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  1. #1
    us
    Feb 2012
    Minelab SE Pro 18" Excelerator Coil Minelab CTX 3030 06 Smart Coil 17 Smart Coil Garret Propointer
    486
    191 times
    Relic Hunting

    Digging through gravel

    What is the best way to dig though gravel?
    Let's say I have a good signal at 6" and after digging 2", I hit gravel.
    Open to ideas! Thanks

  2. #2
    Charter Member
    us
    Jan 2007
    Infinium and Sovereign GT
    5,353
    1563 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    I sharpened a Craftsman screwdriver and use it to pick my way through.
    "Wherever I go .. That's where I'll be!"

  3. #3
    us
    Feb 2012
    Minelab SE Pro 18" Excelerator Coil Minelab CTX 3030 06 Smart Coil 17 Smart Coil Garret Propointer
    486
    191 times
    Relic Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by creskol View Post
    I sharpened a Craftsman screwdriver and use it to pick my way through.
    I've found a large screwdriver to be best. Maybe there is something better.

  4. #4
    us
    Sep 2012
    Butler county Pa.
    Whites XLT
    615
    290 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Great question & answers I usually quit when I hit old driveway gravel . I'll have to try the screwdriver technique .

  5. #5
    us
    Sep 2012
    Southwestern America
    Garrett Ace 250
    289
    72 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I had the chance to hunt a huge gravel parking lot recently. It is crazy how compacted the ground gets. I tried a bunch of tools and what worked best in that situation was one of those weed-pullers. They look like a large screwdriver with a pointed, forked tip. Poke and pry. If the ground is *really* hard then try a small rock-hounder's hammer or mini-mattock.

    enjoy the hunt,
    cc

  6. #6
    us
    Sep 2012
    Owensville In
    Ace 350, Propointer, minelab musketeer x
    71
    16 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I find alot of good coins in old driveways. I learned my lesson fast after scratching a nice IH, it's best to not dig straight for the coin. Working around it to loosen the rocks up then scoop them out by hand until you break that hard surface makes it easier. It takes time but you won't ruin your find.

  7. #7
    us
    Oct 2011
    penn state
    ace 150, flea market digger
    2,367
    337 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    i use a pick axe and digg around the target then shift the gravel to find the target

  8. #8
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    Grizzly13

    Sep 2012
    Eastern PA
    Minelab E-Trac/Sunray Probe. Garrett 2500/garrett Pro-pointer
    156
    45 times
    Metal Detecting
    I use a solid old steel screw driver and a hammer. Without the hammer its time consuming for sure. Hope this helps

  9. #9
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    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
    XLT , surfmaster PI , HAYS 2Box , VIBRA-TECTOR
    7,586
    1735 times
    You can't dig thru gravel. You use a tine {rake}. I use a 3 tine rake and claw out the gravel. It's like working soil with a lot of small rocks, just rake it out. The rake I use has a telescoping handle. I got it at Sears in the Garden tool dept. Frank
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  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2012
    Minelab SE Pro 18" Excelerator Coil Minelab CTX 3030 06 Smart Coil 17 Smart Coil Garret Propointer
    486
    191 times
    Relic Hunting
    Thanks for all the ideas

  11. #11
    us
    Jul 2009
    Whiting, NJ
    Ace 250
    10,507
    990 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Just use a backhoe and sifter like I do; no muss, no fuss

  12. #12

    May 2012
    101
    50 times
    Best thing I have found is a straight.claw hammer

  13. #13
    us
    Sep 2012
    Edwardsville IL
    Garrett AT PRO Garrett 250 Whites Spectra V3i
    569
    208 times
    Metal Detecting
    I use one of those forked end weed pullers as well in gravel. I loosen the gravel with it then use my trowel to remove the gravel. It works really well but once in awhile you dig through the gravel and hit blacktop below it. Then your pretty much screwed.

  14. #14
    us
    Jun 2007
    Central Wisconsin
    Ace 250 with 10 x 14 Excelerator Coil
    732
    85 times
    When the gravel is as hard as cement, I only hunt those areas after a good rain to soften them up.

 

 

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