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  1. #1
    us
    Nov 2017
    Lakewood, Ohio
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    My First Time Digging

    My Ace 400 came in today so I ran out for the last hour of light after I got home from work. My nephew followed in tow thinking we were about to “find gold”.
    I got oriented and walked around in an area behind my parents house that’s an overgrown field with lots of traffic from the neighborhood over the years. I started by promptly digging up my first pop can then a few pull tabs that sounded pretty darn good. My nephew (he’s 11) swiped the ground and got a signal. We dug it up and wouldent you know it, it was an old costome jewelry heart. He yelled “SILVER!” It was awesome.
    I went on to dig up a few clad coins and a recent bullet, maybe a .38? Anyhow, we also dig up a bunch of trash and carried it out.
    I realized a few things already:
    1. I gotta slow down and focus more on my pinpoint before digging, we were peetty close but I knew I was rushing it.
    2. I discovered the importance of a diggers shovel, and one that’s sharp.
    3. A pair of knee pads would be helpful.

    I plan on getting a bucket and burying a few different coins at different depths and going over them to see what they read and writing that down on a piece of tape that will go on the detector.

    Anyhow, it was a blast and I can’t wait to give it another go tomorrow afternoon!

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  2. #2
    us
    Northern California

    Aug 2007
    Southern California
    XLT, GMT, 6000D Coinmaster
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    Tangleone & Nephew!

    Welcome to the unique world of metal detecting! I think it was good the Nephew found the silver as now he's also hooked. The bullet 38 or 9mm (9mm is only 0.002" smaller), likely the actual weight of the bullet after cleaning the dirt might give you a clearer idea of which caliber. For the first time out with a brand new machine you've done well, finding targets and gathering data knowledge. Learn the machine, practice, learn the machine, practice, etc for quite some time...................63bkpkr
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    Out searching w/GMT & friend under my arm

  3. #3
    us
    Nov 2017
    Lakewood, Ohio
    Garrett ACE 400
    26
    45 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Hey, Thanks for the tip on the bullets. Appreciate it!

  4. #4
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    Tired Rooster

    Nov 2011
    Alabama
    Minelabs and Tesoros Several of them....
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    Congratulations on your finds. You did very well for your first time out!
    Take the time to learn your machine and how to pinpoint. Also practice digging a nice "plug" and always fill your holes so that it looks almost as if you
    were never there. And yes....knee pads will pay off for the knees! But....great hunt you had and have fun!!!!
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    ​Deo Vindice

  5. #5

    Apr 2016
    South Western PA
    ACE 250 with DD coil
    938
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    Metal Detecting
    Congrats on your first finds! I hope treasure finds your coil soon!
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  6. #6
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    Low & Slow 2C Below

    Sep 2017
    Southwest Washington
    CTX 3030 w/ stock & 6” coils XP DEUS with 9” & 11” coils Garrett AT Pro with 4” Sniper & 5x8 Garret Carrot Whites DFX Tesoro Golden ÁMax, & YUP->Custom Waterscoop
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    Keep up the good work. Nice finds!
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    Wayne Gretzky: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

  7. #7
    us
    I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” ― Thomas Jefferson

    Apr 2016
    Abita Springs....Born in New Orleans
    AT PRO Fisher F75 LTD AT MAX
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    I think you are hooked!! Congratulations


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  8. #8
    Charter Member
    us
    Aug 2013
    OC, CA
    XP Deus Sovereign GT Teknetics Omega Equinox 800 Pre-ordered
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Awesome job! It seems you have a good grasp on MDing and you know what direction you want to go. Good luck!
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  9. #9
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    Chronic Patriot/Metal Detecting,it`s My Lifestyle !

    Jul 2010
    "Kan-a-we-o-la" Head on a Pole N.Y. Seneca Territory of The Six Nations 1779 Montour Falls N.Y.
    XP Deus, T2 LTD Land or Sea Pointer Garrett Pointer Treasure Wise Diggers T10",T12" & T14" Lesche 28" Ground shark
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    Banner Finds (1)
    That`s all it takes and now the... "Addiction" !
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    I`v been detecting for 48 years owned my own detector shop G.A.P. Metal Detectors here in N.Y.
    See my old adds in Western & Eastern Treasures and Lost Treasure Magazines through the 90s
    I hunt the Sullivan Trail here in N.Y.
    "Success is just Rented, Never Owned and the Rent is due Daily"
    "Its the Golden Rule who ever has the Gold Rules"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqdSl2jFjlE

  10. #10
    us
    Silver Coin Fiend

    Apr 2014
    Charlotte
    XP Deus V3.2 9" & 11" Coils, AT Pro, ProPointer AT, Lesche 55, 75 & 80LT
    8,003
    10971 times
    Digging In Strangers Front Yards
    Welcome to the party. Glad to you are enjoying it. It takes a little time to get everything right, but can be quite rewarding.

    I look forward to your net post. Good luck!
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  11. #11
    Charter Member
    us
    Mar 2011
    San Diego
    Treasure Probe IV, E-Trac, White's Eagle ll SL90, 3 Excal 1000's, White's GM3 V-sat. White's TM808, VibraProbe, TinyTec, 15" NEL Attack, 5X10 Joey, Steath 720i, TRX
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    Keep in mind that a test garden target will read a bit different than a target that's been buried for decades. Most metals will react with water and minerals and leach into the soil creating a halo around itself. That halo can alter your reading over that same coin on the surface, or freshly buried. After you get many hours and many targets under your belt, you won't need a cheat sheet. I suggest you dig it all for a while to get used to what the detector is telling you. A swimming beach is best for that usually. Lots of targets and easy recovery make for many items in a short period of time. If you're going to turf hunt, practice in your own yard using a 3 sided "trap door" type plug. Once you get that perfected and can't tell where you've been, you can graduate to public land or someone else's property. Good Luck and have fun!
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    "jus cuz it's wrote down, don't make it so"

  12. #12
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    us
    Coin Rescue Tech

    Jun 2014
    Northern O-H-I-O
    F75 LTD SE, F70, 1280X Aquanaut, & Fisher F2 (loaner) Have had a TC 1023, Fisher F4, Whites Classic ID II, BH LRP, Tesoro Lobo, F75, & XP Deus.
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    Congrats on getting out and digging some treasure. It's a hobby that can fund itself. Being the frugal guy that I am, I use an 88 cent nail apron for my finds. One side is trash and the other is for treasure. Hopefully you have a pin pointer, if not, that would be my next purchase. They aren't totally necessary, but if you want to increase the amount of finds, it is a great investment since it speeds up target recovery time.
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    Rescuing Coins 1 Beep at a time

  13. #13
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    Been there...Dug that

    Mar 2015
    Northern Illinois
    MineLab E-Trac, MineLab Safari, MineLab Explorer XS, White's 5000 D, White's 6DB, White's 5000 D GEB Sunray X-1 for the ML's, Garrett PP for the White's and a Backhoe
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    Congrats, T!!! Ur definitely going about this the right way. Hopefully, this is the beginning of an enjoyable lifelong hobby...and best of luck to u!!! 🙌

    Sent from my HTC Desire 510 using TreasureNet.com mobile app
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    "There's GOLD in them thar hills! Well...at least a coupla nice Mercs."

  14. #14
    Charter Member
    us
    Aug 2017
    Oakton, VA
    AT PRO
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    Congrats on the finds!
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  15. #15
    us
    Nov 2017
    Lakewood, Ohio
    Garrett ACE 400
    26
    45 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Loco-Digger View Post
    Congrats on getting out and digging some treasure. It's a hobby that can fund itself. Being the frugal guy that I am, I use an 88 cent nail apron for my finds. One side is trash and the other is for treasure. Hopefully you have a pin pointer, if not, that would be my next purchase. They aren't totally necessary, but if you want to increase the amount of finds, it is a great investment since it speeds up target recovery time.
    I am one frugal man myself. I like the nail apron idea, Thanks. I got a Pro Pointer with the package and it helps tremendously. Gonna pick up a nail apron tonight, appreciate it!
    Loco-Digger likes this.

 

 
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