Has your metal detector paid for itself yet?

GrizLeeBear

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Jan 18, 2013
555
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Full Time In An RV
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Garrett GTI 1500
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Metal Detecting
Has it and if so, how long did it take? Was it one big find, or a number of small ones?

Mine has and it took about six months. I had one find that paid about half and then several small ones that put me over the top.

I am sure many new to this hobby will be curious.
 
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stefen

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Hell!

The cost in batteries alone doubled the overall expenditure...
 

ctitech0019

Full Member
Nov 17, 2012
139
78
southeast pa.
Detector(s) used
bounty hunter qd 2, garret pro pointer !
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
HEY GRIZZ, nope not yet and i just added to the bill with a garret propointer ! , but i know its out there , or even in here , not sure yet H.H.
 

wvwildman

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Jan 3, 2013
2,962
679
fayette county wv
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Garrett AT PRO, 5X8 DD, white's coin master pro, 4X6 DD, garrett propointer
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
not yet lol still working on finding that buried gold
 

boris

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Dec 17, 2011
468
92
Cape Cod
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tesoro stingray
Primary Interest:
Beach & Shallow Water Hunting
Has it and if so, how long did it take? Was it one big find, or a number of small ones?

Mine has and it took about six months. I had one find that paid about half and then several small ones that put me over the top.

I am sure many new to this hobby will be curious.

Yes it has ,and I got it half price used. In 2005 started finding much more silver at low tides, and very very old rings than previous 3 which got worn out 10 years @, tesoro waterproof is very nice and I have voted for you many times in US and A. 2012-01-27 11.05.21.jpg 20120127_110816.jpg 20120511_105751.jpg Have a good MDing day! HH BORIS
 
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liftloop

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May 7, 2008
3,140
389
lakelinden mi
Detector(s) used
MXTdeepscan 8by14dd, bulls eye 2, 5900diprosl Maxima1500, Master Hunter cx plus Treasure Hound, surf
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
bought a garret cx plus with the box loop
45 minute later i was digging 28 inches down on a solid piece of copper 196 lbs
sold for over 500.00 bucks it damn-er payed for the detector Right there...
 

Semag93

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Feb 7, 2013
29
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All Treasure Hunting
"solid piece of copper 196 lbs"

How many feet of telephone cable is that anyway :) lol

Wow, a brick or what was it?
 

Minrelica

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Mar 24, 2010
1,449
500
Minnesota
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Detector(s) used
Minelab Equinox 800, Minelab SE PRO, Garrett AT Pro, Garrett Ace 250
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
My first year I bought a ACE 250, found a couple of rings and a 22K gold necklace which would more than pay for it if I wanted to sell it. Just can't part with it yet
 

TerryC

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Jun 26, 2008
7,599
10,611
Yarnell, AZ
Detector(s) used
Ace 250 (2), Ace 300, Gold Bug 2, Tesoro Cortes, Garrett Sea Hunter, Whites TDI SL SE, Fisher Impulse 8, Minelab Monster 1000, Falcon MD20, Garrett Pro-pointer AT, Calvin Bunker digger.
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
I have found that acre for acre, the most produtive ground is saltwater beaches (rings and things). Over 40+ years my detectors have paid for themselves. Some, a few times over. Is it a living? A firm no. TTC
 

Scotdixon

Jr. Member
Feb 18, 2013
90
45
Knightsville
Detector(s) used
Whites DFX,Bounty Hunter 505,101
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
Heck yea -Radio shack 1975- out the box 2 musket balls. Since then Ive been addicted.... Own private land which turned out to be a pre revolution colonial town with road,carpet baggin paper company destroyed physical evidance. coins from the early 1700s, it has been nonstop this time of year. Infact today I hit a new area I found while hunting before Christmas. First dig was a British crown pin, an assortment of colonial buttons and more british military. One coin from 1722, only started to hit. No one has a clue this area exists - Studied the area for 20 yrs, history has forgotten this area. Its always the site, went from arrowheads to DFX and bounty hunter!! Great question
 

TerryC

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Jun 26, 2008
7,599
10,611
Yarnell, AZ
Detector(s) used
Ace 250 (2), Ace 300, Gold Bug 2, Tesoro Cortes, Garrett Sea Hunter, Whites TDI SL SE, Fisher Impulse 8, Minelab Monster 1000, Falcon MD20, Garrett Pro-pointer AT, Calvin Bunker digger.
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
Semper Fi my man Thank you!!!
Mr.Dixon, If that was directed at me, TNX back at ya. I am a Viet Vet. Two tours. God bless the guys, today, that are required to do two or more tours in a war zone. Condemn war but honor the warrior! Tnx agn. Terry
 

pjduff

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Mar 3, 2012
177
163
Madison, IN
Detector(s) used
Fisher 1266-x, Garrett Ace 350, Garrett AT Pro
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
Probably took me about 10 years before my first detector paid for itself! I bought my Fisher in either '90 or '91 and for that first 10 yrs I never really got into metal detecting. The past 10 yrs or so I get out as much as I can, so it has probably paid for itself a couple times over and then some. Last year I went to my local metal detector shop and traded some of my finds for an Ace 350. Gonna get a Tesoro this year the same way, so all of my detectors will be paid for with finds.
 

Chug And Red

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Feb 18, 2010
7,393
2,647
Vancouver WA
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Chug)Whites Classic 5 ID, (Red Whites Coin master Pro)

Chug and Reds New Additions

Give It Up>> Garrett's AT Pro
Buttercup>> Garrett's Ace 250
Show Me the Money>> Garrets Ace 400
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
My detector Paid for its Self In One Find,

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Chug

Red is Still Working On Hers And Her day Is Comming Soon!!! It a Matter Of Moving your Coil Over the Right Spot And Digging It Up!!!
 

LinkHylian

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Dec 21, 2012
393
107
WA State
Detector(s) used
Garrett AT Pro + ProPointer
Primary Interest:
Prospecting

CoinHunterAZ

Hero Member
Feb 18, 2013
857
1,491
Flagstaff, AZ
Detector(s) used
Tesoro Sidewinder Umax, Garrett ATPro, Minelab Equinox 800, Garrett Pro Pointer
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
My Tesoro Sidewinder has paid for itself tenfold. My Garrett AT Pro...not yet. I'll be working on that!
 

cudamark

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Mar 16, 2011
12,070
11,561
San Diego
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3
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XP Deus 2, Equinox 800, Fisher Impulse AQ, E-Trac, 3 Excal 1000's, White's TM808, VibraProbe, 15" NEL Attack, 5X10 Joey, Steath 920ix and 720i, TRX, etc....
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
Mine have all paid for themselves, except my newest ones, if you don't count my time! Just a matter of luck for the rest. A few nice rings and most will be in the black too. The two box and hand scanner might take a little longer!
 

lookindown

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Mar 11, 2010
7,089
4,927
Florida
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1
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ACE 250,AT PRO, CZ21...RTG pro scoop...Stealth 720
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
I hunted the beach last summer with my new CZ21 from March to October...with gold ,silver and clad I found right at $2,000 dollars worth, counting the gold and silver at scrap value...61 grams of gold, 250 grams of silver and $116 in clad...got my CZ21 off of Ebay, new in the box for $750.
 
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reg11756

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Feb 4, 2013
79
17
Santa Clarita, CA
Detector(s) used
Whites SURF PI; MXT All Pro
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
Nowadays a better question might be: "Are you covering your GAS when you go out?" LOL!

Inherited my dad's CM 6000D2 in 1984 so every penny is pure profit...bought Sears version of 5000D 3 years ago for $115 on CL and have dug $400+ and a gold ring I sold for $100.

Bought a used pristine MXT two weeks ago for $275 and already have two 14k rings and 5 -.925 rings and a bracelet along with about $75 in clad...so I am way ahead and the future will buy my PI machine for this summer!
 

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