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    Tabs vs. Treasure

    I have been using my newly upgraded V3i at a local freshwater beach. It is pretty worked over to the point that there is little left but pull tabs and bottle caps. So I am practicing on the tabs and gradually learning their signature on the search and pinpoint screens. Still not too sure about bottle caps.

    So before my newly found confidence goes too far I would like to know how many of you have had a positive hit on a tab, with no other indication, and it turned out to be something good?

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    I once dug an 1841 half dime 6 inches deep that rang up like a pull-tab on my ACE 250. I haven't had that issue with my e-trac though.
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    Oldest Silver Coin: 1242 Denier from Trier, Germany
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    Elite Member Digger_O'Dell's Avatar
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    I've had pull tabs ring up all over the scale depending on size, shape, and amount of damage.
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    Minelab: CTX 3030, GPX 4800, X-Terra 705.
    Whites TDI SL.

    2017
    Silver 28 Bling 18
    Gold 2

    2018
    Silver 8 Bling 1
    Gold 1

    2019
    Silver 7
    Silver bling 2

    Best finds: 28 silver dime spill, 1800s Dutch customs seal.
    Oldest/best coin: 1837 Upper Canada large cent
    Oldest find: 1800 Sailors Luck token
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    Typically, an average complete pulltab will ring up just like a Flying Eagle Cent or a "Fatty" Indian Head Cent. (12-22 on my E-Trac.) The tab or "beaver tail" part of a pulltab often sounds like a nickel or gold ring. (12-13 on my E-Trac.)

    Whether or not I dig these signals depends on two things:

    1. What type of site I'm hunting. I typically ignore pulltab type signals in a park or school yard, but if I'm hunting a historic home site I would definitely dig.

    2. How deep the signal is. I would probably dig every signal that is 5" deep or deeper. Those are less likely to be pulltabs unless the ground has been turned or fill dirt has been added.

    I don't hunt beaches so I can't comment on that aspect of it.
    Lifetime totals:
    8 Large Cents, 392 Indian Heads, 2 Two Cent Pieces, 1 Capped Bust Half Dime, 1 Seated Half Dime, 9 Shield Nickels, 67 V Nickels, 122 Buffalo Nickels, 31 War Nickels, 16 Seated Dimes, 128 Barber Dimes, 384 Mercury Dimes, 238 Rosies, 4 Seated Quarters, 15 Barber Quarters, 17 Standing Liberty Quarters, 85 Silver Washingtons, 1 Seated Half, 3 Barber Halves, 16 Walking Liberty Halves

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    Tony, I guess the E-Trak and ctx must read differently. Typical whole flat pulltabs ring up 12-19 almost every time. My fatty rang up 12-28. Big difference!
    Equipment:
    Minelab: CTX 3030, GPX 4800, X-Terra 705.
    Whites TDI SL.

    2017
    Silver 28 Bling 18
    Gold 2

    2018
    Silver 8 Bling 1
    Gold 1

    2019
    Silver 7
    Silver bling 2

    Best finds: 28 silver dime spill, 1800s Dutch customs seal.
    Oldest/best coin: 1837 Upper Canada large cent
    Oldest find: 1800 Sailors Luck token
    You Tube: Rediscovering America

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digger_O'Dell View Post
    Tony, I guess the E-Trak and ctx must read differently. Typical whole flat pulltabs ring up 12-19 almost every time. My fatty rang up 12-28. Big difference!
    With my e-trac I have dug many war nickels that rang up 12-19! I wonder how they ring up on the CTX?
    Oldest Coin: 41 A.D. Roman Dupondius
    Oldest Silver Coin: 1242 Denier from Trier, Germany
    Oldest American coin: 1805 Draped Bust Large Cent
    Best Coin EVER: 1625 Escalin from Chateau Renaud, France
    Best Relics: ca. 14th C. Spur, 1500 B.C. Bronze Arrowheads
    YouTube Channel: Full Metal Digger

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    Elite Member Digger_O'Dell's Avatar
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    My war nickles rang up around 12-14 to 12-16 if I remember correctly. I know they weren't much different from regular nickles.
    Equipment:
    Minelab: CTX 3030, GPX 4800, X-Terra 705.
    Whites TDI SL.

    2017
    Silver 28 Bling 18
    Gold 2

    2018
    Silver 8 Bling 1
    Gold 1

    2019
    Silver 7
    Silver bling 2

    Best finds: 28 silver dime spill, 1800s Dutch customs seal.
    Oldest/best coin: 1837 Upper Canada large cent
    Oldest find: 1800 Sailors Luck token
    You Tube: Rediscovering America

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    Good stuff, Thanks.

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    I've had many gold rings read exactly like a pull tab , although on my DFX they tend to jump a number or two with single signa-bars while most gold rings jump around less and often have a double or side by side signa-bar reading.
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    I'll remember that (but I'm still gonna dig most of 'em).

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    Senior Member lee's Avatar
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    Ive heard that we dig 1500 pull tabs to every gold ring !!!! so i do tend to ignore ring pull signals and as a consequence i dig very little gold.

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    Pull tabs, especially beaver tails will show two different vdi's when sweeping from more then one direction. I believe this is because they are usually longer in one direction than the other. This is usually not true for rings.

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    Ive had too many pull tabs where the beaver tail if folded into the center of the pull ring. Those ring up the same in all directions. On the CTX they show up as a solid reading on the screen like a ring or coin does, not the raggedy red blob.
    Equipment:
    Minelab: CTX 3030, GPX 4800, X-Terra 705.
    Whites TDI SL.

    2017
    Silver 28 Bling 18
    Gold 2

    2018
    Silver 8 Bling 1
    Gold 1

    2019
    Silver 7
    Silver bling 2

    Best finds: 28 silver dime spill, 1800s Dutch customs seal.
    Oldest/best coin: 1837 Upper Canada large cent
    Oldest find: 1800 Sailors Luck token
    You Tube: Rediscovering America

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