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Mark Gillespie

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Mark Gillespie last won the day on July 22 2018

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    Southern Virginia
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    Detecting, bird watching, playing guitar
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    Early (1980's) Bounty hunters, Tesoro Vaquero, Tejon, Garrett Ace 250, AT Pro, Minelab Explorer, Etrac, Fisher Gold Bug, F75, F75 LTD, F19, Whites TDI SL, V3i, XP Deus, Eurotek Pro, Equinox 800

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  1. I've used both the 6" and the 10 x 5 Coiltek and can say for sure, the 10 x 5 has succeeded in out performing the 6" coil in my locations. I was really worried about purchasing a smaller coil for my Equinox but my friend Jerry "aka Tinfoil" down in Louisiana calmed my fears about that size coil. The 10 x 5 size is nothing new but has been in use for many decades. In fact he had tested and written a review for Troy at Troy Custom Detectors in 2003. After talking on the phone I took his advise and bought the coil and can say I prefer it over the stock coil. I know it may not make sense but I can't see where this coil loses any depth and the separation is better by a substantial margin over the stock coil. As usual Jerry was right, yet again. I can't see why the stock coil is needed but it will be my backup coil, just in case I start having doubts again.
  2. Thanks for the beach/dime information. Don't get to beach hunt but maybe one week a year. I truly love beach hunting.
  3. Finally took the Equinox to the test garden yesterday. In clean ground, and the 10 x 5 coil I can get a repeatable signal on all 3 dimes 6, 7, and 8" deep. Since the sink rate is extremely slow because of the red clay dirt I'm very satisfied with this smaller than stock coils ability. I dug a beer pull tab at 12" the other day but it was in the chips at a school playground. Surprisingly the ID was telling me it wasn't a coin but I had to dig anyway. Interesting tidbit, years ago I dug a gold engagement ring at around the same depth, directly under the swings in the same type of ground cover. Jerry, aka "Tinfoil" had the same size coil for his Shadow X5 many years ago and actually wrote a nice review of the coils separation properties and depth. He said the size and dimensions of the 10 x 5 make it a good size for trash hunting with any detector. And of course he was right again.
  4. It will always be a never-ending quest for detector manufacturers to develop/engineer a better detector than present models. Pulls revenue into the business. When the CTX 3030 hit the market, it was top of the line, with promises of updates but none ever came. Still this detector does super good but boy is it heavy after an hour or so, unless you're in the water.
  5. Never noticed a coverage loss, and to be honest where I was hunting depth is not an issue. I really like the coil.
  6. Went to a local park yesterday and had a great time. This coil is awesome. Turn it down and get close to the large metal support rods and still find the small stuff. Some of these small items were of extreme difficulty locating since the pin pointer could find easily.
  7. Since Tesoro has been out of business for quite a while is it possible to acquire the pot settings on the Micro Max? Or for that fact any board information on some of the detectors.
  8. I'll need to try Colonial next time since I paid $209 At Big Boys.
  9. Well I just purchase one and so far I'm very pleased. One thing I noticed was it seems to be less prone to EMI than the stock 11" coil but more test will be needed to confirm that. After talking to Tinfoil I was advised this coil would be a good choice for the Equinox in trash. One interesting thought from him, "most of the good targets are in the trashy areas since no one wants to hunt the trash". Well actually he is right, I found a nice gold ring mixed with pull tabs and trash a few years ago with the F19. Another interesting tip he had to mention was, "always listen to the target carefully before digging and looking at the screen". Took it out hunting yesterday and I can say I was surprised when I started digging 10" beer pull tabs. I'm extremely pleased with this coil and in my opinion, at my sites it is preferred over the 6" coil.
  10. Do you backup your site information Steve?
  11. Found in the middle of a huge piece of property where there were 2 rock chimneys about 20 feet apart. I wanted to return but the owner sold the entire property. Lost chance, yet again. Thanks for the information.
  12. I had a good friend want to go metal detecting for his first time and he found this old button. Looks to be some sort of brass/copper metal. No markings on either the front or back. About 1" in diameter but was wondering if anyone knows the approximate time frame. Thought the shank would be the best judge of age. Thanks in advance.
  13. Nice recoveries. Been a while since I've been out. Lost my hunting buddy to Covid last month, it's been hard to believe he is gone.
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