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The beaches are very sandy at the moment, which is a tad unusual here. There are finds to be had but not that much in the way of decent jewellery so far, only silver and junk but I remain hopeful.

One surprising find this morning was the end of an artillery shell dated 1943 weighing about 5 pounds or so. A decent enough signal but two feet down and a bugger to get out of the hole with the smaller spade that I'd taken for coin shooting. I can't think how I've missed it before but I have been consistently finding big lumps of lead, copper and brass at backbreaking depths with the Manti. Strange how the heavy stuff always seem to turn up when I am at the maximum distance from the car. :thumbsup:
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A different type of shell on the beach! :D
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You brought it home? :shock:
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Oxgirl wrote: Thu Apr 25, 2024 10:22 pm You brought it home? :shock:
I aint leaving scrap brass worth nearly 10 quid on the beach! :thumbsup:
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Only silver and junk :o ! You are getting spoilt now, I love every bit of silver.
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Well done on the Artillery shell , Fred.
That`s the largest one i have seen as a Detecting find.
Know how you felt lugging that back,. 2kg Brass groyne bolts last time , early on and no bag, carried them in my spade hand.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Dave The Slave wrote: Fri Apr 26, 2024 3:53 pm Well done on the Artillery shell , Fred.
That`s the largest one i have seen as a Detecting find.
Know how you felt lugging that back,. 2kg Brass groyne bolts last time , early on and no bag, carried them in my spade hand.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Cheers. Many years ago I found a complete similarly sized shell case (no projectile) on the same beach. It was a massive bit of kit. :thumbsup:
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Easylife wrote: Thu Apr 25, 2024 9:06 pm A different type of shell on the beach! :D
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fred wrote: Thu Apr 25, 2024 7:47 pm The beaches are very sandy at the moment, which is a tad unusual here. There are finds to be had but not that much in the way of decent jewellery so far, only silver and junk but I remain hopeful.

One surprising find this morning was the end of an artillery shell dated 1943 weighing about 5 pounds or so. A decent enough signal but two feet down and a bugger to get out of the hole with the smaller spade that I'd taken for coin shooting. I can't think how I've missed it before but I have been consistently finding big lumps of lead, copper and brass at backbreaking depths with the Manti. Strange how the heavy stuff always seem to turn up when I am at the maximum distance from the car. :thumbsup:
When you uncovered it, was it primer up or could you tell it was only the remains of a shell?

I can only imagine uncovering the primer up base and wondering what was beneath still buried in the sand! :D
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Pete E wrote: Sat Apr 27, 2024 11:23 am When you uncovered it, was it primer up or could you tell it was only the remains of a shell?

I can only imagine uncovering the primer up base and wondering what was beneath still buried in the sand! :D
It was on edge and deep so if it hadn't gone off by the time that I'd got it out of the ground the chance of it doing so would have been greatly diminished. :D

Actually I could see that the salt water had eaten away the brass so any chance of detonation was long gone. :thumbsup:
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fred wrote: Sat Apr 27, 2024 12:34 pm It was on edge and deep so if it hadn't gone off by the time that I'd got it out of the ground the chance of it doing so would have been greatly diminished. :D

Actually I could see that the salt water had eaten away the brass so any chance of detonation was long gone. :thumbsup:
Good to hear...I bet various war time UXB's are not uncommon finds for detectorists on the beaches in you're part of the world???
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