Metal Detecting

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  1. jaydog

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    Not really a bushcraft skill but can be useful to find neat stuff. Some things I have found this year in my woods. IMGA0298.JPG
     
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    Nice source for basic blacksmithing material. Under all that rust is still usable metal. If you can find some older sites you may recover some real wrought iron. Wrought iron works much easier then mild steel.
     
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    More than I ever found right there.
     
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    I seriously thought about picking up a nice detector about 9 years ago. I was in a prospecting supply store outside Gresham Or. playing around with the various demo detectors they had available, ACE minelab, and a few others, i remember the ACE250 because it was the cheapest priced one at the time.
    I dropped pennys, dimes nickles and even my gold wedding ring and ran the head over wach item to see how each was "Detected" or identified. I remember I wasn't impressed with the detector and how each thing seemed to be the same on the detectors screen.
    Then, i really thought about what would I expect to find in my neck of woods at home? A redwood forest, young by cultural standards, Santa Cruz is only 100+ years old as compared to back east colonies that date to 1600's or earlier. My area, not a lot happened here, some logging (Trees from this area built San Francisco ) some old Indian tribes, that's about it
    My area does not have such a rich history associated with it. So, not too hopeful about finding any old treasures stemmed my purchase of a metal detector. Now, after I retire, I do plan to get a one that has a good rep for decerning gold.
     
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    I can see a nice knife hiding in that trap spring. joe
     
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    Once while walking through an area that had recently been logged, I found a short length or real old chain, and some shards of pottery. I thought maybe I had stumbled onto an old logging camp. Awhile later I went back with the metal detector and made a pretty impressive find.
     
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    I realize most antique stuff probably has little value. I am not going to butcher it up. But I am a wuss I realize.

    Plus seems poor use of time.

    I have been wanting a metal detector. But just don't know which one is the one to buy. Other uses too. Where is the electric line to your garage.
     
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    The land I live on was old farm land and back then there wasn't recycling centers or even garbage pick up, stuff was either burned or thrown into the woods if it couldn't be reused. I have spent years trying to clean up what I can partially so my dogs don't step on something. My biggest nemesis is glass and pieces of rusty metal and nails (I wish there was a glass detector). But I do find some neat things sometimes.
     
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    50+ years ago, I hiked back into some neat finds. A few just outside of San Diego there were a couple mine shafts up in the hills with several ole relics of mining equipment and hand tools. I looked them over but put them back exactly as
    I found them. There were similar sites in Arizona. Today, everything is gone and the area has probably been searched with metal detectors several times over.

    Thinking back, I guess I should have taken the hand tools for keep sakes. When I hiked just outside the bad lands, I came across a lot of petrified wood. I asked the landowner if I could have some and he said I could have as much as I could carry. That is some heavy wood but I busted my butt and walked out with a few pieces that the war department has in her flower garden.

    Up around Lake Superior, a fellow use to dive and he found several muskets over the years that were probably from the fur traders that caught a rouge wave and capsized. I saw the muskets - they were rusted pieces of junk in my opinion but I was probable 15 yoa at the time, so what did I know.

    What impressive find was that gohammergo?
     
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    I have 2 detectors and enjoy metal detecting. Haven’t been out in a while, but I find it fun and relaxing.

    Finding something buried in the ground, that may have been there for quite awhile is kinda cool IMHO.

    I have found some older coins, jewelry, some old toy cars and some old tools. Finding out what you dug up is fun too. Junk or something of value?

    A pinpointer makes life a lot easier too!
     
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    All I found were a couple of old rusty nails. :) It was such a disappointment. I really had to work at it too, to get there. I have not spent a lot of time detecting, but have not found anything worthwhile yet.
     
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    I borrowed a metal detector and found a gold wedding ring belonging to my father-in-law. He was in a bad way after discovering it was missing following working out in his wood pile. His wife had passed that spring and this was winter, I found the ring about 8" down a crack in ice that had been well covered over with chainsaw chips. The borrowed metal detector made quite quick work of it.
    I've always thought of getting a metal detector for myself.
     
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    Its a hobby I've always fancied trying
     
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    Excellent hobby, IMG_5549.JPG my coin detector is always in the vehicle or canoe/sailboat with me. Pic on left is some of my non jewelry finds this summer a mix of old/new silver.
     
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    Haaaa, here I thought you came across something interesting - digging up the nails was probably an exciting dig until you came to the nails.:4:

    I’ve hike ole overgrown logging trails that no vehicle has been on for at least 50 years and that was in the mid-70’s. Every now and then you could see narrow tire tracks in a mud caked section of the logging trail just as the dew was melting off that appeared to have just been made. That was always a source of wonderment for my pee brain and I would push on hoping to find some sort of treasure, not realizing the treasure was finding sign of a time long passed.
     
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    My detector has been sitting undisturbed in the attic for about a year. First year I had it I paid for it in clad (modern) change finds. School yards, ball fields, soccer fields... anywhere people gather or gathered makes for places where stuff can be found. Unfortunately many or the school yards are now more concrete than grass/soil around my area.
     
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    Save yer money boys!
    You can all just come over to my place.
    I've got a whole shop full of rusty, broken metal junk. No detector needed, I'll just point at it, and you can dig it out of the pile and load it up.
    It's a win win situation!
     
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    Bought a Whites Eagle Spectrum around 2001. I was lucky living around a historical area. My coolest finds were a 1789 Half Pence in good condition, a brass butt plate from a Revolutionary War British Musket. I could not find the rest of the rifle. That was near Quakertown PA. where a mass burial site of British troops was rumored to be. I followed a map, nothing marked, but I found an unusual mound in the woods. Found a vintage gold/ silver broach from probably 1920s or 30's. Maybe 10-15 mercury head dimes. They have a sharp distinct sound when ya hit them. A lead toy figure of a policeman. Really old broad axe head in the yard of a house built by William Penn. I gave that to the people who let me detect there. I haven't used it in years. Im afraid the dead internal battery may have compromised its programing. The time looking for treasure with my kids was worth the $700 I paid for it.
     
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    My wife wants a metal detector for her birthday. She really wabts to start going out and doing that. Can anyone recommend a good entry level unit that isent a piece of junk but still affordable?
     
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    3 gold rings and a sterling silver fork and coins too numerous to mention. Weeks of total fun:dblthumb:
     
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    I'm big into it.. I find quite a bit of old stuff in my area but this is my favorite find to date.. and it was only a few weeks ago. It was opening day of rifle season but it was warm and rainy, so I took the detector out instead.... Glad I did. Two half's a quarter and a dime, all within a 6 foot circle. IMG_20181020_154750077_HDR.jpg
     
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    Wow! Awesome find.
     
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    That's a lot more exciting than deer hunting :dblthumb:
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Ha!! I agree..
     
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    Those coins were probably lost 90/100 years ago and were in the present day Earth several inches. What make & model detector were you using?
     
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    They were about 3 inches down. I'm using a Garrett ATpro with the small 5x8 coil.. I'm guessing whoever lost them was pretty upset as I imagine this was a few days pay for most folks back then. IMG_20181020_144733079_HDR.jpg
     
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    If you want to be searching the RI coastline vs New England colonial farm digs, you really need to do your homework on different machines for soils vs saltwater. Will make a huge difference. More videos on youtube than you can shake a stick at about this.
     
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    Look into the Garrett ace models. They are great machines for the money. The only thing I recommend is make sure it has the DD coil. I believe the ace 400 has the DD coil.
     
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    DD coil is also available as an upgrade to any of the ACE detectors. There's a time and a place for it, but not always necessary or desirable.
     
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    I hope you were hunting by yourself on private land. Where I am from opening day is a holiday. Schools close.

    If you walked by beeping, I would rodney king you.
     
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    If you had a hunting rifle in the public park I was in I would say you would need a Rodney kinging yourself.
     
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    Can’t we all just get along...
     
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    I have a fairly old Garret that I've used both in NM and Italy. I've found LOTS of worthless junk (aluminum pull tabs, cans, nails, etc) and a few pretty cool things. Old cartridge cases, lead musket balls, coins, rings, metal buttons off 1870's-1880's Army uniforms, mostly. The coolest things I found were in Italy. Several 500 yr old copper coins. One problem where I live is that there is so much public land (ie National Forest and BLM) and you aren't supposed to metal detect for artifacts there. So you have to find private land. It's kinda fun, but if there is a lot of junk, it can just be frustrating and a lot of work for nothing.
     
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    A buddy and I were going to get into detecting years ago. He got a detector, a Tesoro I believe but I didn't and we never did it. It still rattles around in the back of my head from time to time so I did a little research and while it's not cheap I think I would get a Fisher F75 though the Garret ATPro probably would be okay also. You'll also need a digging tool and a pinpointer wouldn't hurt.
     
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    Is there one grade better for use around salt water?
     
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    Just a warning, it can be time consuming. Many hours online and at the library studying and then several hours out searching for those secluded hide a ways full of relics.
     
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    Using a detector around salt water is best used by a detector designed for diving, but some of the more expensive detectors have a discrimination switch for salt interference.
     
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    The Fisher 75 has a great reputation and sometimes can be found at a good price whenever it is "On Sale" I had Whites detectors (6000 Di Pro)when I was in the hobby.
     
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    I get the detecting bug every now & again and always come back to my senses before pulling the trigger on a detector. I try to purchase right the 1st time, so I don’t have to upgrade in short order. I was seriously looking at the Minelab Equinox 600 or 800. On some detecting sites these machines are being sold at pretty decent prices with accessories - I’m talking $550 to $750 with the $550 being for the Eq 600. The accessories range from high end Bluetooth headphones to upgraded coils or multiply coils etc. Seems the owners found out their health or desire wasn’t up to the task and they are trying to recoup some of their money.

    That’s still some serious coin but if you have the desire and time to both learn how to properly use the machine and get your butt out there and walk a couple miles a day in circles digging up “stuff” I would think you would have better peace of mind knowing your detector isn’t missing anything that a better detector would find?:2: I know I had and still might have that “what if” problem.
     
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    At around $300, the Fisher F44 is a great entry level machine. That is what I currently have. My "treasure" so far has only amounted to modern clad coins and a few silver coins back to the 60's. It is a blast. Beware digging clad on school grounds/parks. You WILL have sore butt muscles within a matter of hours.
     
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    That next hole could be a $3000 engagement ring
     
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    I've got a nice metal detector and pin pointer, but from what research I've been able to do about laws reguarding metal detecting in most Florida counties has been very discouraging. I'd love to find some good spots in Central Florida where I wouldn't get "interrogated" for detecting. I even cover my holes neatly.
     
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