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Metal detector

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:51 pm
by Nurseandy
Not strictly prepping but I know there's a broad range of knowledge here so hoping someone will keep me right - I'm after a metal detector to find lost arrows in the 20 acre field behind the house.
Can anyone recommend a reasonable unit below £100 or are you just buying a toy in that price range?
Cheers.

Re: Metal detector

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:58 pm
by ForgeCorvus
What are you shooting?
Carbons or wooden shafts mean you need hit the head to find them, and for that you need a better machine.
Ali's or Carbon/Ali are easier as they have a larger footprint.

I used to shoot with a guy who put foil on his shafts ((under or as part of his cresting) to make them stand out..... I don't know how well it worked as he rarely missed :x

Think about using Judo's as they don't bury themselves

Cut the grass short (if its yours to mow)

Re: Metal detector

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:23 pm
by Nurseandy
Thanks Corvus, sadly all three, wood for the longbow, Ali for the recurve & carbon for the compound.
The field belongs to the forestry so can't really go strimming it. Close range isn't an issue but stretching out the distance to 75m I'm missing quite a lot :-(

Re: Metal detector

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:32 pm
by ForgeCorvus
Longbow archers don't Miss....... We Spread the Wear :lol:

Use the brightest crestings, nocks and flechings you can stand.... And shoot in sunglasses :shock:

Re: Metal detector

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:51 pm
by Nurseandy
:D :D
I'm quite tempted to paint the shaft between the fletchings & nock in luminous paint and go wandering about after dark to see if that helps!

PS - I'm not even trying the longbow at anything near that distance unless its clout!

Re: Metal detector

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:55 pm
by ForgeCorvus
For finding arrows, Longbow is probably better at that distance (assuming you're not yet using a heavy warbow) as you need to 'lob' them a bit (I know I did with my 75lb Palmer). Compounds shoot too damm flat. :lol:

I know a guy who got a new set of bright yellow nocks so he could find them on the field target course we had. That year there was a bumper crop of buttercups on that site, and he lost the full dozen before he'd finished the second round of the day.

Mind you, I use black nocks and flechings on black stained wooden shafts. That way I don't miss...... Says he, more in hope then truth :oops:

Re: Metal detector

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:24 pm
by tarmactatt
Nurseandy wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:23 pm
Thanks Corvus, sadly all three, wood for the longbow, Ali for the recurve & carbon for the compound.
The field belongs to the forestry so can't really go strimming it. Close range isn't an issue but stretching out the distance to 75m I'm missing quite a lot :-(
You'll technically need permission from landowner to metal detect, though I understand you're not digging per-say.

Might find an ok second hand machine for £100, most new at that price are toys.

Re: Metal detector

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:07 am
by featherstick
Can you get hold of some debris netting that scaffolders use to catch the arrows behind the butts? Would it even work I wonder? I have some on the allotment, keep meaning to take the longbow up for a play...

Re: Metal detector

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:14 am
by Nurseandy
Not sure but I think the mesh in debris netting may be too big.
You can buy archery netting but it starts at ~£100 so torn between buying that or (and this is twisted logic and seems incredibly wasteful) just accepting losing some arrows & replacing them. £100 buys a lot of semi decent arrows.

Re: Metal detector

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:19 am
by Nurseandy
tarmactatt wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:24 pm
Nurseandy wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:23 pm
Thanks Corvus, sadly all three, wood for the longbow, Ali for the recurve & carbon for the compound.
The field belongs to the forestry so can't really go strimming it. Close range isn't an issue but stretching out the distance to 75m I'm missing quite a lot :-(
You'll technically need permission from landowner to metal detect, though I understand you're not digging per-say.

Might find an ok second hand machine for £100, most new at that price are toys.
Thank you, that was my suspicion