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  1. #21
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    Feb 2012
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    Yep you got2dig that iron out of they way to get to the good stuff, I have two truck beds full of it.

    Hey Gunrunner I'am moving my mom to Chatsworth this week. And plan or going back asap to hunt there.

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  3. #22
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    I talked to a guy today that dug up a 1917 license plate on his curb at 4 feet. I wouldn't have considered that a fair return for my labor.

    Me, I dug up a 4" length of heavy iron pipe at a foot. It was the weight of a hand grenade.
    Last edited by Bum Luck; Sep 16, 2012 at 08:49 PM.
    "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." Friedrich Nietzsche

    "You ask where I live. I cannot tell you. I am a Voyageur, a Chicot, sir. I live everywhere. My grandfather was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. My father was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. I will also die while en route, and another Chicot will take my place. Such is our course of life."

  4. #23

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    I forget the amount of times I dig iron in the same hole as a keeper. The one that sticks in my head is when I dug what I knew was going to be a large horseshoe & right next to it Dad dug a gold coin. If we had left that signal = no gold coin.
    Yep,I know of two gold coins that were nulled out by a shovel,and a 6 ounce nugget under a piece of tin
    got2dig, BuckleBoy and JanThorCro like this.
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon



    "A pen in the hand of this president is far more dangerous than a gun in the hands of 200 million law-abiding citizens."

  5. #24
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    Feb 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuger View Post
    Yep,I know of two gold coins that were nulled out by a shovel,and a 6 ounce nugget under a piece of tin
    And that's why I do. It's not what you dig it's when you dig it.

  6. #25
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    Feb 2012
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    Is that an old window weight from a house or a piece of pipe?

    I never dig many iron signals, as most of the places I hunt are loaded with them. I always wonder what I am missing though. My friend has found some pretty cool relics by digging iron signals.

  7. #26
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    Cruces Nomad

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    There was a time when treasure was buried in a iron chest. The Fisher F75 I have allows me to out line a target and get a good depth id. I also have modes that pick up deep objects larger than a quarter. Your still gonna dig stuff like that, but maybe you need a different detector.

  8. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by cti4sw View Post
    Hey, that wasn't standing upright, was it?
    "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." Friedrich Nietzsche

    "You ask where I live. I cannot tell you. I am a Voyageur, a Chicot, sir. I live everywhere. My grandfather was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. My father was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. I will also die while en route, and another Chicot will take my place. Such is our course of life."

  9. #28

    May 2012
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    Why dig a signal that big. I generally make a note of the object and wait for a down day or wetter ground.

  10. #29
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    My goal for 2012 is a dozen Walking Liberty Halves

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    I did all my signals...It may be overkill, but it has paid off many times. The first, second, or even third iron signal you dig will be nothing, but the digging will be worth it and then some with an iron signal.
    I Dig Everything...Even Pull Tabs.

  11. #30
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    Mar 2009
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    Quote Originally Posted by jewelerguy View Post
    you might miss out on a cast iron pot full of coins
    Agree

  12. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by jewelerguy View Post
    you might miss out on a cast iron pot full of coins
    Or a pile of sterling spoon rings!
    BuckleBoy and got2dig like this.

  13. #32
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    Aug 2006
    missouri
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    dig the iron then haul it off for scrap thats what i do with all the "junk" iron i dig looking for the good stuff
    A bad day of MDing is better than a good day at work

  14. #33
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    Oct 2009
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    I think you all are nuts! If I tried digging every single single I'd move about a foot a day. Most of my sites are so iron heavy it's rediculous, but that's why I hunt them. You can pull some silver out of those spots if you know what you're doing, but digging ALL iron? I can't even wrap my brain around that.

  15. #34
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    Jul 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bum Luck

    Hey, that wasn't standing upright, was it?
    Nope, laying down... I would have left it if it was upright.


    My Best Finds
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  16. #35
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    Iron like life is a garden, now dig it!

    Sep 2012
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    This is what I pulled out of the ground when I dug my last big iron signal... was hard getting it into the car! But I did find a Wheatie under it so it wasn't a total waste!
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    got2dig and Bum Luck like this.
    Can't have no in your heart, ya just gotta keep on keeping on, things are gonna happen for me cause I'm Joe Dirt!

  17. #36
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    And one day your detector will come across 15 inches down a iron complete 1842 Springfield rifle barrel ? you never will know . Jim
    Last edited by Deepdiger60; Sep 24, 2012 at 05:14 AM.
    got2dig likes this.
    If Mother Earth give,s us precious metals like gold silver copper and iron why leave them in the ground to disappear forever , dig them out and save History !!

    4-12-2011 Retired from the Rat Race by Choice

  18. #37
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    Jul 2012
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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    I'd rather dig iron than foil any day. There are plenty of decent iron digs. And if it isn't decent, scrap it.

  19. #38
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    Dec 2007
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    You will miss out on so much stuff if you dont dig iron , check out what i found on my lateist post and I will mention everything came up as iron . So here is some advice , if you dont dig iron signals you will be missing out on , C.W relics such as bullets, bayonets , swords , shells etc....
    Last edited by Ifoundit69; Sep 24, 2012 at 06:27 AM.

  20. #39
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ifoundit69 View Post
    You will miss out on so much stuff if you dont dig iron , check out what i found on my lateist post and I will mention everything came up as iron . So here is some advice , if you dont dig iron signals you will be missing out on , C.W relics such as bullets, bayonets , swords , shells etc....

    This is probably MORE important to this conversation, it's WHERE you are digging. Hunting a CW campsite is a world away from hunting a house site or a park.
    worldtalker likes this.

  21. #40
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    Jul 2012
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    Yeah, was an old underused baseball field at a recently renovated park that used to be a privately-owned campground/summer resort about a hundred years ago. Found it under the shortstop, horizontally.

    Edit: I should probably mention that I don't completely ignore ALL iron signals. If I'm hunting a location of any historical value expecting to find relics, I most definitely dig iron signals. If I'm hunting a playground or a "modern" area I will likely use the discriminate mode to tune them out. I only dug this pipe out because it was only about 3 inches down and I hadn't found anything else that day.
    Last edited by cti4sw; Sep 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM.


    My Best Finds
    Item Sales Total: $2,446.51
    Oldest Visible Year: 1730
    Colonial Coppers: 7
    Large Cents: 7
    Half Cents: 2
    Indian Head Cents: 2
    Silver: 16
    Gold: 1
    Bells: 3



 

 
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