Well I finally made the plunge for an Etrac.  I’m so ready to go out and see what kind of coins I’ve missed with the Ace 250.  Don’t get me wrong, the Ace 250 is an awesome machine and by upgrading the coil for a $130 I out competed machines twice the cost of mine.  I just had to dig twice as much junk as the others to out compete them.  I’ve had the Etrac for almost a week and only been able to get out with it 3 or 4 times since the temp has been in the 20’s with gusty winds.  I went out briefly the first three times just to get used to hearing the different sounds and play with the settings.  Let me tell you, the first few hours I was overwhelmed by the sounds.  I read a posting on another blog where it was described like R2D2 having a fit.  I must agree…  I was able to go out yesterday and dig about 4 or 5 targets finding a clad dime at about 6″ and a clad quarter at 7″.  My other digs were square headed nails which rang up like silver dimes and a brass button (lacking a better term).  So I’m going to have to work on figuring out the difference between dimes and nails.  The dime was in an area I couldn’t hunt with the Ace 250 due to EMI, a term I dislike as much as can slaw and bottle caps!  The quarter on the other hand had been passed over by me several times, also by an AT Pro and an Omega 8000.  So I’m really feeling good about the Etrac now.  Since we’ve received about 4″ of snow last night and today, plus the temp is hovering around 5 degrees I’ve spent my time entering discrimination patterns.  So if the weatherman isn’t speaking with a forked tongue I should be out hunting silver by the end of the week!  Best of luck!

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