First Hunt with Minelab CTX3030

Coin Shooting can be described as searching specifically for coins with a metal detector. Basically, all other targets are either skipped or discriminated out in an effort to find coins only.

Recently I met up with a friend to do some coin shooting at a local park. He was running his XTERRA 305 with the Sharpshooter coil, and I was using my new Minelab CTX 3030 metal detector.  We were detecting near some sports fields and we both found a handful of coins.


As you can see, the CTX3030 is an excellent coin shooter! I was finding coins everywhere and eventually switched to only searching for quarters and dimes because I got tired of digging pennies. 🙂

Later we met up at a couple of old churches in a nearby town where we have permission to metal detect. Again I was finding modern coins, but I knew that the property was old so there was a good chance of finding a silver coin or two there.


Out back near an old shed, I got a beautiful sounding dime tone and coupled with the target ID number I knew there was a good chance that the target could be silver. Over 7 inches deep in the bottom of the plug I saw a dime and because it looked like a silver I got excited.

The first full hunt with my new CTX3030, and it found it’s first silver coin, a 1939 Mercury Dime.

– Back on the silver train, I’ll take it!


About Ozarks

I enjoy Metal Detecting in The Ozark Mountains and surrounding areas where I primarily detect for relics and coins. I have tested and used over 20+ metal detectors as a dealer and Company Sponsored 'Pro Staff' Product Tester. Previously Senior Editor of Detecting365 Metal Detecting Magazine for 7 years. I have authored over 200+ articles published on multiple metal detecting websites and magazines. I have real world experience testing metal detectors in the field and enjoy teaching others how to become better metal detectorists. Questions? Shoot me a contact email! Check out my Recommended Metal Detecting Supplies here:
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1 Response to First Hunt with Minelab CTX3030

  1. mtldtktr says:

    Reblogged this on Adventures in Metal Detecting and commented:
    Here’s a post from a buddy of mine who is just learning his CTX 3030.

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