A nice silver surprise

Well this afternoon I received a message from local metal detectorist and forum member JKP. He asked if I could swing by on my way home from work and I agreed. We decided to hunt for a short bit. With Pulltab Miner having a good day I was pumped to find some goodies! JKP had already found silver at this location so I couldn’t resist a quick swing. Well 3-4 wheaties later I was salivating for silver. JKP and I were discussing detectors as he is wanting to upgrade from the Ace 250 to the ATPro. I professed my love for the Ace 250 and the conversation ended. The very next target showed all signs of silver and I told JKP that if it wasn’t silver I would put the 250 on the market! Guess what.. I get to keep the Ace in my possession because a nice looking 58 rosie was staring at me through the soil! About 10 minutes later Queen Ukena called inquiring about my ETA at home. I told her a few more minutes. I told JKP that I had to hit one more good target. I found my signal quickly and dug a 1907 Barber dime. This coin looks rough. The face is scratched (not by me) and there are no reeds on the edge of the coin. The finals for the evening 7 wheats, 2 silvers, 3 memorials, and 1 clad quarter. Earlier in the day PullTabMiner was saying that he thought 2013 would be good for us. I hope he is right because I like the way we are putting 2012 to bed!

Happy Hunting and Thanks for reading!
Steveouke *\_

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The little Ace amazes me sometimes….

Well the little Ace did it again. This machine flat out amazes me sometimes. This week I have been at a tradeshow in a neighboring town. This town is old and has several old parks. I decided to detect over my lunch break. There was a park only a mile or so from the convention center. This park is surrounded by homes from the early 1900’s. My thought of homes lining the street were quickly confirmed by finding a buried walk that led to nothing. It was a cool 43 degrees after a small front moved through last night. I started swinging and immediately got an odd deep signal. Since I was unfamiliar with the soil in this area I dug it. At about 8″ I found an unfired .22 bullet. The bullet had a U stamped on the bottom. Quick research says that it is a bullet made by United Metallic Cartridge in the early 1900’s before the company was purchased by Remington. I proceeded to dig several clad coins and then I got a sweet deep belltone. Another great target was found at 8″. It is a 1912 wheatie without a mint mark. I left on that note and headed back to an afternoon of trade showing.

As much as I love the little Ace 250 I am thinking that it may be time to graduate to the next level of metal detector. I kind of think of metal detectors the same as golf clubs, pool cues, or fishing rods. I dont see the point of upgrading until you have reached a certain level in the “sport”. For instance, I have the same set of golfing irons that I bought used in the year of 1999 or so. I don’t play golf often enough or well enough to justify expensive clubs. My detecting addiction seems more like my passion for fishing. I have dedicated the time and effort to the hobby and I can see the benefit of having a better machine. The hard part is figuring out which direction to go. In my mind there are three levels of detectors. Beginning, intermediate, and high end machines. There are several machines I would like to have. But that doesn’t clarify where I should go. I know guys who have or do swing multiple detectors of different levels. I am thinking the next step should be an intermediate machine. I know some beginners who went straight to a high end machine and always seemed confused and unsure of their programs on them. The Whites V3i , Minelab E-trac, and XP Deus are all high end machines that seem to do very well. The Garrett AT Pro, Minelab 505 and 705, Whites MXT, and many others I would consider intermediate level machines. I look forward to swinging a few different machines before making a decision on which direction to go. A fellow hunter has offered me his White’s DFX to try and I swung a Garrett AT Pro for about an hour last weekend. I do not know anyone who has a mid level Minelab that I could try out though. As you can tell I am open to all brands but I just want to find a machine that fit’s my desires and needs. Hopefully some good unbiased opinions will come up in the weeks and months that follow. Most importantly with any machine is taking the time to learn it and learn it well!

Happy hunting.. Signed confused detectorist who doesn’t know what he wants!

Emotions make IT complicated

Tonight after Kolton’s baseball game the family and I went into Wichita so my wife could go to Barnes and Noble. This meant leaving my motorcycle unattended for a few hours in a public place. I hate doing that because motorcycle thefts in Wichita have been on the rise. While in Wichita my two youngest boys and I found a couple geocaches. Always fun! On my ride home I started thinking and I was somewhat saddened by my thoughts. Here they are..

I have been driving for 16 of my 32 years on planet earth. I have owned approximately 16 vehicles during that time.
I have been metal detecting for about 7 months and only have one detector.

Where do emotions come in?
Practically every person I know wishes they hadn’t sold something in the past. I have a few vehicles that were one with my soul.
1- 1970 K-5 Blazer.. Amazing semi rare truck that was big, fast, and just plain cool!
2- 1991 Chevy Z-71 regular cab with headers and exhaust. I loved this truck for one reason. I had this truck when I met my wife. I will never forget her riding beside me on the bench seat. This is the truck that got us to Jackson Hole and back for our honeymoon.
3- 2004 Volvo S-60. The only car I have ever drove regularly. I loved everything about it!

I currently have two things that are going to make me really think about emotional ties.
1- My motorcycle, I am very close to paying it off. At that time I am going to have a tough decision to make. To sell or not. It has carried me 42,000 miles and it is part of my soul. There are two bikes that I am interested in. Both are more complicated than my V-star which is a very simple machine. But I love the idea of heated handgrips on those mornings that the temp is in the teens. The two bikes I have in mind are a BMW R1200RT or a Suzuki V-Strom. I am hesitant to sell this bike because my wife has shown some interest in learning to ride. If she doesn’t, it would make a great starter bike for Kolton in a few years. Would I regret letting it go?

2- My Ace 250, I love this little machine for a turn on and go detector. Much like my motorcycleI had no idea how much I would enjoy it. I wanted to buy a machine that would allow me to be outdoors and find neat stuff. It does it! Now after seeing and learning more about detectors I kind of want to move up to a better machine. I know that PulltabMiner recently posted on his blog that he regretted selling his Ace 250. I would love to upgrade to an AT Pro, Minelab E-trac, or Whites V3i. But currently I have to wander why I would upgrade. They all decipher gold ring the same as trash, and I still have gold fever!

Like the title says, IT’s complicated. I don’t want to suffer sellers remorse on either!