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Great year with my Makro
Posted by: Kapok
Date: November 26, 2017 07:56AM
I have had a great 2017 with my little R2, one of the most flexible and capable detectors on the market, IMO. It’s so simple to use, but I feel like I’m still getting to know it. I’ve hunted side by side with AT Max, XP Deus, and E-Tracs this year, and held my own for sure. I knew it was great in deep iron, but also performed admirably in a grassy field type area with very little trash.

Yesterday may have been my last hunt of the season here in Michigan, but it ended with a bang. The 1838 large cent was totally unexpected where I was hunting. It was about 8” down, as was the Barber dime.

Thanks, Makro!



Ridding the world of pulltabs, one plug at a time | Makro Racer 2 | Minelab Explorer SE




Re: Great year with my Makro
Posted by: pax
Date: November 26, 2017 08:46AM
nice digs Kapok! I have an impact on the way, cant wait

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Re: Great year with my Makro
Posted by: Charles (Sabre)(Tx)
Date: November 26, 2017 09:49AM
You nailed it Bud! What a great way to end a season...and with a great unit to boot. Nice coins!

Charles


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Re: Great year with my Makro
Posted by: OregonGregg
Date: November 26, 2017 10:08AM
Very nice finds. Yes, I agree, the Racer 2 is a great machine. My Racer 2 has found me some nice coins and artifacts as well. Is a tough little machine to beat.



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Re: Great year with my Makro
Posted by: Cal_Cobra
Date: November 26, 2017 02:01PM
Great haul there!!

I've found a bust dime and bust half dollar, 1700's reales, many seateds, but have never found a large cent, their more rare on the west coast then gold coins are.

The R2 is a great detector, no doubt about it!

HH,
Brian

A great end-of-the year outing with the Racer 2!
Posted by: Monte
Date: November 26, 2017 04:43PM
Scott, I'm curious what chunk of the country you are in? Don't have to be specific if you don't want to, just a general idea. Anytime I pop a Barber anything I'm enjoying the day. :thumbup:

Naturally unearthing a Large Cent adds to the excitement we get out of detecting. I found my 8th Large Cent back in April on an outing four of us made to 'Lone Tree' here in Eastern Oregon's gold mining country. Mine was an 1853, and later this year Oregon Gregg found his 1st Large Cent, also in 'Lone Tree,' but the last number was worn off the date. It is an 185?.

It's been a while since I found an LC, but it's tougher 'Out West' compared to 'Back East.' but we did have ample activity when they were in circulation. I found 5 Large Cents in the greater Portland, Oregon metro area in the mid-'70s to mid-'80s, then #6, an 1851, came from my long-time favorite ghost town in Utah, I named 'Twin Flats,' and #7 was from the 1820's and came from the site of an old stage stop up in Ogden Valley, Utah, but that was about 20-24 years ago. Sure made a nice surprise recovery for me using my Nokta FORS Relic and 5" DD coil.

I hope you still have some sites and weather to hunt them before year's end. The Racer 2 is a splendid detector and I'm sure it will continue to reward you in the future.

Monte



"Your EYES ... the only 100% accurate form of Discrimination!"

Stinkwater Wells
Trading Post

Metal Detector Evaluations and Product Reviews
'How-To' help for Coin & Jewelry Hunting, Relic Hunting and Useful Techniques.

My Regular-Use Detector Team are from:
Makro, Nokta, Tesoro and White's
Note: Detectors are listed alphabetically by Brand. Models are chosen as desired based on search site conditions.
Additional search coils. mounted on spare lower-rods, are on-hand in my Accessory Coil Tote.
Pinpointers: Using Nokta and Makro Pointers.
Headphones: Using White's Pro Star w/'tank style' ear cups.
Recovery Tools: Using White's Ground Hawg Shovel and DigMaster digging tools.

*** All working well today to make memories for tomorrow. ***

monte@stinkwaterwells.com .. or .. monte@ahrps.org
(503) 481-8147


Re: Great year with my Makro
Posted by: Bigtom123
Date: November 26, 2017 07:53PM
Very nice finds, congratulations on those.

Scott, I forgot to ask you ....
Posted by: Monte
Date: November 27, 2017 12:31AM
which search coil you used, and the mode and settings you were working the Racer 2 at? I know other folks also like to hear about coils and settings as well.

Thanks,

Monte



"Your EYES ... the only 100% accurate form of Discrimination!"

Stinkwater Wells
Trading Post

Metal Detector Evaluations and Product Reviews
'How-To' help for Coin & Jewelry Hunting, Relic Hunting and Useful Techniques.

My Regular-Use Detector Team are from:
Makro, Nokta, Tesoro and White's
Note: Detectors are listed alphabetically by Brand. Models are chosen as desired based on search site conditions.
Additional search coils. mounted on spare lower-rods, are on-hand in my Accessory Coil Tote.
Pinpointers: Using Nokta and Makro Pointers.
Headphones: Using White's Pro Star w/'tank style' ear cups.
Recovery Tools: Using White's Ground Hawg Shovel and DigMaster digging tools.

*** All working well today to make memories for tomorrow. ***

monte@stinkwaterwells.com .. or .. monte@ahrps.org
(503) 481-8147


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Re: A great end-of-the year outing with the Racer 2!
Posted by: Kapok
Date: November 27, 2017 07:46AM
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Monte
Scott, I'm curious what chunk of the country you are in? Don't have to be specific if you don't want to, just a general idea. Anytime I pop a Barber anything I'm enjoying the day. :thumbup:
Monte, I am in west Michigan, near Muskegon. I found the coin close to Grand Rapids, about 30 miles inland.

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Monte
Naturally unearthing a Large Cent adds to the excitement we get out of detecting. I found my 8th Large Cent back in April on an outing four of us made to 'Lone Tree' here in Eastern Oregon's gold mining country. Mine was an 1853, and later this year Oregon Gregg found his 1st Large Cent, also in 'Lone Tree,' but the last number was worn off the date. It is an 185?.
This is my first large cent after 40 years in this hobby. For some reason, it's one coin that just I never put my coil over. With this one, I got a solid 96 signal that never wavered. Normally, that's in the iron range, but iron usually jumps around a lot in the high 90's and below, but this just locked on, so I was curious. I didn't rescan it after I dug it--it was about 8" down. I'll do that and see how it registers.

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Monte
I hope you still have some sites and weather to hunt them before year's end. The Racer 2 is a splendid detector and I'm sure it will continue to reward you in the future.
I may get some time in this week as the weather is supposed to stay in the mid to high 40's. And yes, the Racer 2 is a splendid detector!

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Monte
which search coil you used, and the mode and settings you were working the Racer 2 at?
I was using the RC26 elliptical coil. This site is really low trash (the only one I know of!), so I've been running 2 Tones, 96 Gain, Iron Audio 3, ID Filter 3, Tone breaks and everything else at their default settings.

I uploaded another photo of it.



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Re: Great year with my Makro
Posted by: Kapok
Date: November 27, 2017 07:48AM
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Cal_Cobra
Great haul there!!

I've found a bust dime and bust half dollar, 1700's reales, many seateds, but have never found a large cent, their more rare on the west coast then gold coins are.
Here in west Michigan, older coins are hard to come by. Bust coins are very rare indeed, and a 1700's, forget about it, so I envy you those for sure! I have found an 1853 seated half dime, but that's the only seated coin I've ever found here.



Ridding the world of pulltabs, one plug at a time | Makro Racer 2 | Minelab Explorer SE

Thanks for the reply, Scott. Similar settings and results to mine,
Posted by: Monte
Date: November 27, 2017 12:18PM
except I was using Di3/3-Tone in a very dense iron cluttered gold mining ghost town from the 1863-1870's era.


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Kapok
Monte, I am in west Michigan, near Muskegon. I found the coin close to Grand Rapids, about 30 miles inland.
Thanks. Different territory than I have here in Vale, on the far eastern side of Oregon near Idaho. Population ±1925 at last count, and generally it is mostly ranch land and farm land around the area. But I can make a 97 mile round-trip venture from my driveway and get to three old mining era ghost towns, now without any standing structures from that era. I have renamed them 'Lost', 'Lonesome Arch' and 'Lone Tree', with the first and last listed being the oldest dated of them.


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Kapok
This is my first large cent after 40 years in this hobby. For some reason, it's one coin that just I never put my coil over. With this one, I got a solid 96 signal that never wavered. Normally, that's in the iron range, but iron usually jumps around a lot in the high 90's and below, but this just locked on, so I was curious. I didn't rescan it after I dug it--it was about 8" down. I'll do that and see how it registers.
I was fortunate enough to chance upon an old site, not too far from where a former US president used to march some troops to visit a friend. That was back when he was a younger officer named Lieutenant Ulysses S. Grant. Matter-of-fact, I was a bit younger myself when I found my first Large Cents, I believe the first two were about 1973. That was ten years before we have Target ID so I can't tell you what they read. My 6th & 7th I found in Utah with a Tesoro so no numeric read-out from them either.

But this year's over-size penny was found at about 3"-3½", canted at about a 45° angle and in with a bunch of rocky terrain at the base of an old stone foundation. It was face down and I believe there was enough activity over time that the rocks gouged some scratches under her chin/throat area. :( Oh well, we always take them as they come our way, but otherwise it was in nice condition.

https://www.ahrps.org/forums/read.php?4,6213,6215#msg-6215

Because it was canted and had a lot of square nails and shards of rusty tin around, the numeric TID did flicker just a bit. It mostly read as '96' but there were some '94's on a pass or two. I was using my Nokta FORS Relic, 5" DD coil, Di3/3-Tone mode, Gain '95' and Disc. at '05' with an Iron Audio Volume of '2' so it was a definite 'Dig-Me!' signal.

Yes, with the Double-D coils we most frequently get a '94' to '96' TID read-out from a lot of the rusty tin and some other annoying iron debris, but, as you stated, the read-out is usually a lot more erratic and it's easy to audibly and usually 'classify' most ferrous trash. With my Nokta Impact, as well as the Makro Racer 2, the 7" Concentric coil does a much better job of classifying iron trash apart from high-conductive non-ferrous coins and such. That's my coil choice for either model for most day-to-day detecting. In very dense trash and/or confined spaces, I mount the 5" or 'OOR' DD coils to the appropriate models and don't have any problems with performance.


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Kapok
I may get some time in this week as the weather is supposed to stay in the mid to high 40's. And yes, the Racer 2 is a splendid detector!
I hope you can and wish you the best of success.


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Kapok
I was using the RC26 elliptical coil. This site is really low trash (the only one I know of!), so I've been running 2 Tones, 96 Gain, Iron Audio 3, ID Filter 3, Tone breaks and everything else at their default settings.
As I have mentioned elsewhere on this and other Forums, most of my hunting is in very littered sites, often with dense brush, rocks or rubble to contend with, so the bulk of my detecting is with smaller-size coils. And in dense iron debris I usually use the Di3/3-Tone mode. In places that are more open or have a low-to-modest amount of trash to deal with, then I grab a unit with a mid-sized DD coil mounted. The RC-26/, FC-26 and FR-26 have been what I used most often. Today I keep an open-frame FC-24, FR-24 and IM-24 on my 2nd's of those models but haven't replaced the RC-26 with an RC-24 yet. Also, in those places with a mellow amount of trash I do opt for the Di2/2-Tone search mode perhaps 75% of the time.

I do find some private yards or sections of older parks and school sites where trash is low, by comparison, but like you most of the places I pick to work a detector seem to be moderate to very littered and a real challenge to hunt. A lot different from what I dealt with from '65 to about '80 when we started seeing more modern-day junk discarded. That's part of the reason I prefer to concentrate on older, out-of-the-way destinations when I set off to do some detecting, to avoid modern trash as best I can.

Now, get out and put that Racer 2 to work! If you can hunt the same site as the LC came from, who knows, you might get even more rewards. :detecting:

Monte



"Your EYES ... the only 100% accurate form of Discrimination!"

Stinkwater Wells
Trading Post

Metal Detector Evaluations and Product Reviews
'How-To' help for Coin & Jewelry Hunting, Relic Hunting and Useful Techniques.

My Regular-Use Detector Team are from:
Makro, Nokta, Tesoro and White's
Note: Detectors are listed alphabetically by Brand. Models are chosen as desired based on search site conditions.
Additional search coils. mounted on spare lower-rods, are on-hand in my Accessory Coil Tote.
Pinpointers: Using Nokta and Makro Pointers.
Headphones: Using White's Pro Star w/'tank style' ear cups.
Recovery Tools: Using White's Ground Hawg Shovel and DigMaster digging tools.

*** All working well today to make memories for tomorrow. ***

monte@stinkwaterwells.com .. or .. monte@ahrps.org
(503) 481-8147


Well, plan on taking a trip 'Out West' and join a group
Posted by: Monte
Date: November 27, 2017 01:11PM
on one of the Welcome-To-Hunt Outings we hold each year. We've gathered twice in 2015, again in 2016, and two more were held in 2017.

So far, the first 6 WTHO's have been held in Nevada and Oregon, and they are open to anyone. Simply a 'Welcome-to-Hunt' opportunity for many Hobbyists as well as Avid Detectorists who want to enjoy Relic Hunting older period sites. yes, there can be building rubble, and amole ferrous trash in with the non-ferrous discards, but every Outing as produced some very nice 'keepers' for many enthusiasts. We have averaged about 20 - 25 attendees per outing, and all you need to do is show up with a detector and gear to enjoy 3 or 4 days of fun!

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Kapok
Here in west Michigan, older coins are hard to come by. Bust coins are very rare indeed, and a 1700's, forget about it, so I envy you those for sure! I have found an 1853 seated half dime, but that's the only seated coin I've ever found here.
Several of these old ghost town sites I have hunted since '83 yet they still produce good targets, especially to those who use one of the better detectors on the market today coupled with a smaller coil, or mid-sized in some areas. From the first Outing to the most recent ones you can also see a marked increase in the number of people who are using a Nokta CoRe, Relic, Impact or Makro Racer 2, and many of us have more than one of these excellent devices.

Since '69 I have been Relic Hunting several Utah and Nevada ghost towns, including several of those used on our Outings, but they still can produce for us. On these outings we had one 1854 Large Cent found, quite a few Seated Liberty coins, to include Half-Dimes, Dimes, Quarters and one Half. A lot of Barber coins, Indian Heads, Shield Nickels, 'V' Nickels and Buffalo Nickels, and during this past June's outing here in Oregon we had our oldest US coil found ... an 1836 Capped Bust Dime.

https://www.ahrps.org/forums/file.php?4,file=1482,filename=20170608_162820_resized.jpg

From working all these ghost town sites, starting over 48 years ago, I have found more Seated Liberty coins than Barber coins, about 30-to-1 ratio. There are still left-overs out there to be found, as with any productive old site, so why not plan on joining us? Tale some vacation time, if you're not retired. I'll be sending out the announcement to all of the folks on the WTHO Contact List very soon (hopefully this week) as we are planning on at least THREE WTHO's in 2018. One in late April, most likely, and Two in may. That will leave us the opportunity of maybe finding a site or two to hold a 10th WTHO later in the year.

If you or anyone is interested, just drop me an e-mail to: monte@ahrps.org and include the following to get listed.

Name
Physical or Mailing Address, complete w/zip
Phone Number
E-Mail


As I stated, there is no fee. The Contact List is kept confidential as I use the Bcc section for e-mails so they are not shared with everyone, either. Plus, we are always looking for some potential sites in any state that would work for us to fit into a schedule for a future WTHO, so any leads/tips would be appreciated.

Plan on making a 3 to 4 day Outing and maybe up your older coin count, meet a bunch of really great guys and gals who participate and sample some beautiful scenery.

Monte

PS: That 1836 Capped Bust dime also came out of 'Lone Tree' where both Gregg & I recovered our Large Cents this year.



"Your EYES ... the only 100% accurate form of Discrimination!"

Stinkwater Wells
Trading Post

Metal Detector Evaluations and Product Reviews
'How-To' help for Coin & Jewelry Hunting, Relic Hunting and Useful Techniques.

My Regular-Use Detector Team are from:
Makro, Nokta, Tesoro and White's
Note: Detectors are listed alphabetically by Brand. Models are chosen as desired based on search site conditions.
Additional search coils. mounted on spare lower-rods, are on-hand in my Accessory Coil Tote.
Pinpointers: Using Nokta and Makro Pointers.
Headphones: Using White's Pro Star w/'tank style' ear cups.
Recovery Tools: Using White's Ground Hawg Shovel and DigMaster digging tools.

*** All working well today to make memories for tomorrow. ***

monte@stinkwaterwells.com .. or .. monte@ahrps.org
(503) 481-8147


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