Tip #1. Expect to find more trash than treasure. You will encounter a lot of junk. You’ll find a lot of pennies, bottle caps, and trash, but hang in there. Just keep searching. Persistence is the key when you are using your first metal detector. Spend all the time you can searching.
Tip #2. GO Slow. If you move too fast, you might miss something important! Make sure you overlap your swings. It doesn’t take much of a gap to miss a coin.
Tip #3. Hit the beach. The beach is one of the most places to hunt. There are constantly new people coming through and losing earrings, rings, bracelets, and other items. Late Sunday night or early Monday morning is the best time. You will get a jump on other detectors.
Tip #4. A Quick and Easy Way To Remove Light Surface Deposits On Coins.
- Soak the coin in water for a few hours
- Use a hardwood toothpick (party type)
- Vigorously rub the sharp point of the toothpick against the coin.
- Do this in several directions
- Once the coin’s corrosion is removed, rub your thumb over your forehead then rub that oil on the coin to enhance its luster.
Tip #5. Water Resistant is defined as: can be splashed, washed, used in drizzling rain, or moved through wet grass. But must not be submersed under water.
Tip #6. Always Swing Correctly. This will stop false signals at the end of sweep.
Tip #7. Hunt After Rain While The Ground Is Still Wet. This helps in two ways. First, it’s much easier to dig in wet dirt. Secondly , wet ground provides better conductivity so you may be able to detect targets that are buried deeper.
Tip #8. Multiple Digging Tools
Different digging tools are appropriate for certain situations, but horrifying for others.
We’ve been known to carry up to four different digging tools:
Tip # 9. For Hunting Targets In Grass, Use A Probe. A probe helps you pinpoint your target BEFORE you start digging. A Probe is best for those shallow targets. I use a “SE GP3-19CP 9.5” Brass Coin Probe. It is not too sharp and pointy as to damage coin.
Tip # 10. There Is No Such Thing As A “Hunted Out Area”. Even areas that have been heavily detected in the past will give up new treasures after a good soaking rain or a hard winter.
Tip #11 Practice Pinpointing. Get a friend to tape a small coin to the back of a large piece of card board.
Then lay the cardboard down in a area you know there is not any metal.
Now try to pinpoint where you think the coin is located.
Now make note on the coil where you think the coin is located.
When you are sure where the coin is, stick a pin, coin probe, etc.
Did you hit the coin? How far off were you?
Keep practicing until you are satisfied with your accuracy.
Tip #12 Have you ever noticed that aluminum cans give the same signal as a coin? When you pinpoint it, it says 2 inches, you kick away 2.5 inches of sand and it it still beeps in the hole. You should realize its not a coin. Dig it and discard that can in the proper disposal.
Tip #13 Where you have an area that has produced jewelry finds in the past, work it using a variety of methods and detectors. This is especially true where you have changing grades and moisture levels.
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