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Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: McDave
Date: February 03, 2012 07:33AM
I have only dug dimes over 10 inches deep at one spot. And the soil is a dark, rich and sandy loam that cuts like birthday cake. Most every other hunting spot has a thick layer of clay between 10 and 12 inches deep. And my average depth for coin finds at these spots is 6 to 8 inches.



Northern Minnesota
Minelab Explorer II
Garrett AT Pro

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Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: DaugBiscuit
Date: February 03, 2012 11:04AM
Hey Tom, Steve, Mike, and EtracTom......... Thanks for you input regarding mineralization, moisture, and hunting modes, they have not gone un-noticed. I'm sure there are hot spots in VA as there are everywhere but according to the map here, it's not really so hot in SW Virginia where I live http://www.hollandsbrook.com/blog-resources/iron-content-in-soil-united-states.pdf According to this map, the darker areas indicate high levels of iron while the lighter or hollow areas represent little to no levels of iron and where I live all that shows near me is this symbol | | (two little vertical lines).

Thanks to everyone else who have posted whether they have found a dime 10 inches deep or not (NOTE: I guess my thinking was on a SILVER dime and not clad) - I rarely make a mental note of how deep I find clad unless it is exceptional and 10 inches is exceptional to me and I'd remember that). Except for a very few people who live in an area with good soil, my guess is that the majority have never found a dime that deep (other larger coins yes, but a dime, that was the question).

I'm going to keep swinging and if I ever find it, trust me, everyone will know :tongue: but as of today, the deepest SILVER dime for me is a 1926 merc at 7 inches (other coins have been deeper but not a silver dime - maybe not a clad dime either)

HH,
Don



CTX-3030, SE Pro, ProPointer



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Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: McDave
Date: February 03, 2012 11:51AM
Hey Don ... thanks for that link. If you look at northeastern Minnesota there are only two solid-black blocks. I live about 30 miles west of the one on the left .. :laugh:



Northern Minnesota
Minelab Explorer II
Garrett AT Pro



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/03/2012 11:53AM by McDave.

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Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: DaugBiscuit
Date: February 03, 2012 12:18PM
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McDave
Hey Don ... thanks for that link. If you look at northeastern Minnesota there are only two solid-black blocks. I live about 30 miles west of the one on the left .. :laugh:


:yikes: :rofl: :confused: That's not funny but it is. At least you 30 miles away!



CTX-3030, SE Pro, ProPointer

Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: McDave
Date: February 03, 2012 12:38PM
It is funny actually. Despite living close to some of the biggest iron ore deposits in the world, I can still find some good coins. And realistically the deposits (and the mines) are just that ... 30 miles away. If there was anything worth mining up here the mines would own property everywhere.



Northern Minnesota
Minelab Explorer II
Garrett AT Pro

Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: LFarthing42
Date: February 03, 2012 01:01PM
I hadn't...until I started reading this forum more and paying attention to what Bryce was posting about sounds and little things to listen and watch for in most of his posts. Bryce you have helped me a lot with tips and hints you post. Thank you.

Thank you to others as well who give bits of hints on their posts. You are all appreciated.

I still haven't dug a 10" dime yet but I have found one at 9" and it was very distinct although not a "textbook" signal so if I pass over one with the coil I think I will be able to pick it up.

Thanks to you all on this forum for the good reads many of you post.

Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: Marc in Va
Date: February 03, 2012 01:37PM
I have been swinging my trusty Explorer XS since 2000 and I have learned everything there is to know and every sound it makes. Yes I have dug many dimes and other coins at 10+ inches. As many people have stated, there are many factors to consider. My deep coin finds have come from the best non mineralized ground. In many areas the soil conditions just dont permit coins to sink that deep or the mineralization reduces the Explorers depth capabilities. I have heard many people complain that they cant seem to dig deep coins and these are two a good reasons why. I know this next statement goes against common belief but I swear that my XS picks up coins deeper when the soil is dry. I have seen many subtle mistakes by Explorer users. I cant stress enough that you must swing very slow. Another reason many people dont hear the deep coins is they swing with the coil too high off the ground. You must scrub the ground to get the best deepest results. The Explorer simply does not like air space. This is why coin finds tend to be deeper on the beach. You dont have 2, 3, or even 4 inches of grass seperating your coil from the actual ground. Thats 2, 3, or 4 inches of lost depth potential. This is why I scrub the grass. I actuall like to put a little down pressure on my swings when swinging in grass. Yea it isnt easy and can wear you out after a long day of detecting but the rewards are real deep coins and relics. The other factor is the settings a person uses. You should never run in semi auto because you will loose depth. Set your sensitivity to manual and run it just below unstable. If you have it set up just right then you will hear a small amount of chatter or falsing but the nice "round" deep coin sound will be unmistakable. Other settings I use are Deep on, Fast off and I run as little discrimination as the site will allow. Most of the time my smartscreen is mostly wide open. If there are alot of nails then I will add some discrim to blank out a little of the screen on the left. Everything else should just be left to the ear and then the cursor on the screen. And finally, headphones make alot of difference when after the deep coins. The Koss phones are OK but they let in too much outside noise and do not enhance target signals. I use Grey Ghost Backwoods. If you dont hear a signal with these headphones then there simply isnt a target there. Everyone has their own way of setting up and swinging their Explorer. After 12 years and several thousand hours with my Explorer, this is what works for me.

Marc

Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: EtracTom-AdirondacksNY
Date: February 03, 2012 03:50PM
Marc your exactly right I forgot about that just assumed most know to hunt with the coil to the soil. Very important points made there.

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Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: February 03, 2012 05:04PM
Guess that's why everyone who is an Explorer "expert" says "slow and low..."

Interesting thread for sure.

Steve



Minelab CTX 3030
Minelab Equinox 800
Garrett ProPointer AT
Lesche hand digger
Lesche 38D Ground Shark "King of Spades"

Norman, OK

How about 12"
Posted by: Hollywood
Date: February 03, 2012 10:17PM
No kidding, I found a silver rosie at ~ 12". After I was down to around 8" I lost the signal, nothing on the probe. I kept digging, and 2 more inches I got a hit with the probe at the bottom of the hole. I measured with my shovel, and it was around the 12" mark. I have the EX2. Only got one at that depth. I have dug some copper pennies around 12' before.

Hollywood

Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: Markdb61
Date: February 04, 2012 06:39PM
I have found an honest 10" deep 1942 washington qarter but have not found a silver dime that deep. There are plenty of people who have though because I have witnessed it. All kinds of things can keep a person from getting the needed depth though as the other guys have already stated. Good luck

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Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: February 04, 2012 08:33PM
hey raweppler -- you said earlier in the thread you were detecting in "northern West Virginia." Do you live in that area? I grew up in western PA just a few miles from the WV panhandle/PA border. I travel back often, and will be doing some detecting there this summer...

Steve



Minelab CTX 3030
Minelab Equinox 800
Garrett ProPointer AT
Lesche hand digger
Lesche 38D Ground Shark "King of Spades"

Norman, OK

Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: Charles (Upstate NY)
Date: February 05, 2012 07:34PM
Explorer SE Pro hole dug with a 6x12 inch scoop, this is after the hole filled in with water and sand. :surprised: This coin was deeeeep.




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It finally happened.... my first 10 inch dime with the SE
Posted by: DaugBiscuit
Date: February 13, 2012 09:22PM
Hi everyone... I started this thread becasue so many people talked about pulling a dime 10 inches or more with the SE Pro but I couldn't even get mine to hit on one that deep; I had never pulled a 'dime' or any other coin that was 10 inches deep with the SE Pro but today that all changed. :thumbup:

I had about an hour this afternoon; the weather in VA was fair with temperatures in the mid 40's. I drove to a public boat launching ramp alongside the "New River" and there I dug a dime just deeper than 10 inches. My Lesche (which is the black handle model) measures 11



CTX-3030, SE Pro, ProPointer



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Re: Be honest - Have you ever..............:unsure:
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: February 14, 2012 05:46AM
Don --

I think that tells you one other thing...your soil in VA is rather "hot," no? I have not hit a 10" dime in my irony red clay here in OK -- but others do it routinely, in other states/other soil. Bryce for one, does it routinely, and I know he has nice, fertile, mild, midwestern soil. I have thought for awhile that these machines will do a little better, depth-wise, in milder soil -- and I think what you experienced today, proves that.

Thanks for sharing!

Steve



Minelab CTX 3030
Minelab Equinox 800
Garrett ProPointer AT
Lesche hand digger
Lesche 38D Ground Shark "King of Spades"

Norman, OK

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