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A Day Out With The Impact
Posted by: dbado1
Date: June 10, 2017 11:20PM
I took my Impact to a few different spots on Thursday and had a productive and relaxing day. The weather is getting a bit warm here in Northern AZ. so I started early and down lower in the high desert and then worked my way up to higher elevation as the day went winding up at about 6,000+ ft. in the Ponderosa Pines. Beautiful summer day. The first place was a "old" home site that a friend told me about. Turned out that his definition of "old' and mine differ by about a 100 years or so. I dug some clad and some copper and moved on after about an hour and a half. Second site was an old gold mine with some foundations. Early 1900.
The hat pin, a iron ball from a ball mill (not pictured), and a couple of rivets turned up there. Then I went to the place I should have started at. Way up in the cool pines two old foundations. I've hit this place a couple of times before with the Relic and recovered some buttons, three ringers and, Spencer cases. The Impact performed beautifully. I had the 11" coil attached and decided to give VLX1 a go in 14 kHz with no disc. Moderate iron trash here. Most targets are 6" or less thanks to a hard pack layer. Again, more buttons, bullets and cases...

Neatest four hole "ARMY" button I've ever found. World War 1 or 2 perhaps? Spencer and Henry cases, three ringer, and half of a pistol ball. Still no coins from this site.

I found a nice iron backed two piece cuff button with something on the front (not pictured). I took it out on my deck and was brushing it off. I noticed the letter "A" on it and then dropped it! I watched as it rolled along the deck then fell between the deck planks in to... "The Void". That dark, dirty, Black Widow, and Scorpion infested space beneath the deck that no sane person would go after a button...until winter. When all the critters are frozen dead. So, until then, what is on that button will remain a mystery.

I'm really enjoying the Impact. Very ergonomic and versatile. It balances very well with the 11" coil and I can swing it all day with no fatigue.

I had my first encounter of the season with a rattler today while out hiking. It ended amiably enough with me getting a couple of pics and it slithering off to an evening hunt.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 06/10/2017 11:28PM by dbado1.

I don't walk with snakes......... LOLN/T
Posted by: Elton
Date: June 11, 2017 09:56AM

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Re: A Day Out With The Impact
Posted by: Cal_Cobra
Date: June 11, 2017 12:19PM
Nice digs, an old mining camp/ghost town, that's my kind of site :thumbup:

You skeerd of those leetle ole snakes Elton?????:biggrin:
Posted by: D&P-OR
Date: July 09, 2017 07:48AM

Re: A Day Out With The Impact
Posted by: Mudwhale
Date: July 09, 2017 07:59AM
Great hunt and great post.

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Re: A Day Out With The Impact
Posted by: squirrel1
Date: July 09, 2017 08:08PM
Nice hunt.

Thanks for sharing,

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