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Finally making headway
Posted by: TrpnBils
Date: April 17, 2018 09:01PM
Finally feel like I'm making headway interpreting the 3030's nuances. It's been like 2 years and I've considered switching back to the Etrac a couple of times now because I didn't really see any major advantages, but it's finally coming together.

I dug all of this in the left field area of a baseball field tonight in a couple of hours. I was there about 3 weeks ago and struck out completely, but I changed my settings around tonight, slowed down, and paid more attention to subtle aspects of the hits and it paid off. This hunt was my second hunt with the 17" coil (used the stock one last time I was here), I dropped my iron bin down to 28, upped my gain to 22, and turned Fast and Deep both off completely.

Normal setting is either low or high trash with minimal discrim, pitch hold, and manual. Was able to run on Manual 28 tonight easily.

- Our Lady of Mt. Carmel sterling pendant
- Indians are 1889 and 1907
- Barber was at a measured 11" deep
- Merc was 9" deep
- The other coin there is a 1905 V nickel. Every time I dig one of those I think there's no way they can possibly get uglier, but each time they are. This is about as ugly as it can get without being unidentifiable.

Re: Finally making headway
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: April 18, 2018 02:34AM
Nice report, GREAT digs! That's a testimonial as to what the CTX can do, and the 17" coil certainly helps when "hunting deep."

Great finds, nice hunt!


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

Norman, OK

Re: Finally making headway
Posted by: trojdor
Date: April 18, 2018 02:49AM
Look like you're getting the hang of it...

Well done. :thumbup:


Re: Finally making headway
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: April 18, 2018 09:22AM
Nice digs! Once you learn the CTX, you wont ever want another.

Re: Finally making headway
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: April 18, 2018 05:19PM
That’s a great variety there Jeff,and jewelry! And to show discipline by taking the time to investigate stuff that’s not perfect or obvious...that’s a sign that you’re opening a door through which you’ll never return back through. It’s almost like not knowing how to ride a bike,and then the day you actually ride. It becomes second nature,as unbelievable as that may sound to some people. 2 years ago if you had told me some of the signals I dig today which are coins were coins back then,I would’ve said you were out of your mind. The deepest signals any machine can achieve just flat out don’t sound like solid perfect signals many times, and this is why I missed so many things. Hopefully you can now go “clean up” some places and continue this run you’re on!:smile:

Re: Finally making headway
Posted by: TrpnBils
Date: April 18, 2018 06:36PM
Kevin - going back Saturday and my plan is to check some of these iffy, deep targets with auto +3 before I did them. It is much more stable, as expected, but I don't know whether the depth loss would be significant.... Or maybe the more stable signals would net me more digs because I wouldn't mistake light ones for background noise. Guarantee I passed some food targets by just because I thought it was falsing or something. Plus I have 2/3rds of the outfield still to hit

Re: Finally making headway
Posted by: ironman200081
Date: April 19, 2018 08:06AM
Nice haul, but that dirt seems to be brutal on the reactive metals. Don't feel too bad, I almost exclusively dig toasty V and shield nickels.

Bryan in Missouri
"MidMoTreasure" on Youtube

Re: Finally making headway
Posted by: TrpnBils
Date: April 19, 2018 01:46PM
It's hit and miss, but yeah at this particular area it's not good to nickels especially. Even newer Jeffersons come out red

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