Does anyone metal detect as a hobby/for profit

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Does anyone metal detect as a hobby/for profit

Hi,

I was thinking of buying a metal detector to play around with and see what I could unearth. Does anyone do this? Have any recommendations?

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AquaFX wrote:

Hi,

I was thinking of buying a metal detector to play around with and see what I could unearth. Does anyone do this? Have any recommendations?

 

It depends on what type of detecting you want to do. I use to do both gold nugget and coin detecting and I still have a couple of detectors. I suggest the you do much research about the subject by visiting chat boards and blogs on each before you buy anything.

Here a few to help get you started.

http://www.nuggethunting.com/forums/index.php?showforum=1

http://www.arizonaoutback.ipbhost.com/

http://www.nuggetshooter.ipbhost.com/index.php?showforum=7

I am sure that there are many more good boards that will offer the information that you are looking for.

 

Ken

 

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I'd love to do that too

I'd love to do that too someday.  I saw an episode of Gold something on TV a few weeks ago where the host took his daughter in Australia metal detecting for gold.  They got quite a few nuggets and it looked fun.  Worst case scenario you burn some time and get some exercise.

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A fun hobby it is.
dmger14 wrote:

I'd love to do that too someday.  I saw an episode of Gold something on TV a few weeks ago where the host took his daughter in Australia metal detecting for gold.  They got quite a few nuggets and it looked fun.  Worst case scenario you burn some time and get some exercise.

 

It can be a lot of fun when you actually find somethingof value but it can (and will be) a lot of work. An excellent hobby that allows you to get out and get a lot of exersize with the possibility of finding something of value. On average a newby will dig about 1000 targets before he finds a nugget that is if you are in gold country. So it might be months (or years) to break through. After you become an expert then it improves a lot.

By targets I mean you will find everything from boot tacks to lead shot to hairpins by the score before you ever find a nugget.

The best thing to do is join a chat/blog to get started and then consider a detector club.

 

Best of luck

Ken

 

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