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Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Middletown, Pa.
Metal detecting is a lot like trapping, if you put some effort into it it can pay you back ...... a bit. I find a lot of coins, but then I hit the playgrounds and athletic fields. When I want silver coinage I look for older places where people gathered years back. That's the effort thing. As a general rule you are not going to find a whole lot hunting your neighbor's back yard, especially if its a newer house.
Yes, I have found rings but guys who regularly hunt beaches find way many more that I could ever hope to. Beaches are the place for jewelry.
Cheap detector? Ah you might want to re-think that. A guy from Texas just started detecting a month ago. He just found his 1000th coin for the month. He uses a $80 Bounty Hunter VLF he picked up at Radio Shack. He has a pinpointer, a Harbor Freight model that runs $16 and a Lowes nail apron to stash his finds in that cost less than a buck. I know plenty of guys using $1500 detectors that aren't doing that.
There's a lot of parallels between trapping and detecting.
I trap mink because I don't know any better