Metal detecting tips!

@tiggyann (614)
United States
January 22, 2007 12:51pm CST
I have had alot of people interested in this hobby so thought I would give a few pointers! :) If you beach hunt, there are certain days that are better than others. A event is always good hunting at the beach, so many people drop things. :) Other things like Winter storms along the coast are always good. They make deep cuts into the sand and you can find deep things within the cuts. :) Relic hunting you can always find good spots in you live in a old town. Go to your local library and go to the history room and look for the towns they have listed. You can find out alot about your local parks. :) Old parks are always good too. They hold old vintage coins. Areas that surround battlefields are also good! :) You may find war relics, sometimes worth alot of money. good luck and happy hunting! krissy:)
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
22 Jan 07
This sounds interesting. But how much does a metal detector cost? What are the differences of different metal detectors? Is there one brand or style that is better or more preferred? How sensitive does one have to be for a certain depth? How are does someone have to dig? Sorry for all the questions, but I grew up in Florida always seeing people with those metal detectors swiping back and forth across the sand. And I was never able to stop them to ask them all the questions that popped into my head because they had those headphones on and I never wanted to interrupt them. So, I thought, here is my chance to ask. :) Thanks for posting this discussion!
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
22 Jan 07
LOL, I bought a pair of those headphones because every time I went to the beach, I spent the whole time answering questions and letting people try my detector. We wear them on purpose! :)
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Well in the metal detecting world cheap means crappy! For real, if you want to throw your money away you can get a toy detector and spend you days digging trash, for real, ask any professional detectorist. Forget the toy detector on the beach, can't handle the high salt concentrations. Fisher, whites, minelab are all good products. Minelab excalibur is excellent for the beach if you want to spend the $1000.00 for it you can get some cheaper than that. My fisher 1280x cost $663.00 at kellyco, got a 10.5 inch coil and will work great on and off the beach. If you go much cheaper than that you might as well throw your money away. the better the equipment the more you will find. :) The headphones actually are to hear the faint sounds that you wouldn't hear from the detector if you didn't have headphones on. Detecting is hit or miss, don't expect that you will find something the very first day or everytime you go out. in fact, I hit the same beach this weekend, got there early in the morning, but noticed how clean the beach seemed I only dug 3 dimes all day, one penny, a slug and some other trash. I noticed someone had dug holes on the beach...Someone beat me to the loot and then 4 other detectorists show up and decided to call it a day, hey you can't win them all. Sometimes I dig for a few hours and usually quit cause my arms get tired swinging the detector. sometimes it's all day! krissy
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Thank you so much for answering! That really answered a bunch of my questions!
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@cap_leo18 (357)
• India
23 Jan 07
y dont u use a dog to smell out metal things from the beach
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
24 Jan 07
because dogs are not allowed on the beaches I go to! krissy
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
31 Jan 07
the metal detector is acceptable and doesnt leave behind a trail of residue
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@cyrux004 (949)
• India
23 Jan 07
Build your own metal detector with a collpits osciallator. Wokrs on the principle of diminshing frequencies. The frequencies that are reflected bacl from metals are 5Hz that the original ones. so have a device that monitors the frequnecy and when ever the frequnecy decreases by 5Hz have an alarm raised
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@cyrux004 (949)
• India
23 Jan 07
eeekkkss..sorry for those typos, was really enthusiastic while i typed that, hope it doesnt lower my rating :P
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
24 Jan 07
wow, I have never thought of building one, maybe would work, something to check into! krissy
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@viking888 (390)
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
Encouraged by your post, I am going into this hobby. I know some had been beach hunting and I really saw one make a discovery in Repulse Bay in HK. It was are real gold bracelet with some fancy design which looked to me as really expensive. That was the time when I thought this could be a lucrative hobby if I really got serious with it. I tried to buy one in eBay, but I was not able to complete the purchase as the seller did not accept any other payment but Paypal, which at that time I did not have. Well, I will try to ask my friend to locate some good detector names for me.
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
24 Jan 07
yes it depends on where you are located, how many people travel there and the history. the more people the better, the older the place you live the better. :) you can find all kinds of gold and other stuff. Here in Florida, we have the mega-rich. You should see the chains these people wear to the beach! makes you want to stand out there on a hot day and pass out extra slippery suntan lotion, lmao. :) they say here in Florida you could go detecting one day and walk off the beach a millionaire, it has been done before! :) Hasn't happened to me yet, but would be nice if it did! :) krissy
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@malsun (1528)
• United States
23 Jan 07
this is why i love mylot. it brings all kinds of people together. as i read your post, i am intrigued by this new thing. i have even started looking up the internet for more information. maybe i can get started on a new hobby.
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I'm so happy about all the people I'm converting to my hobby, the more the merrier! :) krissy
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Thanks for the tips. Hubby is really curious about this and maybe he will get one for his birthday in October. That will give me plenty of time to save for one. Where is a good place to buy one?
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
see I knew I wasn't the only one here that got into this, lol visit www.kellyco.com, this is where I buy mine! krissy
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• United States
23 Jan 07
That was a link to Maltese dogs and pet stuff.
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
sorry.... that was www.kellycodetectors.com
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Thank you for sharing the tips, I will sure use them the next time I go to the beach and decide to do that.
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
29 Jan 07
your welcomed! :) krissy
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• Romania
23 Jan 07
Metal detectors are a way of life as well as a hobby... you can find anything you want if you look in the right place at the right time :)
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
25 Jan 07
yes, I totally agree with you! :) Treasure hunting is a way of life for me. I have made alot of money in the past from my rock hunting trips! :) Which I sold my rocks on ebay by the pound. :) krissy
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@aries6484 (279)
• India
23 Jan 07
i have the hobby when i was kid.but i left when i began to grow older.
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
awe...well maybe one day you will pick it back up again! :) krissy
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@catali0n (162)
• Niue
23 Jan 07
you realy need to stay a lot of time searching before you find anything
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
yes, you may not find something everytime you go, but keep it up, it will come to you, once you learn the skills! :) krissy
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@pradesh13 (287)
• India
23 Jan 07
This is really a great discussion I have read, something different and unique. I will try doing such things. Thanks for the information.
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
thanks! :) krissy
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@lonewolfnan (4367)
• Canada
23 Jan 07
Thank you for the tips! My g/f enjoys using a metal detector but has not had much luck with it.There are a few places I can take her to that she may have better luck but she also loves to get out so it is a win-win situation.
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
research is the key to success, remember that! :) krissy
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@bishu_sinha (1459)
• India
23 Jan 07
Thanks
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
your very welcomed! :) krissy
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Sounds like a good idea! what all have you found? + can u help me, i want to know how much money i can make on this site...and how fast
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I have found rings, gold chain and cross, coins, earings, etc. I don't know about this site, I'm not here for the money, I'm here to share my knowledge with the world! :) krissy
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@CatEyes (2449)
• United States
23 Jan 07
So lovely of you to give me and us tips like this. I am going out right now to buy one of these wonderful things. I have several places in mind to do my treasure hunting. I know my four year old will enjoy this immensely too. Beach huh? Wish I lived close enough to one.
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
this is great, we will want to hear what you find! :) krissy
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@diansinta (7551)
• Indonesia
23 Jan 07
this is very interesting. how much you buy your metal detector?
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
metal detector range in price visit www.kellyco.com this is where I buy mine krissy
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@tammyr (5955)
• Etowah, Tennessee
23 Jan 07
I have never found anything interesting, but have not done very much hunting either. I would be carful of where you go. if your find requires digging of any kind.The battlefeild we have near here is a historical area and you could get in trouble digging it up! =) I may decide to get mine out and take a trek around, when it is a little warmer. I haven't even looked at it in 2 years.
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
yes, know your laws in your area, you can get in serious trouble digging where it's not allowed. Don't dig in Federal, land. Some government land...if in doubt ask for premission first to be safe. and always remember to ask for permission before hunting on private property. Also don't dig on any battlefield they are protected, but you can hunt areas that surround the area, usually is private owned property and sometimes the land owners will allow you to hunt there. Remember the troops where traveling this land on their way to the battlefields. krissy
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I am a metal detector, what have you found? Just curious, I mostly find pocket change, I found a timex watch, and a silver earring too! It's so much fun!
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I have found all kinds of stuff, gold chain and cross, rings, change, civil war bullets, etc. krissy
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
22 Jan 07
wow krissy i love this idea I have been hunting relics for years and have found the odd thing I have a coin dating from 1616 and a few bullets from battlefields. I agree about winter storms on the coast it always throws up some interesting stuff blessed be keep on posting
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
see the treasure is out there....keep on swinging krissy
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
I have not thought of this as a hobby, but how cool would it be to find an old coin. I love history and do the fleamarket and estate sale thing, but now I may have to start something new
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
23 Jan 07
you would love it, you would be amazed what you can find! krissy
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