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  1. #1
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    Feb 2010
    California
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    Best Cache Hunting Detector?

    My questions to the pros is if you had the opportunity to hunt Mexico for buried caches which metal detector is best for the job? I have heard a lot about the Sierra Madre, Whites has had this unit for sale for many years and I was wondering if its capable of finding caches 3-4 feet down? I remember reading years ago this unit was popular with Mexican nationals for searching for buried caches, any opinion is appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Feb 2010
    California
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    Re: Best Cache Hunting Detector?

    I am amazed no one is responding to this question...maybe cache hunting is not so popular.

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    Re: Best Cache Hunting Detector?

    maybe the Sierra Madre is'nt used much now a days or most folks on this thread has'nt heard of it. i have heard the name before but have never seen one unless it was in an ad. maybe someone will come along with a good opinion.

  4. #4
    us
    Jul 2011
    SW Mo
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    Re: Best Cache Hunting Detector?

    The Sierra Madre was a 6000 Whites locked in the all metal mode in the powered up all metal mode. If you use the 25in head you might be able to get 3-4 feet deep on some objects. They are considered a heavy box by todays standards but little concern as to how heavy, if you are cache hunting and they are available. jmho A 2 box would do the same but if the Sierra Madre is for the right price then go for it.

  5. #5
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    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
    XLT , surfmaster PI , HAYS 2Box , VIBRA-TECTOR
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    Re: Best Cache Hunting Detector?

    It is called the Sierra Madre/ULA-3 It is listed as going down 5' with the optinal 15" search coil. It has a 2 year parts and labor warrenty. Cost- $599.95 The 15" coil is extra, I don't have the price on that.
    That said, I would recomend a 2 Box. You can pick up a good used 2 Box for about $250 and it will go 6' for a cache with no problem. The 2 Box will not pick up the junk like nails and bullets/cases etc. The 2 Box is completely manual, you have to practice and get use to it BEFORE you hunt with it. I use the Hays 2 Box that I picked up used for around $250. Just let me say, it has paid for itself many times over.
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  6. #6
    us
    Jan 2010
    Porterville, Ca
    Garret master hunter,gemini 11, Sierra Madre, and xlt
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    I have been to michoacan several time and have used the sierra madre but i prefeer the gemini 3. Cause usualy im looking for something big and over two feet deep. The sierra madre is too anoying when looking for treasure. Thats my personal opinion.

  7. #7
    mx
    Oct 2010
    Center Mexico
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    Cache Hunting
    I want to bury many silver coins in my garden, which is the best depth pair approve the Sierra Madre, I'm interested in trying the antenna magnum 25 ", I have the Sierra Madre 2009 model.


  8. #8
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    Mar 2012
    Spring TX
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ID:	623578 A Two box detector is the way to go if you want to find large objects buried deep - Here is the Fisher Gemini III.

  9. #9
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    Apr 2012
    ML 4500
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    I would suggest the MineLab 4500 or maybe 5000 with a NuggetFinder 25 inch round mono coil. Use carbon fiber shafts and find a pair of nonmetallic boots. Keep the minimum amount of metal on your person. This coil is sensitive. If you can, search in area with low EMF. But if you cannot, be prepared for some static. I have heard of folks finding a hand size piece of lead (flat side up) at 4+ feet deep. Larger things deeper. Cost of coil about $ 610. Cost of 4500 detector about $ 4500+ (depending on extra goodies you buy). Cost of new ML 5000 is more (See ML dealer), Cost of shafts about $ 150 - 200. Cost of boots about $ 115 to 175. You have to swing detector slowly.

    If you are looking for "BIG" things at "WAY DOWN" say 100 feet, look at the Kellyco website. They have detectors that go for up to $ 60,000+ but supposedly go to 100 feet+. I do not know for sure since these are way out of my budget. They have others from $ 4000 up.

    White says its 2 - box detector TM-808 will detect something the size of a mid-size car buried at 20 feet. I do not know this for true either having never lost a mid-size car in the dirt.

    PP

  10. #10
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    where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    Jul 2003
    Eastern North Carolina
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    I have a Garrett CXII with the Blood Hound depth multiplier that I bought in the mid 90s. I have located an ammo can and dutch oven lid at about 34" or ams length deep. It will not respons to small items; only the quart-sized and larger which makes for less digging. I am satisfied with it and will drive it until the wheels fall off so to speak.
    Seajay

  11. #11
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    Capt Hawk

    Aug 2008
    Georgia
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    ..I would say...use a Garrett with the BloodHound Depth Multiplier....these units are easy to use and can also find most of the larger coils on any of the larger Classified Forums...Joe

  12. #12
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    Rawhide

    Nov 2010
    SouthWestern USA
    Nox 800, Etrac, F75, AT Pro. Last two for sale.
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    No there is people hunting. I just picked up a F75 Im gonna try when the weather cools down.

  13. #13
    us
    Jul 2012
    GA
    White 808, White Sierra Made, pulse induction, LRL
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    Our White rep said they sell a ton of the Sierra Madres for nugget hunting down in Mexico. We have a Sierra Madre and its a love hate relationship. The machine will penetrate up to 5 ft with the 15 inch coil. If you are using the 9.5 inch coil maybe 2.5 ft unless its a VW. (we use both coils) In highly mineralized soil the Sierra Madre will pop a hundred bars on hot rocks all day long. You get no discrimination at all as the power is channeled to the antenna to get the depth. However there is a significant difference in the tone on the machine between iron, aluminum etc and PM. With gold and silver you get a soft tone and a very sharp hard tone with other metals.

    We buried 3.5 lbs of silver 14 inches down in our yard. We got 40 bars with the 9.5 inch coil and 50 bars with the 15 inch coil. Of course PM that has been in the ground a long time builds a stronger signature but don't be put off if you get a hit and its not banging 100.

    Basically we use a one of a kind custom LRL that my fiancee' designed and had built to specs. Then we verify with a pulse induction unit or our White 808. We use the Sierra Madre to pinpoint as we dig. I would not use it to search for caches. I would use the 808 as it will go deeper and you can set it to mostly ignore mineralization. It will also give you an indication of depth. Just my opinion. Good luck.

  14. #14
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    Jul 2012
    whites 2 box lorenz pulse
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    hey guys, I am new to treasurenet but have been looking for caches a long time I say looking not finding haha. I have been using a LORENZ pulse detector. it is good but finds everything. does anyone know about using this deep seeker?

  15. #15
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    Aug 2003
    East Coast
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relichunter1 View Post
    My questions to the pros is if you had the opportunity to hunt Mexico for buried caches which metal detector is best for the job? I have heard a lot about the Sierra Madre, Whites has had this unit for sale for many years and I was wondering if its capable of finding caches 3-4 feet down? I remember reading years ago this unit was popular with Mexican nationals for searching for buried caches, any opinion is appreciated.
    Relichunter1, There is a Pulse Induction unit with a 1 meter search coil that makes all of the other 2 box detectors look like a Model T Ford Compared to a Rolls Royce.
    If you have a deep pockets. Around $3K. PM me and I'll tell you were you can get one of these units. When I bought mine many years ago, the company said that it would find a cannon from 40 feet away. I believe it. It's located a pile of silver over 50 feet way.

 

 
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