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Offline Platinumbullion

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Xterra Advice
« on: December 14, 2014, 09:36 »
Hi guys,
I've just started learning to use my Xterra 70 and am so far pretty impressed with it. Yesterday I went to a quiet little park to give it a test out and in the space of a couple of hours found three coins and a mountain of junk. I only covered a very small area (a couple of meters) but dug every single signal. Today I took it out again and only dug signals below 38, I covered much more area and found many more coins but think I might be missing some too. Is this the usual strategy? I don't want to miss any targets but digging lots of junk isn't much fun either. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I've also noticed that lots of coins I'm getting from tot lots are massively pitted and corroded, yet coins from the soil are fine, I was really surprised by this. I'm a metalworker and the alloy in coins is usually really resistant to attack. What is in bark chips which could cause this? My wife thinks dog wee, lol.

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Jonathon

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  • Detector(s) owned/used: Minelab CTX 3030, Minelab Xterra 70, Minelab Pro Find 25
  • Oldest find: 1890 Penny
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Re: Xterra Advice
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2014, 14:12 »
A starting point.
Learn our modern coin ID number, it's to be used as reference not as a definite target ID.
Pattern 1-2-3 whatever you prefer.
Reduce sensitivity to very low.
I prefer a DD coil...10x5"HF in grassy parks ........... smaller is sometimes better.

2: Same area.....As above with increased sensitivity.
3: Same area.....All Metal mode.......this will likely not happen in the first month.
4: Same area.....Prospecting Mode......this will likely take a considerable time before it can be done successful, many people will never have the patience to master it.
It's called Layering........(Just Different Settings) it's often done by different people doing the same park with different detectors at different times........but seldome by the same person with same detector.
Think of it as seeing the layers  electronically.

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Re: Xterra Advice
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2014, 20:25 »
Thanks ivanll,
Your ID number chart is great! I do want to try out some different coils once I've mastered this one. Hopefully I'll be able to hit $100 in one day in no time :)
  • Detector(s) owned/used: Minelab CTX 3030, Minelab Xterra 70, Minelab Pro Find 25
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