Popular Post CPT_GhostLight Posted March 17 Popular Post Share Posted March 17 With the recent tips, tricks, and comparison videos out there regarding unmasking in iron, I've been anxious to try out some ideas in what is my personal "worst dirt on Earth". I call it the Land that Time Forgot. I know that others probably have way worse dirt, but for my area, this is it for me. It is an old coal mining area close to home that is strewn with coal, coke, magnetite, hot rocks, all manner of iron from microscopic to huge, and man-made metal trash of all varieties. It operated from the late 1800s to the 1930s and probably began to be metal detected the week after it closed down. It is the proverbial beat to death, hunted out site. Most people I know won't even go there anymore. I imagine this place is probably what the surface of one of the moons of Jupiter looks like. Of course being only a couple of years back into the hobby, I don't have the good sense to look somewhere more promising, so off I went trying to beat the weekly snowstorm on the only warm-ish day in while. Now I've been trying to expand my repetoire of D2 Programs and tricks to enhance my hunting experience in really difficult ground. For this hunt, I wanted to really explore F350's Relic Reaper program, variations of Fast in Full Tones and Pitch, Sensi FT, Park in Pitch, Relic, and Deep HC in Pitch. Now I didn't take the time to do anything even approaching scientifically controlled testing, I was on the hunt, so I just alternated using Fast Full Tones, Fast Pitch, and G1-F350 (Relic Reaper) to find targets and interrogated them with all of the listed programs. Now this was just my area in my worst case scenario and results will vary in your areas, so take this all with a grain of salt. My main three hunting programs were as follows: Fast Full Tones in PWM and Sens 94, Disc -2.0, Notch 00-00, Silencer & B-Caps 0, Reactivity 1.5, Audio Response 5. Fast Pitch Tones in PWM and Sens 94, Disc 6.8, Notch 10-30, Silencer 2, B-Caps 3, Reativity 2, Audio Response 5. G1-F350 (Realic Reaper) stock, but with PWM audio, Sensitivity 96, and Big Numbers instead of XY screen. FYI, for those interested in the Relic Reaper, contact @F350Platinum. It's his program and he might share it with you if you bribe him with Spanish Silver. 🤣 I hunted mainly by ear, only looking at the TID numbers when a target sound confused me or was very faint in the mix. That actually worked pretty well on most of the programs. I dug anything that sounded good and iffy ones as well. One thing I noticed was that Relic, Deep HC, and Fast Pitch liked to false loud on big iron. So did the the Park program in Pitch, but it was just too filtered to hit many of the targets in the iron matrix. The iron overpowered it, so I stopped using Park after a while. The programs with Full Tones seemed to false to a lesser degree, or perhaps it just sounded lower in pitch and volume, but they worked well to tell falsing iron from a non-ferrous target close to iron. I dug several iffies just to confirm. The programs with square tones made it harder for me to tell misshaped targets from round, in my opinion, so I switched all programs to PWM. That seemded to help quite a bit for me and why I mainly use PWM now. All of the programs seemed to hit good targets well, but for me, The Fast and Deep HC in Pitch hit the hardest even on the tiniest targets. The G1-F350 (Relic Reaper) was designed for use in very mild soil, but did amazingly well in my mineralization. It went deep and was great at separating non-ferrous from ferrous targets and I ended up using it to check all deep iffy targets in iron and it was spot on. I also noticed that full tones in PWM was great at telling deep from shallow and small from large targets. It may be because I tend to run a little hot, from 94-96, and larger targets and very shallow targets would distort in the audio like an overdriven amp. So for my ears, I still like Fast the best, but that's just me. I also tried adjusting Reactivity from 0.5-4 to see if I could unmask targets. Anything over 2.5 just didn't sound off as well in this dirt and under 1.5 was just lost in the mix. 1.5-2 seemed to be the sweet spot in this beat up ground. So to wrap up, try everything to learn what works best for you in your ground. You just won't know what will work best for a particular location unless you experiment. I did manage to unearth one sweet surprise in that scortched earth from hell. While poking around under some tumble weeds, I got a fairly faint 90-94 number peaking through the iron grunts and it remainded the same on all programs that I checked it with. Thinking it was a large bottle cap, I dug it because all 90s come out! It was actually a very weathered 1927-D silver Mercury dime! I coudn't believe it! Coins are scacer than hens teeth at this place, except for zinc pennies which must just rain from the sky in this state! Anyway thanks for reading and I hope my quests help others in some small way on their journey. Buttons, bullets, and such. Possibly Native American or Spanish hair or braid decoration. Non-Ferrous. The Iron. The Glass. The trashy trash. 18 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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