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One of the unusual hazards of hunting on a military base


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Rifleman188

 And its still where i first saw it,  I dont trust mortar rounds as i believe this is if not please identify for me.  
the toe of my boot will give you some scale.

 

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Edelweisse

I would ask what type of military base ( US Army active duty, USA Reserve Training base, inactive NG base)....but I would guess you reported it to the Range Control, MPs. or On-base recreational office or whoever approved your hunting permit for safety reasons.  They should take care of it....

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Rifleman188

Yes  i did  and usually eod comes out within a few hours.   I run into these things semi regulary

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Looks like a WW2 era M56 HE 81mm mortar round, OR an M57 White Phosphorous 81mm round .  Fuse looks like a PD type from the pic, not illum.  Whoever dug it up is lucky it didn't rupture, or worse.  Definitely best left for the EOD folks.

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suwanneetrader

Being 83 my memory for dates is not so good.  But I got to deer hunt at Ft Knox KY in the mid to late 60s.  I belonged to a club there where mostly past and present Military and law enforcement were members.  I was not but many friends who were so I had an invite.  Saw more deer in a bunch there even till this day.  Was a driving rain storm and a huge area of really big  Cedar trees.  I sought shelter under them and so had 30 - 40 deer.  I left them alone as we were sort of together.  I found two sold rounds I don't remember the cal. anymore but they were about 8 to 10 inches by 31/2  inches with circling copper/lead  band you could see the rifling on it.  Believe they were tank fired embedded partially into a rocky hillside. They sure got heavy toating them out.  I kept one of them until about 5 years ago when I sold it.  I agree if you can not see the front,  side and the end of it to be sure not primed/explosive do not touch it.  The guy I was staying at his place was a 20+ year top Sgt and he told me it was safe and there were 1,000's of them and no one was going to say anything if I had a couple.   It was humorous but even then if you got close to crossing out of the hunting area a helicopter appeared over head.  Richard

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