U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Montana
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 05-12-2010, 06:56 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
649 posts, read 1,637,482 times
Reputation: 354

Advertisements

Just got a metal detector; bounty hunter lone star; always wanted to check out this hobby so got it today; found a website that is like this but for metal detectors and didn't find anyone who was active on it from montana. so anyone here have any experience with metal detectors??
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 05-12-2010, 07:48 PM
 
676 posts, read 1,045,149 times
Reputation: 877
I bought one few years ago, but haven't had chance to use it much. Got it mostly tor genealogical work, rather than treasure hunting. I don't exclude the latter as a possible use, however. I would like to do more of it. What is your interest?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-12-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
649 posts, read 1,637,482 times
Reputation: 354
just curious of what areas are better to search in; mostly, i know you need permission to look on private land, but don't know if places like public parks and national parks in montana are very safe to hunt in. safe as in rangers not bothering you.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-13-2010, 04:23 PM
 
305 posts, read 817,883 times
Reputation: 208
City parks are a great place to start (depending on ordinances...). You'll find lots of coins in the grass and many older ones. It also give you good practice at carefully removing a plug of grass and learning how to put it back in place as to make it look like you haven't dug there - a necessity if you're going to hunt on private land.

If you can hunt in some yards of some old houses you'll find lots of old coins too.

I use an old bayonet knife to carefully slice around 3 sides of the whole I'm going to dig then fold the patch of grass over on the connected side. I then shovel the dirt out onto a cloth of some kind so it's all collected when I want to put it back in. Then, once the dirt is back in, you just fold the grass back over the hole and tap tap tap.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-13-2010, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
18,696 posts, read 39,199,795 times
Reputation: 2147483647
The metal plates in my head prohibit metal detectors withing 500 ft. lol

Turn on a metal detector and I start break dancing. Not a pretty sight.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-13-2010, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
7,925 posts, read 13,822,925 times
Reputation: 3446
Quote:
Originally Posted by ElkHunter View Post
The metal plates in my head prohibit metal detectors withing 500 ft. lol

Turn on a metal detector and I start break dancing. Not a pretty sight.
Elk, we knew you had a hard head, but dang it, you're supposed to wear the combat helmet on the outside!!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-13-2010, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
7,925 posts, read 13,822,925 times
Reputation: 3446
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gman2007 View Post
I use an old bayonet knife to carefully slice around 3 sides of the whole I'm going to dig then fold the patch of grass over on the connected side. I then shovel the dirt out onto a cloth of some kind so it's all collected when I want to put it back in. Then, once the dirt is back in, you just fold the grass back over the hole and tap tap tap.
Can you tell how deep to dig, or do you use a probe to figure that out?

I'd think a stiff bit of wire like the last joint of a car antenna would be handy for that.

What's the legality of ownership for what you find? I'd think in a public park it would be finders-keepers, but on private land it might belong to the owner, unless agreed otherwise. Is that correct??
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-13-2010, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
7,925 posts, read 13,822,925 times
Reputation: 3446
Quote:
Originally Posted by sky1949 View Post
I bought one few years ago, but haven't had chance to use it much. Got it mostly tor genealogical work, rather than treasure hunting.
You may be surprised at what you dig up

"Hey sis, I think I found grandpa!"

.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-13-2010, 11:52 PM
 
305 posts, read 817,883 times
Reputation: 208
Depending on the detector, they obviously have a limit of how deep they detect - a few inches unless it's something REALLY big! Some of the more fancy ones will even tell you how deep but mostly you can go off the sound. If you're going for coins, it's hard to use a probe - just a handfull of dirt at a time and wave it over the detector - if no beep then on to the next handful.

Yea, public area is finders keepers but on private property you have to work something out with the owners. Sometimes a percentage of what you find and sometimes other arrangements. I always take out way more trash than goodies. That's nice for the owners to see too that you're cleaning up their place of unwanted nails, barb wire, and other assorted metal trash!

I even have a gold detector. Haven't really used it much besides playing around but supposed to be good for finding pretty small sized nuggets.

http://whiteselectronics.com/?option...319&Itemid=137

Last edited by Gman2007; 05-13-2010 at 11:53 PM.. Reason: Link
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-14-2010, 07:37 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
649 posts, read 1,637,482 times
Reputation: 354
thanks gman for the info. i stumbled upon lots of videos on youtube on digging so your info on digging a hole is just what i saw on youtube....so right on. ya figuring out how far down to dig is the big question.......and i also discovered it's no fun digging where there's lots of rocks and gravel. going to waite for the dirt to dry up more too before i go out again. we're supose to have dryer weather for a few day. and elkhunter is this why you travel by covered wagon cause they won't let you on airplanes????????? (but is that you or some friends of your???)
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Montana
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top