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Military Beach = 10K Gold Ring
Posted by: sandbandit
Date: July 21, 2017 09:58PM
Went to one of the local military beaches here in San Diego a couple days ago. Ran the TDI Pro in the "low conductivity" setting once again. Most of the sand on the beach had washed out to sea, but there was enough sand left for a decent dry sand hunt. Found all the usual "low" targets: brass, aluminum, thin wire, foil, bottle caps, nickels, and a 10K gold ring.

The highlights of the hunt were: a live .223 ammunition (blank/unfired - brass), a USMC key chain bottle opener (aluminum), 4 crusty old nickels (been buried a long time), and a small 10K gold ring (stone missing) that weighed 1.3 grams.

Richard
San Diego




Re: Military Beach = 10K Gold Ring
Posted by: doc holiday232
Date: July 22, 2017 09:05AM
Quite an assortment---I luv my TDI Pro and cuss whites every day for dropping it.

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Re: Military Beach = 10K Gold Ring
Posted by: bootyhoundpa
Date: July 22, 2017 10:07AM
Im impressed that a PI can be set up to ignore iron so well.. you certainly hammered the low conducters...

Re: Military Beach = 10K Gold Ring
Posted by: Blind Squirrel
Date: July 31, 2017 01:20PM
Good going sandbandit. You EARNED that nice gold ring! Best of luck and...

Happy Hunting!
Blind Squirrel

Re: Military Beach = 10K Gold Ring
Posted by: Gamma_Joe
Date: July 31, 2017 04:26PM
You did well in getting all those pulltabs, bottle caps, and other junk out of the sand and into the trash or recycling where it belongs. I've had people come up and say "thank you" for doing it.

On the 10K ring ... Every time a ring comes up like that, with the stone missing, I spend time just rooting around in the ground hoping to find the stone. So far, I haven't found any -- not even one. I wonder where they went? Maybe the ring sinks deeper than the stone, maybe off to one side?

Cheers,

Joe

Re: Military Beach = 10K Gold Ring
Posted by: Mkus
Date: July 31, 2017 05:10PM
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Gamma_Joe
You did well in getting all those pulltabs, bottle caps, and other junk out of the sand and into the trash or recycling where it belongs. I've had people come up and say "thank you" for doing it.

On the 10K ring ... Every time a ring comes up like that, with the stone missing, I spend time just rooting around in the ground hoping to find the stone. So far, I haven't found any -- not even one. I wonder where they went? Maybe the ring sinks deeper than the stone, maybe off to one side?

Cheers,

Joe
Same with me found a stone that fell out of a ring I just found in same hole!
Found a sterling money clip that had a coin mounted on it turned up same hole 1911 gold half eagle!!!
I almost thought I was dreaming when I pulled out a handful of soil and saw the gold coin!!




Re: Military Beach = 10K Gold Ring
Posted by: sandbandit
Date: August 02, 2017 11:08AM
Thanks for all the replies! There are times where it feels like I am in the business of cleaning the sand, but then out pops a gold ring. People on the beach have generally been very positive about all the trash they watch me remove - great PR for metal detecting!

I'm pretty new to the TDI Pro - been experimenting with it for about 6 months - super impressed by the way it discriminates against iron on the beach. It hits hard on aluminum (can scraps, pull tabs, foil), stainless steel (knives, forks, hardware), brass, lead (sinkers, solder), bottle caps, nickels, and thin steel wire (bag ties, bobby pins). In the "low" conductor setting it ignores pennies, dimes, quarters, nails, tent stakes, rusty bolts, and all kinds of other junk out there.

By hunting in "low" conductor only the odds of finding gold are definitely increased. I feel like it is an advantage - most days on the beach there are one or more other detectorists hunting in the same area, so anything that helps eliminate unwanted targets makes for a more productive hunt. Target recovery is a lot faster too - I don't spend time trying to analyze the signal to figure out if it's good - if it beeps I'm already starting to dig it up.

Good luck out there!

Richard
San Diego

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