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    Mar 2012
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    New to Metal Detecting

    Hello all, I just got interested in metal detecting (again it seems). When I was younger I had a metal detector, it worked fine back then. I found it today and took it for a spin. It works great, but it's kind of junky compared to many models you all are using. It's a Bounty Hunter Fast Tracker. Is it worth trying this detector out for a while and upgrading later, or should I go and buy a "real" detector to get started?
    "Those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail." -Benjamin Franklin

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    us
    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
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    Welcome to the net, Eldar. If it works great, keep going. Find all that clad and silver... put them in a jar... then pull that money out to upgrade! (make sure you get a good return for the silver and watch for key dates). Now, get back to work. Let us know what you do. TTC
    ONE MIND - ANY WEAPON

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    Sounds like a good plan, where are good places to go to detect?
    "Those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail." -Benjamin Franklin

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    us
    May 2003
    E. Tennessee
    Tesoro tigershark----Tesoro Conquistador Umax------Fisher FX-3----Master Hunter CX-Plus w/ depth multiplier
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    metal detecting world has a bunch of good info: here's the link

    http://www.metaldetectingworld.com/how_to_metal_detect_p5.shtml

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    us
    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
    4,337
    1651 times
    Coinshooting, Gold prospecting, and Nuggetshooting
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    Where are you, Eldar? City or rural? Trees in front yards, gardens, the area connecting the back door to the car, under the trees in a church lot (ice cream socials and such), along the top 1/4 and the bottom of sledding hills, baseball lots. There are good books and internet sites that can list HUNDREDS of spots to look. TTC
    ONE MIND - ANY WEAPON

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    It's sub-urban, bordering on rural sometimes. There are large parks around where I live, but I know that I'll need practice before digging in public places on grass. There is a festival at one of the parks this weekend, so I'll probably do a sweep of sorts for items on the surface.
    "Those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail." -Benjamin Franklin

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    us
    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
    4,337
    1651 times
    Coinshooting, Gold prospecting, and Nuggetshooting
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    Do some OBSERVING at the park. Get to know where the tents are set up. Learn to recover coins using just a slim probe or screwdriver. NO plug with them. Practice. TTC
    ONE MIND - ANY WEAPON

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    It seems that much of metal detecting is research and reconissance
    "Those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail." -Benjamin Franklin

  9. #9

    Apr 2012
    Desert
    Radio Shack Lone Star, baby!
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    Yep, any way you look at it ... it's all R&R!
    -- Ammo

    "A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village; the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age."

    ~ C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

    “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
    Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”

    ~ T.S. Eliot, The Rock

  10. #10
    us
    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
    4,337
    1651 times
    Coinshooting, Gold prospecting, and Nuggetshooting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Like a hawk, flying till spotting dinner. Lots of time looking; but the prize is what the effort is for! TTC
    ONE MIND - ANY WEAPON

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    Mar 2012
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    I hope I can find something good! Thanks so much for the advice Terry!
    "Those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail." -Benjamin Franklin

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    Apr 2012
    Clark County Washington
    Tiger Shark 8" coil, Tejon 8"x9" and 5.75" WS, clean sweep coil, Gray ghost deep woods headphones Whites TRX pointer Minelab Quattro, Garrett gold stinger
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    I try to talk to a grounds keeper. Let them know what I am doing and try to assure them I am not leaving holes or damaging anything. The guy that mows the lawn often thinks he owns the place, so I want him for a friend and I always try to dump my trash when he has a chance to see me do it. Also, Try not to buy into the hightech hype if and when u upgrade. U don't always get what u pay for, you might then want to consider the new just released Tesoro Outlaw, comes with 3 coils, way cool. Welcome and good hunting.
    Last edited by Hot zone; May 18, 2012 at 12:58 AM.
    It's no wonder truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. Mark Twain

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    Mar 2012
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    Well it'll be a while before I upgrade. My old metal detector is on the fritz, it beeps for no reason and I go over the same spot three times looking for something thats not there. I don't really have the money to upgrade, but we'll see what I can do with the one I have.
    Hot zone likes this.
    "Those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail." -Benjamin Franklin

  14. #14

    Apr 2012
    Clark County Washington
    Tiger Shark 8" coil, Tejon 8"x9" and 5.75" WS, clean sweep coil, Gray ghost deep woods headphones Whites TRX pointer Minelab Quattro, Garrett gold stinger
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    If the coil has a cover, remove it and clean it, install good batteries.
    It's no wonder truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. Mark Twain

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    us
    Jan 2011
    Dalton,Ga.
    Whites MXT, E Trac, Garrett Pro Pinpointer
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    If you try it for awhile, And relise that you really want to get into it again, Then go out and buy you a better machine. But if you go out and spend 500.00
    on a new machine and use it for a couple of weeks or a month or two,and discoverthat you are not really into it like you thought, then you will be fixin to lose money on the deal. Your choice. Welcome to our world.! HH


    If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
    -Samuel Adams-

 

 

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