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Re: Just a few updates or corrections for Gregg's post.

February 17, 2020 01:17PM avatar
Couple of things worth noting:

1) The nickel is a slightly easier target to hit in this test environment. I was using an Indian Head (my pot-O-gold smiling smiley ), until you suggested the nickel - I found it easier to detect, I suppose due to simply a larger quantity of non ferrous metal.
I used a US 5¢ 'Nickel' on the 'Plank Board Test' simply because that's what the fellow on You Tube used with two Iron Nails. I just wanted to make a comparison that was comparable. Usually, not always but usually, our USA Nickel might have an edge over a One Cent coins because it is slightly larger in diameter and thickness. However, some detectors might favor the slightly smaller Cent based upon their operating frequency.

It's no different from my Nail Board Performance Test which came about when I spotted the late 1800's Indian Head Cent. That was an actual in-the-field encounter which makes it a fair comparison to do. The 'tough test' I set up for Gregg's benefit three years ago was using the NB but replacing the 1¢ coin with a silver Capped-Bust Half-Dime. Thus, it was the reverse of using a larger-size Nickel compared with a One Cent coin. In the Utah and Nevada ghost towns I have hunted a lot, old Pennies and Nickels get found often enough to make them worthy Test Sample coins.

2) Before the last WTHO, I had taken the nail board test to the next 'level', by placing a coin 1/2" below it. A more severe test than the 2 vertically placed nails - simply due to more iron present. At that time, I got no response no way sad smiley I didn't pursue it further. You might give it a go with your arsenal. Mine isn't large enough (yet eye rolling smiley ) This was the reason for the magnet brooms I brought, because I feel wherein you might be able to find a few detector/coil combinations to defeat several tests, eventually NO combination works with enough iron interference.
I can assure you George, I have done a variety of depth-differences using coins and my NB. Decades that were devoted to hunting so many of those older sites convinced me of the fact that most targets, good and bad, are typically anywhere from surface to 3" or occasionally 4", and also that the good and bad items can be mixed all around in that typical range. So I've positioned Indian Head / Zinc Cent coins in different sub-depths to the Nail Board. I've been pleased with the results I get from some detectors and coils I've used, but the reality is, things are where we find them so I prefer to just evaluate performance based on when I come across.

3) There's a whole lot of data you posted. Please trim it down to the "favorite" detector/coil combination you found. My tax return is coming! smiling bouncing smiley

Yes, there was a lot, but I still didn't compare the larger of the two coils that came with the Vanquish 540, or the mid-sized 5X9½ DD coils on the CoRe or Relic, or my ORX with it's 5X9½ DD. I am also waiting to find out what accessory coils are going to come out for the Nokta / Makro Simplex.

The detectors we used yesterday included several I am selling as I trim my working detector outfit, and most of what I am hanging onto. To kind of answer your question, here is where I stand in my Detector Outfit today:

Urban Coin & Jewelry Hunting Team:
• XP ORX w/9" X35 DD coil
• Nokta / Makro Simplex+ w/11" DD ..for now
•Tesoro Silver Sabre microMAX w/6" Concentric
• MInelab Vanquish 540 Pro w/5X8 DD

Relic Hunting Team:
• Nokta FORS CoRe w/'OOR' DD
• Nokta FORS Relic w/5" DD
• XP ORX w/5X9½ DD
Tesoro Bandido II µMAX w/6" Concentric

Loaner and Cross-Over Units:
• Fisher F44 w/7" Concentric for casual Coin Hunting or as a 'loaner unit' for friends, family or property owners.
• Minelab Vanquish w/5X8 DD or 9X12 DD to be my 'cross-over' detector for some Relic Hunting that isn't in really dense iron contaminated areas.

That's about the best I can narrow it down to right now. The four Relic Hunting Team units and the Vanquish are all going to be along to work the sites on the next WTHO.


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In many ways I agree, however, not totally. Here's why.

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That photo pretty well nails it. . . . . . . . . . so to speak. N/T

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