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  1. #1

    Nov 2007
    PA
    Ace 250
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    I'm a Newby

    Hello all!

    I am considering purchasing a Metal Detector and taking up the hobby...I have read the posts re: what is a good detector (ace 250 seems like the general concensus) and am researching where to buy it at a good price.

    Anyway, I live in Centre County, and was wondering if you guys could give me any tips on where a novice might begin searching.

    Also, are there any laws or regulations, or even just general etiquette (besides obv. getting permission to search private property) that I should be aware of?

    Looking forward to getting some exercise with my dogs and maybe finding some cool stuff too

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  3. #2

    Mar 2007
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    Re: I'm a Newby

    Have a White's Prizm II. Good intro level detector. Have had much fun with it. Not found the big treasure but do consider myself the self-appointed park/beach clean-up lady.

    If you need any tips on how to find fishing lures or soda cans buried in the sand let me know. I'm also good at finding bottle caps and cheap costume jewelry.

    Whatever detector you get, good luck and enjoy!

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    May 2005
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  5. #4
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    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
    delta 4000 / ace 250 - used BH and many others too
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    Re: I'm a Newby

    welcome --- another one lured into the dirt digging addiction--- too late now ---

  6. #5
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    My goal for 2012 is a dozen Walking Liberty Halves

    Sep 2004
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    Tesoro Compadre & Tiger Shark
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    Re: I'm a Newby

    Ryan,

    Welcome aboard. Glad to have you here. There are a lot of people here who like the ACE 250. I hear it is a good little machine. As far as where you can detect, some places are parks, lake beaches (state parks), old drive in theatres, county fair locations, old swimming holes, old house sites, etc. The list is endless. Stay out of national parks with a detector. I would check to see if your municipality has regulations on metal detecting. Always fill in your holes and take the trash with you.

    Hope it helps and look forward to pics of your finds.
    I Dig Everything...Even Pull Tabs.

  7. #6

    Nov 2007
    PA
    Ace 250
    70
    2 times

    Re: I'm a Newby

    Thanks for the tips! I already have a few places in mind

    I was kinda hoping you all could just pinpoint a pot of gold or something for me haha! I'll hold my breath for that bit of information!!!!!!!

    So everyone pretty much agrees that the 250 is a good detector to start out with?

  8. #7
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    MINELAB XS-2 Pro ....... XTERRA 305 ....... EXPLORER SE PRO

    Dec 2003
    S.W. Schuylkill County
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    Re: I'm a Newby

    Welcome Ryan.

    Not sure I can help But name the Closest & Largest city within your Limits.

  9. #8

    Nov 2007
    PA
    Ace 250
    70
    2 times

    Re: I'm a Newby

    Hi Jeff! Thanks for the reply

    Good old State College PA- Penn State- Main Campus

    2 hours from Harrisburg

    How about this ?- what add'l tools do you find useful to take with you when you go out- I have a small shovel/pick, a metal sifting basket...any other indispensable items?

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    MINELAB XS-2 Pro ....... XTERRA 305 ....... EXPLORER SE PRO

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  12. #11
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    MINELAB XS-2 Pro ....... XTERRA 305 ....... EXPLORER SE PRO

    Dec 2003
    S.W. Schuylkill County
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    Re: I'm a Newby

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan6060
    Hi Jeff! Thanks for the reply

    Good old State College PA- Penn State- Main Campus

    2 hours from Harrisburg

    How about this ?- what add'l tools do you find useful to take with you when you go out- I have a small shovel/pick, a metal sifting basket...any other indispensable items?
    You wouldn't believe the Amount of Items I find indispensable
    From a First Aid Kit to Soda
    to Extra Detector parts to Duct Tape.
    Umbrella to Folding Chair.
    Maps to Note books with leads,
    Buisness cards to Camera,
    Etc. to Etc.

    However it sounds like you got the Beginnings.

    Shovel,
    Cardboard Box for Trash
    Coin Apron (Carpenters Apron's work well)
    And Cell phone are Mandatory.

    Add as you Realize you need.

    Like an Electronic Probe
    Emergency Gear
    & Comfort Items.
    Knee pads
    Gold Pan
    Magnifying glass
    Latex Gloves
    Wet Wipes
    Bug Spray
    Canteen filled with Dish soap water.
    Rags,
    Extra Headphones
    Extra Detector if Available
    Extra Size Coils if Available
    Extra Batteries
    Tylenol
    knife
    Scisors
    Pliars
    Black Electrical tape
    screw driver
    Garbage Bags
    Small Coin Envelopes.
    35 MM Film Tubes with Cotton Balls
    Small Containers of Dish soam Water
    extra Coin Aprons,
    Pics
    camp shovel
    extra trawels
    Sand scoop

    Just to name a Few I can remember off hand

    My First Aid Kit Contains


    Tourniquet
    Forceps
    First Aid Dressing
    Aromatic Spirits Ammonia
    Drinking Cups
    Foille Ointment
    Mercurachrome swabs
    adhesive Bandages all sizes & Shapes
    Medical Tape
    Triangular Bandages
    Bandage Compresses
    Gauze Bandages
    Gauze Compresses
    Wire Splints
    Pain Pills
    emergency lighter
    spare Emergency cigarettes

  13. #12
    us
    Oct 2007
    Chester County, PA
    Minelab X-Terra 30
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    Re: I'm a Newby

    Wow Jeff,
    You sure carry a lot of stuff. What is your pack mules name? LOL You are better prepared than a boy scout. I would be tired before I got there. Maybe that's why you find all of the good stuff and I find tabs. I do carry a bit of that stuff in the car but would have to hike back if needed. Thanks for the all of the great suggestions!

  14. #13
    us
    Oct 2007
    Chester County, PA
    Minelab X-Terra 30
    594
    1 times

    Re: I'm a Newby

    Welcome Ryan,
    You are in the right spot for questions. There are some great people here with lots of experience. Good luck to you and I hope you find that pot of gold!


  15. #14
    Charter Member
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    MINELAB XS-2 Pro ....... XTERRA 305 ....... EXPLORER SE PRO

    Dec 2003
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    Re: I'm a Newby

    Quote Originally Posted by CanUDigIt
    Wow Jeff,
    You sure carry a lot of stuff. What is your pack mules name? LOL You are better prepared than a boy scout. I would be tired before I got there. Maybe that's why you find all of the good stuff and I find tabs. I do carry a bit of that stuff in the car but would have to hike back if needed. Thanks for the all of the great suggestions!
    I pack my Jimmy in the Spring & empty it in the Late Fall.
    Don't do much Long Distance Hiking, So most of the time it's a less then 10 Minute walk to
    the vehicle when necessary. (this past year I forgot a Main Detector part Spare at home
    And Wouldn't you know it, That was the part I needed the spare upper detector Arm )

    I wish I could get those Guys on tv to "PIMP MY RIDE" so everything would
    be easier to find though.

  16. #15

    Nov 2005
    Penns Creek PA
    4

    Re: I'm a Newby

    Hi Ryan

    I hunt up your way with a friend from Madisonburg and he comes down my way to hunt still. You are welcome to go with sometime.

    Carson

  17. #16
    us
    Oct 2007
    Chester County, PA
    Minelab X-Terra 30
    594
    1 times

    Re: I'm a Newby

    A pimped out metal detector car... that would definitely be cool!!!!!

  18. #17

    Aug 2006
    pennsylvania
    sov xs,sunray probe...1/10/07,got explorer xs with sunray probe 7/15/10 cscope cs4pi
    119
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    Re: I'm a Newby

    look for a used sovereign, more complicated than the ace but with a 180 meter and set in auto, it is basically a turn on and go machine.do a little homework check out www.metaldetectorreviews.net to see what others think of the sov, the ace and many other machines. a nice sov with meter can be had in the $320-$375 range.the sov is legendary and if you decide you don,t care for md ing you'll be able to sell for what you paid. i previously had a whites xlt and in my own yard i found six coins (all over 5 in. deep) in 20 minutes after i got the sov and for another$100 or so you can get what i consider the best detector going,the explorer . an explorer xs can be had in $450 range so do some research,go to home page on this site,scroll down to metal detector reviews by brand,click on minelab and ask some questions on the forum. you'll see,MINELAB RULES!!!....GOOD LUCK. P.S you can't use ace in wet sand at beach but the sov is one of the best at beach, just a great detector.

  19. #18
    us
    Mar 2007
    sw Pa.
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    Re: I'm a Newby

    A lot of good posts from people with more MD'ing than me, but I'd like
    to add one thing. When you're out hunting & have all that gear, just make sure when you leave your vehicle, don't leave anything worthwhile laying
    around for others to see & make sure your car is locked up. Oh, yeah an
    extra set of car keys stashed in your gear or somewhere safe is an idea.
    Good luck.
    The Truth is Always Politically Incorrect

 

 

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