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Richard

Hi, my name is Richard, I've been metal detecting for nearly 10 years now. I first got into it after running into an old friend on the beach who happened to be detecting (Mind he didn't actually find anything whilst I was there), it certainly got me curious. Since then it's been my biggest hobby so I decided to start this website and help other people get into it.

Metal Detecting Advice

Best Places To Metal Detect 2020

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The opportunities for locating treasures using the best places to metal detect are endless and limited only by your imagination, but to make it easy for you I’ve gone ahead and listed some of the best places in my experience below.

The key element is using it in the right places! Because, while there tons of places to find coins, gold, relics, and buried or hidden treasures; some sites are more productive than others. Hence, you need to know the best type of places to go detecting.

And when you’re going detecting, one simple thing you want to keep in mind is that; to locate treasure, you must go where people have been, where they lived, where they worked and played(from way back to present times).

And the reason is simple…

People lose coins, gold, relics all the time. Many valuable treasures are also buried and, for unknown and sometimes circumstantial reasons, they are never retrieved. All these present countless opportunities for you! So, you want to go to these places and be the one to find the spoils!

To make your search more effective, you should determine what you are searching for and then conduct a little bit of research to identify the most promising and productive treasure hunting sites(based on where people have been, where they lived, where they worked and played) to detect. This little research would help streamline your efforts; and you’ll be able to ascertain where to focus your hunt on, depending on what you are searching for.

In this article, I’ve created a list of the best metal detecting locations that are generally more productive for treasure hunting:

A Crowded Beach:

The beach has consistently proven to be one of the best metal detecting locations due to numerous human activities that have taken place over the years.

So, that favorite beach of yours can be a real gold mine.

Timing is of the essence however, as the best time to go there is immediately the crowd has left for the day or going in the morning before everyone shows up. And the good thing is, digging on the beach sand is simple and easy, especially with a beach metal detecting sand scoop.

And if you’re using a metal detector like the Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector; which can be used underwater or in shallow water, you can schedule your visit for when there is a low tide, so as to locate items that sometimes get lodged near rocks as the tide disappears. However, if you are detecting in or near the water, ensure to play safe by knowing your tide tables, as you don’t want to get caught in an incoming tide.

Also metal detecting after a storm portends a lot of opportunity, as there is the high likelihood that objects which had been stuck underwater are now brought to the shore.

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Churches

Another place that has consistently proven to be one of the best metal detecting locations; especially when it comes to coin-shooting are churches. They hold the oldest coins as they are often times the oldest buildings in the community.

Every Sunday (from time immemorial), churches have been hosts to a large number of congregants who gather weekly.

This constant visits and activities over such long periods of time means an opportunity to locate treasures that people have lost overtime; making the church a very viable place for metal detecting.

Deserted and Abandoned Towns

There’s a caveat here: most deserted and abandoned towns have been hunted to death with not much left to find. The key to effectively exploiting deserted or abandoned towns is finding the ones NOT well documented.

Once you can do that, deserted and abandoned towns can be one of the best places to go metal detecting. They hold hoards of treasure (especially old mining or transportation towns). With the trading activities that used to happen, it is possible to find old coins. And not only would you find old coins but other items of a bygone era.

As stated earlier, the key is to find the ones NOT well documented. And to do this, you’ve got to ditch Google maps and instead use other methods like talking to locals, the elderly or driving around yourself.

Bear in mind however, that might have been turned into protected areas by the government with some restrictions. So, be careful not to trespass.

Parks & Campgrounds

Parks & campgrounds in older areas are usually productive places to detect. These places have been utilized for various activities over the past years. And like most highly productive areas for metal detecting have had tons of people throng to and from them, hence giving you a chance to locate valuables that may have been lost as a result.

Beware of local authorities policies in some places though. You want to make sure you follow their laid down rules or you risk confiscation of the metal detector.

Schools

Older school yards, especially activity areas such as baseball, soccer, football fields, etc can be ‘HOT’ areas for metal detecting.  Be sure to check not only the action spots but also around the field as the audience can leave behind plenty valuables as well.

Also, modern school grounds are a great place to find modern coins. The key is to go when class is not in session and look for activity centers or large areas where students like to sit on the grass.

Bear in mind however, that permission is important. And if you leave gaping holes in any field, you will be asked to leave.

Your Backyard

If you live on a property that is older than 1965, then your backyard is a great place to metal detect. You have a chance to find some valuable US silver coins lost by previous owners.

Also, your backyard offers you an opportunity to practice, especially if you’re new to metal detecting.

There you have them; the best metal detecting locations. And while this list is by no means exhaustive; they give you a good head start on your metal detecting journey.

Don’t forget to record your finds so you know what areas are producing more than others.

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How Does A Metal Detector Work?

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Metal detector technology is a huge part of our lives as it provides millions of people around the world an opportunity to discover hidden treasures; while also ensuring safety in airports, office buildings, schools, government agencies, and prisons by helping to ensure no one brings weapons onto such premises.

So, you’ve probably been wondering… How exactly does this stuff work?

Well, the internal working of metal detectors is based on the science of electromagnetism. It works by using technology to harness the unique relationship that exists between electricity and magnetism.

In this article, I would be explaining in details the basic working principle of a metal detector and the technologies that make different types work.

Bear in mind that it’s not necessary to know how a metal detector works in order to use it. However, it’s quite possible that knowing how it works can help you use it more effectively in the future.

The Basic Working Principle of Metal Detectors

The basic working principles of metal detectors are based on electromagnetic induction.

Basic Controls of metal detectors

Metal detectors work by interacting with metallic elements on the ground through one or more inductor coils that are attached to them. They work by electromagnetic field transmission from the search coil attached into the ground. As a result of this electromagnetic transmission, any metal objects (targets) within the electromagnetic field range will then become energized and transmit an electromagnetic field of their own in return. The detector’s search coil then receives the re-transmitted field and alerts the user by producing a target response.

Most metal detectors are designed with a discrimination feature; which is the metal detector’s ability to identify underground targets based on its ferrous and/or conductive properties. This feature allows metal detectors discriminate between different types of targets and can be set to ignore unwanted targets.

Having had a basic understanding of how metal detectors work, let’s now talk about the technologies that power this principle.

The Technology

  • Very Low Frequency
  • Pulse Induction
  • Beat-Frequency Oscillation

Here’s a brief look at each of these technologies in detail to see how they work.

Very Low Frequency (VLF)

Very Low Frequency is the most popular metal detector technology in use today. And it employs the use of 2 distinct coils; namely the transmitter & receiver coil.

The transmitter coil is the outer coil loop. It contains a coil of wire through which electric current flows up and down (up to about 1000 times per second).

The electric current flowing up and down through this transmitter coil generates an electromagnetic field which interacts with any conductive substance it encounters and causes these substances to generate their own weak magnetic fields.

The receiver coil, on the other hand, is the inner coil that’s also made up of another wire coil. Again this wire coil works like an antenna to detect the frequencies of targets underground and amplify their signals.

To differentiate between different metals, the VFL relies on a phenomenon called “phase shifting”. Phase shift provides VLF-based metal detectors with a capability called discrimination; which is a metal detector’s ability to identify underground targets based on its ferrous and/or conductive properties.

And since the resistance and inductance in most metals vary, the amount of phase shift is examined by a VLF metal detector, using phase demodulates (which is a pair of electronic circuits), and compares it with the average for a particular type of metal. You then get notified with a visual indicator or audible tone indicating the range of metals the object is likely to be in.

PI Technology

PI Technology differs from Very Low Frequency (VLF), because it uses 1 coil as both a transmitter and receiver. Some, however, are known to use multiple coils (two or even three) working together at once.

Powerful pulses travel along the wire coil that creates small magnetic fields. When these run out, the polarity gets reversed by the magnetic fields then collapses to make an electric spike. In microseconds, the spike runs out after it generates another current to move through the search coil.

PI detectors are able to pick up metals buried far deeper than other metal detecting technologies.

Beat-Frequency Oscillation- BFO Technology

Beat-Frequency Oscillation (BFO) is the most basic form of metal detecting technology. In a BFO system, there are two coils of wire. The larger coil is put in the search head while the smaller one is placed inside the detector’s control box.

An oscillator connects each coil and generates thousands of pulses of current per second.

The coil generates radio waves as pulses travel through each coil. The radio wave is picked up within the control box by a tiny receiver and creates an audible series of tones depending on the difference between the frequencies.

When a metal object is passed over by the coil, the magnetic field caused by the current flowing through the coil generates a magnetic field around the object. The magnetic field of the object interferes with the radio wave frequency generated by the search-head coil.

As the frequency in the control box deviates from the frequency of the coil, the audible beats change in tone and duration.

The Beat-Frequency Oscillation, however, doesn’t offer the same degree of accuracy and control put forward by the other 2 technologies. And metal detectors that use the BFO technology are sold at a lower price because of its simple design.

Factors that can interfere with how a Metal Detector Works

The detection depth of a metal detector depends upon which of the above technology it employs and a number of environmental factors listed below…

  • Ground Mineralization
  • The Size of the Target
  • The Shape of the Target
  • The Orientation of the Target
  • The Material of the Target

So, there you have it. You now have a basic understanding of how your metal detector works.

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Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector Review

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Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector is a significant technological advancement when it comes to metal detecting and treasure hunting. Its intuitive menus, innovative control panel, comprehensive targeting options, and sturdy design, sets it apart from other metal detectors.

It is designed to cater to advanced treasure hunters who can afford detectors above the $1000 mark. Its innovative functionalities and adjustment options allow so many customizations that refine the detection process and make metal detecting a lot more enjoyable and convenient.

And if you’ve been looking for an advanced treasure hunting detector to help you refine your detecting campaign, then make sure to read this unbiased E-Trac Metal Detector Review. In this review, I would be delving into the core features and functionalities that set the E-Trac apart from the rest of the pack.

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Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector with 11" DD Search Coil and 3 Year Warranty
  • Includes: Minelab 11" DD Coil Cover Minelab E-Trac Instruction Manual Minelab E-Trac Quick Start Guide USB Connection Detector Stand Armrest Strap Koss Headphones Minelab Alkaline Battery Holder - Uses 8 AA Alkaline Batteries (Not Included) Minelab NiMH Baterry, 1600 mAH Wall Charger for NiMH Battery Minelab Standard 3 Year Warranty
  • E-TRAC's advanced signal processing using FBS technology analyzes more target information so that target identification is more accurate
  • QuickMask TM with independent ferrous and conductivity rejection level adjust - a fast and simple way to edit patterns
  • E-TRAC Exchange USB functionality - create download and upload your favorite E-TRAC settings and save them to your computer or with friends by email
  • Ground Setting options of Neutral and Difficult allowing you to adapt easily to benign or the most challenging operating conditions User-centered keypad and menu design - fast and easy to use with intuitive icons and logical menu sequences

E-Trac Product Quick Facts

The E-Trac Metal Detector is manufactured by one of the most popular brand names when it comes to metal detectors; Minelab.

Minelab manufactures and sells a wide variety of metal detectors for hunters with different amounts of hunting experience; some of which include Minelab E-Trac, the Minelab GPX, the Minelab Quattro, the Minelab Excalibur, and the Minelab Safari.

The E-Trac Metal Detector is apparently the “most technologically advanced” among the Minelab series of metal detectors.

It is specifically made for experienced treasure hunters (incorporating Minelab’s Full Band Spectrum technology and Smartfind discrimination); with the sole aim of providing them with a detector that can enhance their hunting experience, and make it more comforting and rewarding.

Now, let’s delve into the core features that set the E-Trac apart from the rest of the pack.

Features: Here’s what you get

The Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector has the following features:

  1. Advanced Signal Processing Using Minelab Full Band Spectrum Technology

The E-Trac Metal Detector uses Minelab’s proprietary Full Band Spectrum technology that outperforms typical detection technologies, by transmitting a broader range of frequencies between 1.5 KHz 71galnzyzul-_sl1200_– 100 KHz simultaneously. The wide range of frequencies transmission allows the operating system of the E-Trac Metal Detector to instantly analyze responses from the signals received from the coil and then interpret them to provide users with enhanced accuracy.

This technology results in a greater operational depth range, higher sensitivity over a wide range of targets, less electromagnetic source interference and more accurate target identification.

  1. QuickMask And SmartFind Technology

The E-Trac Metal Detector also features Minelab’s proprietary QuickMask and SmartFind technology. The SmartFind technology feature is a two-dimensional graphing display that graphically shows the user the ferrous properties as well as the conductivity of the metal found at the same time. This allows you to easily identify targets before digging.

The QuickMask feature, on the other hand, allows you to instantly adjust the conductivity and ferrous rejection levels based on conductivity and ferrous

levels, allowing you to accept and reject based on these 2 indicators; thereby making your search much more effective.

  1. Lightweight Waterproof 11 Inch Double D Coil

The E-Trac Metal Detector features a lightweight and waterproof 11” Double D Coil. The lightweight and the waterproof feature of the coil make it possible for you to search a variety of challenging locations, such as the sea, river, beaches, etc; locations other detectors dare not thread.

And even in instances where some other detectors have claimed usability at these challenging locations, the result is not at par with the performance of the E-Trac Metal Detector, as hunters rarely find valuable targets at these locations, using other detectors.

However, E-TRAC delivers astounding results at these challenging locations.

  1. Four Preset Detecting Settings

The E-Trac Metal Detector features four preset detecting settings that are usually the common types of detecting that experienced hunters do namely; Coins, High trash, Beach, and Relics!

Coins: For searching for coins.

High trash: For searching in trashy areas.

Beach: For searching on beaches.

Relics: To search for valuable targets.

With these preset settings feature for the most common types of detecting; you can simply turn on the detector, choose a setting, and start hunting without spending any time on adjusting the settings. Amazing time saver!

It additionally features a PinPoint Mode that lets you pinpoint accurately your find and the size of it before you start digging down into the ground.

  1. Clear Resolution “72mm x 48mm ” LCD Display Panel

The E-Trac Metal Detector has a “72mm x 48mm” LCD Display Panel that provides clearer on-screen graphics and improved target identification.

The display is neat, with buttons nicely placed on the display to make it easier for you to access the menu and make adjustments easily; thereby making detecting with E-Trac much easier.

The display is backlit; meaning you can use the E-Trac Metal Detector late in the evenings and even at night.

  1. E-TRAC USB functionality

One prominent feature of the E-Trac Metal Detector is the USB functionality that allows you connect the detector to the computer for you to better manage settings, modes, as well as discrimination patterns and build a resource you can continually refer to.

The detector comes with a cable with which you can easily connect it to a PC or laptop.

This advanced feature is also designed to allow for quick configuration of the E-TRAC at the touch of a button to specific detecting areas and preferred targets; thereby allowing you spend little time, adjusting settings, but instead more time out in the field , detecting.

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What Else You Should Know

You may want to know that the E-Trac Metal Detector is much better at finding silver than it is at finding gold. A number of users have reported that low-quality gold has been mistaken for trash by the detector.

Also, the programming is a little different from what some more experienced users are familiar with. So, you may want to bear in mind that the learning curve can take some time, before getting used to it. But once you get a hang of it. The money spent is well worth it.

Irrespective of the above, however, the Minelab metal detector still comes highly recommended to those that want to explore further and increase their treasure finding capabilities.

Conclusion

The Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector is without a doubt, one of the best deals you can find in the market. It has set a significant technological advancement with all its features highlighted above and its quality performance. I highly recommend it for the experienced hunters who want to substantially improve their metal hunting experience.

Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector with 11" DD Search Coil and 3 Year Warranty
  • Includes: Minelab 11" DD Coil Cover Minelab E-Trac Instruction Manual Minelab E-Trac Quick Start Guide USB Connection Detector Stand Armrest Strap Koss Headphones Minelab Alkaline Battery Holder - Uses 8 AA Alkaline Batteries (Not Included) Minelab NiMH Baterry, 1600 mAH Wall Charger for NiMH Battery Minelab Standard 3 Year Warranty
  • E-TRAC's advanced signal processing using FBS technology analyzes more target information so that target identification is more accurate
  • QuickMask TM with independent ferrous and conductivity rejection level adjust - a fast and simple way to edit patterns
  • E-TRAC Exchange USB functionality - create download and upload your favorite E-TRAC settings and save them to your computer or with friends by email
  • Ground Setting options of Neutral and Difficult allowing you to adapt easily to benign or the most challenging operating conditions User-centered keypad and menu design - fast and easy to use with intuitive icons and logical menu sequences
Bounty Hunter Metal Detector Reviews

Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Review

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The Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV metal detector is one of the most popular entry-level metal detectors available on the market; partly because of the awesome features that allow beginners to operate it easily without any form of complications, but more so because of its affordable price(around $100).

It is streamlined in appearance; with only two operating controls and a mode. And all users need to do is set the discrimination and sensitivity levels and they are ready to start treasure hunting.

So, if you’re an entry-level user, the Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV offers a great way to get started in metal detecting and treasure hunting without breaking your budget. In this article, I’ll be reviewing and examining its features, so as to help you get an unbiased view of what it offers.

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Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Quick Facts

The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV is one of the products in the range of Bounty hunter devices (metal detectors and accessories) from the First Texas Company. Bounty hunter devices have been selling on the market since 1988 and they are highly reputed for their affordability and top-quality products that are easy to use.

It’s an all-black, sleek-looking detector and has an adjustable height design that simplifies its usage, irrespective of whether the user is tall or short. It is lightweight; thereby allowing for prolonged usage without tiring its user and its ergonomics allow for easy handling. Additionally, it has a detector stand that enables you to keep it out of the mud while retrieving your target.

The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV is particularly right for you if:

  • You want a user-friendly detector that offers tremendous value for your money.
  • You want a detector that doesn’t require you spending lots of time reading a manual or watching a DVD to know how to use it
  • You want a detector that introduces you to the world of metal detecting and treasure hunting.

Having highlighted the above, let’s now discuss the features and what you get from Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV.

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  • Rugged metal detector ideal for detecting treasure in extreme ground conditions
  • Motion All-Metal mode, Discrimination mode, and 2-Tone audio mode.Larger objects up to 3 feet
  • Preset ground balance neutralizes response to mineral content in the ground
  • Disc/notch control distinguishes between targets and unwanted metals
  • 6.7 kHz operating frequency

Features: Here’s what you get

  1. Three modes of operation

The Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV features three detecting modes which can be conveniently controlled via a toggle switch dial. The modes make it easier for you to eliminate targets that you do not want to find, while at the same time setting the sensors towards specific items that you want detected.bounty hunter screen

The modes are:

All-Metals mode: This allows the detector to react to any metal swept over.

2-Tone Audio mode: Enables the detector to emit one or two pitches or tones for the different metals passed over.

Discrimination mode: Enables the detector to reject certain metals, such as iron.

  1. 8” Concentric Coil

The Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV features an 8” concentric waterproof coil that can be submerged in wet grass and shallow waters. This submersible feature enables the detector to search up to 8-inch deep for coins and similar-sized objects, and 3″ for larger objects; thereby ensuring detection in moisture-laden grass and shallow water. The coil is interchangeable.

This feature makes the Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV an ideal choice when pitched up against other devices of a similar range.

  1. Centrally Positioned Target Indicator

Unlike other metal detectors that feature a built-in LCD display, the Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV instead, comes with a large, centrally positioned target indicator, which gives a visual indication of when you’re closing in on a target, a sensitivity meter to limit electromagnetic interference, and a disc/notch control which eliminates the poor quality metals from detection.

  1. Preset Ground Balance

Built-in Automatic Ground Trac allows the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV to balance for mineralization while you detect. With this feature; this detector neutralizes response to mineral content in the ground; making it able to detect in highly mineralized sites and beaches; without requiring any adjustments from the operator to the circuitry and with no loss of sensitivity.

  1. Rugged & Designed to Detect In Extreme Ground Conditions

The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV is lightweight and sturdily built to work in extreme and hard ground conditions. The lightweight feature is very important, as even three pounds can get heavy after several hours of use.

Some Other Notable Features

  • A padded armrest that stops plastic rubbing on the arm.
  • Adjustable height design makes it simple to use for both tall and short persons.
  • ¼-inch headphone jack compatible with most headphones
  • A detector stand that enables you to keep it out of the mud while retrieving your target.
  • Low battery indicator to let you know the device battery status at all times
  • Five years limited warranty
An early version of the Tracker IV.
An early version of the Tracker IV.

Some Things to Consider

Although it comes with a built-in headphone jack, which is compatible with most models, the detector does not have a headphone integrated. This would be quite useful in case you end up digging for the metal in a crowded place and you had not prevented it before you leave the house.

The headphone is to be bought independently as an accessory!

Also, the Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV does not feature a built-in LCD display.  It just comes with a large, centrally positioned target indicator that gives a visual indication of when you’re closing in on a target.

Conclusion

Excellently priced; the TK4 Tracker is perfect for several applications; including relic hunting, coin shooting, cache hunting, and jewelry to general searches for lost property.

It has quite a number of user-friendly features that offers tremendous value for your money. It comes highly recommended as one of the best metal detectors for beginners that you can find!

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Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector
  • Rugged metal detector ideal for detecting treasure in extreme ground conditions
  • Motion All-Metal mode, Discrimination mode, and 2-Tone audio mode.Larger objects up to 3 feet
  • Preset ground balance neutralizes response to mineral content in the ground
  • Disc/notch control distinguishes between targets and unwanted metals
  • 6.7 kHz operating frequency
Metal Detecting Advice

What Is The Best Metal Detector For Children?

So if you’ve ever done metal detecting around your children, your grandchildren or even just children from friends, they always want to have a go. This is great and I love getting children involved and they really enjoy it, in fact now when I see my grandchildren I hide money around the garden so when they find it they can keep it. Small tip, if you’re going to do that make sure they don’t need to go digging! It won’t leave the garden very nice and your wife might not like it, mine didn’t.

What are they key points you need to remember when looking for a child metal detector:

Size – This is the most important, depending on how old the children are will mean they need to have a detector that can be adjusted. If they are using one that is too big they will create an angle on the coil and will be detecting in front rather than underneath, which will mean the detector needs a bigger depth and will, of course, cost more money.

Weight – Sort of covered in the size of the detector, make sure to get something that isn’t too heavy, it will just make it more troublesome. My back starts to hurt if I’m carrying too much let alone a small child.

Simplicity – This is one of the only times I’m not looking for as many gizmos and gadgets as possible, normally I’m trying to get everything possible even though let’s face it, I don’t use most of it! You have to remember what they’re, and that is children. Keep things as simple as they possibly can be.

I don’t think many children are worried about which type of metal it is they’re finding, they just want to dig something up out of the ground! Side note: This will also save money!

Price – I don’t know about you, but my children and grandchildren haven’t had the longest attention spans, so I didn’t want to go spending a great deal of money on something they would rarely use. Luckily my grandchildren quite enjoy it when it’s nice, it’s something we can do together whilst we’re waiting for food to cook. Even still I wouldn’t want to spend too much on it.

With all that in mind the metal detector I would choose time and time again for any child is the bounty hunter metal detector.

Bounty hunter metal detectorIt really is good value, it does exactly what you need and it costs less than $100. It is the perfect present for any budding metal detector. With the above kit, you also headphones included, you can use any you like, even their own personal headphones.

Where can you take them?

When I first went out I went to parks, beaches anywhere I could to be honest. However taking a child out is rather risky, you don’t want to be digging big holes with them, or rather they don’t want to be. Like I mentioned earlier I found they enjoyed it the most when I planted change around the garden.

I hope you enjoy sharing your hobby with them, as always I hope you enjoyed reading my metal detecting blog.

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Tips On How To Find More On Your Hunts

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Whether you’re new to the game or an experienced detector sometimes we can go over and ignore the basics to metal detecting. Below I’m going to cover some tips on how to get the most from your hunts, if you’re experienced you can use this as a tune-up.

Perhaps you’ve got so used to going out on your own and it’s all natural, perhaps you’ve picked up some bad habits.

What should you take with you on every hunt:

  • Metal detector – OK well that was a little bit obvious!
  • Backpack / Something to carry your finds in
  • Small shovel – It doesn’t need to be too big as anything that requires considerable digging should usually be avoided anyway
  • Headphones – Depending on your surrounding’s it might be difficult to hear otherwise
  • Supplies – Well this depends on how long you intend to go for, are you well stocked?
  • Ideal clothing – Is it going to rain?
  • Underwater – Do you need a waterproof detector?

To me and probably most of you they all seem like must haves and how could you forget it? These things get forgotten more often than you’d think. I’ve personally forgotten to check the weather beforehand and been caught out in the rain, it happens more so now that I’m staying in the UK. I can’t wait to go home in a couple of months!

Where should you go?

The best places to go are areas of public interest, for example, beaches and parks are great especially for beginners. It’s unlikely you’re going to discover an ancient relic but you will find change, jewelry, watches (although usually worse for wear) and any other object that people carry with them a lot. I did actually find some car keys once, although I’m sure they had been there a long time as they were buried and covered in rust.

 Top places to go:

  • Parks
  • Beaches
  • Sidewalks
  • Walking paths
  • Event’s
Maybe Glastonbury in the UK is off limits, but you get the idea.
Maybe Glastonbury in the UK is off limits, but you get the idea.

These are my favorite places to go, anywhere where the footfall is high is always going to bring in good finds at a good rate. Sometimes you get some odd looks from people unsure what you’re doing but it can be a nice way to start up a conversation. I actually helped a woman look for her engagement ring once, she was very thankful as I’m sure her soon to be husband wouldn’t have appreciated that!

Technique:

I don’t really have a name for it, so I’m just going to call it the low and slow method, it’s rather self-explanatory in that you need to scan as close to the ground as you can and slowly sweep side to side.

This the best way to get the most out of your searches, I’ve tried other approaches but I always feel like I’m potentially missing so much by accidentally not scanning the whole area.

This has to be the most common way of scanning, 90% of the people I come across are already adopting this method, the only problem for me if most of them scan too far away from the ground.

This all depends on you personally, your height, the length of the detector and your physical abilities. If perhaps you’re older with a bad back it’s going to be hard to crouch down with a smaller detector. I have a personal recommendation for the best detector to start with.

If physically possible, the best way to get the most detection is to keep the coil as close to the group as possible. Think about it if your detector has a limit of 12” wouldn’t you want that to be on the ground? You’re essentially wasting any depth that is above ground.

Summary:

Hopefully, you found this useful, this is more catered to the beginners in the detecting world, you can refer to this as a check sheet every time you go out looking for objects.

Fisher Metal Detectors

Fisher F44 Review

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Fisher are known for standing by all of their products, which is why I love reviewing their kit. I know that anybody who reads this will know they are going to be well looked after by Fisher, this product in particular comes with a 5 year warranty, there are not many manufactures that would be able to match that. fisher f44 detector

The F44 is ideally for an advanced beginner or an intermediate, somebody who has gone out metal detecting before. However if you are a beginner I would still consider this, you have a lot of room to grow into this and Fisher have gone to the effort of sending you a guide along with it. The guide will teach you the basics of detecting, a bit like my guide. I’m going to talk more about this later but there are no other detectors that I know of that will help you differentiate between gold and silver at this price point. For that usually you have to add another $200.

What are the key features of the F44?

  • Weatherproof – If you’ve been following me for awhile now you know I’m spending a lot of time out in the UK, the problem with that is the rain! This was a nice addition to an already strong detector. I don’t have to go inside when it rains anymore, I do usually but that’s just because I’m a wimp!
  • Manual ground balance – This is what help you differentiate between the different types of alloys such as silver or gold.
  • 5 Modes of operation – This allows you to specifically look for certain alloys and objects.
  • Beginners guidebook – This is a very nice touch which I think a lot of companies should introduce, not only do they give you a helpful manual on the actual workings of the detector. Fisher go beyond that and help you as a beginner find more stuff!
  • 5 year warranty – I can’t find any company that will match or beat this, truly how all companies should operate.

Pros of the F44:

We’ve gone over the key features, I’d now like to cover the pros in my personal opinion, not get the actual specifications of the product.

  • Weatherproof – I’ve already voiced my opinion on this however I really think it’s something I now expect from all detectors, but they don’t all deliver. Although it’s not submersible it allows for all weather detecting.
  • Weight – Only coming in at 4.8 pounds
  • Warranty – You really can’t go wrong with it
  • Comfort – Very comfortable, I used it for 4 hours without any problems at all

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Cons:

I’ve really enjoyed my time with this machine, like most Fisher products it does exactly what you want it to. I can’t find many faults but here’s what I did find.

  • Waterproof – It is weather proof however the product is not completely submersible, it would have just been nicer if Fisher had taken it to the next level and make it completely waterproof. The AT pro is waterproof so if you’re looking to do detecting in water I would recommend it.

Final thoughts on the F44

This model is really aimed at the beginner/intermediate market, which makes it perfect for my readers. I don’t get as many advanced hobbyists on this site, it mainly comes from the beginner/intermediate bracket to be honest.

The weatherproof element is great, not having to worry about it breaking if it rains or it gets splashed on. Nothing worth than spending $300 on something for it to break in the rain! You can’t go wrong if you’re just getting into this brilliant hobby, with a 5 year warranty it will last as long as you look after it.

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Fisher Metal Detectors

Fisher F4 Metal Detector Review

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The Fisher F4 is the latest model from the very well respected Fisher group, I’ve been excited to have a go with this for quite some time. I really wanted to try the F4’s ability to differentiate between something worth digging and trash, I’ve found too much foil for any one person!

I’m going to cover what is different about this model, what I’m personally excited about and also any flaws I find whilst using the product.

Fisher F4 Metal Detector
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Fisher F4 Metal Detector
  • High deep seeking auto tune with manual ground balance - visual target id by category
  • Numeric 0-99 readout - 11 segment digital target id - 4 tone audio id
  • One touch notch - one touch pinpoint with numeric depth readout
  • 11" Bi-Axial Search Coil
  • Recommended for: coin shooting, relic hunting, beach hunting

Fisher F4 Metal Detector Key Features:

  • High deep seeking autotune with manual ground balance – visual target id by category – Allows the user to clearly identify if that they have found is trash, for example, foil. This will help save time when deciding where to dig.
  • Numeric 0-99 readout – 11 segments digital target id – 4 tone audio id – This is the actual sound output that will tell the user what it is they’re detecting.
  • One-touch notch – one-touch pinpoint with numeric depth readout
  • 11″ Bi-Axial Search Coil
  • Recommended for: coin shooting, relic hunting, beach hunting – It has a great advantage over other metal detectors in its class, particularly good in public places where there, unfortunately, is a lot of trash.
  • Easy-to-use metal detector ideal for relic hunters and beachcombers – Really simple to use, it comes with an easy to follow manual and self-explanatory buttons on the LCD screen.
  • 11-segment visual target ID helps differentiate trash from treasure
  • 4-tone audio ID; 2-digit numeric target ID with 0 to 99 range
  • Notch control lets you ignore select trash categories; 11-inch bi-axial search coil
  • All-Metal and Discrimination modes; weighs 2.6 pounds; 5-year limited warranty
  • Able to detect alloys up to 15 inches deep

What really impressed me with this detector is its ability to differentiate between materials, what I usually dug up was trash more often than not but after using this I didn’t on this particular day find any. I did pick up some and intentionally dig it out to see if I could trust it. Turns out you can! On two occasions I made sure to check that I was in fact detecting trash, I’ve never been so excited to dig up foil! I don’t think I ever will be again either.

Fisher F4 metal detector

Fisher F4 Metal Detector
22 Reviews
Fisher F4 Metal Detector
  • High deep seeking auto tune with manual ground balance - visual target id by category
  • Numeric 0-99 readout - 11 segment digital target id - 4 tone audio id
  • One touch notch - one touch pinpoint with numeric depth readout
  • 11" Bi-Axial Search Coil
  • Recommended for: coin shooting, relic hunting, beach hunting

Who Is The Fisher F4 Designed For?

This F4 model is really designed for the intermediate detector, although it is simple to use it generally has more than enough features intended for the casual person. It was great for me and by no means would I rule it out for a beginner it depends on your intentions. It has enough usability for any hobbyist, if you’re looking at becoming a serious detectorist then I would perhaps suggest something with more features. However, for me it was ideal and the product felt great.

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Pros Of The Fisher F4:

  1. Being able to distinguish between metal and trash – This has to be my absolute favorite feature of this model, I’m going to upgrade to this permanently after using it for the day. The amount of time I will actually save my surprise you, as my main locations are public area’s I find a lot of trash which gets annoying after a certain amount of time.
  2. Weight – The whole thing only weighs 2.6 pounds, I was able to use it for a 6-hour stretch without any arm pains. It does take it out of you swinging around a detector for that amount of time normally.
  3. Warranty – It comes with a 2-year warranty so should there be any problems Fisher is very happy to sort them out.
  4. Price –  Coming in at under $400 it offers great value for money

Cons Of The F4:

  1. Honestly, I couldn’t think of any, I really do try my best to give you a complete overview but for the price, I can’t think of anything wrong with this machine.

Final Thoughts:

I must admit I wasn’t expecting too much when testing this machine, I was just expecting a standard metal detector which would’ve been found. I was truly impressed by the simplicity and features, it does exactly what I needed it to do. I’ve searched everywhere and found the best price for all of you if you would like to check it out and also it has loads of other users’ reviews which back up exactly what I said. Check that out below.

Fisher F4 Metal Detector
22 Reviews
Fisher F4 Metal Detector
  • High deep seeking auto tune with manual ground balance - visual target id by category
  • Numeric 0-99 readout - 11 segment digital target id - 4 tone audio id
  • One touch notch - one touch pinpoint with numeric depth readout
  • 11" Bi-Axial Search Coil
  • Recommended for: coin shooting, relic hunting, beach hunting

 

Metal Detecting Advice

What Is The Best Metal Detector For The Money?

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For this piece, I’m going to split the review up into 3 pieces. Beginner, intermediate and advanced. The reason I’m going to be doing this is the best metal detector for the money will be different depending on your skill/experience levels. Somebody who goes out everyday and makes a living off of their findings is going to have different needs to a hobbyist who goes out once a week or month.

Best Bang For Buck Metal Detector For Beginners

Firstly we have to look at your needs, at this level whether you’re just starting out or just go out occasionally as a hobby, you will just need a basic reliable bit of kit. There are many cheap alternatives to my recommendation but it’s important if you’re going to spend any decent amount of money on something to make sure it lasts. This is why I’m recommending the Garrett Ace 250, it’s how I started and I still have it today.

It’s a brilliant bit of kit, offering everything you need to pull metals from the ground. When beginning what else do you need?

Ace 250 Features:

  • Large Scanning Area – Using it’s 10 inch scanning area it gives you a far greater chance of finding something than other budget detectors.
  • Simple Rugged Design – There is very little to go wrong with the 250, it’s simple and rugged. I’ve dropped mine plenty of times and it has also passed the child test!
  • Guarantee – Garrett have always been my favorite company, I’ve never hid that! But their customer service really stood out for me, I had a problem after my warranty had gone and they still fixed it for me no problem.

Garrett Ace 250

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Intermediates:

This is about where I’m at personally here, which is why I feel most qualified to recommend you what I’m using and why I’ve picked this certain product. For me price is still important, I don’t have the money to spend thousands on my detectors. This is why I went with the Garrett Ace 400 metal detector.

Features of the Ace 400:

  • Iron Audio – Most of my finds seem to be coins and bottle caps, I quite enjoy finding them now and this feature helps me identify which finds are worth digging and those that aren’t.
  • Adjustable Frequency – This is something a lot of budget detectors could do with, they sell you on the highest frequency but all this does is bring in a lot of interference. This feature will give your ears a rest whilst helping you be more accurate.
  • Coin depth indicator – This is amazing! No longer are you digging for ages looking for the find! Now this model tells you roughly how deep it is, no longer am I giving up wonder how bloody deep do I have to dig!

Garrett Ace 400

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Advanced:

This is where things get a little tricky, most people when they get to this stage have certain conditions that they favor so get something more suited to that, makes sense right?

Well this is the detectors I’m going to be getting next!

Minelab CTX 3030

This is high level equipment and something I’m hoping to get this year, I’ve done a full write up you can read for more information.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this read, I think it is important to get value for money in this day and age. I hope you have found my thoughts useful, let me know if you have any other recommendations below, I’m always interested in other peoples experiences with these.

Metal Detecting Advice

Where To Start Detecting If You’re A Beginner?

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So you’re a beginner metal detector? Well, I’m going to assume you already have a detector, if not I can’t recommend the Garrett Ace 250 enough!

Next, you need somewhere to actually look for hidden treasures, I’ve compiled a list that will give you plenty of places to look and practice as a beginner.

Top Places For Metal Detecting:

Gardens

Gardens are the most available, yet best places for the beginners because you do not have to worry about the permissions or anything similar, of course, if it’s your own garden. Some metal detectors can detect metal quite deep under the surface so you might discover things that you lost a long time ago in your own garden or something that was there even before you moved in. Every metal detector requires some time to learn how to be used. Since this is your territory and your metal detector, you can take all the time you want to practice. You can even play games and ask some of your family members to hide items that you will discover afterward. That is a good way to learn how your machine functions and work on your detecting skills.

Sidewalks

You can find things on the places that many people walk by daily. What is better than a sidewalk for that matter? We all might pass by coins and different metals without even noticing them. If you pay enough attention and bring your tools with you, sidewalks can be one more place that you can practice on. Since many people take these paths, you should not only check it out once and never come back. One day you might not find anything and next day gets surprised by some valuable metal in the exact same place.

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Old grounds

It would be the best to do a little research of the old buildings in your town that no longer exist or have been replaced. They bring a lot of treasure and interesting items that can be found if easily and could be a big achievement for you as a beginner.

Maybe don't go there alone!
Maybe don’t go there alone!

Beaches

With certain permission, beaches might be one of the best places to practice your metal detecting skills. Some metal detectors can go under the water as well, which can bring you enough finds if you are barely starting this activity. We do not have to mention everything that people do while being on the beach, we all know that barely anyone pays attention to their personal things while having fun and that is where the things get lost and then can be found by your metal detector.

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Abandoned places

Every place brings a history and some of them are just around without anyone discovering them. Abandoned houses, churches, fields or any other places are some of the best areas to explore. You might find coins dating centuries behind, maps or valuable items. Make sure these places do not need permission to get researched and get it if they do.

This should give you enough places to start with, I personally would recommend the beaches over everything else. You’ll be surprised at the amount you find and also could you have better scenery to enjoy?

Let me know what you find!

Every metal detector requires some time to learn how to be used. Since this is your territory and your metal detector, you can take all the time you want to practice.