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20lb CW Parrot shell found with Tejon today
Posted by: VaRelics
Date: April 05, 2009 09:07PM
I found this 20lb American Civil war parrot shell with the brass sabot in a field below the plow line today. The shell was about two and a half feet deep. I got a very wide pattern on all metal with my tejon and then checked it with the second discriminate and it knolled out which let me know it was Big Iron. I knew I had something good when I got below the plow line into undisturbed soil and still didnt hit the target. Then I felt that solid thud when my shovel hit the shell. I spent three days scouting this place looking for an impact area and it finally paid off. I also found various 20 and 30lb shell fragments, Parrots, shienkles and Hotchkiss so I cant wait to get back. It is going to rain for a couple of days though.

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Re: 20lb CW Parrot shell found with Tejon today
Posted by: Tseeker
Date: April 06, 2009 09:53AM
Oh please be careful with that thing! Remember the accounts of experienced hunters whose luck finally ran out when trying to disarm one.

Re: 20lb CW Parrot shell found with Tejon today
Posted by: jhettel
Date: April 06, 2009 01:38PM
I think most people who have been killed were trying to drill into the shell to disarm it. The gunpowder if it is dry is probably more dangerous today than back in the civil war. Drilling needs to be done remotely and under water. The person killed last year, and the person severely injured the previous year were both supposedly experts?

I would take the shell and clean it around the fuze as best as you can to see if the fuze is punched. Use a toothbrush or toothpick anything but metal. It is is punched I would place it in a bucket of water, fully immersing the fuze and let it soak for a long time. If you can get water in the fuze and down into the projectile it may be a bit safer. It should really be disarmed. If you have a fire and it goes off and kills a fireman or someone else you will be in really big trouble and probably face prison time for possession of a bomb. I can guarantee you that if your local law enforcement knows you have that projectile the bomb squad will be at your doorstep, or maybe the Army bomb squad, and your projectile will be destroyed and you will be taken to jail.

I am NOT an expert but I have disarmed two cannonballs and have one yet to disarm. Water is essential.

other than that, GREAT FIND. Right on Tesoro.

Re: 20lb CW Parrot shell found with Tejon today
Posted by: BarberBill
Date: April 06, 2009 02:13PM
Great find IMHO. We don't have relics like that out here in N. Idaho, but I have found lots of axe heads, large horse shoes etc. around old logging and mining camp sites.The Civil war was pretty much over by the time things were beginning to really happen out here. I did, however, find an 1860 Democratic presidential campaign button marked "Steven A. Douglas, 1860" on one side and "Herschel V. Johnson, 1860" on the other. Found in an earth floor basement of an old house built by one of the early settlers in this area about 1870 and presumably lost by him.
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Re: 20lb CW Parrot shell found with Tejon today
Posted by: Dang
Date: April 06, 2009 05:11PM
Great find VaRelic. now take some nice pictures of it and then get rid of it!

Re: 20lb CW Parrot shell found with Tejon today
Posted by: tvr
Date: April 06, 2009 07:31PM
Congrats on the shell. If I found one I think I would have it disarmed and then clean it up nice and keep it.
tvr

Re: 20lb CW Parrot shell found with Tejon today
Posted by: VaRelics
Date: April 06, 2009 09:32PM
No need to worry.:look: :yikes: :look: It has already been delivered to be Remotely disarmed. :thumbup:



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Re: 20lb CW Parrot shell found with Tejon today:surprised:
Posted by: tab-nabit
Date: April 06, 2009 09:50PM
That's an interesting find - I'd probably think I hit a rock in the way trying to retrieve a target.
If I put that thing in my pouch, it would pull my pants down hard - you now how hard it would be to detect like that - like my pants was dragging a load across the ground - and passing folks would see a poor fella dragging butt from a hard day of work - poor fella :blink:

Wow - nice find VaRelics - thanks for sharing - I'd create my own load if I hit a shovel into something like that then realize what I just struck:yikes:

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