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Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by rebel yell, Mar 24, 2012.
Anybody on here do any metal detecting ?
i do...it's been awhile but still have my Garrett Grand Master Hunter in the corner with the batteries out...
I guess thats what you would call what I do...since I havent actually found any gold in about 3 years. I have a block of land in Country Victoria, Australia right in the middle of the goldfields that I use as a base for weekend trips out detecting. I havent been up there as often as I used to go over the last year since the area was flooded. After the working week is done I love getting out in the bush with the detector- very relaxing. Just listening to the machine really allows me to clear my mind and think of nothing else but the faint beeps. I have a nice collection of old nails and bullets- a few odd relics, and a nice 9 gram nugget of gold. It would be nice to find something bigger- but I dont mind if I never find anything else worth digging up- I just love being out there with the detector.
A little bit here and there, found a few shell casings, and I think what was once a musket ball.
Sadly I haven't had time lately, although I do enjoy it.
I love it just ain't got any good place to go other than play grounds around here
would love to find out where to find some civil war relics at.
I have one but all I would find around here is discarded beer bottle tops. Perhaps the beach would be more fruitful but it's three and a half hours drive away and, if the news stories are to be believed, it's presently full of police trying to arrest the Russians and their girlfriends getting up to no good in public. I don't think that I want to find myself explaining what I'm doing with a metal detector in the midst of that!
I found trash, a six foot long piece of rail road track and tons of shell casings from WW 2 to current(i live on a military post.
I used to borrow a machine from a friend in the UP of Michigan. I worked over old logging camps, cabin sites, portages, creekbeds below rapids, anywhere else that showed the signs of unusual human activity.
Found numerous axe heads, a copper arrowhead, tin cups, knives, some very old rifle cartridges for the old blackpowder rounds, watches, rings/mdse jewelry (very little precious metal stuff though), rifle and pistol bullets, horseshoes, cut and forged nails, a british pattern musket lock, a copper kettle, and numerous modern coins.
My favorite haunt was a ghost town out in the woods with a couple of rotted down log buildings at the end of a washed out railroad grade. It had been operated as a trading post since the early 1600's, logging camp circa 1850 cutting large white pine timbers for ship building, a later logging camp for the big boom through the early 1900s and a backwoods speakeazy, whorehouse and whiskey smugglers hideout and depot through the 20's. Don't even ask, I'm not giving up the location. I'm one of 2 people who know both the history and the location of this place. Found silver and copper coins of 17th century french, british, german and spanish origin, 18th century silver from France, britain, Quebec and early colonies, 19th century copper, silver and one gold coin across the board, found a stash of 196 1900-1922 dated silver dollars, an early 1900's $10 gold and buckets of buffalo nickels, most with bullet holes in them all near the base of a rotten stump (I'm guessing somebody liked to tack them up on a tree for target practice). Found a large quantity of 38 super, .45 acp and 35 rem brass at this site.
Need to invest in a more modern metal detector and make another trip there someday. Wish I still had the silver I dug up there. Got broke and had to sell it back when the stuff was cheap. Local rumor has it there's a stash of weapons and gold coins up there still that was hidden in a hollow tree in the late 20's when the Feds busted up the place.
Thats a geat story & sounds like a great place to go, Keep us informed on what you find.