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I purchased a Minelab Xterra 705 a month or so ago. Have only found around $5.00 in clad a toy car, and a whole lot of junk, mostly pull tabs. We are spending the winter in our SnB in Idaho Brrrrrr, so I don't get out detecting as much as I would like.  I am still trying to learn the detector, so have only hit the local parks and tot lots. 
    Is there any more detectorist out there that are willing share their stories and finds.
 
 


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Cool idea. (no pun intended.) I imagine you could find some pretty cool stuff after a big weekend in a park. I'll be watching this for other responses.

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2fortheroad wrote:

I purchased a Minelab Xterra 705 a month or so ago. Have only found around $5.00 in clad a toy car, and a whole lot of junk, mostly pull tabs. We are spending the winter in our SnB in Idaho Brrrrrr, so I don't get out detecting as much as I would like.  I am still trying to learn the detector, so have only hit the local parks and tot lots. 
    Is there any more detectorist out there that are willing share their stories and finds.
 
 


Until a few years ago, when I could still walk on the beach, I spent lots of time detecting. I've found several hundred dollars in clad, jewelry, watches and tons of. Trash. I was able to find a new bride's wedding ring after she lost it at Daytona on her honeymoon. A very warm and fuZzy feeling that. Here's a tip. If you're searching a beach, check out all the empty cigarette packs you find. A surprising number of folks stuff some cash in a pack and bury it under their towel. Too much sun or beer, and they wander off, forgetting their little cache. My best find was $55 in a pall mall box at Jacksonville Beach. I've kept a headhunter wader and a headhunter pulse that will be going with us in the fiver.

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What would be a decent low budget beginner model?
I have always liked the idea of finding a little treasure.

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How bored do you have to be to wander the beach with a metal detector? A girl friend of mine during my youth had a father that wandered the battlefields looking for civil war memorabilia. I get that. He had a pretty cool collection of bullets, buckles, collectibles, etc. I know we all need a hobby (I really need one so I will stop responding to these kinds of posts) but could someone explain the whole metal detector thing to me?

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How bored do you have to be to wander the beach with a metal detector? A girl friend of mine during my youth had a father that wandered the battlefields looking for civil war memorabilia. I get that. He had a pretty cool collection of bullets, buckles, collectibles, etc. I know we all need a hobby (I really need one so I will stop responding to these kinds of posts) but could someone explain the whole metal detector thing to me?


It's certainly not for the money. Lol For me it has to do with the hunt, whether the beach or an abandoned town in the woods. You never know what you might turn up. Like your friend, I have my collection of Minnie balls, spoons and buckles. Like anything, it isn't for everyone

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Jims carrilite wrote:

What would be a decent low budget beginner model?
I have always liked the idea of finding a little treasure.


Check out this link: www.kellycodetectors.com

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It must not be for the exercise either (I am just ribbing you folks here) as I don't think I have ever seen a really skinny guy (never seen a gal) with a metal detector sweeping any beach I have ever visited.



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Jims carrilite wrote:

What would be a decent low budget beginner model?
I have always liked the idea of finding a little treasure.


   I have read some reviews on friendlymetaldetecting.com that the Garrett Ace 250 is a good inexpensive machine to start out with.



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Bill Adams wrote:

It must not be for the exercise either (I am just ribbing you folks here) as I don't think I have ever seen a really skinny guy (never seen a gal) with a metal detector sweeping any beach I have ever visited.


Hey..hey..HEY... I resemble that remark.

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Some people love to treasure hunt.  We are thinking about getting one (my Dad always had one.)  We gave our teen the choice of 3 options for our vacation: 1) Grandma's house, 2) Cabo Mexico to play on the beach 3) Diamond Crater Nat'l Park in Arkansas to hunt diamonds in the dirt.  Currently packing for Arkansas...

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I think metal detecting is fun too.  We've found old stuff, like square head nails & buttons from soldier's uniforms from way back when Wyoming was just being settled.  As soon as we start traveling, I'm joining the GPAA.  And Crater of Diamonds State Park is absolutely on my list of places to visit.  Guess I just like to dig in the dirt!

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Well, I'm amazed that I'm even going to post to this one.  I've never had too much interest in metal detecting.

Then again, I spent a lot of years putting seed into the ground and reaped rewards in the form of a crop.  So, why shouldn't one take the opportunity to "harvest" someone else's "planting."

Now, if I can just get past the thought of walking around real slow and not get bored.

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I purchased 2 Xterra - 70 detectors about 4 years ago for my wife and I to use looking for "treasures". We have used them occasionally on our gold claims up here in Washington State, and have found a few small nuggets with them. (will try and post a pic)  We also use them on the beach, and in parks, and have found quite a few clad coins. We were hoping to find jewelry too, but so far the gold and diamond rings have eluded us.  It is not so much finding the treasures as to why we do it. It is more a matter that we spend some fun time together, get some exercise, meet inquisitive people, and if we do happen to find something of value then great!

Once we start full-timing we plan to take our detectors to Arizona with us and hit the gold fields looking for that elusive yellow metal. Yeehaaaw partner!  Hold onto yer hats and get that yeller gold! biggrin

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Hmmm... can't figure out how to get a pic in here. I'll keep working on it....

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Hmmm... can't figure out how to get a pic in here. I'll keep working on it....


 

Bulldog,

There are two ways to share photos on the forums (that I know of) and both require you to have an external photo hosting site such as Photobucket.  Those photo hosting sites may or may not work as a source for putting a photo directly into your post.  Photobucket does, which is why I mentioned it.

Also, for more instructions (and better ones than I can provide), check out this link:

Posting Photos onto RV Dreams Forum

In my case, I prefer to not increase the bandwidth of a forum, so I generally simply provide a link to my Photobucket account within the "body" of my posts that link interested people to that picture.

If you choose to "insert" a photo into the body of the posting, be sure that the image is resized to a small size.  If they are too large of a photo, it causes the entire thread to stretch out to the size of the photo.  That forces folks who just want to read the text of the postings to keep scrolling back and forth laterally to see all the text.

Good luck with the picture posting and the gold seeking.

Terry



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No more boredom required for metal detecting than for geocaching...and the monetary gains from  "stuff" found while metal detecting would out weigh those of the geocaching hobby I am sure...but both hobbies offer a certain degree of solitude and "my" time opportunities.



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Max and I just bought a couple of Whites MXT's. These have a prospecting mode as well as a coin and relic mode. These are our first detectors and we have not used them yet. We plan on using them this winter out in Arizona hunting for a few nuggets, then as we wonder up the west coast to use them on the beaches. I used to do this with Maxine's dad back in the early 80's. it was a lot of fun never knowing what you might find. Like geocaching, I look at it as another cheap hobby once the initial investment is made. Boring to some, but so is watching Baseball or Nascar for others.

The fun is not knowing what you might find. When we were back in Missouri we lived on the Missouri boarder with Kansas. Maxine's dad and I use to research the raids of Quantrill's Raiders and then find current owners of the property and get permission to hunt. The landowners use to bury a lot of their valuables hoping Quantrill and company would not find it. We did not find too much but a friend found a cache with some old coins and some paper money that was deteriorated. Other local detectorist's have found some pretty valuable finds.

I will be happy just to find a few clad coins.

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I would like to do some underwater metal detecting,mix it in with some scuba diving.Never know what fell overboard and not many others doing it,chances of finding something should be decent.

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Underwater is interesting, only you nee to do it where people would drop something a lot, like below cruise ship docks. Thank could get dangerous :)


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Tesoro makes a nice little model called the micro max i believe that will find good stuff and also is fairly inexpensive $199 or so and compared to alot of detector prices that's pretty low.



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I use for my detector a Fisher CZ-5 its an all around good unit but up there in the $$$ range. has pulled many good civil war relics outta the ground as well as wheaties, barbers, quarters and dimes, steel pennies and a walking liberty!. i've come across a few small pieces of jewelry, but more money and the like. Learn to ground balance your unit and also how to use your discriminaton knob and you'll get rid of alot of trash. BUT BEWARE! aluminum and certain types of gold are really close in the discrimination settings. As for the Beaches having a SALT/NORMAL switch on your detector will help with mineralization on the coast. Lastly, put different things under your detectors head to listen to what they sound like even make you a temporary "test bed' and get your wife to bury things in a very small area specificlly so you can try to recognize their sounds before you get out into the parks or where ever and dig a bunch of trash.



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Well i get it when it comes down to detecting for a few hours getting exercise and getting a free meal on the spoils of your detecting yeah i can do that plus free money..... ill take all the free money you want to hand over!. If people lose it and i find it sorry for your luck while im enjoying lunch on you! lol plus if you know where to look for certain things you can rack up some KILLER cash too ive seen people dig up grape shot for $600 + bucks so yeah im in it ill take my chances. Minnie balls off Dalton Rockyface in Georgia were going for a buck  to buck fifty a piece a few years ago.  "CS" and "US"  belt plates can go for $500 and up. not to mention $20 tips for finding lost keys and or jewelry!. i'd say it pays me well when i do it!. all it costs me is two 9v batteries and a few hours of time.



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