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Clean up with the MXT -
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: October 24, 2016 02:00AM
Saturday I had the chance to re-hunt the yard of an old framed farm house built approximately 1900. This was my 4th visit, but the first with the MXT.

I started with my 5.3 coil, relic mode, Iron ID (2 tone + all metal), GB running, just a little threshold, sensitivity at +1. Initially, I picked up a couple heavily corroded zincolns and a pair of Jefferson nickels for the early 80's, all less than 3". Not sure how I missed those. Then I moved under a large pine near the front gate, which is approximately the age of the home, where I had found a few wheaties on previous trips. A couple feet away from a previous find was a definite signal that I knew would be another wheatie. I did some signal comparison with both the prospecting and Coin/Jewelry modes. Prospecting said 10% chance iron. Iron ID has a smooth short sound approaching and going away. Target ID staying mostly in the low 70's. Pinpoint was good and from a solid 6" came a 1923-S wheatie with some pretty heavy corrosion on it. This find impressed me as the hard packed ground under the pine was dry bones, as usual.

After completing the area under the pine, I went back to the truck and switched to the 10DD coil to re-hunt the rest of the yard. I settled on Coin/Jewelry and proceeded to hunt. I removed several shallow square tabs I had intentionally left behind on previous visits. I also found some lead slag. I had three or four targets that bounced around visually, sounding a little broken but kept coming up into the low 70's. Curious, I dug them. All of these were rusty bottle caps. Over the next few hours, I had a couple finds from poor coverage on previous trips, newer clad. Then a wheatie. Then in an area between a pair of very old clothes line poles, which I had covered tightly during previous visits, I proceeded to find one deep wheatie after another for a total of nine. Wow, I didn't expect that.

All but a couple of the wheaties were co-locates and between 5" and 8". Most dated between 39 and 47. There was one 57. The rifle brass is a Winchester Repeating Arms Co. 45-70. Still a rookie with the MXT, I am impressed by its' ability, especially when batting clean up. I saved a few of the co-locate items for the photo.

With this many wheaties, I was wondering where the silver was? Over the years, I have figured an average of 5 wheaties to 1 silver coin. I had turned up a silver quarter on a previous visit, but nothing this time.

Happy Hunting

Rich (Utah)



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Re: Clean up with the MXT -
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: October 24, 2016 07:30AM
Very impressive Rich. It's amazing what the right settings can do. Congratulations on the finds. I'm sure your post will help some of the new and older users to the MXT/MXT Pro.

Thanks for posting!



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Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: October 27, 2016 01:24AM
Thanks Nancy, I appreciate the comments.

As mentioned above, I have to say I'm impressed with my MXT. My level of trust with it keeps increasing with each outing as I get to know it better.

I've been delving back thru the posts on the MXT forum looking for little tips and such, things that are learned by using one. If any of you long time users out there care to share any pointers, I am all eyes.


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Re: The MXT -
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: October 27, 2016 07:17AM
I have told myself many times, "Trust your machine Nancy". Many times. When I hear an iffy target, I'm wanting to see if it is junk or not and so I dig. Yes, it's usually junk of some sort. Now when there's a big possibility of an Indian cent, the signals will be jumpy but in the higher numbers 40s - 70s and for some reason there's a slight different "ping'. It's well worh digging incase it is an Indian.

As for the settings I use on the MXT, I always hunt in Relic mode when NOT in playgrounds. I put my gain on about 8-9. The Dual Control on 6 IF I'm cherry picking. No nickels, gold, pull tabs, can slaw, etc.. When I'm wanting to get those nickels, I will put the discrimination on 3. This will let you get smaller targets of gold also. The Threshold is just barely audible.

When I do playgrounds, I use Coin/Jewelry mode. The Duel Control to 2 and dig every target.

HH,

Nancy



Nancy - Central Illinois
Am I getting rich? No, just having fun!

MXT
MXT PRO
with an arsenal of coils.

*Peoria Area Treasure Hunters: Member since 2000.
President 2013, 2014
Secretary 2010, 2011, 2012.
Vice President 9 years.


The General: 02/04/2008 - 03/05/2016. R.I.P. Big Boy and we'll see you at Rainbow Bridge

Re: Clean up with the MXT -
Posted by: huntin4horns
Date: November 01, 2016 08:21AM
MXT will find it all. I upgrading to a Deus but fond a lot of stuff with the MXT.

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Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: November 10, 2016 11:09PM
Had a chance to go back and hunt for a few more hours. Wanted to go through and remove as many of the 'junk' targets as possible and see if some more coins might turn up. The house is turn-of-the-century 1900's and I had yet to find any coins earlier than the 20's. Spent most of the time with the MXT. A lot of the bad signals were junk as expected. One bad pull tab signal reading 25-26 turned nto a nice pair of nickels; 1919 Buffalo and 1947-S Jefferson. I love Buffalo nickels. Shortly after that I squeezed out another nickel I was hoping would be a silver war nickel, but it was a 1940-S. The rest was pretty much junk as had been suspected during previous visits.

I switched over to my Sov GT for the last hour. Picked up some more conductive garbage and then a 3-coin wheat penny spill between some big iron trash; 1913, 1944-S and 1946-S.

It was nice to get out. Getting to know the MXT better each time.


Rich (Utah)



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Re: More clean up -
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: November 11, 2016 06:32AM
I'm with you Rich, I love those Buffalo nickels. Congratulations on the nickel and wheat cent multiple digs. That's a lot of fun finding those spills.

Do you have any clue as to what the item is under the large ring?

Thanks for sharing your finds with us and HH, Nancy



Nancy - Central Illinois
Am I getting rich? No, just having fun!

MXT
MXT PRO
with an arsenal of coils.

*Peoria Area Treasure Hunters: Member since 2000.
President 2013, 2014
Secretary 2010, 2011, 2012.
Vice President 9 years.


The General: 02/04/2008 - 03/05/2016. R.I.P. Big Boy and we'll see you at Rainbow Bridge

More clean up -
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: November 11, 2016 06:48PM
Hi Nancy,

I'm not sure about the 'spike with the eyelet'. This old house sits about 150' from an old railroad spur. It would make sense if it was part of the railroad in some fashion.

Indian Head Pennies, Buffalo Nickels, Mercury Dimes, Standing Liberty Quarters, Walking Liberty Halves, Morgan Dollars. These are my favorite coin designs. All of the old coins are awesome to find, but these just have that special something about them.

We sure could use some rain out here. Nothing but beautiful blue skies and temperatures in the 60's for weeks now. Great hunting weather, but the ground is getting dry again.


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Re: More clean up -
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: November 12, 2016 05:48AM
I understand about the dry weather. Hopefully you'll get some rain soon. We've been having exceptionally warmer weather or November also. Hopefully we'll be able to get out and do some detecting this weekend.

As for favorite coins, I love seeing the Indian cent, buffalo nickels, Barber quarters and the Franklin halves and of course the Morgan dollars. Truth be known, I'm happy with any old coin.

Ah, I bet that item similar to the spike has something to do with the railroad. It's definitely some sort of pin. Larry might know since he Dad was a train engineer. Whatever it is, it's a cool find.

HH,
Nancy



Nancy - Central Illinois
Am I getting rich? No, just having fun!

MXT
MXT PRO
with an arsenal of coils.

*Peoria Area Treasure Hunters: Member since 2000.
President 2013, 2014
Secretary 2010, 2011, 2012.
Vice President 9 years.


The General: 02/04/2008 - 03/05/2016. R.I.P. Big Boy and we'll see you at Rainbow Bridge

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Re: More clean up -
Posted by: Larry (IL)
Date: November 12, 2016 08:00AM
It looks like you had a good time relic hunting Rich and as far as the the wrought iron logger spike goes, I think they were universally used at the time with a ring through the eye and called a tie ring. Used as a logger spike, it was a quick way to secure lots of logs together to "raft" them down the river. :shrug: Lots of uses for them.



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More clean up -
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: November 12, 2016 04:08PM
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Larry (IL)
It looks like you had a good time relic hunting Rich and as far as the the wrought iron logger spike goes, I think they were universally used at the time with a ring through the eye and called a tie ring. Used as a logger spike, it was a quick way to secure lots of logs together to "raft" them down the river. :shrug: Lots of uses for them.

Thanks for your input Larry. Just need to figure out how best to 'display' some of these nice old relics in a tasteful fashion so I don't have to keep them in a box in the garage.


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Clean up with the MXT -
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: November 17, 2016 01:29AM
On this latest return trip to anybody interested, I neglected to include that I was hunting with the 10" D2 coil to improve converage. I started off in Relic Mode, Iron ID, but switched to the Coin/Jewelry setting as it just seems to match better with the D2 coil. Sensitivity set a 9. Locked ground balance. Discrimination 1 notch below the preset > Nickel. It was just letting thru anything at the 9-10 mark and above. Threshold set where I just hear it. Single Tone.

Best to everybody as we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday. Lots to be thankful for at my house.

Rich (Utah)



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Re: Clean up with the MXT -
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: November 17, 2016 06:21AM
Thanks Rich.

Hope you and all have a wonderful Thanksgiving also.



Nancy - Central Illinois
Am I getting rich? No, just having fun!

MXT
MXT PRO
with an arsenal of coils.

*Peoria Area Treasure Hunters: Member since 2000.
President 2013, 2014
Secretary 2010, 2011, 2012.
Vice President 9 years.


The General: 02/04/2008 - 03/05/2016. R.I.P. Big Boy and we'll see you at Rainbow Bridge

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Re: Clean up with the MXT -
Posted by: bula
Date: November 17, 2016 11:22AM
I hunt in southern Ut, always use a MXT, I love the 6x10 dd and set disc at 4 sens at 9 ground off I hunt in relic mode seems to get a little deeper. I use only vdi # for the most part, nickels hit 18-20 gold 16-20 some at 32 I seldom dig 21-28 pop tops. new pennies 64 to 72 wheat's 76-80 dimes 80-82 quarters 85 and above. silver 84 & up. good luck & have fun.

Re: Clean up with the MXT -
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: November 17, 2016 02:09PM
Thanks bula. I appreciate the info.

Rich



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