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First hunt with the CTX...WOW...
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: November 13, 2017 03:12AM
Hi all!

Just wanted to share my first hunt with the CTX yesterday morning. I am a long-time Explorer user, and just recently upgraded to the CTX. I've spent the last week reading/studying, and talking with a couple of hunting partners who hunt the CTX as well as a couple of great guys/CTX users on the forums -- trying to wrap my head around the machine and all the different settings and functions.

I had a short amount of time available in the morning before church. I had put together two "modes" prior to the hunt, that I wanted to use. The first was one to emulate -- as closely as I could -- the way I always ran my Explorer -- iron disc. only (roughly the bottom third of the screen) to eliminate nails, conductive multi-tones, etc. Then, the second one I set up to roughly match the advice I'd received from all the folks I've talked to, as far as how they run the CTX -- open screen, combined, etc. I wanted to locate a few targets and listen to them in both modes, to learn the differences.

So, I set out with stock 11" coil for a short hunt, to my old standby -- but absolutely hammered into submission -- local park. I was running the 11" coil, auto +3, and three things jumped out at me right away. ONE -- I LOVE going wireless, with the WM10, TWO -- WOW, what a stable machine, and THREE -- WOW, what a nicely balance unit...just a JOY to swing compared to the Explorer.

So anyway, I had a spot in this park in mind to really check out this unit. There's a very small area that a partner and I discovered about 4 years ago, a small "hot spot" in this otherwise heavily hunted park that held a concentration of deep, old coins. In a few weeks time, this small area yielded DOZENS of Barber coins and Indian Heads, all from roughly the 7"-9" deep range. After the high conductors began to play out, we switched over to digging lower tones, and pulled another couple of dozen V nickels out of the spot. Since then, we've hammered that small area with every machine, every coil combination, under every weather condition and soil condition, to the point that this concentrated area simply does NOT give up coins anymore. In the past 3 years, I have managed 3-4 more coins from this spot, and zero in the past 18 months. And I try, at least for a short while, EVERY single time I am there. So this seemed like a great spot to run the CTX through.

I dug some mid-tone targets on the way to the spot, listening to each one in both of the modes I created, getting used to the sounds, to target trace, etc. I arrived at the "hot spot," and within a couple of minutes, I dug a couple-inch deep Sacagawea dollar. Clearly, it's been dropped in the last year or two, but was still surprised it was there.



A few minutes later, I hit an interesting signal. There was clearly iron, but I was getting a high tone as well, and was trying to decide if there was a non-ferrous object in close proximity to the iron. I worked the signal in both modes, and decided that I thought there might be two targets. So, I pinpointed the high tone, which it said was 8" deep, and I dug. When I popped the plug, this is what I saw:



Notice the coin rim in the bottom of the plug? Notice that it was a completely vertical, on-edge coin when it was in the ground?

Here's how deep it was -- note my Pro-pointer next to the plug, showing that it was a full 8" deep...



At this point, I was SHOCKED. 8" deep, on edge...but that's not the most amazing part. I can GUARANTEE that various machines and coils were over this VERY spot DOZENS, of times. At least. There were simply NO COINS left here to be found with any machine available (which included Explorers, E-Tracs, F-75s, Gold Bug Pros, and others).

But, to put the icing on the cake, what about that iron I heard? I switched to combined, so I could locate the iron, and then dug another plug directly adjacent to, and partially overlapping the hole where the coin was. This is what showed up:



Along with all of the other ways the CTX impressed me on the maiden voyage, and there were MANY, I have to say that for this machine, to dig THIS target, from THIS spot, before I am even familiar with the nuances of the machine's audio and behavior, that I am THOROUGHLY impressed.

I can't WAIT to become proficient with this machine. Looks like every site I have EVER hunted, has now been "opened back up" again!

All I can say is, Minelab has done it again...they have impressed me in a way I never thought possible, just like they did when I first switched over to FBS units in the first place...

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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Re: First hunt with the CTX...WOW...
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: November 13, 2017 04:10AM
Forgot to mention -- the coin was nothing special, a 1920 wheat cent. It was the fact that a keeper even EXISTED STILL, in this spot, let alone ON EDGE AT 8", let alone next to a big rusty screw that made this dig one that I will remember.

First coin with the CTX -- Sacagawea dollar.
Second one -- a very, very difficult wheat cent that was missed by numerous other machines and several good hunters?

Just "wow!"

Steve



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

Norman, OK



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/13/2017 04:11AM by sgoss66.

Re: First hunt with the CTX...WOW...
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: November 13, 2017 06:33AM
It’ll be REALLY easy for a guy like you to appreciate what the CTX is Steve. You will see that scenario ALL the time,because in a lot of places that’s ALL that’s left...difficult targets. Preparing yourself as much as possible paid off immediately,and rightfully so. I’ve said it before as have others...if there was such a thing as “cheating” at metal detecting,using the CTX would be cheating.
It’s so good to hear you’re off to a good start!

Re: First hunt with the CTX...WOW...
Posted by: masterjedi
Date: November 13, 2017 06:34AM
Quite an eye opener isn't it :) The CTX is in a whole different class by itself. People that have never used one just dont know and that's a good thing, right! :)

Re: First hunt with the CTX...WOW...
Posted by: sprchng
Date: November 13, 2017 06:47AM
Just saw your other post:smile:



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/13/2017 06:50AM by sprchng.

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Re: First hunt with the CTX...WOW...
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: November 13, 2017 08:18AM
Thanks guys.

IDX --

Cheating. LOL. That's a good way to put it, IDX! I have CREPT, I mean CREPT over the very spot that coin was in, countless times, with my Explorer. 13" Ultimate. 11" Pro. 6x8 SEF. NONE of them sniffed that one out. The CTX did, no problem! I called my hunting partner, and all I could say to him, repeatedly, was, "there's no way..."

He said just what you did. "Get used to it!"

All I can do is shake my head...and wonder what it will be like when I actually KNOW the machine... :surprised:

Masterjedi --

Exactly! Good thing so many DON'T know about it... :)

(P.S. Can't wait for the Last Jedi to be released...I imagine from your username you are in the same boat?! :) )

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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Re: First hunt with the CTX...WOW...
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: November 13, 2017 09:14AM
congrats on seeing the capability on your first outing!

I have been saying for a while now that the vast majority of keepers left in the ground are next to iron, on-edge, deep, or all 3.

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Re: First hunt with the CTX...WOW...
Posted by: PryorCreekJoe
Date: November 13, 2017 12:20PM
Steve,

Consider that $1.01 you found as lesson "101" - CTX 3030! LOL

PCJ

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Re: First hunt with the CTX...WOW...
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: November 13, 2017 01:12PM
Jason --

Agreed!

Joe --

That's a good one -- CTX 3030, 101! Sounds like an entry-level college course. I got my first day of class under my belt! ;)

Steve



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

Norman, OK

Re: First hunt with the CTX...WOW...
Posted by: JackalopeZL1
Date: November 13, 2017 10:28PM
Right on Brother!! Good for you :)

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Re: First hunt with the CTX...WOW...
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: November 14, 2017 12:05AM
Thanks, Jackalope!

Impressive machine...that's immediately obvious!

Steve



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

Norman, OK

Re: First hunt with the CTX...WOW...
Posted by: wyohunter99
Date: November 20, 2017 10:47PM
Nice write up and pics! I always like reading about people finding one more keeper in the “hunted out spot”. It’s a surefire way to boost confidence in your new machine! I may end up getting a used ctx myself. I have been wanting to try one and with the prices dropping....

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