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My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: Texas Jay
Date: August 13, 2018 03:06PM
My Garrett Ace 250 metal detector keeper finds from July 4th to August 7th. No gold this month but I did find a couple of pieces of silver - a 1940 Mercury dime and a sterling chain marked "Italy 925". I found over $10 in modern coins, including one more Sacagawea dollar coin which is the second of those I've found this year. That money will be used to buy batteries for my detectors and my pinpointer and will keep me supplied in batteries for the next 2 months. At the top of the photo is a rare and complete early Sergeant Major (Army) hat pin emblem and a copper World War II dog tag that was issued to W. W. Belch in 1944. The latter probably belonged to a soldier who was stationed at Camp Bowie here in Brownwood, Texas during the War. I dug the milk glass Mason jar lid insert while digging for a coin target that was underneath it. I'm well satisfied with my finds for last month and I had a great time finding them. Comment with any questions you have about them and I'll be happy to answer them...except for the exact locations where I found these items. ha. That's a closely-guarded secret.
~Texas Jay

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Re: My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: straker
Date: August 13, 2018 08:27PM
Thanks for sharing! Very glad to see a basic digital unit finding things as it was intended. Easy to use and more time spent on digging instead of deciphering. Too hot where I'm at,but will cool down soon. Your post will help motivate me.

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Re: My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: Elton
Date: August 13, 2018 08:57PM
awesome Jay



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Re: My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: doc holiday232
Date: August 14, 2018 09:35AM
You can go online to"return dog tags" and find how to return this dog tag to owner or his family.

Re: My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: Piedmontartifacts
Date: August 14, 2018 10:05AM
WTG, table full of finds. I hunted a long time with an ace and still have it. The small coil works good in iron infested places. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work. PA.



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Re: My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: Texas Jay
Date: August 15, 2018 12:17AM
Thank you, everyone, for the nice comments. It was over 100 degrees here in central Texas nearly every day last month so I limited my hunting to only about 90 minutes each day before sunset. I drank several 12 oz. glasses of water in the afternoon before I went detecting and hunted the shady areas first. Once I start swinging my detector, I forget about the heat. My mind is focused solely on the next find. :p

Re: My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: mcuch
Date: August 15, 2018 01:08PM
Hot as all get out over here in Louisiana too, I'm not even out ten minutes and the sweat is dripping off of me, falling on the lens of my glasses. Gets hard to see the info on my machine, thank goodness for those tones. My shirt gets soaking wet and gets my jeans wet, after a few hours it looks like I wet my pants but its all from the sweat coming off of me. I keep a small cooler with a couple of bottles of Gatorade and 4 16,oz. bottles of water. Its hot as hell going out there but that stuff in the ground just keeps calling and if I wait for cooler days, it would take several more months, can't wait that long, I've got to grab that detector and get out there and its true, once you get going you just think and concentrate on whats in the ground. The important thing is to keep hydrated and try to find a spot that has some shady areas to retreat to when you feel like the heat starts to be too much, that shade with a slight breeze blowing on your sweat soaked shirt feels cooler and gets you ready for the full sun again.

Re: My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: doc holiday232
Date: August 16, 2018 09:13AM
Careful,dem Nox boys are gonna charge you with "Fake News" if you keep reporting all those finds with your 250---continued good luck to you.

Re: My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: Ohio Dirt Fisher
Date: August 17, 2018 10:25PM
Great array of finds! You'll probably notice that as you eliminate the bigger targets, the smaller targets hiding beneath will start to flourish. I'd keep at it with those sites as you are really cleaning them out. And the one thing about being a detectorist is that you never know what you may find. Keep up the great work Jay!

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Re: My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: Texas Jay
Date: August 19, 2018 04:26PM
Thanks, everyone, for all the nice and helpful comments. My monthly finds came from a variety of different locations, here in Brown County and neighboring Comanche County (home of the famous gunfighter John Wesley Hardin), Texas. I went back to one of the permission locations, across the street from where I found the Sgt. Major hat pin and several of the best finds, yesterday and hunted for about 90 minutes. This particular small area had already given up a large number of modern coins (mostly zinc pennies) but yesterday I concentrated on a small area next to the curb and found 23 copper and zinc cents, a quarter, 3 dimes, and a nickel plus a yet unidentified button and an old Cadillac hood emblem. I estimate that I've already found over 100 coins on this small lot where an old house sat for many decades.
I was digging a deep target and talking to myself, as I often do when detecting alone, and I heard someone say "Are you finding anything?" ha. I looked up to see an older man standing about 3 feet away. I hadn't even noticed him approach so I don't know how long he'd been standing there. I really get into my metal detecting and when I'm on the trail of a target, that's all I focus on. I stood up and he introduced himself and told me that he was the owner of the house next door and that he owned the 3 adjoining lots to the permission lot I was working on. I introduced myself and gave him the usual introductory message about my hobby and gave him one of our club's business cards. He said he figured that was who I was as he has been following my metal detecting and treasure hunting posts on our local social media sites and generously gave me permission to hunt his adjoining lots! He also told me a story about the people who had last occupied the house that was formerly on the lot I was hunting. It seems they had stolen someone's large collection of gold Krugerrands many years ago and not knowing what they were and being afraid the cops would catch them with the collection, they dumped the box of them across the fence onto another man's vacant lot. They got caught eventually but the police only recovered most of the stolen goods but not all of them. Some of the coins are still missing. Now for the good part. :) He gave me the name of the owner of that vacant lot and 4 other lots on the block and I recognized the name but do not know the owner personally so he's going to check with him about getting me permission to hunt those lots as well! If I obtain those permissions, I'm going to be a very busy boy for the next several weeks. This is an excellent example of why I'm always happy to share this wonderful hobby with people who approach me while I'm detecting and especially with as many people as I can reach on social media. I often hear other area treasure hunters complain that they don't have any good places to hunt around here. That sure hasn't been my problem. My problem is deciding which of my many permissions and public areas I want to hunt next. :) I've been researching and studying our Central Texas area's history for most of my life and I was raised here so I know that this area holds a massive amount of unrecovered treasure, both big and small, and is probably one of the Top 5 treasure laden areas in the entire country, if not #1.
And, yes Doc, those Nox boys are already complaining that their expensive detectors outperform the Ace 250 by miles but like the old timers always said "the proof's in the pudding" and we have several Equinox users in our club and yet I'm leading them all in this year's CTTC Treasure Hunter of the Year race, all of them by quite a large margin. My nearest competitor, who was tied with me until this month's Finds of the Month vote, uses an XP Deus and he's a very good and experienced detectorist who gets out there and puts in the field hours to get the job done. My challenge to Equinox users around the country is always open. Come to Brownwood and I'll take you to one of my permission sites and we can go head-to-head and see who finds the most and the best. :)
~Texas Jay




Re: My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: doc holiday232
Date: August 24, 2018 08:29AM
Sock'it to'em Texas Jay !!!

Re: My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: Texas Jay
Date: August 29, 2018 01:11AM
I'm doing my best, doc. :) Here's a close-up of the large brass drain cap that I found last month with the Ace 250. I took our newest Central Texas Treasure Club member to this site yesterday. He's a real determined and good treasure hunter who's about 10 years older than me but he's been at this hobby for about the same length of time that I have. One of the things I like about him is that he also uses his detector of choice - an Ace 250. ;) We didn't find a lot yesterday but we had fun and that's what it's all about. I did manage to find a few coins and pulled a 1928 wheat cent out of the ground. He found some newer coins and a very old brass outdoor water faucet.
Today, I hunted an older park in town, that's been hunted by hundreds of metal detectors over many decades. Another detectorist had beaten me to the tot lots again (I call him Bigfoot because I can tell by his shoe prints in the sand, that his shoe size is about 2 sizes bigger than mine) but I worked them anyway and found my 3rd dollar coin of the year, a Millard Fillmore presidential dollar under the domed monkey bars (that he was probably too big to get under ha. and a couple of new pennies. I decided to check the grassy area, just a foot or so outside of the tot lot border, and got a strong penny signal at 6". I figured it was just another modern penny but, to my surprise, out popped a 1935-D wheat penny in very nice shape. Then I went and worked the entire sand volleyball court although his tracks had crisscrossed it before me and found a freshly buried Hot Wheels under a sand pile.
~Texas Jay




Re: My Ace 250 Finds from July 4th to August 7th
Posted by: Possumcop
Date: August 29, 2018 11:10PM
Nice, Thanks for sharing

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