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After few months of heavy used at waterfall, beach and dirt, I'm happy that the MX sport didn't have crack, leakage issue . I'm still learning the language of the MX sports.. Still didn't understand about the threshold, what it use for, what does it tell me when the hum disappear in a brief of time especially at high mineralized ground like beach. And I still not confident using the relic mode, too much information its giving out for me . Thank you very much. HH
By Paul (Ca)
Spent a few hours up in gold country, short Relic hunt on a friend's property. Recent rains made the hunt tough, ground was soaked and many areas not only were streams flowing but even the ground had a thin carpet of water flowing across the terrain. Was forced to remain near the road, maybe next trip venture in deeper.
Still, through water and mud hiked to a pounded site. Pounded is an understatement, we've clobbered it but the MX Sport scored a few relics, no coins but a happy camper none the less.
Those needing a faster snappier recovery, quicker audio. May want to use Prospecting mode VCO off position for Relic hunting, even inland detecting if the user prefers 2-tone.
The other modes, tend to take away recovery and the audio drags on to long if the user is needing a faster mode for tough conditions.
My favorite is using Prospecting mode VCO OFF position, SAT maxied out at 6 because of the abundance of iron. This is by far the best mode and features to use as a Relic detector, can he used for inland coin/jewelry hunting as well if the user is ok with 2-tone.
Dug an eagle button, several pistol balls, toe tap, Henry shell and a neat buckel.
Added a pic of a detector stand on the MX Sport, and the area the headphone plug is mounted. Using two zip ties to fasten the plug onto the slots for the arm strap, one of the cable clips attaches cord below handgrip.
Thanks for looking,
What a weekend! I had the opportunity to head out to Idaho for an event put on by Spud Diggers/Ultimate Metal Detectors and meet some members of this forum who attended. Great group of guys on an old Chinese gold mine with an old townsite. Many layers of history going back from the 1870s to the 1930s, and lots of tin - yuck!
I followed the Oregon Trail out there, and planned to represent the White's factory at the event since we were sponsoring the event. My fingers were crossed for relics, but I knew that since it was an active mine years ago there was a chance at finding some other types metal. So I brought it all - TDI SL, GMT, V3i, TreasurePro, and of course my go-to the MX Sport. Pretty quickly after running the TDI and GMT I realized that I would need a good discriminator and a strong magnet to get through the tin.
The first thrill I got was seeing a newbie (Maddie) dig her first signal with an MX Sport - a 1940 Merc on the side of the road by camp. She was shaking when I caught up with her after hearing her holler out loud! Oregon Gregg was hitting IHP's and everyone was finding relics left and right with a few coins thrown in.
Even I was finding some buttons, bullets, and a nice little pewter teacup from a child's play set.
I found a flat area that looked like a prime spot where two creeks met. The area had been hydraulic mined, as well as dredged, with hard-rock mines in the area. I got a bunch of strange lower-conducting signals with the MX Sport and decided to dig one. They were about 6-7 inches down and rang up in the foil/nickel range on the MX Sport. My newly purchased HoeDag made quick work and the TRX helped me out since the targets were pretty small.
What came out looked like a crusty booger. Underneath the crust it had a dull yellow shine.
The mining report I read mentioned several different types of processes the miners used throughout the 80 years of active work, so I kept three pieces I dug from the same hole for examination later. There were other signals in that area to investigate but I had high hopes for a Chinese coin so I moved on. The rest of the hunt was awesome - lots of miles on my boots, awesome company, great food, and memories to last!
After I got home I was too curious to wait, so I broke out the peroxide and a brush and got to work. Somewhere I lost the small BB-sized piece in the field photo between my fingers. But the bigger pieces made it home. Here's the finished product:
I will admit I got a little shaky when I saw them start to shine in the peroxide.
I got to meet Gerry from Boise on my trip, great guy and I figured I owed him this shot with the 2.5 grammer.
Every time I find something new I get more and more hooked by this hobby. Thanks to forums like this, Ultimate Metal Detector, and of course WHITE'S ELECTRONICS, I can mark this off my bucket list. It took me over a year... but it was totally worth it! I was getting pretty frustrated at all of the skunks, and to find this much gold with the MX Sport, well, I feel pretty damn lucky!
I need to do a little more digging to see what the crud on the outside was, but there was a lot of sulphide-bearing quartz in the area. I would guess that these nuggets were a result of some kind of refinement and processing and they were just missed by the old-timers. But I know where I'm going the next time I'm in Idaho...
Been thinking about picking up a 7" or 9.5" coil for the MXS. I've seen one review on YT on the 9.5 but nothing on the 7"
They said the 9.5 looses very little depth over the stock 10" and pin points better.
How much depth loss would the 7" have over the 10" and how well does the pin pointing work with the 7"?
I've been detecting the fresh water lakes with a lot of trash and cant seem to hone in on my pin pointing.
Thanks in advance.