Metal detecting can be fun and profitable, but only if you know what you’re doing. Buying a quality detector, hunting in the best areas, and using sound techniques can be the difference between success and failure. Don’t just fumble around with your hobby—make it pay!

How to Make Your Metal Detecting Hobby More Profitable

If you’ve joined the ranks of metal detecting enthusiasts, congratulations on engaging in this fun hobby. People have unearthed everything from jewelry to loose change to gold nuggets to valuable historic gems. For a beginner, though, metal detecting can be a bit frustrating, so let’s cover some tips to make your “hobby” a little more profitable. We’ll discuss the basic equipment, the best places to hunt, and how to cover an area efficiently.

To get off on the right foot, it’s important to purchase a quality metal detector. Many folks with pie-in-the-sky dreams, just rush out to the big box store and pick up the cheapest unit they can find. Then they’re surprised when they unearth soda tabs and bottle caps while a fellow metal detecting enthusiast is plucking coins from the same area.

In metal detecting, you get what you pay for. It is not necessary to spend a fortune (you can find a good metal detector for about $300), but it is definitely worth visiting a dealer to make your purchase. Here you can find out which type of detector is best for your needs, and you can also get instruction on how to use it correctly.

Once you have the right equipment, it is time to find the best places to hunt. While you can detect anywhere (the beach is a popular spot—you can’t beat the view!), some places are much more likely to offer up the valuables than others.

As a beginner, you might just hit your own neighborhood. Following the bus routes (places where people sit and fiddle in their pockets to find change) can be great for coin hunting. Try any place where there’s a bit of grass next to the bus stop.

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