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  1. #1
    us
    Feb 2013
    massachusetts
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    Stone walls

    Drive down any back road here in Massachusetts and you'll see stone walls. These walls sometimes go for hundreds of yards and sometime for miles. You'll find them miles in the woods, far from any dwelling. I have to imagine these would be great places to hunt with permission given. The time alone it took to erect these walls let alone the manpower.
    Anyone ever hunt along stone walls? Any luck ?

    Thanks
    aWAREdetector

  2. #2
    us
    Jan 2013
    Gold river
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    Best way to find out is just go do it!! Check the maps to see if they run on open land but I have heard of people hiding things in the walls!! Good luck just need to look in the right places!!

  3. #3
    us
    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
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    I have pulled caches from stone walls. Try this, pick up a used 2 Box unit from the classified posts or on E Bay for a bit over $200. They can go about 6' down or to the side. They don't pick up junk like nails,pulltabes, aluminum foil, etc. Just walk down the stone fence and pull out the caches. Frank...

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  4. #4

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
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    Well, as far as what frankn says, a "cache" can be anywhere. And before thinking you can go out to stone walls and dig caches left and right .... just be aware, ...... most guys go their entire md'ing career and are lucky to find one, or two if they're good. Yes if all you ever used was a 2-box machine, and hunted around enough likely looking ruins (or stone walls, etc..) long enough, you'll find more than the guy who only hunts with a standard coin/relic machine. The reason for this is, as franks says, they don't find anything smaller than about a fist-sized object. Thus you'll only find soda can sized objects and bigger. Still though, I bet you'd have a lot of lonely days, if you started wandering up and down stone walls for that singular objective. You'd get a few cans now and then, a hubcap, etc... But now, I don't think stone walls have any more potential for having been cache hiding spots, than any other spot.

    Stone walls were just a form of fencing. Sure they're older, and sure they took longer to erect than wooden/wire fences. But I think your time is much better served to find the places where people congregated, lived, ate, slept, camped, played, etc.... So find the sites where houses, camps, stage stops, etc.... were, is going to be where more fumble fingers targets are (or caches too, for that matter).

  5. #5
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    May 2012
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    For an odd coin the time involved in building walls means a chance of a drop.

  6. #6
    us
    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    Well, as far as what frankn says, a "cache" can be anywhere. And before thinking you can go out to stone walls and dig caches left and right .... just be aware, ...... most guys go their entire md'ing career and are lucky to find one, or two if they're good. Yes if all you ever used was a 2-box machine, and hunted around enough likely looking ruins (or stone walls, etc..) long enough, you'll find more than the guy who only hunts with a standard coin/relic machine. The reason for this is, as franks says, they don't find anything smaller than about a fist-sized object. Thus you'll only find soda can sized objects and bigger. Still though, I bet you'd have a lot of lonely days, if you started wandering up and down stone walls for that singular objective. You'd get a few cans now and then, a hubcap, etc... But now, I don't think stone walls have any more potential for having been cache hiding spots, than any other spot.

    Stone walls were just a form of fencing. Sure they're older, and sure they took longer to erect than wooden/wire fences. But I think your time is much better served to find the places where people congregated, lived, ate, slept, camped, played, etc.... So find the sites where houses, camps, stage stops, etc.... were, is going to be where more fumble fingers targets are (or caches too, for that matter).
    Well Tom, good post and good info. I must admit that I have found only one cache in a stone 'wall' which was actually an old foundation of a castle, and I was actually looking in the ground about 3' out from the foundation when I stumbled on the strange signal. It was just an Idea to try for someone with access to a lot of stone walls. Frank...

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  7. #7

    Jan 2013
    Nevada
    Gold Bug Pro & Lobo
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    Metal Detecting
    Beware of snakes and brown recluces spiders lurking in & around stone walls.
    Here in the southwest its rattlers & scorps. Good luck.

  8. #8

    Mar 2013
    2
    Hi I have tried near some stone walls but no success, but did not do it too much. Where are you in mass? I am near will brahma. Been doing this for a few years now and looking for more people with the same interests.

  9. #9
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    Jan 2009
    South East Tennessee on Ga, Ala line
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    Most stone walls from my humble experience were from days long ago when they farmed. They would roll the rocks down from the area they farmed and form a wall to either stop erosion or form a boundary between neighbors. One mountain I hunt is terraced all the way down from terrace farming. Not much around the walls but old homesites are near. Another place is all civil war walls for miles. They built them all along a ridge and only had a battle there for a day because it was so heavily fortified the enemy passed around it. Each wall is there for a reason and the trick is to know why that wall is there. It may not look like farm land now with the old trees but it once was cleared and planted.Every 60 years the trees are ready to be timbered so keep that in mind when looking at areas.
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    All finds posted by me are from private property with landowner permission.

  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2013
    massachusetts
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    Quote Originally Posted by cassa View Post
    Hi I have tried near some stone walls but no success, but did not do it too much. Where are you in mass? I am near will brahma. Been doing this for a few years now and looking for more people with the same interests.
    Palmer/Ware area

 

 

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