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About MontAmmie

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    On the road again in the USA.
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    Treasure hunting of any kind!
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    MineLab Equinox 800, Fisher F-pulse, Garrett Infinium, White's DFX+ Sunray, , 27ft Toy Hauler, Polaris Sportsman 850 XP, Nikon D800.

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  1. Norm, the included programming directions are a bit confusing. I had to read it with pinpointer in hand a few times to get the hang of it. Hold the button down with pinpointer off-adjust the light, hold button down with pinpointer already on-program sensitivity. If you're really going to just toss it in a drawer, maybe you could sell it to me for a back-up? I'm not sure if the warranty would transfer if there's something wrong with it though. I love mine after I got it figured out.
  2. Hi Ya'll! Just a quick note to let you know I'm still alive and haven't been et by a gristly bear...yet! ? The Verizon towers have been pretty scarce so far and when we do pass by one it's a mad dash to call family and download a weather report. So far in Montana I have detected- an old church camp that is now just USFS land, a campground that dated from the 1930's, an old homestead site (permission), and an old road that was there since the 1880's. I have about half a jar of wheats, silver dimes, and silver quarters (mostly wheats). Nothing older than about 1927, but that's just detecting in Montana. Anyway, having a blast out here and hope ya'll are all having a great summer too! Ammie
  3. No time to metal detect with all the family festivities anyway. Our hobby is going to be outlawed in every city park in a few years. ☹️
  4. Hi Ya'll! We're leaving Obion County tomorrow and going to Louisville, KY. My baby girl's getting her Master's Degree on Friday! Then we're finally heading west. The Polaris and the 800 can't wait. Check out my throne on the back. ?
  5. Hi Ya'll! Well, I didn't get a plate or even a button at the Civil War site. ? It was a beautiful place to dig, but I think it was just too far from the actual battlefield (pic 1). What I did get was some assorted lead (pic 2) and what I think is a copper percussion cap (pic 3). I know? some of this is not Civil War era, like the cone-shaped bullets, at least according to my dad. I think some of it is Civil War lead like the small lead round balls?, some of which look like they hit something, sorry about the Tennessee clay still on them (pic 4). I have no idea what the tiny little fuse-looking things are (pic 5), but they look old, I think they are lead, and they were found in the same area as the round lead balls. I was amazed that my 800 could pick these tiny little things out of the iron trash in that area. I used Field 1, all metal, sens 23, rec speed 5, everything else default. Most of the lead was down 3-4 inches ?, which had me scratching my head and thinking there was no way any of it could possibly be that old, UNTIL the owner told me I was digging in the area where he dumped dirt from excavating the small pond. OK, that made more sense! Even though I didn't find much, I still had fun digging it (pic 6). So if anyone knows anything about this Civil War stuff, enlighten me please! I know what a 3 ringer looks like, since that is about all I have ever dug, but as for the rest, I'm clueless. I'm fairly confident that all of this is Confederate, if it is old, since there were supposedly no US troops in this area. Thanks a bunch and I'm looking forward to any identification help you guys would be kind enough to provide. Happy Hunting! Ammie
  6. Yeah, GB, I checked them. Nothing special, so I gave 'em to a friend of my dad's who collects them. I kept the Cougar Whiskey token, it seems to be a fairly nice one. Thanks for the good wishes. There will, of course, be a long, full, probably boring, term paper on the whole experience. ?
  7. Strick, I hit every area at least twice. The dirt next to the gravel driveway is where the wheats were hiding so I spent most of my time there. I did find the old shoe buckle in what was the backyard. You couldn't cherry-pick by depth either, since it seemed to have been all pushed around by the bulldozer. The oldest wheatie was actually laying right on top of the ground! And then there were tons of 1 or 2 square inch white pieces of what looked like aluminum siding that rang up between 23 and 30 and nearly drove me nuts. Gary, I probably qualify as a local since I grew up in this area. I think that permission was probably just a one-time thing and I was at the right place/right time, like you said. I really don't see the owners letting lots more people detect it, since I didn't find much. I could be wrong, though. I think we're going to the Civil War site tomorrow, still waiting for the owner to call me back. I'm taking the 800, of course, and the Infinium as a back up. The dirt here is not heavily mineralized, but if the 800 isn't finding anything I'll try the PI machine. I think I'll start out in Field 1, 50 tones, all metal, with the sensitivity as high as I can get it, threshold up where I can hear it, and the recovery speed on about 3 or 4, since I don't believe this will be a target-dense location. I'll be digging everything except probably big iron. Ya'll please wish me luck! Ammie
  8. Hello Everyone! Well, I had a great time yesterday at a one-shot permission. My mom and I went yard sale-ing Saturday and we stopped at one in the old part of town. And what did I spy next door but an empty lot that was just screaming "old torn down house" (see pic 2). So long-story-short I got the owners name/email and permission and went out yesterday. It was a really big old house that was demolished recently, and according to my Sanborn maps it had been there since at least 1897. Woohoo. Google earth even still had a photo of it pre-bulldozer. (see pic 1). So I spent 4 hours there yesterday and was really expecting some old silver, but was disappointed. I did get 4 wheat pennies, an old shoe buckle, a "Cougar" Whiskey Good Luck token, and some other odds and ends.(see pic 3) It was really tough detecting since they buried a lot of the old house in that dirt- bricks, nails, screws, aluminum siding, chain link fence, copper pipes and all. I was surprised my 800 found any coins at all, truthfully, with all that trash. I knew my time was limited and I don't dig pennies on purpose, but those darn wheats can sound so close to a dime! I suspect there is silver there, but probably about 2 feet down under all that bull-dozed dirt. I wish I could go back, but the dance card is pretty full with family stuff and we're leaving Obion County in 10 days. So anyway, I'll finally be hitting the Civil War site (hopefully) on Wednesday. Ya'll wish me luck! Ammie
  9. Hey Jim! Thanks for the advice on 800 settings. I already have a few bullets, so this is what I'm mostly looking for. I've heard they ID like a squished aluminum can. Does anyone know for sure?
  10. I know, Strick! I can not wait to get to Montana. There are some cool places I'll be detecting, I mean prospecting for gold nuggets, that, back east, would be roped off with a big ole Hysterical Marker sign in front of it. Montana is how it should be. If you're not bothering anybody or trespassing on their property, no one really gives a crapola what you do.
  11. I got my card (at my mom's house). Now if I could just figure out a way to mount it on the front of my 800 while I practice going through the menu options. Hey, maybe this would work! Thanks so much, Scott!
  12. Hi Yall! Well, we left Georgia and are now parked in my mom's yard in Obion County, TN. I hunted several of those Lake Lanier beaches (on the 4 days out of 10 when it wasn't raining), and I must say I won't be in any hurry to go back. I've never dug so many pull tabs without even a tiny piece of silver to show for it. And not only are the beaches bare of anything but trash, but all the city and county parks seem to be off limits to detecting. I did try another little city park in Sugar Hill, but after seeing all of the security cameras I changed my mind. It's not worth the risk of having my 800 confiscated by some local podunk city cop for a handful of aluminum trash. Now for the good news. There's a friend of a friend who lives near a West TN Civil War battlefield and he's going to let me detect his 3 acre lot! I've looked at the old maps and while the battle wasn't actually on his property, there was certainly Confederate troop movement and very possibly camps there. Any suggestions on 800 settings to squeeze the most out of my 4-5 hour (Hubby's metal detecting attention span) shot at this will be welcome. I'll also be detecting some of the local parks here, and since the mayor of our little town was my 3rd grade teacher maybe I won't be harassed by the local law enforcement! It will be interesting to see if the 800 finds any silver since I know these little parks have been pounded to death by every other VLF detector ever made. I just hope I'm the first one there with an Equinox! Here's some pics I did of the Lake Lanier beaches. Ya'll have a good week and Happy Hunting! Ammie
  13. I think we need to go visit Pennsylvania (in July, when it's warmer).
  14. I have a found ring that I'd like to sell, so I'll have the answer to that question in a couple of months. I'm planning to take it to a jeweler in Bozeman and have them clean the sand out of it and polish it up. I'm also thinking about a written appraisal. It's 2 carats of diamonds set in 14K . And no, I'm not posting any pics or telling where I found it.
  15. Hi Ya'll! Jim, I agree that I shouldn't have asked. I checked the Forsyth Co Park and Rec website and there was absolutely nothing about metal detecting in their precious parks. From what I understand, if there is no rule, then all they can do is tell you to leave if some Barney Fife Wannabe takes offense to someone cleaning their park for free? The park manager at Arrowhead Lake didn't know what the lake was named for? Sad, but typical. I hope I'm wrong, but I foresee a day in my lifetime when the only places you will be allowed to detect is public beaches and private property. It's already like that in many eastern states. I went to the Old Federal Day Use beach area yesterday. I put my 800 in Field 2 all metal mode, upped the sensitivity to 23 and left everything else on the default setting. If you like bottle caps, then this is the place to go! It wasn't a total waste of 5 hours as I got really good at avoiding the nasty little things. Except for the really rusted ones and the steel Corona caps they all have jumpy all-over-the-place ID numbers. Most of them will even ring up a negative number (or several) as long as you are running all metal. Of course, if the trash and iron is dense, it seems that you might miss a good target by using this method. I got 41 cents and no jewelry. Sometimes you can learn a lot from a day of digging a mountain of trash. It seems like this beach is well-hunted. since the only shallow targets were bottle caps, which most detectorists can avoid. Despite the lack of quality targets, I was very pleased with my 800. The coins were DEEP, like dig-past-the-sand-and-into-the- Georgia-clay deep. I also dug quite a few of the old ring style pull tabs, which were also about 10 to 14 inches down. I feel that these would have been already dug, since they sound soooo good, if they had been within range of most detectors. Today I put on my jacket and braved the 58 degree Siberian tundra conditions and went down to the smaller Federal Campground beach. Similar results, just less of it. I did get a tiny little pierced earring back. Woo hoo. It rang up a solid 5. Old Federal Day Use Beach Old Federal Campground Beach Area that I wanted to detect. Ya'll have a good weekend! Tomorrow we move to Sawnee Campground. We'll see what those beaches have to offer! Ammie
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