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Relic Metal Detectors

Nothing gets a metal detectorist’s heart racing like digging a bayonet or any other Civil War artifact. Here at Kellyco, we make it a priority to offer metal detectors that allow for treasure hunters to do some relic hunting. Relic hunters make it their duty to dig up as many artifacts as they can, in order to preserve history. While it’s fairly different from gold nugget prospecting and coin shooting, metal detecting for relics makes up some people’s most memorable hunts! From Garrett to Minelab, and many more, Kellyco has all of your relic hunting needs covered.

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Best Metal Detector for Relic Hunting

Whether you are metal detecting for old iron farm implements, Civil War bullets, or old axe heads, you will want a metal detector that comes with some important features. Depending on your budget, you are going to get more or less of these features with each machine. Some of the features that relic hunters will want are adjustable or automatic ground balance, at least a waterproof search coil, all metal mode, target identification, headphones, and an LCD screen.

Ground balance control is an important feature, as some soils have high mineralization that makes it hard for the detector to work at its peak effectiveness. Many of the best relic finds have been found around or in a creek or river, making it very important to at least have a waterproof search coil. All metal mode allows detectorists to be able to hear metals as they naturally sound, without any filtering being done by the machine. This allows an experienced detectorist to sort the trophies from the trash. Target identification is a must have for relic hunters, as hours could be spent digging up nails and other junk targets. Headphones are great for any water hunters, as it can be harder to hear with rushing water. At the end of the day, if you pay attention to these features along with your budget, you will be able to pick out an excellent relic metal detector.

Best Metal Detector for Civil War Relics

Kellyco understands that it can be hard to decide which relic metal detector you want, and that is why we make sure to offer entry-level options, in addition to pro metal detectors. When metal detecting for Civil War artifacts, it is important to pick a metal detector that aligns with your needs. Continue reading for a company by company approach to the best relic metal detectors.

Popular Relic Hunting Metal Detectors

There are many great relic detectors, but here are some of the favorites from detectorists all across the United States.

Garrett metal detectors have one of the strongest fan bases in the world whether it is relic machines, gold prospecting machines, or any other kind of treasure hunting. For someone looking for a higher-end detector, the Garrett AT PRO and the Garrett AT MAX would be hard to beat, as they are fully submersible, which makes them perfect for Civil War artifact creek hunting. If a detectorist is looking for an entry-level rig that is still excellent, they should consider the Garrett Ace 400, that comes equipped with a DD coil, providing excellent depth and coverage.

Minelab users have found amazing Civil War relics using their machines. All of the Minelab machines are of high-quality, and have a large following in the metal detecting hobby. For those looking to invest less initially, a Minelab Equinox is well worth checking out. The Minelab CTX 3030 is one of the hottest detectors on the market today. The Minelab CTX will run you more than the Equinox, but it can be an excellent investment for a Civil War relic hunter.

Fisher makes very excellent metal detectors that have a solid reputation from many hobbyists, both beginners and professionals. Civil War artifacts can be found on a budget if you consider the Fisher F22. If you are looking for a step up, consider the Fisher F75, which comes with an 11” DD search coil. Regardless of what Fisher machine you choose, you will not regret it.

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