Metal Detecting for Beginners


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Finding and Choosing a Metal Detector for finding Gold Nuggets, Jewelry or Coins

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Metal Detecting for Beginners

  1. 1. Can you Really Find Gold in them there Hills ?You bet you can, if you know how to look and know where to look. Most gold is found where the goldis, does that sound obvious, yep, it does but its the truth.Gold is where you find it, plain and simple.But there are ways to improve your chances and to actually find gold where you look for it. In mostplaces in this country, there has been gold found especially in the west. California was huge for goldmining back in the day and still is if you know where to look.Old river beds are prime targets for gold nugget hunting as are ravines in the hills and mountains. Witha little research you can dig up some old maps and topo maps that will show where creeks and riversused to be that no longer flow there now, those are some excellent sites to search.There are also many gold fields found in the deserts, some of the biggest and nicest nuggets foundthese days come from desert areas.Here are some ways to search for gold: • Manually digging with a shovel and panning off the dirt you dig. • Sluicing, feeding a sluice box in a creek or river. • Dredging for gold in the river bottom under water. • Heavy equipment mining.Our main goal is to make it as easy as possible so this report is about the other way to find gold, itsfinding gold with a Metal Detector, simply put probably one of the best ways to find gold these days.I have been metal detecting for many years now and currently own 3 different metal detectors of whichare mainly for nugget hunting.My most prized possession is my Minelab GXP, it not only is made and designed specifically fornugget hunting but it is also the best hand held unit available today. It is also very expensive but paidfor itself in the first month of having it when I searched an old wash in a desert area in Nevada. Over 3weekends I found enough nuggets with this unit to pay it off and that my friend was an exhillerating 7days of detecting.My second unit is a very nice unit also, A Garrett Infinium LS, it is designed also for many uses but it iswater proof so I can use it in the water and that is another area that you will find plenty of gold,especially with a hard winter of rain, the rains wash new gold into the river beds and creeks each andevery year.My 3rd unit was a Christmas present many years ago when I first wanted a detector, it is a lower endmetal detector, a Bounty Hunter sharp shooter II, but I have to say, I have found my share of nice littlenuggets with it along with quite a bit of coins and jewelry when I first started out.
  2. 2. Each has its own capabilities and uses and each has a specific use for me. Now Im not saying you needto go out and buy 3 different metal detectors. You can do a little research on your own and see what fitsyou and your areas the best.Some areas are heavily mineralized ground so it makes detecting very difficult unless you candiscriminate some of the noise out. What I mean by that is the detector itself will be signaling becauseof the minerals in the ground which makes it difficult to decipher what you are detecting, it could be ahot rock (heavily mineralized rock) or it could be a nail, or some old piece of metal or it could be agold nugget.Some of the newer (last 15 yrs or so) metal detectors have notching and discrimination so you cancancel out some of the unwanted signals, like bottle caps, pull tabs, nails and the such which makes itreally nice. Some units have ground tracing so it continually adjusts itself with the ground to helpeliminate mineralized soils and rocks but no matter you will still always get some noise from thesethings.One of the main points, Metal detecting for gold is not only a fun hobby it can become very addictiveonce you find that first gold nugget. Its nice to relax and get away and just have fun, you never knowwhat you will find.If you are serious and want to really go out and find the nuggets, you need the best, and the best isnever cheap, So as the saying goes “you get what you pay for”...Example, my bounty hunter is a great little detector, it has the ability to target coins, and shows you onthe display what you are detecting with some very good accuracy but its depth is where it falls off,were talking about a good solid 5 inches deep and that is with a quarter size object. It will detect thingsdeeper yes, but they will more than likely be iron or metal but you never know until you dig up what itsignals is there.The Garrett is a higher end unit and has great depth but my inspiration for purchasing it was the underwater capability. That in itself makes it well worth the initial investment in my eyes.The Minelab, well, its the crème of the crop and also well worth what you will pay to get one. Its majorpoint is its awesome detecting capability and the depth in which this unit will find things. It can findthings as deep as 5-6 feet in the quarter size range, but its a job to dig it out.Again, there are many units that are designed for specific things but they will all detect a gold nugget aslong as you get to know your machine and how it reacts to different targets and the sound that comesfrom each.I could spend days here talking about metal detectors and what they do and how they do it but the bestway to see if its something you really want to try is to go and buy one and play with it and see what youcan find.
  3. 3. My recommendation is to start out with a middle of the ground unit, get to know it, learn how it reactsto things and use it for awhile. Once you get the hang of it, you can always upgrade to the next level ofmachines if you want to.If your anything like me, and you just want to jump right in and get the best there is then by all meansstart with the best, you will be light years ahead of the rest. The best part is if you know a little aboutmining already then you will have an idea of where to start your detecting and have a better chance offinding what you are searching for, the elusive gold nugget.I have certain things I like in a detector. Most all detectors (over 150.00) have water proof coils so youcan mess around in shallow water with them so getting something underwater specific s not really anecessity unless you like or want to search under water. Most all units have discrimination which isgood to have. Some have notch ability and some have all the bells and whistles so its really up to whatyou plan to do, then you can buy a detector based on that.As I mentioned earlier, all of them will find gold, some are better than others and some are madespecifically for it.Here are my Recommendations: • Just starting out, buy a bounty hunter mid level detector. They are great little units and work well for most anything and will get you on your way. Price range to stay in is 200.00 to 300.00 • Intermediate level detectors will range from around 350.00 to 700.00 and most in this range have everything you need as far as bells and whistles. • High end units, Minelab is the top of the heap, you cant go wrong with any of there units and prices range from 800.00 to 6000.00, yes, thats 6 thousand dollars and well worth every penny.The upper end units have a learning curve, it will take you a bit of time to learn how to tune your unitand use it properly. But once you know, you will never look back.Here is a Site with all the different units so you can take a look at them and read about them and whatthey have and what they do.I hope this little report helps you in your choice and gives you the ambition to go get yourself a metaldetector and get out and find yourself a gold nugget.Always remember, to just have fun, enjoy your time outdoors and never go with the intention ofcoming home rich, you will find more pleasure in the search and find then you will any other way.Enjoy and have fun detecting,JW
  4. 4. About the Author;Joe has been a longtime resident of Northern California and has spent many years panning, sluicing anddredging for gold in the feather river area and for the past 12 years has spent many a day in themountains of the Sierra Nevadas and the valleys river bottoms searching the bedrock with his metaldetectors and finding many many ounces of gold.Another great site for high end detectors,