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I made a new friend a couple of weeks ago.  While detecting in a nearby town a young man walked over to me and started talking.  About ten seconds into the conversation he asked me, “Aren’t you Kentucky Shooter?”

Blew my mind … someone actually watches my videos and reads my stuff.

Anyhow, we made a quick connection and talked about getting together to hunt.  So we finally made some time yesterday morning, right before a big shield of rain moved in.  Leroy247 took me to a spot that he got permission for on a large farm.  It’s an old homeplace settled in the late 1800’s and lived on through the 20th century.  He also has permission to hunt all the farm fields, which is way awesome.

He struck silver first, with a nice Mercury Dime.  And we each dug a sack full of wheaties (he had 9, I had 10) and a little clad.  Two of my Wheats were pretty old, a 1917 and a 1920 … nice and green.  I just happened to get my coil over a merc and two silver Washingtons.  My E-Trac howled over the silver, with a perfect 11-47 on both.  I called them before I dug them, which Leroy247 seemed to enjoy.

Here is a picture of my digs, including a junque ring and dragon pendant (that had me fooled for a second … thought I had found a HUGE chunk of silver), and the top to a “Safety First” condom can from back in the day.  Fun, fun.

12.06.12 Finds

Thanks for reading.  I hope to have the video ready tonight.

Let’s begin with my video from a couple of days worth of hunting …

I went looking for a change of scenery on Sunday. Decided to hunt an old homestead on the family farm of one of my church members. I hadn’t been there long before I dug a 1944 wheatie. That got me excited, knowing that silver has to be luring there somewhere.

A few minutes later, a well-meaning but uninformed relative of the land owner encouraged me to leave (pretty much ran me off). I didn’t put up any fight … just told her that it was no problem and that I would get everything cleared up. I made a call to my friend who rapidly ironed everything out. So, I’ll be heading back there soon. No worries …

Anyhow, I had about an hour before I had to be somewhere, so I went into town to hit an old lot that I hunted a year ago, but have not hit with my new MXT … I wanted to dig those lower VDI singals. Just managed a wheat and a 1967 Lincoln.

Then, yesterday I returned to the site of my old hotel. Here are the highlights of those digs:

I dug two more of the key tags!! Rooms 26 & 50! That makes three that I have dug on the site. Pretty awesome. Seriously, though, when I saw that first big disc I thought I was on an old copper. But the key tags are an awesome find.

Another interesting find was an old Frankfort Arms .45 bullet … not just the lead, but the fully encased, powdered and primed bullet. The head is marked, “FA 26.” Any info on the approximate age of this pistol round would be most appreciated. Here’s a close-up of the mark:

My final relic find was a 1920’s era (time of the fire) “Pompeian Bloom” lady’s rouge compact. It’s still hinged, and the hinge (unbelievable) still works! It was full of crud, and the mirror was gone. But I still found it to be an interesting find.

Finally, just as I was about to leave, I got a solid 57 VDI “screwcap” signal. On that hill, this usually means an Indian Head penny. Turns out this mean, green 1892 Injun was my only coin find for the day:


Here’s the total haul:

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Happy Hunting!

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Garrett GTP 1350 & PP, Whites MXT / Oldest Coin – 1801 Draped Bust Large Cent / Silver Coins – 52 / Coin Count – 2,051 / Clad Total – $144.70