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Anyone use a metal detector as a hobby?

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  1. BSA70

    BSA70

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    If so, what machine are you using and what is your best find. I was into it big time for about 10 years and now have been out of it 10 years and thinking about jumping back in .

    I found a lot of good stuff. I love historic relics and have quite a collection from the revolutionary and civil war.

    Thinking about getting a mine lab.
     
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    Got 1 I keep on the boat. I think it was about $150. I like to use it on the islands in the ICW. Never found anything worth much. I do it while the dogs play in the water.
     

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    Garret AT Pro. Awesome machine!
     
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    Ever find anything worth what you paid for the metal detector? Best thing I found was an very old anchor.
     
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    If you have relics from the CW, then you know where to hunt. I've had many different detectors, each one had strengths and weakneses.

    Right now I have a White's MX Sport. It's deep and good in iron and bad soil. The Whites Web site has factory reconditioned units.
     
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    There was an episode of Bob's Burgers where they used a metal detector to find another metal detector.

    I guess, technically, it was a META-detector.
     
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    I just started last year. Where I live in VA there was a lot of Civil War activity around me. I also take it to the Outer Banks trying to score on Black Beards treasure... Arrrrrrgh no luck yet.

    Using a Whites and very happy with it.
     
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    I just started last year too. I have a White's MXT. I bought it for our anniversary trip and I will be taking it up to Idaho. We'll have a couple of days before the eclipse to putz around.
     
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    I keep one at the front door for visitors, and yes, I limit their liquids to 3oz. It's limited shady characters from entering my home, and catching flights.
     
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    Hey BuckRoger, that's the one I have also.
     
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    Hannie Caulder Diva extraordinaire

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    I bought a Tesoro Lobo when I lived in AZ for gold nugget hunting. I have found some interesting things including a chunk of silver but never a gold nugget.

    Last time I used it was a couple of years ago when trying to find the location of an 1800's Chinese mining camp in Idaho. The hard part about detecting in Idaho is that most areas get logged every 50 years or so. Lots of garbage in the woods.
     
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    One thing on my bucket list is to hunt for gold with a detector and a pan. I could really get into that. Just not many nuggets laying around in NC
     
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    These two statements seem to be in opposition.
    ;)
     
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    I hear you... I did a lot of gold prospecting down in AZ and got color in my pan every time. It was fun to look for and I eventually bought a sluice box to try and maximize my efforts.

    I moved back up to Idaho and have panned quite a bit in known gold-bearing streams and haven't found much more than a tiny speck of gold. It's disheartening...

    This is a good day's worth of gold in AZ not working too hard...

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    ROGER4314 Friends Call Me "Flash"

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    I kept my Garret metal detector in my office at the school where I worked. It never failed that some hysterical students would come to my office after school to borrow it. The most common issue was losing a ring in the grass of the football field. That Garret found the lost jewelry every time!

    Flash
     
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    Have you found it is hard to get permission for good spots. I heard that was a big issue, folks do not mind trespassing and has ruined it for everyone.

    I bet there are tons of people looking for the gold...
     
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    IMG_20170813_183317925.jpg IMG_20170813_182625665.jpg IMG_20170813_185801163.jpg IMG_20170813_200625706.jpg IMG_20170813_181438716.jpg View attachment 345112 Went out today to Hell’s Hollow. We did a little hunting along the creek and then went to the falls. Had a great time with my daughter. She's hooked!
     
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    That looks imo to be a decent nugget. What would the value of that be? Is it easy to sell gold you find?

    I would like to collect a few nuggets for myself and really would not care about selling any. just curious...
     
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    Not a nugget - sure wish it was!. It as some kind of formed glass piece that "rang" on the detector. Don't quite know what it is.

    This area is where they had Lime furnaces during the revolutionary war. The Lime was use as flux for the iron furnaces.

    Here's where we were prospecting. AND...we got clearance from the park ranger BEFORE we went. The only thing he asked is that is we found anything of "historical" value, please turn it in. We would get credit for the find.
    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/topogeo/publications/pgspub/trailgeology/mmtg4/site2/index.htm