Smallest Item?

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What's the smallest item you find with any regularity?

For me it's either airgun pellets or shotgun cartridge primers both of which seem to be either surface or just sub surface finds...

Today I also had half an eyelet from a shoe, sort of like a tiny washer...that little beastie gave a really strong tone and a solid 15 on the Nox. When I'm eventually found it, I was amazed just how small it was to give such a good strong signal...
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Darn good question

Coins - rose farthings. I have 5+ of those most months.
Lots of hobnails and those tiny, tiny lead bullet shaped things. Are they air rifle pellets? Anyway you know what I mean.

I wish it was a regular stream of those tiny dish shaped celtic gold coins though :D I could like with finding lots of those. Or the silver ones! They are tiny and very thin. And very beautiful 8-)
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With regularity are those smallest thin flat buttons at about 6 or 7" deep. But those thin bits of wire, like half of a sewing pin, are always a surprise to detect. In fact I kept a small 5mm blob of copper, that I was surprised to find, as a test piece. :o
It's quite surprising really what tiny finds the 15" coil on the Nox is capable of.
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Not that I have ever found one, but a cut quarter must be ridiculously small with an equally small signal?
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Pete E wrote: Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:08 am Not that I have ever found one, but a cut quarter must be ridiculously small with an equally small signal?
Only if on edge! ;)
I don't even want to find cut quarters or halves as they are not great to look at compared to a full coin in my opinion. :thumbsup:
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You could Use Field 1 if you don`t want to find the really tiny finds as you do in Field 2. :thumbsup:
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I get pellets and primers too at times. If i find myself digging too many tiny bits of mince I damp down the sensitivity a tad. I know it is a problem when i am sifting the soil hand-to-hand and the signal is among small bits of gravel and soil. Whatever it is it is going to be insignificant.
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Littleboot wrote: Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:00 am know it is a problem when i am sifting the soil hand-to-hand and the signal is among small bits of gravel and soil.
Have you not got yourself a pinpointer yet Jan? :o
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No Easy. i hate them. as in loathe. :lol: It would, if anything , make things worse judging by all the faffing around I see when people use them. Prod poke, fiddle, prod , poke, find it isn't working, then prod about a bit more. Definitely not for me. I do like to dig as much as possible and generally small bits of mince are not a problem.
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Littleboot wrote: Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:43 pm No Easy. i hate them. as in loathe. :lol: It would, if anything , make things worse judging by all the faffing around I see when people use them. Prod poke, fiddle, prod , poke, find it isn't working, then prod about a bit more. Definitely not for me. I do like to dig as much as possible and generally small bits of mince are not a problem.
Each to their own I guess, but I wouldn't be without mine as it is such a time and effort saver. It also helps to avoid the target getting spaded. :smile:
What quite riles me is when people use them with the sound on, it's just so annoying, disturbs the peace and tranquility and is quite unnecessary when they could simply use it on vibrate only like I do. And especially when used by the type of people that you describe who like to spend ages poking and faffing about rather than simply quickly recovering the target. :rage:
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I like to find small bits, tells me The detectors working, and as mentioned pinpointer finds them, Especially as also stated prevents damage if it not out and in the side of the hole

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I have never damaged a valuable target with the spade. :D Ever. So far.
(which probably means, life being a constant smack in the chops, that I will skewer a gold hammered.)

Pinpointing slows me down. I like to dig a decent sized crater and waft over the spoil. :lol:
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I`ve never damaged a `valuable` one, but I`ve grazed a few non valuable ones in my time. :D
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Littleboot wrote: Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:50 pm I have never damaged a valuable target with the spade. :D Ever. So far.
But gee, how she has butchered everything else! :lol: :lol: :lol:
Sorry Jan I couldn't resist that one. :thumbsup:
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no chance of butchering anything at the moment over here....i can't get my spade in to begin with as the clay soil is baked like rock. It may be time to get my cordless drill out again. (Yes, I have used it for detecting....but only in winter to break through frost. :lol: ) I like to dig big holes. It is quite odd really because aside from our own large garden and veg plot I also do gardening for elderly ex-pats and holiday home owners. And then in my spare time I go off and dig holes in fields. I think i must really dig digging. :lol:
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