I have noticed that there is a lot of EMI in Fauquier County, Virginia. There are numerous high tension power lines and government antenna farms located throughout the county. This of course wreaks havoc on metal detectors...especially the White's V3i. I really noticed this fact on my recent trip to my uncle's property. It was around 11:00am when I started hunting on the first day and I had to set the V3i settings fairly low. Rx Gain had to be set to 4 and All Metal set to 75. This cuts the depth considerably and is almost impossible to hear those small pistol bullets. Later in the day and hunting the exact same location I was able to push the detector to an RX of 7 and the All Metal to 85. This allowed for what I considered maximum depth for the mineralized soil in that area. As an example a small .50 caliber Smith carbine gave a loud signal with a depth reading of 8.5 inches. The bullet was actually closer to 10 inches deep. Had I been hunting with the previous reduced settings I would not have heard it at all. This EMI on/off went on for the entire time I was there. One day (Wednesday) there was no EMI all day. At the back of my uncle's property the soil is less mineralized and I could push the V3i to settings of Rx Gain to 10 and All Metal to 88. This allowed the detector to reach bullets 12 to 14 inches and with a volume loud enough to hear as to never miss it.
I managed to pull up 4 more .58 caliber rifled musket (three ringers) at the back of the property. It has been hit hard over the years and any find is a bonus. The great majority of the bullets found this time around was in the side yard where my previous hunts have netted close to 200 bullets. I found another 36 bullets this trip and they are starting to thin out. I think switching to a TDI/Pro would pull up more bullets and I am seriously considering that as my next detector purchase.
The side yard did not let me down in the variety of bullets found. .50 Smith carbine in both paper and rubber cartridge types, .52 caliber Sharps carbine with flat base and dimple base, .54 Merrill's carbine, .44 caliber "Bartholow", .44 caliber Colt Revolver, .44 caliber Colt Dragoon, .69 caliber musket balls, and of course the .58 caliber three ringer rifled musket.
During the time that the EMI was not present I was able to find a nice eagle cuff button with shank intact. It was found right in the middle of the field that I have been over time after time. Another notable find was a .44 caliber Colt Revolver bullet with the top twisted and pinched exactly like the bullets pictured at Civil War Relic Hunting Part 11. This made bullet number 5 with the tops twisted and pinched and I am thinking there might be one more as it should have been a 6 shot revolver. I also found a Colt Revolver nipple wrench. The picture is one that is non-dug along with the dug relic I found in the side yard. I also recovered a Flying Eagle cent but it is in bad shape but could be identified by the flying eagle on the obverse. No date is discernable.
Total bullets this trip: 40.
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