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anyone do metal detecting as a hobby?

I've always been interested in getting into this hobby. it's basically treasure hunting, which is pretty much the coolest thing you can do.



I've never jumped into this hobby as I always figured people who do this sort of shit at the beach look like weirdos and losers. I'm getting older so I no longer really care bout looking like a crazy person out in public, so I might give this a go.

anyone partake in his hobby? if so, pls post pics of some of the cool shit you've found and where you found it.
 

jshackles

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My wife and I decided to try this out last year. Bought all the equipment. Then learned that where we live (about a mile from the beach) is the only place in our state that bans metal detecting. So after learning that we would have to drive an hour to get to where we could actually do it, kinda took the wind out of our sails.

Treasure hunting sounds cool in theory but in reality all you're likely to find are bottle caps and old worthless bits of scrap metal.
 

jshackles

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How would you know though, you pussied out and didn't even try. Scared of "the man" eh.
You and I both like to pretend that my wife didn't drag me into it after watching 1,000 hours of metal detecting youtube channels.

It starts with the high profile (likely fake) channels where they pull up buckets of gold rings in an afternoon. Then you dig just below the surface and find thousands of channels that "share their hauls" and it's nothing but piles of garbage with the occasional coin thrown in that you'd be lucky to cash in at the bank for face value.
 
My wife and I decided to try this out last year. Bought all the equipment. Then learned that where we live (about a mile from the beach) is the only place in our state that bans metal detecting. So after learning that we would have to drive an hour to get to where we could actually do it, kinda took the wind out of our sails.

Treasure hunting sounds cool in theory but in reality all you're likely to find are bottle caps and old worthless bits of scrap metal.
wouldn't that mean that you're basically passing on prime real estate? you'd think one of the major issues would be people over searching the same spot. who knows what sort of buried treasures lay hidden beneath those forbidden sands

on a more serious note, I have buddies who do it and have found some cool civil war shit. I live in California though, so I don't expect to find much cool shit. I'd imagine what you find greatly depends on where you live.
 
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You and I both like to pretend that my wife didn't drag me into it after watching 1,000 hours of metal detecting youtube channels.

It starts with the high profile (likely fake) channels where they pull up buckets of gold rings in an afternoon. Then you dig just below the surface and find thousands of channels that "share their hauls" and it's nothing but piles of garbage with the occasional coin thrown in that you'd be lucky to cash in at the bank for face value.

It's probably true. I just hated the thought of my dreams being ruined cause Ive always wanted to try metal detecting and was really hoping I'd go out and within five minutes find some loot. So instead of accepting the reality it was easier to picture you being a pussy and for that I'm sorry.
 
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jshackles

Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the capability to make the world's first enhanced store. Steam will be that store. Better than it was before.
wouldn't that mean that you're basically passing on prime real estate? you'd think one of the major issues would be people over searching the same spot. who knows what sort of buried treasures lay hidden beneath those forbidden sands

on a more serious note, I have buddies who do it and have found some cool civil war shit. I live in California though, so I don't expect to find much cool shit. I'd imagine what you find greatly depends on where you live.
If you want to take on the risk of violating the Title 16 U.S.C. 470 EE Archaeological Resources Protection Act, that's on you.

My guess is that you're not going to find something worth more than the potential $100,000 fine or 5 years in federal prison though.
 

BadBurger

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I've thought about it. I just never got started because I'd first need to identify some state-owned land I want to survey, then secure an archeological permit first from the state department of historical records. People I've spoken to about it says the process can be finicky, and the department is super slow to act.

But maybe soon. It would be nice to mix this into my hikes through a local state park.
 
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