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    Hurt my back and cracked a ball...

    ...A cannonball that is. I've been out of commission for over a week with back problems. I just got around to cracking the cocoon off of one of the last cannonballs I found. I thought you all might get a kick out of it. Here's some pictures and a video of the event.

    Picture from last post showing the eight balls I found in one day...

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    Here is a close-up of the ball with the thick cocoon before the the cracking...

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    And here it is Humpty Dumptyed...

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    Plus a quick video of me whacking away on the cannonball with a hammer...



    I hope to be back digging by next week. Thanks for checking out my post.
    CASPER-2, BuckleBoy, NGE and 4 others like this.

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    us
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    Man I love seeing your post, I've only dug three cannonballs myself, they were all on land, two twelve pound boreman case shot and a six pound solid shot! I'm proud to own them, keep the post coming!
    Peanut

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    Do not forget me 24601

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    I didn't know you had to break those things out of a shell. Looks almost brand new now that it's out of it's shell. Hope the back problems stay away.

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    very Nice

    You need to 'Splain though lucy ?

    Did you say your going to run the one in the vid through electrolysis ?
    Why ?

    Looked good as was, once you took it out the shell.
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Aug 29, 2012 at 04:56 PM.

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    Yeah, you're right. I prolly won't run it through. You have to with salt water shells, and I've done my share of them. They look smooth and shiny like this one, but this is a fresh water one. I'll just go ahead and cook it raw and see what happens.



    QUOTE=jeff of pa;2912906]very Nice

    You need to 'Splain though ?

    Did you say your going to run the one in the vid through electrolysis ?
    Why ?

    Looked good as was[/QUOTE]

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    Whew glad to hear it was a cannonball otherwise you would be in a bad situation!

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    Live action! Love it.
    God and country.

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    wow that came out dang near like new

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    Nice finds and another great video, thanks for sharing.

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    I believe the outer junk is called concretion,thanks for the video,tc

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfdfire View Post
    I believe the outer junk is called concretion,thanks for the video,tc
    It is a concretion, but we ball hunters call it a cocoon. Gotta luv the cocoon!

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    I liked the video Beau. Beautiful solid shot.
    -Evan

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    I'm right there with on the back pain! Nice finds on the projectiles, that one is SWEET!

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    If that thing had a fuse on it like the other one-in water or out for 150 years-bangin on it just wouldn't feel right to me.
    Nice finds as usual.
    If i were a farmer workin the plow, I would be more scared throwing em down the side of the bank and into the stream. The smart ones stood behind the oak trees.
    Last edited by DeadheadDigger; Sep 01, 2012 at 08:29 AM.

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    Thats cool Beau. Nice shot bud
    G Grandfather John Taliaferro Stevens.
    Enlisted May 1st, 1862 with Co.B/E 51st VA Infantry.
    Taken Prisoner at princeton WV May 16th 1862, found shot in the back May 17th 1862.
    G Uncle John J.L. Stevens.
    Enlisted Feb. 10th 1863 Co. B, 8th Va Calvary

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    I always wondered, how do you use electrolysis for mineralized pieces?

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    Lucky you didn't get killed. The powder can get wet and dry over years and still be active. Been several deaths from war items found. Great finds. Be safe.

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    What kind of tree's do these fall from?

    Seriously that's a very cool find. I liked the video as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GTK96 View Post
    I always wondered, how do you use electrolysis for mineralized pieces?
    Here is one of my videos that should help explain the process a little.


 

 
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