07 Nov

About Metal Detecting

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When it comes to metal detecting hunts the question is always ‘Where do I hunt for treasures?’ In hunting for valuables you may also find some other treasures such as the rich history of a place, the exercise you are getting or the relaxation of being in the outdoors. For most detectorists, this is only a means to an end but it enriches your hobby if you keep it in mind and enjoy everything from studying the history of a place to finally finding a treasure. Let’s look at a few suggestions where to hunt for treasures and what you can expect to find.

Places you can hunt for treasures in the country are old trails and town get togethers. Old trails are extremely hard to find as they may have disappeared all together. The best way to find old trails is to find old archives at the local library or church. Detecting old trails may yield you great finds such as old coins, relics and caches. People buried caches to come back to and retrieve but something happened to them, they were killed or got sick and never returned. You may also find old guns or knives. Get togethers held in old barns, old churches or even tents were common in the days gone past and you can find old coins and interesting antiques at these places.

In suburban areas the hunting grounds are endless and the key aspect to searching is: Where have people been? You can search under porches, around storm cellars and basement steps, under clotheslines where coins may have been dropped over the years. Around big old trees where children played and relaxed away from the sun. Parks is another place where one can find old coins even if it has been searched previously. Old railroad depots can also yield some interesting finds. Old churches are also a very good place to search and you will probably find some old coins. Construction sites may also yield interesting finds that were buried and are now near the surface.

Before you go out and splurge on one, here are some things you need to know about the different types of metal detecting:

General Purpose

If you are mainly going to hunt for items such as coins, jewellery and smaller items, a general purpose is may be all you need. These are ideal for those just starting out, as they are usually the most affordably priced type. They are handy to have around the house too since you can seek out lost metal items (like those car keys) with them.

Professional Hunting

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If you are serious about treasure hunting, then check out professional grade metal detector. Generally, you will be able to scan much deeper than with a general purpose, up to 100 feet below the surface. They also have a larger scan area, which means you can more effectively search a bigger swath of land. These used to be very expensive, and not affordable for hobbyists, but more and more are coming on the market at a lower, more accessible price. Still, for those of you just starting out, you may want to hold off until you get the hang of things, or really know that you want to continue on with metal detecting.

Water Hunting

Planning on hunting on the beach? Want to do a few treasure hunting dives? Then you’ll need a waterproof metal detector. Some other models are water resistant, so can be used in rainy and wet conditions, but cannot be submerged. Other models can have the probe submerged, but the switch box must remain dry. Look for a completely waterproof housing, and you’ll be beeping away whether looking in the surf or diving to the bottom.

Gold Hunting

If you’re a gold hunter, then you need a metal detector that is designed to detect gold. Most standard metal detectors do not find gold very well. You can find gold metal detectors of all sorts, from scanning for veins to searching the depths of the earth for larger nuggets.

Relic Hunting

Uncovering relics is a real challenge because often they are not complete and whole. You may need to seek out minuscule pieces in shallow ground, or artefacts large as a cannonball several feet deep. Look for a metal detector that is capable of locating targets of all sizes, and with a good audio response signal that will indicate targets at various depths. Make sure it takes both small and large search coils and has automatic ground balance.

No matter what type of metal detector you ultimately want or need, make sure that the battery life is sufficient. A headset adaptor is also a handy feature, so you can hunt discretely with a head set. Finally, look for a metal detector with a warranty of at least two years.

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