Note: In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.
KEEPER: Three Federal eagle general service buttons – all different types – cuff, kepi and coat.
SITE: Campsite of soldiers guarding a railroad
SITE EVALUATION: 8 of 10 Amazing to get to hunt a virgin camp this day and age.
PERMISSION: Invite by another detectorist, who had landed permission from a cool property owner.
Coil Selection: This was my second hunt at this site, and by then many guys had pounded it to death. I opted for my very large 17 inch coil on my e-Trac, not so much for extra depth as much as for more clarity of deeper signals. Amazing how a smaller, larger, or different coil can make your detector feel completely different and help you find things you otherwise would not have dug.
Persistence and Setting Session Goal/s: I had made up my mind that I would find an Eagle button that afternoon. It was at dark and everyone was ready to go when bang, bang bang. These three buttons were in my last five targets for the day!
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