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  1. #1
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    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
    delta 4000 / ace 250 - used BH and many others too
    14,473
    744 times
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    things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    many newbies buy a tracker IV or other bounty hunter (they don't want to invest too much to see if they like MDing or just don't have much spare cash to spend) and not knowing the "basics" take it to the beach put a couple batteries in it and when it goes "beep--beep--beep" all the time call it junk and thats the end of their metal detecting hobby---well because of this bounty hunter models are unfairly labeled "junk"---the truth is their really just too sensitive----their picking up the minerials (dissolved metals in the saltwater)---this problem often can easily be solved in many cases ---by turning down the sen knob and turning up the disc knob until the machine stablizes (stops acting up)---this as the user you must do manually yourself with the "cheaper " bounty hunters --the "high dollar" machines basically do it for you --but you pay a lot more money for them to do that---while its true the higher dollar machines are stronger and go a bit deeper and have lots more "bells and whistles"---the humble and affordible tracker IV in the hands of a skilled user can find great stuff too--and hey most folks ain't got a spare $1000 + bucks laying around but can swing $130 to say $200 bucks---by the way some of the lower cost "preset" machines cannot be eazily ground balance adjusted---and sooner or later you will be in areas where you are going to need to adjust your machine to the conditions there to "stablize it" to make it work properly--if you get a totally "preset" type machine sometimes they will not be usible in those "spots" however most places are fine--some are not---thats why I recommend even if you get a "cheap" machine make sure its "manually adjustible" ---if it has both a preset and manual adjustible great---start of in preset if it acts up switch to manual use the method I shown you here to stablize it ----good hunting------Ivan

  2. #2
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    us
    Director-Search & Recovery Team of Oakland County.

    Aug 2005
    In Michigan now.
    Excal 1000, Excal II, Sovereign GT, CZ-20, Tiger Shark, Tejon, GTI 1500, Surfmaster Pulse, CZ6a, DFX, AT PRO, Fisher 1235, Surf PI Pro, 1280-X, many more because I enjoy learning them.
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    Aside from tying a rope on the BH and dragging it along behind you to see where you've been walking, you can follow Ivan's advice. Not all detectors are made for doing all the types of hunting we want to do. Beach detectors require certain features that are necessary at a saltwater beach, but maybe not a freshwater one. Golfers use many different clubs for a course, and you should too if you do different areas or types of hunting.

    A top of the line detector isn't necessary to have fun. Not all people are into playing with all the menus to try to increase their finds and just paying attention to detail will help a lot.

    Nice post Ivan.........
    (C) Sandman, 2005. All Rights Reserved.
    "TIME IS THE ONLY THING YOU NEVER GET BACK, WHY WASTE IT SWINGING A DETECTOR THAT ISN'T UP TO THE TASK."

  3. #3
    us
    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
    delta 4000 / ace 250 - used BH and many others too
    14,473
    744 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    well sandman--I totally agree--while it is best to have many tools to work with no doubt --with this post--- I was trying to "assist" the budget minded folks that only have a bounty hunter or other low end type machine get the most out of what they have got --- I agree while far from the "ideal" machines to beach hunt with ---sometimes they are all you got or can afford at the time--- therefore these tips are to help the bigenners understand some of the basic tricks that MIGHT be of help to them---if you can afford a better machine for the beach by all means get it---however if not heres a few tricks I know that could help maybe---IVAN

  4. #4

    Aug 2004
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    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    I have a Radio Shack Discovery 1000 (Bounty Hunter Tracker IV). A $10.00 swap meet special. It is very basic, easy to use and turn on and go. It has been used on all ground conditions. Mountain soil, parks, playgrounds, sandy fresh water beaches and in the water. Last year I took it up to Washington State and visited my daughter. I used it in the salt water of Puget Sound. No problems. Found some coins. So far I have found hundreds of coins with it, plus silver, gold men's rings, junk jewelry. I bought a 4 inch coil for it. Helps me to get into close places. Also during the drought as our big lake went down found hundreds of old soda pop bottles and coins just laying in the water. A 1900 Morgan Dollar, silver dimes, buffalo nickels, wheat cents. I am about the only person metal detecting around here. I have met many people that have expensive metal detector that are sitting in the cupboard. These people don't have the time to detect. They are sold a machine they don't know how to use. Bounty Hunter is good - their manuals are on the internet.

  5. #5
    us
    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
    delta 4000 / ace 250 - used BH and many others too
    14,473
    744 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    the tips of course aren't for the old hands types since we know them already----they are mainly for newbies that don't have big bucks to buy "high dollar" rigs but still want to hunt the beach with a "cheap" rig--many of the old hands are greedy and will not share knowlegde with these newbies----and thus all the newbies hear are ---bounty hunters are junk and can't be used on the beach ---yada yada-----in many cases however bounty hunters can be used to hunt the beaches --you just gotta know how to "adjust" the machines for it properly---most folks who paid big bucks for their rigs "trash talk" about the low price bounty hunters--(often folks who pay big bucks for things love to "trash talk" others "cheaper" stuff nothing new there huh?)----but in the hands of some one that knows how to use one a simple plain ole tracker IV can find some great stuff too--(you can have the biggest baddest MD in the world---but if you don't know how to "work" it its useless)--Ivan

  6. #6
    B

    Dec 2007
    bounty hunter lonestar/junior
    177

    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    thats a good point ivan.but back on to topic has anyone used the bounty hunter lone star on a salt or fresh water beach,ive used in a creek, gravel, and dirt,its worked fine very few false readings,it has alot of features to eliminate certain objects,so i would assume it would work nicely.but anyone with actual experience?



    sincerly B
    whats meant to be will be nothing else

  7. #7
    us
    Jan 2008
    Missouri
    WHITE'S MXT (and man is she hot!)
    516

    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    I have a BH 505,
    if you have a ground track button, to help "reset" the ground track, make sure, if you go from dry to wet sand, or vice verse, press the ground track button, and it will end those false readings. The same thing goes for hunting above, or in the water. As soon as you touch the water, press the ground track again....again, then end of false readings. HH
    Good post Ivan.

    ~Tom
    ALL GAVE SOME...some gave ALL!

  8. #8

    Aug 2004
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    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    I have a Radio Shack - Discovery 1000 (Bounty Hunter Tracker IV). I have used it in all kinds of soil conditions. From mountain campgrounds, to school yards, fresh lake beaches and in the water up to the control panel and about a year ago in the salt water at Puget Sound, Washington. No problems - also I bought a 4" coil. A sturdy machine. Have found plenty of silver coins, some gold and sterling rings and a few relics. I put the cheapest batteries in it - from the Dollar Stores. Alway carry spares with me. What I really like about it - a $10.00 special at the local swapmeet. Metal detectors do turn up at flea markets or swap meets. Sometimes garage sales.

  9. #9
    B

    Dec 2007
    bounty hunter lonestar/junior
    177

    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    thnx ivan going to beach this summer thatll help
    whats meant to be will be nothing else

  10. #10

    May 2008
    16

    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    I had a BH 505 I got at WalMart and my advice for beach huntting is DON'T not with BH.. Inland it's a decent unit I found a 1941 dime 15" deep under a softball size rock on a fresh water beach.. Stay away from salt and there not to bad.. If you can Get a high end unit to start with you will have it a lifetime.. I ended up with a DFX 3 years ago and the wife just got herself a MXT 300 that should be here soon.. WalMart took back the 505 after I used it 2 weeks and said I wanted a unit for salt water beaches and the 505 was not it.. George
    Whites MXT 300 Hers
    Whites DFX   his
    12" super
    950
    6X10 DD Eclipse
    8X14 DD Eclipse

  11. #11
    us
    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
    delta 4000 / ace 250 - used BH and many others too
    14,473
    744 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    I agree BH are not the best units to use for heavily mineral areas or saltwater / wet sand areas but at times thats what you got and this advice is for folks in that position. Ivan

  12. #12
    us
    Larry

    Jan 2007
    ~Florida~
    Ace 150, centech pinpointer, Chinese Viper Underwater detector
    415

    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    Ivan

    Try a tracker II on the beach. It has manual GB, it should out perform the others that dont have ground trac or GB....


    Larry
    Looking for detecting friends in Jacksonville, FL: Larryyarb@bellsouth.net

    Invest in planet Earth: Metal Detect!

  13. #13
    us
    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
    delta 4000 / ace 250 - used BH and many others too
    14,473
    744 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    yep thats a real "old school model" -- thus the manual GB --that drove most folks nuts trying to figger out how to do it --thus the popular --"preset" units arrived ta dah!!!

  14. #14

    Jun 2008
    33

    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    I plan on using a BH Time Ranger on the Beaches plus other areas. Think it will do a good job. dl_mooney

  15. #15

    Feb 2008
    24

    Re: things newbies need to know / tips to make a bounty hunter usible on the beach

    I used the landstar in the wet sand at the beach and found a few clad ,a silver ring and 8 lead weights no trouble falsing.

 

 
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