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    Brand New to Metal Detecting

    Hey guys! Thanks for being here to share and help others, it has been a fun few days reading some things on here. Anyways after researching I decided on an Ace 250. I had an old ipad lying around and traded it for the Ace.

    I just got home but before I do any tips? Across my street is the grounds of an old elementary school from the 70s and there is a lake close with abandoned camp grounds hidden off of a road with a mile hike.

    I live in castaic (so cal, magic mountain) near piru lake and castaic lake. Are there any so cal guys close that could show me some tricks or leep company?

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    Sorry for errors, im on an iphone

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    Also It didnt come with a users guide so im learning as I go unless someone has an electronic manual

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    us
    To hot to play today

    Jun 2012
    South Texas
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    Look on the Garrett web site, they have manuals and videos on the site.
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    Ace 250, GPP and one used treasure map

  5. #5

    Apr 2012
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Chech YouTube out, there are a lot of videos about the ace250

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    Sweet thanks guys. I jusy went to a little wash begind my place to mess around with it. Found some random metal, some nails, a piece of rebar etc. Cant wait to get better but i think ill need a sifter.

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    cr
    Detecting fever comes and goes.

    Jun 2012
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    Welcome to the hobby, and the forums. I hope you will get used to the ACE250. Manuals can be found online, ans for youtube there are many many videos on how to use the 250 and how to dig things up. How to make a plug in the correct way, and how to live everything just as it was.

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    I found some cool stuff today but nothing great. An old car lightbulb, a quarter, 2 old keys, a lot of soda tabs (why do people pull these off), some cans, a chain link, and a couple foil wrappers for gum, cigs, etc. , some rebar, and a piece of old steel.

  9. #9

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
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    Quote Originally Posted by bossbear View Post
    Hey guys! Thanks for being here to share and help others, it has been a fun few days reading some things on here. Anyways after researching I decided on an Ace 250. I had an old ipad lying around and traded it for the Ace.

    I just got home but before I do any tips? Across my street is the grounds of an old elementary school from the 70s and there is a lake close with abandoned camp grounds hidden off of a road with a mile hike.

    I live in castaic (so cal, magic mountain) near piru lake and castaic lake. Are there any so cal guys close that could show me some tricks or leep company?
    bossbear, welcome aboard. I'm from Salinas, about 4 hrs. north of you. I don't have much to say about your Garrett (as I'm strictly a Minelab user for the last 10 yrs. now ), but as far as your choice of spots, ........ if I was you ...... I'd hit those camp-grounds you say are "hidden off a road with a mile hike". Some of those mountain lakes in your area, if those lakes have been there awhile (verses modern reservoirs) can indeed have old campgrounds. If you know of any that were discontinued in use by the mid-1960s, those are the funnest to hunt (because less clad, less tabs, and more silver and wheaties ) Like old boyscout, girlscout, church, and other such camps, if they don't get much modern use, but did see use in the old days, can be good places. You can also certainly try the ones still-in-use, but the problem becomes, that those are .... of course .... the easiest ones that other research out and already hit (you'd be surprised at how many campers in their RV's pack detectors nowadays!).

    There's a lot of md'rs from the northern edges of Los Angeles area (your area) that have probably already tried to sniff out any defunct camps. But ...... you never know. Sometimes you find a gem that for some reason, no one had the particular printed resource (or old-timers you've talked to, etc...) to allow them to research it out. And for all you know, you'll be the first one to hunt one.

    Campgrounds are always a good place to coin-hunt, because when the people pitched their tents, and lie prone to sleep, is an instant recipe for coins to spill out of pockets. Modern camps get more junky though, because American entered into the "aluminum age" starting in the 1960s (tabs, foil, etc... got extremely widespread).

    As for hooking up with other CA hunters, try the "kinzli" forum. There's southern CA folks who regularly chime in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA

    bossbear, welcome aboard. I'm from Salinas, about 4 hrs. north of you. I don't have much to say about your Garrett (as I'm strictly a Minelab user for the last 10 yrs. now ), but as far as your choice of spots, ........ if I was you ...... I'd hit those camp-grounds you say are "hidden off a road with a mile hike". Some of those mountain lakes in your area, if those lakes have been there awhile (verses modern reservoirs) can indeed have old campgrounds. If you know of any that were discontinued in use by the mid-1960s, those are the funnest to hunt (because less clad, less tabs, and more silver and wheaties ) Like old boyscout, girlscout, church, and other such camps, if they don't get much modern use, but did see use in the old days, can be good places. You can also certainly try the ones still-in-use, but the problem becomes, that those are .... of course .... the easiest ones that other research out and already hit (you'd be surprised at how many campers in their RV's pack detectors nowadays!).

    There's a lot of md'rs from the northern edges of Los Angeles area (your area) that have probably already tried to sniff out any defunct camps. But ...... you never know. Sometimes you find a gem that for some reason, no one had the particular printed resource (or old-timers you've talked to, etc...) to allow them to research it out. And for all you know, you'll be the first one to hunt one.

    Campgrounds are always a good place to coin-hunt, because when the people pitched their tents, and lie prone to sleep, is an instant recipe for coins to spill out of pockets. Modern camps get more junky though, because American entered into the "aluminum age" starting in the 1960s (tabs, foil, etc... got extremely widespread).

    As for hooking up with other CA hunters, try the "kinzli" forum. There's southern CA folks who regularly chime in there.
    Thanks for the advice. I went to the camp grounds but didnt find too much but im still learning how to use my md. I found some old keys and a headlight bulb. I use to have a 68 vw bug and it looks like that type of bulb. I was hiking with my wife so I didnt really try hard but ill be going back

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    gb
    Jul 2012
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    Hi mate hope all goes well, ,I,m quite new too (just over a year} and still enjoy detecting.Couple of things I was told which were right, don,t expect to find the crown jewels each time you go out,get a good spade ,and get ready for loads of digging of crap as well as some good stuff.Don,t let the junk get you down, its worth it when a good find comes along,Last is most important, whether you have a top range or bottom range machine,keep on using the same one till you know it inside out ,then you,ll find loadsa goodies..good luck mate.

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    I also found an egg sinker, a chain link, a metal dog tag from a marathon or something in 2011, a house key, a hotel key? It says "222" on it, and a toe or pinky ring (dont know what its made of).

    Im hooked now
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    It's there,you just gotta look for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossbear View Post
    I also found an egg sinker, a chain link, a metal dog tag from a marathon or something in 2011, a house key, a hotel key? It says "222" on it, and a toe or pinky ring (dont know what its made of).

    Im hooked now
    I think this guy lost it!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by russ
    Hi mate hope all goes well, ,I,m quite new too (just over a year} and still enjoy detecting.Couple of things I was told which were right, don,t expect to find the crown jewels each time you go out,get a good spade ,and get ready for loads of digging of crap as well as some good stuff.Don,t let the junk get you down, its worth it when a good find comes along,Last is most important, whether you have a top range or bottom range machine,keep on using the same one till you know it inside out ,then you,ll find loadsa goodies..good luck mate.
    Thanks russ!

    I went to a park today and had my sensitivity on 3 bars and to to only find coin setting. I was in the middle of a grassy field with trees and such an my ace 250 was pinging like crazy every 10 or so feet and saying there were things 6-8 inches down this was happening in singular locations all around the park. I think they were small because the pin point area was easy to locate but I dont know how to dig that far without messing up the sod, it was a baseball outfield. I think there is a lot of stuff out there, I live in old town castaic along the old road/ ridge route area in CA. Maybe there is something in those grassy areas.

    How can I safetly pull out these things without digging a 6x6 in and 8 in deep hole? I dont want any little leaguers to brake their ankles out there.

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    Welcome to the site and and the metal detection addiction ha ha ha

 

 
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