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Old 05-17-2019, 11:21 PM
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Default I got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell!

Sorry, couldn't resist! Detecting along a stone wall deep in the woods today. Found an iron buckle and then a couple of feet away I found a big, old cowbell. Wasn't even deep, maybe 3 inches max. The cowbell is very solid, so I'm going to try some electrolysis on it tomorrow.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:22 PM
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:21 AM
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Nice finds. I've got an old cow bell hanging in my garage.

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Old 05-18-2019, 12:23 AM
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Oooohhhh it has the ringer!

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Old 05-18-2019, 10:25 AM
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Nice digs! Ive found like 3 or 4 iron buckles in the last couple hunts, they can sound really good, especially deeper ones. Good luck on your next outing!

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Old 05-18-2019, 07:25 PM
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thats a big bell

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Old 05-18-2019, 07:40 PM
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Yup, it weighs 1 1/2 pounds! Hate to be the cow that had it around it's neck all day!

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Old 05-18-2019, 07:55 PM
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Tim, nice finds. Great SNL memory!

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Sweet find!

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Old 05-19-2019, 10:31 AM
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Okay, I zapped it for a few hours with no real progress. Then I gave it a couple of hours in citric acid. When I took it out of the acid bath, it was pinkish! The cowbell is copper plated or has copper wash on it. Can't figure out why the iron would be over the copper though.

This morning, I ground some of the remaining rust off with a wire wheel. Definite improvement, but still have some rust remaining. Not sure what my next step will be. Spray it with clear coat and leave it alone? Do nothing and hope the rust doesn't get worse? Tough decision...
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:57 PM
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Nice hunt!

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