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  1. #16

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackc View Post
    hey wingrad sounds like a lot of fun and ground to cover! just out of curiosity what detector are you using?
    I'm using a ground efx mx200. Not a fantastic machine. But I got it for almost free and it does find stuff pretty accurately so far.. (usually the quarter at 6 inches is turning out to he a bent nail or zinc lid at 14 or 15 inches) I was messing around picking up shredded aluminum from me foolishly hitting a few with the lawnmower before I found my new hobby, and I found a 1977 copper penny. Its neat how finding something worth 1.6 cents can make you feel like you found the holy grail after pulling aluminum and zinc lids out of the ground for a few hours. Also found some clad pennies as well. Still waiting for that silver to show up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingrad View Post
    Thanks for the tip! I switched from all metal to the coin notch on my machine and turned the sensitivity down to 2 in order to cherry pick the shallow stuff for awhile. Once I cover the acre I'll start working on the trash/deeper stuff. If I do all metal my machine goes crazy on every inch of my yard haha. Found about 87 cents in clad in a small section of the front yard today. If I keep that up maybe I'll have enough for a better detector by the time I get to the deep stuff. As far as treasures, I did find an old wood splitting wedge yesterday and i found the houses original septic tank. I'll just keep picking away at it! I am coming to regret every time I ran over a pop can on the lawnmower. You had mentioned burned structures... that makes sense as I have been finding small peices of charred wood in the nail bed too.
    What makes you think you need a better detector if you are finding stuff with the detector you currently use I would not presume to think you need a better machine in one of your earlier post on this thread you stated you are getting hits in the six inch range but when you would dig the targets up they would be 10 to 12 inches so obviously the detector you have is seeing the targets but not giving you accurate depth readings

    I lived in a house in Ohio back in 2009 the house was built in 1889 it had a back yard that was 3/4 of an acre it is what actually got me into this great hobby my wife and I purchased two detectors we were getting so many hits in the back yard that it was mind boggling we ended up grid ding the yard off with stakes and surveyors tape and concentrating on all the shallow target's first then once we were confident that we had pretty much cleared the yard of all the shallower target's 0-6 inches we started over and concentrated on the deeper target's we spent 4 years doing this and was still digging stuff up
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldkoot View Post
    What makes you think you need a better detector if you are finding stuff with the detector you currently use I would not presume to think you need a better machine in one of your earlier post on this thread you stated you are getting hits in the six inch range but when you would dig the targets up they would be 10 to 12 inches so obviously the detector you have is seeing the targets but not giving you accurate depth readings

    I lived in a house in Ohio back in 2009 the house was built in 1889 it had a back yard that was 3/4 of an acre it is what actually got me into this great hobby my wife and I purchased two detectors we were getting so many hits in the back yard that it was mind boggling we ended up grid ding the yard off with stakes and surveyors tape and concentrating on all the shallow target's first then once we were confident that we had pretty much cleared the yard of all the shallower target's 0-6 inches we started over and concentrated on the deeper target's we spent 4 years doing this and was still digging stuff up
    That's awesome! Did you guys find anything interesting? My wife and I have been going out after our daughter goes to bed at night and hunting. I'm sure the the neighbors think we are nuts! As far as my upgrade statement, it does work well. It does lack a few features I would like, it has a 10.5 coil, so getting the right general area is kind of tricky (pin pointer will fix that) and it is pretty heavy for my wife. (Website says over 5 lbs). I'm pleased with the performance, but I do see us getting another one in the future and would like a few different options. Its keeping us digging for now though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingrad View Post
    That's awesome! Did you guys find anything interesting? My wife and I have been going out after our daughter goes to bed at night and hunting. I'm sure the the neighbors think we are nuts! As far as my upgrade statement, it does work well. It does lack a few features I would like, it has a 10.5 coil, so getting the right general area is kind of tricky (pin pointer will fix that) and it is pretty heavy for my wife. (Website says over 5 lbs). I'm pleased with the performance, but I do see us getting another one in the future and would like a few different options. Its keeping us digging for now though!
    Found multiple silvers but my best find was not in the yard but under the house which had a basement with a concrete floor and an attached crawl space with a dirt floor that once you were inside the crawl space you could stand up and swing a detector with no issues it was an area with a 9-10 foot ceiling and approximately 25 feet long by 10-12 feet wide found a buried wooden box full of all kinds of coins the best of which were 12- 2.5 dollar 1800s gold pieces it was not deep and the TID numbers were jumping all over the place almost giving off an over load I lifted the coil off the ground by about a foot and thought it was going to be some kind of scrap even though the coil was raised a foot above the ground the detector was still giving erratic TID numbers and still sounding off loud and clear, but was shocked when I dug it up and it was a wooden box I was shaking like a leaf in a whirl wind guess you could say its a once in a life time find and for me I do not know what it would ever take to top that particular find unless it would be what I search for now which is gold but it would have to be a two pound chunk and for me I do not know if that would ever even do it as you always remember that first great find and that first one has had me hooked ever since for this great hobby.

    I really do not share with to many people what I do find as I look at it this way it is no ones business but mine.

    Even though my wife and I spent 4 years detecting the same property when we sold that property back in 2012 I still had a feeling we had not got everything that was there
    Last edited by oldkoot; Sep 12, 2018 at 04:13 PM.
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    Wingrad, Welcome to T-Net!

    In my previous life, back in the 1970s, I got the family a White detector, that I turned to be the only user. Go figure. It used about 14 AA batteries and had no discriminator.
    But I had lots of fun with it. Nothing of great value, but lots of wheaties and silver. Good Luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tokameel View Post
    Wingrad, Welcome to T-Net!

    In my previous life, back in the 1970s, I got the family a White detector, that I turned to be the only user. Go figure. It used about 14 AA batteries and had no discriminator.
    But I had lots of fun with it. Nothing of great value, but lots of wheaties and silver. Good Luck!

    That's what it's all about! Mine takes 8, but they last a good long time between the wife and I excavating our yard. Today I pulled out another 8 zinc lids, a few bits of iron junk and a weird, old looking pendant or ornament. I think its stamped tin or something... Starting to figure out the borders of the trash filled area, and its definitely seeming like a structure was there. Burnt wood, nails and jar tops. We also found an old cast iron knob.
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    I read the first post and jumped to the end...so all of this may have been mentioned....

    My Dad's house was built around 1860, there is no exact record, they just guessed off of building style and materials used. Anyhow, him and I have been through that property no less than a 1000 times combined. Since we lived there we would go through different sections over the years, then when I moved out we still do it every once in a while 20 some years later...We still find the occasional coin!! Deep and from late 1800's to early 1900's. We have dug buckets of nails over the years, trash, and whatever else. Once we got most of the trash out is when we started digging the chirps, which usually ended up deep coins. We never found anything super rare or any gold. but a lot of indians, wheats,and silver.

    No matter what anyone tells you and I don't care what machine...The nails and trash will kick out the deep coins. Even on my old analog machine. If you put the time in you will find something. But it may take a long time..If your in a rush to just dig coins? your going to miss some because of the trash. Concentrate on sides of driveway, side walks, path to and in front of outhouse etc...Where you think the most traffic was..Then work out from there. Take your time, use it to learn what each blip and chirp is telling you, since it is your own yard!

    Not sure if any of that helps, that has been my experience. Like I said 20 some years later my dad and I could go out in a one acre area we have searched a 1000 times and still find a coin. Not as many as we did, but you never seem to get them all!!! When it's wet out you will get the deeper stuff too for some reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitric View Post
    I read the first post and jumped to the end...so all of this may have been mentioned....

    My Dad's house was built around 1860, there is no exact record, they just guessed off of building style and materials used. Anyhow, him and I have been through that property no less than a 1000 times combined. Since we lived there we would go through different sections over the years, then when I moved out we still do it every once in a while 20 some years later...We still find the occasional coin!! Deep and from late 1800's to early 1900's. We have dug buckets of nails over the years, trash, and whatever else. Once we got most of the trash out is when we started digging the chirps, which usually ended up deep coins. We never found anything super rare or any gold. but a lot of indians, wheats,and silver.

    No matter what anyone tells you and I don't care what machine...The nails and trash will kick out the deep coins. Even on my old analog machine. If you put the time in you will find something. But it may take a long time..If your in a rush to just dig coins? your going to miss some because of the trash. Concentrate on sides of driveway, side walks, path to and in front of outhouse etc...Where you think the most traffic was..Then work out from there. Take your time, use it to learn what each blip and chirp is telling you, since it is your own yard!

    Not sure if any of that helps, that has been my experience. Like I said 20 some years later my dad and I could go out in a one acre area we have searched a 1000 times and still find a coin. Not as many as we did, but you never seem to get them all!!! When it's wet out you will get the deeper stuff too for some reason.
    Thanks! That's helpful advice. I have been going out here and there and digging targets with no rhyme or reason. Sometimes it's a coin. Most times it's a nail or a zinc lid way deeper than the machine reads. Havent gotten any silver yet. Just one wheat, a couple copper pennies and a decent amount of clad. It will come in time... its great practice having unlimited targets in the yard though! I went to a park yesterday just to see what it was like to not work in a trash heap and it was so easy to pick out targets. Ended up with a few peices of clad and some pop tabs but I found something in every hole! This is a very fun hobby i must say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingrad View Post
    Thanks! That's helpful advice. I have been going out here and there and digging targets with no rhyme or reason. Sometimes it's a coin. Most times it's a nail or a zinc lid way deeper than the machine reads. Havent gotten any silver yet. Just one wheat, a couple copper pennies and a decent amount of clad. It will come in time... its great practice having unlimited targets in the yard though! I went to a park yesterday just to see what it was like to not work in a trash heap and it was so easy to pick out targets. Ended up with a few peices of clad and some pop tabs but I found something in every hole! This is a very fun hobby i must say.
    It's a blast to detect!! I have to dig every target. I can't sleep not knowing what that target was!! I've started digging thinking it was a pop tab or nail and sometimes it would be a nickel. That's pretty common with my machine. It loves nails. But that's fine with me since I dig everything anyhow. Sometimes they will fool you!
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    Sorry for so many posts...I just thought of a couple of other things...And you made me laugh about you and your wife out there digging...Been there done that in a house we lived in, in the city. we were out at night with flashlights at times...Alcohol may have played a part I'm not sure... But we found a mercury dime before it got dark...we were so excited we weren't going to stop!!! "go get the beer and a flashlight!!!!" By then our neighbors were use to us and they sat and watched from their porches..."those crazy people are out again!!!"

    You can also do something like....Imagine a grid, pick a square and clean it out of all targets, then move to the next square, etc....That's what we did in the yard mentioned above.

    Also, if your into history? save everything for a while that you dug in your yard....Sometimes, the oddest looking thing has another part. We did that in my dads yard for years. he threw the coins in one box and the trash into a bucket in the basement. He still has every coin dug out of his yard, along with bullet casings and whatever else. From the start we said any coin is going to stay with the house as a part of it's history. He made a divided type shadow box to keep everything in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitric View Post
    It's a blast to detect!! I have to dig every target. I can't sleep not knowing what that target was!! I've started digging thinking it was a pop tab or nail and sometimes it would be a nickel. That's pretty common with my machine. It loves nails. But that's fine with me since I dig everything anyhow. Sometimes they will fool you!
    Nitric you do what I do dig every signal I get I hunt by sound exclusively with a Xterra 705 I run in prospecting mode which with the 705 in prospecting mode it does not show any TIDs the way I look at it if you do not dig every thing you are really never going to know for sure what you are passing by I do not worry about what the depth meter is saying I dig until I find the target although a pin pointer does help tremendously
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldkoot View Post
    Nitric you do what I do dig every signal I get I hunt by sound exclusively with a Xterra 705 I run in prospecting mode which with the 705 in prospecting mode it does not show any TIDs the way I look at it if you do not dig every thing you are really never going to know for sure what you are passing by I do not worry about what the depth meter is saying I dig until I find the target although a pin pointer does help tremendously
    I still don't use a pinpointer but need to get one when I dig the detector out again. The last time out was a couple years ago now...I chased a BB for 15 minutes. I turn discrimination low. And try to get the most noise out of the detector I can...That's how I've found some pretty deep stuff chasing the blip..and every once in a while it turns out to be a deep penny,V nickel,mercury on edge, etc.... That was in Ohio, here in GA I have to learn all over because the soil around here is so full of minerals..




    Ok..I'm being a thread hog! I posted too many times in a row!! This thread just got me excited!! Hope you find something great!!!
    Last edited by Nitric; Sep 12, 2018 at 11:32 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingrad View Post
    That's awesome! Did you guys find anything interesting? My wife and I have been going out after our daughter goes to bed at night and hunting. I'm sure the the neighbors think we are nuts! As far as my upgrade statement, it does work well. It does lack a few features I would like, it has a 10.5 coil, so getting the right general area is kind of tricky (pin pointer will fix that) and it is pretty heavy for my wife. (Website says over 5 lbs). I'm pleased with the performance, but I do see us getting another one in the future and would like a few different options. Its keeping us digging for now though!
    Oh it gets better soon the whole town will know youíre nuts.
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    Update on today's finds that got my heart racing a bit. Had a solid hit along the edge of my driveway. I found 2 pennies both 1982 d. Ended up with one small date zinc and one large date copper out of the same hole. I thought I may have become a rich man with a small date copper d penny but unfortunately the small date one was zinc. Still cool to find both variations of the 82 penny and both materials in the same hole! And my most valuable coin finds to date.. lol
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