Metal Detector Used: GMT
This was my first year in the hobby and used a new GMT. My 2008 Summary: 1357 targets dug up in 42 trips out. Each trip averaged a couple hours. So that figures to one target dug every 4 to 5 minutes. In many cases I didn't dig targets depending on the iron and target id. information. Never found gold, but surely I will. We only made a couple trips into the mountains, and so far only recovered bullet fragments.
Total bullets found this year 79, some even in parks. We seemed to find the most valuable items around swimming areas, shore lines and in parks. Out of the 63 pounds of targets dug, the valuables were: $11.01 in clad coins, one being a 1955 wheat penny. One of the first finds was an old Pulaski fire ax head. After dad painted and added a new handle it's now valued at $30+. Also a beer opener from the 20's valued at $25+.
In the jewelry department a couple inexpensive silver rings were recovered, maybe worth $20 together. A 1940's Tootsie toy Metal Jeep $12. Many other areas searched were old Montana farm lands. So this accounted for much of the old dated spike nails and even a rare oxen shoe worth about $6. One of our most exciting finds were what we thought were mill balls until many told us they could be meteorites. That started a four month investigation that found that they were a rare man made material for the production of mill balls. This material is called Ni-Hard and will test with some of the same characteristics as meteorites due to its nickel contents. Though maybe not valuable, this find caused many individuals to get excited. That alone was worth the recovery. The GMT operated flawlessly. The batteries that came with it lasted through mid summer. And the new ones I replaced them with are still 80% good. If most years are as successful, I figure to pay off the machine in just a few years. Unless the next target pays it off all at once!
What an exciting Hobby! Thanks White's!