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Old 03-05-2018, 04:16 PM
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Hi all. I am interested in starting this great hobby. I have not bought anything yet and was hoping to get some advice before I start.

Should I try to find someone in the buddy forum to take me out and show me the ropes first?

Should I join a local club and go to a meeting first?

Just buy a detector and start hunting in my back yard?

Any and all advice in getting started would be most welcome.
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Old 03-05-2018, 04:50 PM
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Welcome from Kansas and Antiques Detectors. Good luck and Happy Hunting!

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Old 03-05-2018, 05:08 PM
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Welcome from Utah!
I started out alone but found that going out with a buddy speeds up the learning process. If there is a club near by I would go for it - lots of potential buddies there!
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Old 03-05-2018, 05:36 PM
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Welcome for L.I. , NY . I started out researching online , and here . I think whatever method of starting out that is comfortable for you is a good way to go .

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Old 03-05-2018, 05:39 PM
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Welcome to the forum and the hobby! A buddy and a club would be great if you can find both near to you. But you can pick a good detector with advice from the forum and research, and get started in your yard... I found my first silver a couple feet from my front door, so don't forget to check there!

The next question to answer is what kind of detecting you'd like to do - beach, woods, coins, relics, gold, etc. - and what you feel comfortable spending on your first detector. Like with most things, there's a sweet spot where you get the most value for your money, and beyond that you're paying out of proportion for very small levels of improvement.

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Old 03-05-2018, 07:04 PM
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Welcome aboard Randy! Best of Luck!

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Old 03-05-2018, 07:24 PM
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Definitely look at your budget first, and don’t forget to factor in a pin pointer as that is a must. Also another variable i have personally found is this was a great hobby I started 4 years ago, 3 years ago I crossed the line to obsession but have loved it every step of the way!


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Check out the Garrett Ace 250. The best starter machine, IMHO, you can buy..

Good luck there is plenty to find..

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Old 03-05-2018, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by ArthurEvans View post
The next question to answer is what kind of detecting you'd like to do - beach, woods, coins, relics, gold, etc. - and what you feel comfortable spending on your first detector. Like with most things, there's a sweet spot where you get the most value for your money, and beyond that you're paying out of proportion for very small levels of improvement.
I love history and detecting in old Revolutionary War camps and such appeals to me the most. But I think I would enjoy most anything to start off with. What little research I have done my budget is probably the $100 to $150 range.

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Check out the Garrett Ace 250. The best starter machine, IMHO, you can buy..
Cool, thanks I will check it out.
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Old 03-05-2018, 08:11 PM
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Welcome from South Carolina !!!!

For suggestions before buying a detector, tell the forum members if you will be only detecting on dry land or also in water and at beaches, and what price range you need to stay within.

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Old 03-05-2018, 08:44 PM
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Welcome from South Carolina !!!!

For suggestions before buying a detector, tell the forum members if you will be only detecting on dry land or also in water and at beaches, and what price range you need to stay within.

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+1 Not every detector is good for all types of detecting let us know where and what you are interested in.


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Welcome Randy! You may go to a club meeting. Talk to the old guys, get some tips on a model they suggest or maybe they have some used machines for less. Then maybe go out on some hunts! GL

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Old 03-07-2018, 04:41 PM
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Welcome from Loganville, GA.

I went to the local club when I was getting started. I learned a lot there and met some great folks. Then I found this site and I haven't finished reading yet.
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