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  1. Above we were talking about Seneca, WV. A friend and I drove up through there Sunday, and on up to Spruce Knob, just looking at leaves. Circled back around, I guess about 175 miles round trip. Just a pretty Sunday drive. Was 44* and blowing snow on top, and windy as all get out.
  2. I get a good bit of action on that camera.
  3. Well, thanks. One of those things, everytime that I'd cut her in the wind, I was taking a chance. Sundance was built to run, and she'd cover a lot of ground in an hour. As we got older, she didn't range out as far. But a mile is only 15 minutes for her. But, I had her in what I'd consider a "safe zone." We've spent a lot of time together and I will miss the little girl. Already do. But I'm puppy shopping. Here she is at my "Spring Camera".
  4. Antimony, that could be right. When I first dug it, I thought it was a rock. There were also 2 silver dinner forks in the same hole. I shaved off one little edge with my knife, it looks like lead, but it's harder. That little glob is only the size of the palm of your hand, but weighs about 5 pounds. I'll weigh it again today. Well, I went out Thursday evening, found the bowl full of junk above. I checked out the old gate sight that I mentioned above. Didn't have time to go try to find the old hand-dug well. Guys are probably down in there deer and turkey hunting, so I just stayed off of that property. It ended up being a really, really bad day. I had my dog, Sundance with me, the last time that I'd seen her was near that old gate area. A truck came out and down the other lane, I guess she followed the other truck? We were a mile from a paved road. Long story short, I stopped at the first house and he told me that she'd been hit and killed in the road. Sundance was a purebred Redbone hound, she was 16 I think? I've got her papers here someplace. She was getting gray around her face and across her back and tail, I knew it was coming, but that's one hole I didn't want to dig. That's Sundance.
  5. Sorry, the silver dime above is 1918.
  6. In the first picture, the 4 Quarters on the right don't count. I found those here at work. The rest of the coins I've dug, plus a few more. If you look at the top right of the first pic, I think that's a brass lid to a snuff box? It's hard to get the lighting right, but I was told the other little box thing might me a match box? The big glob of lead looking stuff, is I think linotype? It's harder than lead. In the second picture is the Dime, I found it the very first day that I had this new machine on the ground. Figured that was a good omen. 1913. It sounded good. The little thing on the left, I've been told it was a junk ring? It'll sparkle, but looks like it's missing stones or something? The little thing on the right, I'm not sure, but I think it was a tree ornament? Tiny little thing, someone missed it when the dragged the tree out of the house? Maybe. But that's most of everyting decent that I've found, recently. I've got a table full of junk, truckbed is full too. The 1946 Dime I found the other day, had it here at work showing it to some friends. It was a pretty coin. A guy asked me what I wanted for it. Told him that I wasn't going to sell it. Then asked if 46 meant anything special to him. That was the year he was born. So, I told him, it's all yours. He's a good friend, good customer and veteran, so that was a good deal.
  7. I'll be, a 1955 Chevy, that was 10 years before I was born. But that top ornament is identical, part of the tail is missing, part of it looks to be a fresh break. Chris dug it and the ground is really hard. About all of the places that I've detected go back to around 1900, give or take. Some a good bit before. Most of these folks didn't have 2 Dimes to rub together. But you know when I'm out, an old Nickle is a good find. Years ago I found a V Nickle, that's a neat find to me. But, Terry, those settings that you're using, would make for a long and boring day, in the places I'm detecting. If I'm not mistaken, those settings would eliminate gold coins too. Maybe I'm wrong? Rifle brass is giving me somewhere around an 18 on the Minelab. I mean centerfire rifle brass. Yesterday I was out looking for the farmer's keys again, I found a dime, it was giving me a 25. Also found a nickle, forget what it was reading? But it sounded good. I should have a break later today, tell you where I'm going. There was a gate between 2 properties, it's long gone, the fence is pretty much just a scab on the trees. I'm not sure, but I figure there were school kids that went through that gate. We shall see. The landowner also told me about a handdug well, so I'm going to check it out too. If I can find it. But our big game hunting seasons are coming in, archery deer and bear season is in now. So, I'm about done detecting for this season. But we shall see. I'm going to post a pic of some junk in a minute, maybe you guys can ID it for me?
  8. While I have a chance I'll explain what we have in the box, from our last dig. Nothing special really, we found about 7 coins, the best were wheat pennies. This is a different property from where the rock foundation is located. Just so many places around where the grass and weeds are so tall, you just can't get to the ground. Chris and I have tected I guess 4 different properties so far, different spots of the property and all. Probably the neatest find the other day was the little toy cap-gun in the top corner of the box. It's pretty much intact. I forget the dates on the coins? Wheat pennies are a nicest find. But they were all dug coins. The ground is really hard now, but our machines are working. The thing he's holding in his hand is some kind of hood ornament, one man guessed it was from a 50's or 60's Buick. Not sure? It's got a couple of bullet holes too. But I look at all of the junk that we've found, and it pretty much needs to be dug. Now and then we'll get a pull tab, or bottle cap. But I've got some good places to go, just not much time. Terry, you're over my head with your settings, I've only had this machine for 2 months. But let me ask, with your settings would you still get Pennies and nickles?
  9. Here are a couple pics of the old foundation and chimney. I've been on that property 3 times. The grass is starting to kind of die off, but still too tall to detect. Chris and I are going out in a bit, try a new spot. I'm confident, we'll find some junk.
  10. That's my buddy Chris above with the load of junk. I didn't know that he even had a detector until a month or so ago. We've been out 3 or 4 times so far. Chris is running a Garret Ace, he's had it about 3 years or so. I'm using the Minelab 800, so far we're about even up. Chris has the advantage over me, because of his ears. He's younger than me, and his hearing is just so much better. But everything that I've dug, Chris would find on his machine, and everything that he's dug, sounds good on mine. I've been back to the one property 3 times now, finding junk and old stuff, but I did find a Lincoln Penny. Junk. Chris and I went to a property, just outside of town the other day. You can see the junk he's holding. Our best find was a 1946 Dime. We found 2 dimes, 3 pennies and a bunch of junk. 2 wheat pennies. So, that's not bad for 2 guys, about 3 hours on a 70 acre property. Also found a decent ax head and some kind of something or other, one lady said that it's a "needle minder". It's pretty neat.
  11. I'm going to add some pics from recent outings.
  12. That's the pear tree that I mentioned above, with my detector and digger, leaning against it. I spent most of my time in the timber, but that's the way it is around the old house site. Tall grass.
  13. Hmmm. Seneca, is named for the Seneca indians, it's about an hour drive from here. Beautiful and big country in that area. If your Dad grew up in that area, good chance that I know some of your family. Do a search: Seneca. You guys need to get up to snuff on your West Virginia history. Years ago I worked over in the Shenandoah Valley, over around New Market and all. I've let a few of my local friends look at my most recent box of junk, I forgot to mention the harmonica reed that I found the other day. Just junk. But that would have been pretty neat to come back across the mountain 100 years ago, and hear harmonica music. It's been years since I've even heard one. I'm not sure how you post pictures here, is there a tutoral someplace? I might run back up to that property this week? Honestly, I've been thinking about taking a weedeater and rake. I'd like to snoop around the old house site and the spring. But, just like anywhere else, nobody is going to take a pocket full of change, just to go get a bucket of water. But more than likely, someone in the family made that walk everyday. Never know.
  14. Good morning folks. I live in West Virginia, that's where I was detecting. Not far from the Virginia state line, pretty good haul from here where I live. I'll give you a run down on what all kinds of junk I found the other day in a minute. Found a whole box full. I took off the other morning, the dog and I, got to the property a little before Noon. As far as I know there were never any skirmishes or anything like that on the property. The way I understand things, I think there were a few scouts that passed across, taking the high ground. I don't know this property very well, and I'd never been on the place when the leaves were still on the timber. Kind of hard for me to get my bearings, and I could only see 50 or 75 yards. Long story short, I walked past the rock wall that I was looking for, but found another one. I blazed a trail down around one side of the mountain, circled back around the other side. Thinking about it now, I'd bet that the folks had a rail fence boxing in the rock wall. Some kind of little pen where they kept 4 or 5 head of cows, during winter. The old house, if it's where I think it was, it's gone. Just a big pile of rocks, probably the chimney stones? But the grass is up over my knees, can't really get to the ground. But I searched around the best I could, stayed out till almost dark. I didn't count them, dug up around 40 targets. A handfull of rifle bullets and brass, all modern stuff. 2 aluminum funnels, smashed flat. Did find another live rifle shell, not sure but looks to be a 30 WCF. An aluminum arrow and broadhead. Some kind of old handle for a car's window crank. A couple pieces of brass that I can't id. That's about it. The landowner doesn't live on that property, nobody does. There's never been any electric service. But the landowner told me a little bit about the place, when I dropped off his key. I know where the spring is now, know where the other rock wall is located. Pretty sure that one spot was a garden. One thing that I remember about the place, there are 2 pear trees, out 50 yards from the old house site. Deed honest that one pear tree is 26 or 28 inches across the stump. I took a picture of it, that thing has got to be well over 100 years old. And it's got pears on it too. So, when I get a chance, I'll go back up and dig up some more junk. It's just a pain trying to detect when the grass is up over your knees.
  15. This is my first thread on this forum. I'm off work today, and I've got a good spot lined up. A month or so ago I bought myself an Equinox 800. I've only had it out 12 or 15 times so far. Maybe 20 hours on the ground, I'm still learning. I call it #3. After retiring my White's and Fisher machines. Ole #3 is here beside me, fully charged, headphones too. Just waiting for things to clear off, we had a good rain last night, should be pretty good conditions today. I'd tell you where I'm going, but it doesn't even show up on Google Earth. But I will tell you there was some Civil War action and an old homestead on the property. So, I'm going to gather up all my junk and take off in a bit. But I'm confident in finding some junk. And maybe, just maybe, some good junk. Very good chance I'll find a rattlesnake too. We shall see
  16. Not sure what to say, I like to hunt and trap and fish. I spend most of my free time outdoors. Bought my first detector 40 years ago, it's a White's 6000/D. Then got myself a Fisher 1266-X. Recently bought an Equinox 800, I've only had it out a few times, so far. I know of some good places to detect, but my very first trip out with the Equinox, I found a 1913 Dime. So, I figured that was a good omen. I don't know much about the machine, but I'm catching on. Happy hunting everyone. Tim
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