Welcome to Metal Detector Land
If you are interested in metal detectors and the past time that is treasure hunting, then you have come to the right place. My name is Glen, and I am the owner of Metal Detector Land.
Getting into metal detecting is something that I highly recommend. Many people think it is a hobby just for old guys, but i’m here to tell you that it is something for anyone or any age. I myself have been interested in metal detectors and treasure hunting for about 10 years, and was first introduced to it by my father who was far more interested in the electronics side of the metal detectors, than the actual detecting itself.
About Treasure Hunting
Treasure hunting is a great hobby to get involved with. It is one of the few hobbies where you can actually turn a profit whilst participating. The basic idea behind treasure hunting is to use a metal detector to find things hidden in the ground.
Now that is a really simplified version of what treasure hunting is all about, as there are just so many things you can go hunting for, and there are so many different metal detectors on the market that are purpose built for particular types of treasure.
Most people that get involved with metal detecting hunt for one of the following:
- Precious metals like gold
- Bits and pieces like Jewelry or other objects like spoons
Treasure hunting involves a lot of patience and getting very dirty – so it isn’t going to be for everyone. I liken it a lot to fishing – some days you will spend all day out in the sun and get nothing, other days you will catch heaps of stuff. No matter what you get though, you will always come home smelling badly.
Metal detecting is the same – some days you will find nothing, other days you will find something every few steps. No matter what type of day you have, you will end up dirty and in need of a warm shower or bath at the end of the day.
Getting Started with a Metal Detector
Getting started with metal detecting is actually really simple. There are heaps of really cheap metal detectors that are perfect for someone just starting out, although if you enjoy yourself and want to get into metal detecting more seriously, you will find the cheaper detectors have many limitations and you will likely be upgrading before too long.
Because treasure hunting is an outdoors activity you will want to have the following:
- Lots of water
- Comfortable shoes
Once you have all that covered, you will also need
- Metal detector
- Pin pointer
- Shovel or spade
- Treasure storage container
Now before I get into the detail of treasure hunting for particular items, I thought I would note that there is no one magical “best metal detector”, and anyone who tells you otherwise hasn’t got a clue what they are talking about. There are just so many different use cases for metal detectors that it is impossible to say that just one is the best metal detector.
Instead you will find that there are plenty of different options to choose from, and depending on what you are hunting for, will depend on the best type of metal detector for you to use.
So lets get into the main types of treasure hunting activities and the metal detectors that I personally use and recommend to others.
Treasure Hunting Gold
I personally enjoy hunting for gold more than anything else. I guess it is the allure of finding that one big nugget that will change my life for the better. Unfortunately gold nuggets are as rare as hens teeth, and you will spend most of your time digging up cans, spoons and almost anything that isn’t gold.
You can increase the odds though by purchasing a metal detector that is specifically tuned for gold or has good gold hunting capabilities. When it comes to hunting for gold I normally use either the Garrett AT Pro, the Garrett AT Gold or the Garrett ATX. I really like each of these metal detectors when it comes to nugget hunting.
You might have noticed that they are all Garrett metal detectors. The reason for that is that I prefer Garrett detectors over most of the other brands. The main reason is because Garrett machines are the ones I was brought up using. I am comfortable with the simple display and the easy navigation and settings.
Many people prefer the Fisher or Minelab detectors for gold hunting, and they are great (particularly the GPX 5000), I just haven’t got as much experience with them as I do the ones I’ve already mentioned.
Treasure Hunting Coins
When I first started metal detecting I did so by hunting coins, and most of my treasure hunting friends still primarily go after coins. This can be very addictive, particularly if you find a good spot that yields quite a few rare or interesting coins.
Because coin shooting is so popular among treasure hunters there are lots of purpose built metal detectors that have great coin shooting features. The other great thing about coin shooting metal detectors is that many of the good ones don’t cost all that much to buy.
Some of the best coin shooting metal detectors that I have used include the Fisher F2, the Garrett ACE 250 and my Garrett AT Pro. The F2 and the ACE 250 are only a couple of hundred dollars, while the AT Pro is closer to $600 (but the AT Pro is far better at a lot more things than the F2 or the ACE 250).
Treasure Hunting Jewelry
I don‘t actually know many people who set out to find Jewelry, however i can almost guarantee that if you have been in the game for a few months that you will have come across the occasional ear ring, necklace or gold ring. For whatever reason, there seems to be quite a lot of jewelry that people simply lose or leave behind. One of the best places to find jewelry is under the sand at the beach or just into the water.
I suspect that people take their jewelry off before going for a swim and then just knock it off their towel or have it slip off their hands in the surf. Regardless of the reason, there is plenty of lost jewelry just waiting to be found.
When it comes to the best metal detectors for finding jewelry then things get a little tricky. Something that you will want to be aware of if you do decide to go treasure hunting at the beach is that not all metal detectors are water proof, and of those that are, not all are able to be used in salt water. So be careful if you decide to do some underwater metal detecting.
Having said that, the metal detector that I always use when going to the beach is my Garrett AT Pro. It is a beast in the sand or under the water – just make sure you buy waterproof headphones, as the ones that come with the AT Pro aren’t waterproof – you have been warned. The only other metal detector that I have experience with at the beach is the Garrett ACE 350 and it performed really well, and at half the price of the AT Pro, it might be just what you are after.
Treasure Hunting Relics
There is nothing quite like finding a piece of history that has been buried for decades (or longer). Knowing that you have just unearthed something that hasn’t been seen for years and years is just one of the most exciting parts of this hobby.
Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of experience with hunting relics as they are quite scarce where I live, however, if you do happen to live somewhere that is rich in history then I am sure there are plenty of undiscovered treasures just waiting to be discovered.
Please do remember though that relics are important artifacts and they should be treated with the utmost care and attention. Destroying a piece of history is not what relic hunting is about, nor is profiting from it. Relic hunting is about learning the history of an item and bringing it to light for everyone to enjoy.
When hunting for relics you will really need to know what you are looking for to know what detector is the best one for the job. Think about the type of soil you will be hunting in and what your target metal is likely to be.
For these reason I cannot really give you a specific detector to use, but I do know that all the top level detectors will not fail you. Detectors like the Garrett ATX, Minelab eTrac and GPX 5000 are all going to be able to find plenty of different types of relics without too many issues.
General Hints and Tips
Metal detecting can be a lot of fun. If you are serious about getting involved in this great hobby then be sure to search around for any other local treasure hunters in your area. Quite often if you live in or around a major city you will find plenty of other people who will share your interest and they will often have great information on some excellent hunting areas.
I also find that treasure hunting with a group of friends make my time so much more enjoyable as you have someone to talk to about your finds and you can share in each others successes.
Before you race off and start digging up every little bleep you hear, make sure that you have the land owners permission to start detecting and digging on their land. You will find that most countries have specific laws regarding metal detecting, and you don’t want to end up copping a fine for not obeying the local laws.
Good luck with your treasure hunting and please take a look around my website for all sorts of metal detecting information and metal detector reviews.