw, just love the cover (no leeches inside I trust)!
Silver, gold - I don't discriminate! I like sparkly things". ~ Charlaine Harris
Jul 26, 2012, 09:19 PM
No problem at all. That is a good tip to pass along. Thanks for the info!
Originally Posted by MKnTenn
Jul 26, 2012, 09:48 PM
awesome finds ....congrats!
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Jul 27, 2012, 01:12 PM
Jul 27, 2012, 02:43 PM
I was also wondering how dangerous those were , the ones with the fuses still in them. It wasn't long a go a fellow lost his life when trying to clean up a CW cannon ball. If the explosives in them didn't get wet, they are probably still live. Monty
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Jul 27, 2012, 10:01 PM
I wouldn't keep a shell in my collection that hasn't been rendered safe and would offer that advice to anyone that finds one. But that being said, no one in recent history that I have heard of has been injured by one that wasn't actively drilling into it with an electric "handheld" drill or using another "handheld" power tool on it. Leave that to the professionals that use REMOTE drill rigs.
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