Back to the V3i

19 Apr

I have been very busy these past few days but still I have managed to detect for a few minutes here and there. I have found nothing worth of a post. Besides coming down with a cold (at least I hope it’s just a cold), the only other meaningful metal detecting news is that I’ve put the CZ-3D away for a while.

I like the CZ-3D a lot. I never dug up so many nickels in my life! But I am afraid the legendary depth claims don’t hold in my soil. I contend that the effective depth of the CZ-3D, with the 10.5 coil, IN Wichita, on a US Dime, is about eight inches. I use the dime as a gauge because more silver dimes were dropped than any other silver coin. And although eight inches is a respectable depth on a U.S. dime, I can achieve the same with the AT Pro and get the iron discrimination feature. Plus, the AT Pro is way lighter. Incidentally, I can detect a U.S. dime at ten inches with the V3i, using the ten inch coil.

Still, the CZ-3D has a unique talent that no other machine out there has and that is, it can detect those weird coins that register as trash in other detectors so I am keeping it in my arsenal.

My personal philosophy is that Depth is one of the major pillars of the hobby and one of the Holy Grails of metal detecting along with iron unmasking. There is lots of stuff at around 15 inches of depth, including gold coins and old gold jewelry.

Thank you for looking!


2 Responses to “Back to the V3i”

  1. Lawdog1 April 20, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    I will take the good iron discrimination over a few inches of depth any day. I am really growing fond of my AT Pro for that reason. It’s time we got together again. Hunting old rural houses and ghost towns this weekend, but check in with you soon.

    • yaquigrande April 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

      Glad you’re enjoying the AT Pro! Let me know when you want to hunt!

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