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Offline lookinferbootyTopic starter
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« on: May 28, 2009, 11:39:15 am »
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I purchased a Minelab Safari in April 2009 and spent the first three of four weeks hitting the playgrounds around town to practice.  At first I felt like I was doing alot of work for little change, all current pennies.  I live in Florida so I thought I would go out to the beach and try my luck there.  It's hard to find a really good beach due to over searched areas and alot of the beaches down here have been referbished (sand pumped on them).  I did not do any research before I went, I just wanted to go to a beach where I knew alot of people have been.  I rigged up an old military "war belt" and loaded it with water and a few snacks and took off.  Feeling as though I was crazy or maybe just feeling like one of those "old guys" that I use to make fun of when I was younger, I "bit my cheek" and took off.  I seached a very busy area of the beach where alot of people were enjoying themselves.  I was wearing my headphone so I couldn't here the younger kids making comments about me or the way I looked.  After about 3 hours of strait searching and digging everything that made a "beep", my Minelab detected something that from my short experience told me that I had found a big piece of alluminum close to the surface.  It registered about an 8-10 on my Safari.  I wasn't even going to dig it up because I was tired and all I had to show for my efforts was about $4.00 in change and at least that in recyclable alluminum.  Well anyway, I thought ok one more before I go, I scooped the soft sand off the area that the signal came from and instantly fell to my knees.  Was I looking at something that was real or fake?  I had no clue but I thought to myself that if it was real, it must be worth alot of money.  After securing the ring I found and covering my hole off to the truck I went.  The next day I went to the local jewlers and asked them to tell me exactly what it was.  Would you believe it is a 1.52ct diamond ring and the ring itself is platinum!!!  I have went back to the same beach a total of five times so far and I have walked away with 5 rings total.  All the other rings are silver, two newer and two older.  Needless to say I am hooked for life!!!  I am keeping the beach location secret for now.  Let me tell you when I say that I did not purchase a metal detector, I INVESTED in a metal detector, I'm telling you the truth.  My Minelab Safari paid for itself in 7 WEEKS!!!!!!!  Detecting

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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2009, 04:59:55 am »
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Awesome, I am jealous!

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What kind of scooper do you use? I need to purchase one for the lakes near my home.  Thanks for your help!

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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2009, 08:53:44 am »
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That's the kind of story I love to read.

My Quattro repaid itself in eight summer weeks, my brand new Compadre did the trick in less than THREE weeks. That last one is a real coin magnet.

Congratulations on the ring find, the Safari is a great detector !

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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009, 10:01:12 am »
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That must've been fun!  No pics?  Sad

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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2009, 06:09:30 am »
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I mostly use a plastic hand shovel.  I buy them at Lowes or Home Depot.  They are made totally of plastic so I can scoop and then hold it under the coil.  I will have some pictures up soon. My 7 year old was a lil ruff on my camera so I have to get another one.  Minelab contacted me and wanted to do a story on my find.  I'll let yall know when I get the pictures up.
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2009, 05:34:28 pm »
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 [detecting]Sweet finds

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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2009, 11:36:23 am »
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Thanks for the information.  Great job on your finds.  It must be hard for you to be at work when you are thinking about what you could be finding!

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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2009, 02:32:23 pm »
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Well I just retired from the Marines so I don't work.  But it is hard for me not to think about all those poor tax payers out there at work while I'm metal detecting. lol
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2009, 10:06:38 am »
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Well here are the pictures.  I sold the ring on consignment at a local jewelry store. That's $5,625.00 for those that are counting. Let me know what you think.

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