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Old 07-30-2011, 09:59 PM
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Default Craigslist Lost Ring Recovered....by ME!

Last week while checking out various ads on the local Craigslist, I read about a lost ring not too far from where I am currently staying. I emailed this feller and he gave me some information to go on...but he wasn't really sure exactly where he lost it.

Turns out, after 5 or 6 emails and 3 trips from me on little hour long hunting trips that we ended up narrowing the area down to less than 50 to 75 yards!

This ring was lost on a bike/walking trail. I had to hike it about a mile before I even got to the area on my 2nd and 3rd hunts. Plus the swinging and the walk back...oh..did I mention the freakin' hot-rocks and and ore slag on the ground?

Well I knew this would be easy as pie for the Ace250 if, and only if, I got a swing over the ring. This ring was a fair sized 10K men's college ring. It's gonna ring or ding or dong or however you non-Ace guys call it. But it's gonna be a solid repeating nickel.....and it's gonna sing that song I love...."Maybe Gold"!I got everything else discriminated out.

Well today, in the heat and humidity, I start off down the trail. I keep walking a nice steady pace...might as well get a workout while I'm here. I got the Ace250 under one arm and the other hand I have my loaner ProPointer, from Sniper1Moore, (THANKS again) and my handy Lesche in case the old ladies walking the trail get frisky with me. The recent rains and the mowing crew got me thinking this ring may have gone down in the mud...so I might have to dig a little.

Anyway, I get way down to the area I haven't tried yet. The first couple of emails, the owner didn't think it was this far down the trail. I do about 30 yards of swinging the edge of the trail and a wooded rail that has been put up because of a 45 degree slope away from the trail. It's basically a wooded guardrail. The thinking here was to check one side going down the trail and then on the slope on the way back.

Well after 30 yards the wood rail ends and another starts in about 50 yards. Now I can get completely in the grass and rocks next to the trail. I can get full swings here to speed the hunt.

And, wouldn't you know it, about 20 feet into doing this I find the ring. AND, I eyeballed it. I was just getting ready to swing back the coil to my right and I see this big sucker laying on top of the ground. WOW...it's been there two weeks, on the surface, multiple downpours, and the mowing crew. Not to mention lots of walking traffic on this very popular trail.

Well here she is. A 1998 10K 13.98 gram Indiana University MBA Class Ring!



So, of course, I swing over the ring...and for you Ace250 guys...solid repeating nickel.....ding...ding...ding...ding...like the dang dinner bell.

Here's another shot with a wheat to show the size.



Time to get out of the sun and call the owner. I'm thinking Steak and Shrimp. I get him on the phone and the first thing I ask him is what was the reward he was offering for the ring. I never paid that much attention to his ad. He still doesn't believe i found it. He said he's been back there 5 different times looking for that ring. He's now telling me the reward is $200! I told him that was a bit too much...and like a fool I said I didn't even think the ring was worth $200 in melt....ouch...WRONG more like $300+!

I told him I didn't do it for the reward...but he said his wife bought it for him after 5 hard years to get that MBA from IU. I told him i didn't want to insult him by not taking the reward. I told him I'd take half. Even then I don't feel right taking $100! I burned about $5 in gas....didn't really burn down the batteries on the Ace....and I burned a few personal calories! (I might add one evening I lost about a pint of blood from the skeeters!)

Anyway, ring #14 was a cool find!

To celebrate, I hit one of my favorite parks for a little hunting and found 63 coins for $3.88!

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Old 07-30-2011, 10:03 PM
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That's great. People like you give the hobby a good name.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:20 PM
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you sure went above and beyond....good job!!

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Old 07-30-2011, 10:28 PM
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That is cool as heck..and yes I know the ding dong bling ding..of the 250 for that .....But only air tested I might say...LOL.....nice job man...good things coming your way.

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Old 07-30-2011, 10:34 PM
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Congratz!
I would check that ring.
I bet it would come in a lot closer to zinc than a nickel.

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Old 07-30-2011, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by DIGGER27 View post
Congratz!
I would check that ring.
I bet it would come in a lot closer to zinc than a nickel.
Never bounced a single time. Solid repeating nickel...every time...no matter how slow or fast I swing or even just wiggling it...all solid nickel...right down under where it says gold!

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VERY COOL!!! Congrats!
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:00 AM
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Rob,

Great story.Thanks for making us all look good.Ken

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Old 07-31-2011, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by DirtyRob View post
Never bounced a single time. Solid repeating nickel...every time...no matter how slow or fast I swing or even just wiggling it...all solid nickel...right down under where it says gold!
Hmmm....I found one about the same size maybe a little bigger, and 3 different detectors say zinc.
Maybe you ought to send it over here so I can check.

I also am giving the ring back to the owner.

Sure hope the Good Karma fairy notices what we are doing!

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Awsome!!!!Keep up the outstanding hunting!!!!!
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:08 AM
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Nice recovery!

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Old 07-31-2011, 07:47 AM
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Nice job, I still think for your services take the reward and you did a nice service and didn't get hurt doing it which is always a possibility.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:53 AM
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Great story Rob! You ROCK!!!!

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Old 07-31-2011, 07:58 AM
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Congrats on the return - even though you eyeballed it, only a MDer's eyeballs are trained to spot rings and coins laying in the dirt. That's why no one else had found it.

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Congrats to you and the owner. A win-win for everyone. Two thumbs way up. HH. Caveman

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Old 07-31-2011, 10:12 AM
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very cool reward money is always nice to help add accessories to the hobby

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Congrats on the recovery, your persistence paid off. Enjoy the reward without guilt, you deserve it and he has his ring back, both special.

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I would say take the reward. It was a craigslist ad and he needed your services. Not taking anything is like doing a job for free for the guy. I know I'd take it. Then I could upgrade my detector.

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Old 07-31-2011, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by mws_1984 View post
I would say take the reward. It was a craigslist ad and he needed your services. Not taking anything is like doing a job for free for the guy. I know I'd take it. Then I could upgrade my detector.
I just thought $200 was a bit much for finding the ring. I guess I should have consulted everyone here for their opinion!

And, I'll need more than $200 to upgrade to a more expensive (not better) machine. I refuse to talk down about my Ace250! That would be bad luck!

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