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Sad or Glad
Posted by: daddyflea
Date: January 02, 2017 02:59PM
Don't know how I feel. I bought a 6" DD and wound up with 2 Sun ray X-8 coils. My thinking was the X-8 was just a little deeper than my Coiltec 10X5 and left a little less foot print. I have to admit the Coiltek 10X5 is my favorite coil for the Etrac.

I went to an old Park where I pulled some good coins with my Coiltek 10X5, put on the Detech 6" and scoured the area. Did not find one missed Coin. Put on the X-8 and went to another area and again not one Coin. I did hit a few targets. It did not seem that the X-8 was any deeper than the Coiltek.

I was then discouraged and went to a really old large site I had not hunted. Put on the stock Coil. I found 31 cents in clad. Not one old Coin. In fact Targets period were very few.

First time in a long time I have hunted several hours and not added anything to my coin collection. I guess I should be glad I did not miss something.

Minelab Etrac
Sun Ray X-8 & X-12
Etrac Stock 11" Coil
Whites VX3
Stock 9.5 Concentric
6X10 Whites DD
TRX Pinpointer
Garrett Pro pointer (Carrot Stick)
DetectorPro Rattler Headphones
Predator Tools 31c digger
Lesche digger
Lesche Heavyweight Mini Pick

Re: Sad or Glad
Posted by: chipper97
Date: January 02, 2017 04:10PM
Yep, it's getting tough out there daddyflea, regardless of machines, coil combos, etc. Didn't know how good I had it back in the 90's with my CZ 5 and all those great spots. Went out yesterday with my E-trac to a field that produced all kinds of old coins back in the day, 2 center's, gaggles of Indians, shield nickles, largies, seated silver, old buttons, etc. Now I know when I go back I'm not going to be raking them in but though I come home disappointed more often than not, it will still give up an occasional cool item. Yesterday I nabbed an 1856 Large cent and an old ring that must've been gold plated. It's just green now but has 18k stamped on the inside. I was out there six hours. A pouch full of shot gun shells, rivets etc. But it was a blast to find the largie and that ring. All my former big producers are just trickling them out now. It is sad in a way, but like you say you can be glad that you got there when you did and found some nice items. It's more challenging these days. I do lot's more research than I used to and learning about the history of my area has been fun in it's own right. Plus I expect I'll eventually find a spot or two that will be somewhat more productive than the good ole spots are now. Maybe I'll even hit a semi-virgin site! But yeah, it's still a downer to come home empty handed. But plenty of good days are still ahead! I guess these days we just have to remind ourselves it's just fun to have the opportunity to get out there and still have a shot at digging the find of a lifetime. Who knows it may be the next hunt! Good luck to you in 2017!

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