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Anyone use metal detectors?


By phil-lee

8 days ago



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#1 8 days ago

Any Pinside people metal detecting as a Hobby/Business? I was in it hard in the early Eighties but lost the fire, mainly due to a White with a poor battery system.
Just ordered a cheap Bounty Hunter to basically work my yard and get back in the swing.
Wanted a real simple all or nothing detector with decent power, hope this one will do well for awhile.
Noticed its became quite difficult to find many highly-rated units, most are special order.

Found the Grail in your back yard? Or just good exercise?

#2 8 days ago

I’ve been using them since the 80s. Location in the country makes a difference in what you can find and when you can do it. Most important is research to find the right spot. The more you pay the more info you get to make a digging decision. I’ve stuck with Garrett but each company has there own ‘feel’.

Mike V

#3 8 days ago

I use a whites V3i.

My dad discovered the hobby in his later years. Ended up rubbing off on me and my brother. My dads best find was a silver morgan dollar dating back to the early 1900's.

I haven't found anything amazing yet. Some interesting artifacts were found in my back yard such as the face of a 1918 rope making machine. My brother is a much better prospector than me. He will dink around and usually come up with a silver mercury dime or a few buck wheat pennies.

My wife and I are planning a trip to Ruby Beach, WA. Going to bring my detector and try to finally unearth something cool.

#4 8 days ago

Gary drayton finds bobby dazzlers all the time

#5 8 days ago

Used to do it quite a bit in my early teens and still have one. I just don't go out much. Started out with a Compass Magnum 320. Had a Garrett ADS 7. Owned a Whites Spectrum for awhile. Currently own a Minelab Safari. The Minelab is awesome on black sand beaches.

I've found lots of old coins. Coolest find for me was an American Civil War cannon ball.

Costco always has the best deal on a decent Bounty Hunter when they have it. The $200+ model is ~$100 at Costco when they are trying to get rid of them. If you want high end, lots of old guys buy an expensive one and get disillusioned with it quickly. There are all kinds of deals on CL and Marketplace.

#6 8 days ago

I have been MDing for decades. Whites and Garrett are the best IMO. I had a Garrett GTAx 550 for years my first one with a target display. That machine was so good. Seated and barber dimes, Indian head pennies, buffalo and V nickles, standing liberty quarters, barber and walking halves, large cents, more modern silver coins. Had the pleasure of searching a defunct local amusement park that started off as a trolley stop like a lot of them in New England around 1890's. Got permission and was sole searcher there for a couple of years as the place was plowed and coins were everywhere. My best spot to date.

My experience has been construction sites are the best option. I have a Garrett AT Pro now.

Best finds, 1906 O Barber Half, 1919 Walking Liberty Half, 1895 S Barber Dime, 1902 Large Cent, 1738 Hibernia Half Penny (found on public property!), a 1901 Indian Head penny in mint condition, 1886 seated dime in high grade condition, 1929 standing liberty quarter in high grade condition..

In E Mass...

#7 8 days ago
Quoted from RacingPin:

Location in the country makes a difference in what you can find

Been watching Green Mountain on youtube and this guy makes colonial coins look easy, Vermont must be a good location.
In NC we have undocumented Civil War encampments and much Revolutionary War History.
My friend found a CS belt buckle so it is here..

#8 8 days ago
Quoted from mcluvin:

Currently own a Minelab Safari. The Minelab is awesome on black sand beaches.

Quoted from KozMckPinball:

Whites and Garrett are the best IMO

Quoted from WolfManCat:

I use a whites V3i.

Can't remember which White I had, great detector but used a proprietary battery system which made use a pain. They have always been considered top of the line, as well as Garrett.
The Minelab seems to be the current hot ticket, probably what I'll move up to.
Need a small gold nugget head, will be doing some creek prospecting.

#9 8 days ago

I bought my kids a Bounty Hunter Jr. for Christmas. It got good reviews by a guy on YouTube (yeah, I can hear the groans now). But his review was scientific enough for me. It does a great job for what it is. So far, found lots of screws, nails, beer cans and a quarter. Keeps the kids busy.

#10 8 days ago

I bought a Fisher Gold Bug-2 while in Oregon this past summer and love the hobby. I take it with me when I work out of town, always scouring around to try to find something. But so far - this is the only thing of value I've found (besides old rail road items). Next beach trip, I'll look like an old geezer, but who cares if I find something?

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#11 8 days ago

We found these with a Whites 63tr in 1972

Whole experience turned into a freakin nightmare

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#12 8 days ago

I have a minelab ctx-3030. Been metal detecting for many years. Found some nice finds, from gold and diamond rings on the Jersey Shore to civil war relics in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Still go quite often.

#13 8 days ago

Not as a hobby but via work I do.

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#14 8 days ago
Quoted from Chuck_Sherman:

Whole experience turned into a freakin nightmare

Claims on your treasure?

#15 8 days ago

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Metal is life!

#16 8 days ago
Quoted from phil-lee:

Claims on your treasure?

We wound up finding a total of 25 pieces. we were getting tailed every time we left town, Relatives wanting some of them Dad finally sold 24 of them to the Flavel museum in Klamath Falls, OR. one was given to Whites Electronics because they gave us all brand new detectors It was written up in Treasure World and True Treasure mags among with the newsletter that Whites put out

#17 8 days ago

I have a Whites Classic IDX and some headphones. I've had it for several years. I don't think White sells that model anymore. I haven't used it for some time and I take the batteries out when it is in storage. It works great and I found a lot of stuff, but nothing of any significant value. I do have several glass jars of dirty coins. The thing about metal detector hunting is that you have to dig up a lot of metal trash if you want to find anything interesting and it is a lot of trouble. You also have to careful about where you are hunting so people don't get upset by some guy digging holes in places that they are not wanted. It is very easy to find coke cans, metal beer can tabs, metal bottle caps, tin foil rappers, etc, etc, etc. And if you ignore signals that resemble trash, you can miss good items that are not trash. I have used it to find a ring that someone lost or keys, etc, etc. It works great for that. And if you only want to look for coins, this one will identify signals that could be coins and ignore some trash. However, you get generally the same signal from a metal beer can tab, that you get from a nickel or a penny... I like to use it when I go near a beach, where it is really easy to dig up the target and no one cares about holes in the sand.

#18 8 days ago

I admit, I have a detector - cheap, cheap model from Harbor Freight. (I think I paid.. heck, $70 for it?) I don't go hunting valuables, though - my treasures are buried survey markers.
I was never trained on it, never learned - I know enough for it to help me locate something 6 inches underground.

#19 8 days ago

Yeah I find mostly trash. But I’ll keep looking!

#20 8 days ago

I have a Tesoro Silver uMax. Great little detector and not too expensive. Found lots of stuff with it including a 24ct gold wedding band.

John

#21 7 days ago

I seem to find lots metal with my chainsaws when I cut trees off my fence. Penality instant dull chain.

enjoy the day ! Shane

#22 7 days ago
Quoted from Chuck_Sherman:

We wound up finding a total of 25 pieces. we were getting tailed every time we left town, Relatives wanting some of them Dad finally sold 24 of them to the Flavel museum in Klamath Falls, OR. one was given to Whites Electronics because they gave us all brand new detectors It was written up in Treasure World and True Treasure mags among with the newsletter that Whites put out

Better to just keep those finds to yourself.

#23 7 days ago

If anyone finds a Grand Lizard our fellow Pinsider Blackbeard is looking for one.

#24 7 days ago
Quoted from Coyote:

I admit, I have a detector - cheap, cheap model from Harbor Freight. (I think I paid.. heck, $70 for it?) I don't go hunting valuables, though - my treasures are buried survey markers.
I was never trained on it, never learned - I know enough for it to help me locate something 6 inches underground.

Radio Shack used to make a 50 buck or less detector that was a raw metal or not no discernment but plenty of power. Seems like I read some big finds were made with this thing over the years.

#25 7 days ago
Quoted from Nikrox2:

Yeah I find mostly trash. But I’ll keep looking!

Many people patiently clean out the trash then hunt the area again to find coins.
The hobby started after WW11 when Servicemen brought home mine sweeps and magnetometers.
All the good stuff hasn't been found yet.

#26 7 days ago
Quoted from phil-lee:

Radio Shack used to make a 50 buck or less detector that was a raw metal or not no discernment but plenty of power. Seems like I read some big finds were made with this thing over the years.

I actually went back to find it - this is the one I got:
https://www.harborfreight.com/9-function-metal-detector-67378.html

It can detect different metals, apparently. However, unlike everyone else here, I have no idea how to use the functionality of that part of it. Since my survey markers are rather big (between 3 and 5 inches in diameter), I've never had to really worry about detecting different metal types.

#27 7 days ago
Quoted from Nikrox2:

Yeah I find mostly trash. But I’ll keep looking!

I haven't really kept up on the latest tech, but most gold jewelry registers just like trash metal. If you don't dig up the trash, you probably aren't going to find the gold.

#28 7 days ago
Quoted from mcluvin:

I haven't really kept up on the latest tech, but most gold jewelry registers just like trash metal. If you don't dig up the trash, you probably aren't going to find the gold.

Even with my fancy V3i I still managed to dig up just about everything; thinking I may pass up the find of a lifetime if I don't. Some off the nicest tones put off by my Whites turn out to be the tips of nails and old pull tabs. All part of the hunting fun I guess

#29 7 days ago

Some not really trash I guess. Part of history really. Found these items in Oregon Beautiful part of the country

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#30 7 days ago

This was a testing tool a lady let me borrow while there in Oregon. To try to dial in my Gold Bug. Helped some but I’m like you I stop at everything ! Lol

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#31 7 days ago

I havent in a long time. But I used to date the Daughter of Kellyco, does that count?

My Uncle goes out on the Sarasota Area Beaches, he finds his best stuff wading just beyond the surfline at around 1-2 feet of water. On average, well at todays gold, he brings in around $30K Annually in Gold and Jewelry found.
Maybe 5 days a month he goes out.
His biggest haul was a 2 carat diamond ring, and the best year in gold would be about $70k, and that was 2-3 times a week.

#32 7 days ago
Quoted from bepositive:

I seem to find lots metal with my chainsaws when I cut trees off my fence. Penality instant dull chain.
enjoy the day ! Shane

Sawmills keep a detector around for this very purpose, those blades are expensive!

The Tracker 4 came in a few minutes ago and its raining. Included a cheap pointer.
Like it, can't wait to get out and dig junk!

#33 6 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

I havent in a long time. But I used to date the Daughter of Kellyco, does that count?

I bought my Garrett from them. Me and a friend went down there. He bought a Technetics detector. That was an expensive, plastic POS. He would get so mad when I'd find stuff and he wouldn't.

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