Metal detectors are great for finding buried objects. But typically, the object must be within a foot or so of the surface for the detector to find it. Most detectors have a normal maximum depth somewhere between 8 and 12 inches (20 and 30 centimeters). The technology used for detection is a major factor in the capability of the detector.
1. Coin Shooting
Looking for coins after a major event, such as a ball game or concert, or just searching for old coins in general. Coin Shooting is probably the most common type of activity undertaken by metal detector enthusiasts. While most people start off with dreams of finding gold nuggets, the reality is that most people aren’t going to strike it rich with this hobby. That doesn’t mean that you won’t, just that you are far more likely to enjoy yourself if you start off with realistic expectations.
Searching for valuable metals, such as gold nuggets. Gold prospecting is the act of searching for new gold deposits. Methods used vary with the type of deposit sought and the resources of the prospector. Although traditionally a commercial activity, in some developed countries placer gold prospecting has also become a popular outdoor recreation.
3. Relic Hunting
Searching for items of historical value, such as weapons used in the U.S. Civil War. there is a large group of people who take their metal detector out looking for old stuff. Not just any old stuff, but memorabilia from the past. This is called relic hunting. If you’re thinking about doing some relic hunting, be careful. Relic Hunting can become addictive. Finding items from long ago, like a button from a confederate soldier’s jacket or a belt buckle from the Union army’s General is so rewarding.
4. Treasure Hunting
Researching and trying to find caches of gold, silver or anything else rumored to have been hidden somewhere. Treasure hunting is the physical search for treasure. For example, treasure hunters try to find sunken shipwrecks and retrieve artifacts with market value. This industry is generally fueled by the market for antiquities.