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I suppose this post could have been posted in the relic forum considering the results of our Labor Day weekend "Patch Hunt".

 

Steve started on Friday afternoon determined to find a new patch in the Central Arizona gold fields. I joined him Saturday afternoon. We wore out some boot leather, he more than me, due to my late start and, alas, a new patch had not revealed itself by Saturday night. Steve did find a very cool old bottle though...

 

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Steve, being the gentleman that he is (your secret's out buddy ;) ), graciously gave the bottle to my wife. We wondered what that bottle was used for originally.... then, Steve hit on it!...

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It was an original Soft Soap bottle!

And you guys thought that the Old Timers had it rough :lol:.

 

On Sunday we were a bit discouraged from patch hunting so we decided to go hit some Old Timer diggings. I took both the SDC and the Nokta Fors CoRe. I went with the CoRe and the 5" coil and Steve went with his GPX 5000 and the 6" coil. This is where the Nokta shines!! LOTS of trash and....relics...

 

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The shredded 30-06 case seems to have blown up. The primer is not punched. Fire perhaps?

I finally found some old, large caliber rim fire cases! Everybody but me seems to find these things ...until now ;)....

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The head stamp says F.V.V. & Co. Appears to be about .55/56 caliber. The smaller one is .45 cal. Now I can cross these off my bucket list.

 

Oh yea, almost forgot the gold. Very little to show for our efforts but kept the skunk away. One each...

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Steve found the Merc dime a couple of weeks ago out in the gold fields.... proving once again... that the GPX-5000 is a hell of a coin shooter! Thinking of borrowing it for a park hunt ;).

And then, of course, no hunt is complete without being surrounded by, and taking notice of, the beauty of Mother Nature...

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The Stag Horn cactus is a "late bloomer". The Prickly Pear cactus fruit is ripe for the picking.

Had a great weekend. Thank you, Steve.

Good luck!

 

Dean

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Of course, we all know the "pumpkin seed" flask was not for hand soap.... grin

I came across 300..yes, 300 of these one time.

 

Interesting finds

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300! That's amazing!! Did they have any "hand soap" in them?

Yes, Dick we had fun. The weather was great, too.

 

I did a little research on the old rim fire cases. The larger rifle cases appear to be from a .56-.56 Spencer. They were first used in the Civil War. It is actually a .52 caliber.

The F.V.V. & Co. head stamp is from the Fitch Van Vechten & Co. New York, NY. They were made from the 1860s to about the 1920s. Pretty cool.

 

Dean

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I find .44 cal Henry rim fires on one of my claims. They have the double firing pin marks. More reliable ignition on the old rim fires.

Thx again

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Dick,

These old rim fire cases have been giving me the slip. Steve has some that are much longer than the one's I found but the same caliber. Almost the size of .45-70 cases. He found a rim fire "patch" one day. I found these all together outside of a old stone structure. The problem was somebody decided to shoot their old 30-06 there too (WWII maybe) and there were 06 cases every where along with the old stripper clips in the picture. Made hunting for the rim fires tedious. I stopped keeping the clips there were so many.

 

Dean

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