a shingle beach on the south coast.
As a complete beginner I was just going to spend a few hours there to see what I could find.
My metal detector was beeping like mad ( I did ground it first) but when I ran it over the spot the signal was gone or moved or deeper or shallower than before.
The signal moved or was bogus.
I do need to get a pin pointer.
Can anyone please give me some tips on how to improve my detection.
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A cheap GP pinpointer will not be great on mineralised sand either, that will false as well.
Good luck with the 250
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Used to use the ace 300i until recently( it's the 250 with a slight upgrade - so very little difference); it was ideal on land and dry sand and so so on wet sand but definitely didn't like salty wet shingle or sand that hadn't dried out.
The falsing effect drives you mad until you get over it and realise if you're digging deep holes (over 10") and still getting jumpy signals you can bet its reacting to either black sand and pockets of sea water retained beneath you.
Stay on the dry sand till you get used to its behaviour and tones.
When I started , I'd take a selection of coins to the beach and put them in those little coin bags you get from the bank for free, then tie them shut with a long piece of string and then bury them with the string poking out of the sand.
That way you can practice detecting and get your pin pointing and target I'd numbers perfected.
(Dont put them loose in the sand just yet in case you lose 'em lol.
It's a good little coin shooter so dont be put off - keep trying, but for the moment stay on dry sandy ares (or pasture if you have it) and you'll soon figure out a good target from a bad one.
If its strong and repeatable in two directions it'll be worth digging.
Good luck to the future and dont be put off !