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TDsngumbo
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Metal Detecting


I posted this on the Outdoor Board also but I think this could possibly belong here too. If not, sorry!

I'm thinking of purchasing the Whites MXT™ E-Series Metal Detector for a beach trip coming up in June. I've wanted to get a very good metal detector for years now and have just never gotten around to it. Now I'm doing it and I'm looking at this one. Does anyone here have any experience with it? Anybody have any insight into other detectors that I should look at? I'm looking to spend a maximum of $800-$850 total.

I have multiple family members who live on top of old Civil War battle fields so I intend on using it there also.

Also, does anyone know of places where I can actually take a road trip to specifically to use my metal detector? That is to say, are there businesses that actually specialize in "renting" their land for a day or hours for people to metal detect on?

After researching a little bit, I've learned that many states (including Louisiana) require permits to use a metal detector on public lands and are very, very strict about it. Is this true? Should I get a permit before using it on the beach in Florida??







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Flair Chops
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Member since Nov 2010
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re: Metal Detecting


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I'm thinking of purchasing the Whites MXT™ E-Series Metal Detector for a beach trip coming up in June.
i say think about not buying it and spend that money on your vacation






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PvilleP
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re: Metal Detecting


How long do you think it will take to find $800 worth of treasure?





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UpToPar
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What are you hoping to find on the beach?





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BobABooey
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I think Florida has some unique laws about detecting on the beach to help preserve Spanish relics that might wash up on the beach. I believe you might only be allowed to detect above the high tide mark. Laws can differ from city to city so it's always good to check first. The problem is that some blue haired receptionist might tell you metal detecting isn't allowed when the law says something different. Stay off Federal land.

Go post on Treasurenet and get feedback from locals.

Whites are top of the line detectors. Don't let the haters get you down. Just don't think you'll get rich and go have fun with a new hobby. Get a good set of headphones too - not earbuds.

If you want to detect on private property, you'll need the owner's permission and you'll might have to agree to show the owner everything you've found and let them keep what they want.






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Moot Point
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Member since Feb 2009
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My friend's kid found a platinum diamond ring on the beach. They tried and were told there was no way to track down the owner. It appraised for many thousands. I have seen the ring and the appraisal.

Before he found that, he found a few pennies, nails, etc. So you never know.






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TDsngumbo
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How long do you think it will take to find $800 worth of treasure?


Not long, actually. Searching in the right areas can pay off rather quickly. I just gained access to a major Civil War battlefield that happens to be some family property now so I'm planning on searching there as well. Kicking my hobby into high gear now






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GeauxElliott
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I bought myself a minelab and searched my yard for a missing wedding ring. (wasn't there)

Anyway, it's starting to get dark and I get a strong gold signal. I dig down about a foot and nothing. Signal is stronger and I dig some more. I'm sweating up a storm and the mosquito's are eating me alive. I finally hit something and it's a flat metal piece. Treasure chest!!!! I'm rich!!!!

I don't use a light because I don't want to alert anyone to the riches I've just found. I continue to dig and finally the top comes up. That was it.. I dug a two foot deep by three foot wide hole in my backyard through compact clay and dug up a 16X24 board with a piece of metal on one side. Talk about disappoointment.






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Spankum
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I don't use a light because I don't want to alert anyone to the riches I've just found.






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TIGER2
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Mandeville.La
Member since Jan 2006
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We have one and the kids and I take it out a few times a year. Have never found anything of real value. Lots of change. My father in law paid my kids a nickel a nail for finding them around his barn. He kept throwing out the same nails for them to find,cost him twenty bucks I'am sure!





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