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    "big iron"

    Sunday i was only afforded a few hours out to play in the woods , to check out a possible site and maybe hit a couple older "hammered out" sites with a new deus program for the heavy iron . Well the "possible site" wasn't anything but i did hit a coin spill in the woods (2 indians 1863 , 1881 and a 1893 v-nickel ) , a random hunter's drop i'm sure.

    The sites we went to were ones George and I hit about 10 years ago , it was a great area that yielded maybe 600 to 700 buttons and more than a dozen coins in the many times we went to hit it (for years) . Unfortunately the finds were getting very sparse and I haven't been back in years but one of the friends suggested it as we were just around the corner from there and i've been wanting to test out the deus on some of these low producing places . so with a new program and the high elliptical coil i purposely stayed near the iron infested cellar lips and iron patches. I was rewarded with 14 buttons many i know the DFX would of never have heard in all that iron and the find of the day was this Name:  Flintlock found.jpg
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Size:  77.5 KB , it was a very surprising find as I've found many gun parts (trigger guards , stock and side plates) but a complete flintlock barrel with breech plug has been on my list for some time now. A good friend media blasted the rust off Name:  Flintlock blasted.jpg
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Size:  57.5 KB and revealed the centuries old closed powder hole where the flash pan would of sat Name:  Flintlock blasted closeup of hole and breech.jpg
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Size:  38.4 KB and the breech plug is mostly all there (broke where the screw was that held it to the wooden stock.Name:  Flintlock paited.jpg
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Size:  17.1 KB he also put a nice coat of flat "wrought iron black" paint to protect it from re rusting. I imagine it resembled one of these two very similar octagon barreled versions back in its day 200 plus years ago. Name:  flintlock side 2.jpg
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    The deus is a "beast" in the iron and i was pulling the tiniest of buttons in the iron matrix of the cellar lip edges , simply amazing machine.

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    That sir, is an awesome relic!
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    Oh I like that Dan!
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    Very cool find Dan, your friend did a great job cleaning it up!
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    That is a really cool find Del! Which program are you running on the deus?
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    That barrel is so very cool! Ron did a fantastic job on it too. It looks great and that will certainly be a centerpiece find for the Del museum. Congrats! Loving the Deus. It is a beast in the iron!
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    Such an incredible piece of history saved from being lost forever! I am reading so many Deus success stories. It's great that a detector like this can open up pounded sites for new possibilities.

    It cleaned up beautifully, Dan! Museum piece!

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    Dan, what would a colonial homesteader do with a pistol? Didn't they hunt with longer barreled guns? Also, would some of the musket balls we find go with that gun?
    Great job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucknut View Post
    That sir, is an awesome relic!
    Thank you sir ! I've been waiting on a find as this !


    Quote Originally Posted by Lodge Scent View Post
    Oh I like that Dan!
    me too Jeff , thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by Digger Don View Post
    Very cool find Dan, your friend did a great job cleaning it up!
    Yes his name is Ron Yingling i was out with him and his twin Brother Rick , we all swing the Deus and we all did pretty well for only a few hours hunt.


    Quote Originally Posted by Full Metal Digger View Post
    That is a really cool find Del! Which program are you running on the deus?
    I was using Calabash Digger's pitch program reactivity 3 and bump it up to 5 in the bad iron , thank you Dave


    Quote Originally Posted by Donnie B View Post
    That barrel is so very cool! Ron did a fantastic job on it too. It looks great and that will certainly be a centerpiece find for the Del museum. Congrats! Loving the Deus. It is a beast in the iron!
    it continuously impressed me in the iron , and i just finished it spot in the display with other gun parts and bullets and round ball Name:  display.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Two-Cent View Post
    Such an incredible piece of history saved from being lost forever! I am reading so many Deus success stories. It's great that a detector like this can open up pounded sites for new possibilities.

    It cleaned up beautifully, Dan! Museum piece!

    Thanks Tony , the machine does so well in iron infested areas especially with the 9 inch high frequency elliptical coil.


    Quote Originally Posted by OxShoeDrew View Post
    Dan, what would a colonial homesteader do with a pistol? Didn't they hunt with longer barreled guns? Also, would some of the musket balls we find go with that gun?
    Great job!
    Drew , this was a huge weapon of maybe .60 caliber or more , definitely wasn't a "boot" pistol and easy to conceal . This does explain some of the large caliber round ball i had found here in the past .

    Dan
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    That's an awesome find Dan! I'm guessing you'll be going back to find the rest.
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    Truly a people who'd just fought off the greatest power on the planet! Proud of the heritage we all share! That is a great relic.

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