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Well done to get out after the storms and stretch your legs.  Thanks for the details of the hunt.

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Looks like you had a fun hunt with a nice haul.

Good luck on your next outing and stay safe out there.

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Mark,  That's most certainly a GOLDEN way to start the new year and break in the capabilities of the new Garrett Axiom.  I think the smaller 11" Ellip coil was a great selection for that site.  Those nuggets are just a beginning of what to expect as you get more time on the detector and feel for how much you can push it's limits.

Garrett did us all Prospectors a huge favor with the option on the Axiom at a price point so many of us can afford.

As for lead shot,  If it's from a shotgun, the standard Dove Load of past used to be #9 shot.  There's smaller snake shot that I have used in pistols though but don't know the actual # size.

Thanks for sharing your success and since you purchased it from me, may I share the pics/story with other potential customers who want Bang for the Buck?

Well earned and Happy New Year, it's starting out Golden.

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I really like that 11" elliptical coil, really a good match for the detector, both in performance, and weight and balance. I have been a fan of 10x5 coils in the past, but if I had one I don't know that I'd prefer it over the 11x7, which covers more ground and gets a hair more depth on the bigger stuff. All I can think a smaller coil might do is pull the edge sensitivity to the tiniest nuggets a little more to the center, but I'm not sure that's worth giving up the other two things for. It's always a trade off with coils. The weight difference would be so negligible so as to not matter. All in all Garrett really got it right with the 11x7.

Looking out my window at snow all I can say is good on you for the gold, and Happy New Year!

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7 hours ago, Gerry in Idaho said:

Mark,  That's most certainly a GOLDEN way to start the new year and break in the capabilities of the new Garrett Axiom.  I think the smaller 11" Ellip coil was a great selection for that site.  Those nuggets are just a beginning of what to expect as you get more time on the detector and feel for how much you can push it's limits.

Garrett did us all Prospectors a huge favor with the option on the Axiom at a price point so many of us can afford.

As for lead shot,  If it's from a shotgun, the standard Dove Load of past used to be #9 shot.  There's smaller snake shot that I have used in pistols though but don't know the actual # size.

Thanks for sharing your success and since you purchased it from me, may I share the pics/story with other potential customers who want Bang for the Buck?

Well earned and Happy New Year, it's starting out Golden.

Gerry, I'm glad I was at the top of your list to get an Axiom right when they came out.  I immediately sold my SDC 2300 after emailing you.  My dad still hasn't hunted with it yet, but I don't feel too bad for him since he's been traveling and golfing...

Please feel free to use my experience with the Axiom to share with others.  I think its a great machine, especially for anybody who doesn't already own a higher-end PI detector, or even for those who do that want some versatility.

As for the shotgun pellet size #, it was the smallest bird shot size.  It didn't stick to my magnet either (and I had to find it again when it dropped, oops!).  It came out with the first scrape of my pick, but finding a pellet that size with a non-vlf was eye-opening for sure.  The Axiom was in fine mode and sensitivity was on 4 of a possible 8.  Ground was "just" highly-mineralized and not "severely" mineralized like where I took the Axiom on my first 2 outings.  

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Below is a chart with diameters per pellet and weight for idealized lead spheres for U.S. Standard Designations with a comparison to English shot sizes.[3][4]

U.S. Size English Size Type Mass (grains) Pellets per

oz (lead)

Pellets per

oz (steel)

Diameter (in) Diameter (mm)
0000   Buck 82     0.38 9.65
000½   Buck 76     0.37 9.4
000 LG Buck 70 6 n/a 0.36 9.14
  MG (mould) Buck 62.5 7 n/a 0.347 8.81
00½   Buck 59     0.34 8.64
  SG Buck 54.7 8 n/a 0.332 8.43
00   Buck 53.8 8   0.33 8.38
0   Buck 49 9   0.32 8.13
#1½   Buck 44.7     0.31 7.87
#1   Buck 40.5 10   0.30 7.62
  Special SG Buck 39.8 11 n/a 0.298 7.57
#2½   Buck 36.6     0.29 7.37
#2   Buck 29.4 14   0.27 6.86
  SSG Buck 29.17 15 n/a 0.269 6.83
#3½   Buck 26.3     0.26 6.6
#3   Buck 23.4 18   0.25 6.35
  SSSG Buck 21.89 20 n/a 0.245 6.22
#4   Buck 20.7 21   0.24 6.1
FF   Waterfowl 18.2     0.23 5.84
  SSSSG Buck 17.50 25 n/a 0.227 5.77
F (or TTT)   Waterfowl 16.0     0.22 5.59
  SSSSSG

or AAAA

Buck/

Waterfowl

14.58 30 n/a 0.214 5.44
TT   Waterfowl 13.9     0.21 5.33
  AAA Waterfowl 12.5 35 n/a 0.203 5.16
T   Waterfowl 12.0 n/a 53 0.20 5.08
  AA Waterfowl 10.94 40 n/a 0.194 4.93
BBB   Waterfowl 10.2 n/a 61 0.19 4.83
BB A or BBBB Waterfowl 8.75 50 72 0.18 4.57
B BBB Waterfowl 7.29 – 7.40 60 86 0.17 4.32
  BB Waterfowl 6.25 70 n/a 0.161 4.09
#1 B Waterfowl 5.47 80 103 0.154 3.91
#2   Waterfowl 4.86 90 125 0.15 3.81
  #1 Waterfowl 4.38 100 n/a 0.143 3.63
#3 #2 Waterfowl 3.65 120 154 0.135 3.43 – 3.56
#4   Waterfowl 3.24 135 192 0.13 3.3
  #3 Waterfowl 3.12 140 n/a 0.128 3.25
#4½   Bird 2.90     0.125 3.18
#5 #4 Bird 2.57 170 243 0.12 3.05
  #4½ Bird 2.19 200 n/a 0.113 2.87
#6 #5 Bird 1.94 – 1.99 220 – 225 317 0.11 2.79
  #5½ (m.g.) Bird 1.82 240 n/a 0.107 2.72
  #6 Bird 1.62 270 n/a 0.102 2.59
#7 #6½ Bird 1.458 300 420 0.10 2.54
  #7 Bird/Clay 1.29 340 n/a 0.095 2.41
#7½   Bird/Clay 1.25 350 490 0.095 2.413
#8   Bird/Clay 1.067 410 577 0.09 2.286
#8½ #8 Bird/Clay 0.97 450 n/a 0.085 – 0.087 2.16 – 2.21
#9 #9 Bird/Clay 0.748 580 – 585 n/a 0.08 2.032
#9½   Bird/Clay 0.63     0.075 1.91
#10 #10 Pest 0.51 850 n/a 0.07 1.78
  #11 Pest 0.42 1,040 n/a 0.066 1.68
  #12 Pest 0.35 1,250 n/a 0.062 1.57
#11   Pest 0.32     0.06 1.52
#12   Pest 0.183 2,385 n/a 0.05 1.27
  Dust Pest 0.17 2,600 n/a 0.048 1.22
Dust   Pest 0.10 or less     0.04 1.02
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