« Back to Finds Posted June 1st, 2013 by Tom

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Item Found: Relic

Location: Tennessee

Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0300)

June 1st, 2013

Hello to all the fine folks at White’s Electronics, and to all of my fellow "dirt diggers" out there!

Tennessee weather this winter has been a long span of days consisting of mild temps, fog, rain, dark days, and very little sunlight. Cabin fever has really sunk its brutal teeth into my demeanor, but on January 18th 2013 the sun finally came out so I broke out my White’s XLT and hit the field a running. It was late in the afternoon, but I still had a couple of hour’s daylight left.

After hunting for about an hour, I came into an area that I had been intending to hunt for a long time. With my XLT set on the factory's relic program, I picked up a nice clean signal, and upon digging it, out popped a beautiful 54 cal. Sharps mini ball. I said to myself, "Thank you Lord, what a great way to end the day!"

To my surprise, and as all good relic hunters do, I swept the coil of the XLT just a few inches around and above my current find, and boy did the bells and whistles go off! I peeled back about 3-4 inches of soil, and out rolled another find. This time though, it wasn't just one Sharps, but about 4 or 5. I delightfully pocketed these, swept again, and the signal almost knocked the earphones off my head.

For the next 30 minutes I uncovered a total of 89 Sharps bullets. By then, darkness had fallen, but the signal was still stronger than ever! I simply couldn't see anything else, and I hadn't expected or planned for an after dark hunt. So, I decided to retire my hunt for the night, and come back the next day. For me this 30 minute dig just before dark on January 18th 2013 was my relic hunting best, but even this didn't come close to what was in store for me and my wife Connie on the return trip the next afternoon.

The next day we went straight to the site where I had discovered the cache of Sharps the day before. For the next three and a half hours, we dug 800 more Sharps 54 cal. mini balls. The total count to date is a whopping 920 projectiles recovered from one 20" round, and 15" deep hole! All 920 found using my White’s XLT metal detector. I might add my first metal detector was a White’s Blue & Gray. It is still my backup detector, but for years was a used and enjoyed through a lot of great relic hunts, providing hours of pure enjoyment!

Thank you White’s Electronics for making what I believe are the best detectors for the money on the market!

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