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  1. #1

    Jun 2012
    CENTRAL IOWA
    GARRETT ACE250 GARRETT GTI 2500 GARRETT PRO-POINTER
    45
    5 times
    Metal Detecting

    Metal detecting help requested

    We need some guidance. We are rather new to this hobby and have found a potential goldmine of a property. We have permission to hunt a 1acre area that had a 1 room school house on it in the past.
    We are working with limited time and have been pulling a lot of junk running sensitivity at about 75% in jewelry discrimination digging everything that beeps. I am digging about 3 targets for every three steps I take.
    Does anyone have any suggestions about sensitivity, discriminating, and how strong of tones to go after?

  2. #2
    us
    When the going gets wierd, the wierd turn pro....

    Jan 2011
    New Orleans
    Garrett Ace 350 and Propointer, Whites Prism
    2,948
    758 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    What kind of things are you hoping to find? If you're looking for relics you're just going to have to deal with lots of scrap iron in the mix. If you're hoping for coins you need to crank up your disc. a bit and take the chance of missing some nice relics. Also running your sensitivity a bit lower may help but really if it's a trashy spot, you're just going to have to dig some trash to get to the good stuff.
    BOOTY SEEKERS IA likes this.
    "That's me, on the beach side combing the sand, metal meter in my hand, sporting a pocket full of change"...... NOFX

    Now in the process of posting my antique photo collection at : http://forgottonimages.tumblr.com/

  3. #3

    Jun 2012
    CENTRAL IOWA
    GARRETT ACE250 GARRETT GTI 2500 GARRETT PRO-POINTER
    45
    5 times
    Metal Detecting
    Thank you NOLA_Ken for the quick responce. Given the time limit we are mainly going for coins. What does crank up your disk mean, I apologize for not knowing the basic term.

  4. #4
    us
    Sep 2007
    New Jersey
    Whites V3i and DFX
    3,212
    790 times
    Quote Originally Posted by BOOTY SEEKERS IA
    We need some guidance. We are rather new to this hobby and have found a potential goldmine of a property. We have permission to hunt a 1acre area that had a 1 room school house on it in the past.
    We are working with limited time and have been pulling a lot of junk running sensitivity at about 75% in jewelry discrimination digging everything that beeps. I am digging about 3 targets for every three steps I take.
    Does anyone have any suggestions about sensitivity, discriminating, and how strong of tones to go after?

    Sounds like you don't know your detector. That will only come with use. It may help you if you I.D. Your detector. Maybe someone can help you with your settings.
    BOOTY SEEKERS IA likes this.

  5. #5

    Jun 2012
    CENTRAL IOWA
    GARRETT ACE250 GARRETT GTI 2500 GARRETT PRO-POINTER
    45
    5 times
    Metal Detecting
    Thank you for your reply ticm what do you mean by I.D. I am new to this site and dont get a lot of this stuff.

  6. #6

    Jun 2012
    CENTRAL IOWA
    GARRETT ACE250 GARRETT GTI 2500 GARRETT PRO-POINTER
    45
    5 times
    Metal Detecting
    I should also say on prior propertys we have had no problem getting coins. We just have not run into a area with so much junk to try to get around.

    We are both using garretts, a 250ace and a gti2500

  7. #7
    us
    Apr 2012
    North Central Nebraska
    Whites Spectrum XLT Ace350 Pioneer Bounty Hunter 202
    168
    44 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by BOOTY SEEKERS IA View Post
    Thank you for your reply ticm what do you mean by I.D. I am new to this site and dont get a lot of this stuff.
    I.D....what is the make and model of your detector? I have a Garrett Ace 350 and it has 5 modes. Jewelry, Relic, Coin, Zero(no descrimination) and Custom. If you have a Coin mode try running that at about 2 bars from full on sensitivity.
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  8. #8

    Jun 2012
    CENTRAL IOWA
    GARRETT ACE250 GARRETT GTI 2500 GARRETT PRO-POINTER
    45
    5 times
    Metal Detecting
    I should have picked up on that. I did I.D. them after asking that just thinking that would be a good idea. They are on the post just above yours now. Sorry for the slowness.

  9. #9
    us
    Sep 2007
    New Jersey
    Whites V3i and DFX
    3,212
    790 times
    There is a garret section on T-Net that may help

  10. #10
    us
    NJ

    Nov 2006
    Middlesex County, New Jersey
    Whites DFX w/ Sunray DX-1 probe and Minelab Excalibur 1000, Whites TRX Pinpointer
    3,245
    102 times
    Metal Detecting
    Do you have a small coil? 4-5" coil. If so use that in the trash area. It will help you separate good targets from bad. They are sometimes referred to as sniper coils.

    NJ

  11. #11
    Charter Member
    us
    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
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    IA, both of your detectors will do just fine. If you are already finding coins, you are well on your way. Keep at it. The only thing you need is TIME. If you have an "un-ending" time period for this property, just dig all and you will find the goodies among the trash. If you keep the trash (carry it out) you will have less to be concerned with the next time you hunt there. Show the results to the landowner. Also, show him you are cleaning the place up as you hunt that way you will be invited back again. Use earphones to bypass the speakers. They are the biggest power hogs on the detector. Have fun! Take your time and be thourough! Let us know how you do. Good luck. TTC
    BOOTY SEEKERS IA and bsloan like this.
    Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle. Psalms 144:1

  12. #12
    us
    When the going gets wierd, the wierd turn pro....

    Jan 2011
    New Orleans
    Garrett Ace 350 and Propointer, Whites Prism
    2,948
    758 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I use an Ace 350, I have never used a gti2500, so I'm not sure what the settings would be, but with your 250 you'll want to run in coin mode rather than jewelry. You're still going to get a lot of trash like pulltabs and foil though unless you notch out the nickel range. Even then you'll still get bottlecaps occasionally.

    The best advice I can give is to work the site as slowly as you can and just dig anything above iron. If it's that trashy, you'll miss a lot of good targets unless you clear some of the trash out.
    BOOTY SEEKERS IA likes this.
    "That's me, on the beach side combing the sand, metal meter in my hand, sporting a pocket full of change"...... NOFX

    Now in the process of posting my antique photo collection at : http://forgottonimages.tumblr.com/

  13. #13

    Jun 2012
    CENTRAL IOWA
    GARRETT ACE250 GARRETT GTI 2500 GARRETT PRO-POINTER
    45
    5 times
    Metal Detecting
    Thank you to everyone for the input. I will post what we come up with as we go.

  14. #14
    us
    Just another Guy In Back

    Feb 2007
    Left coast of Florida
    GTI 2500 / Infinium LS / Tesoro Sand Shark / Garrett Pro-pointer
    3,492
    2386 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    The GTI2500 will discrim out the rusty trash pretty well. If you are new to it, watch the YouTube videos on both of your machines. They have some pretty nice tips and tricks there.

    Also, if time is a factor, elicit some assistance from some others in your area. I would love to help someone hunt out an area, I'm sure others would as well.
    • "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." A. J. Liebling

 

 

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