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    Aug 2006
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    Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    I've been hunting with an ACE 250 and while i'm sure that the detector is probably better than I am, I still get the feeling that I don't get the depth of some other machines. I live on an old civil war skirmish site that has been a farm since the early 1900's and I would like to do some relic hunting there. I'm also interested in hunting coins (who isn't!). In addition, my parents have retired to a place at the beach in Delaware and i occasionally hunt when i'm visiting them (so sand hunting looking for coins, jewelery and relics). I'd love to have something that could hunt in brine/salt water but my understanding is that is typically a different type of detector in the sense that it doesn't allow for discrimination (what type of target you are detecting).

    If I were to buy a machine in the previously stated price range, what would you recommend?

    Alternately, should I just take the money and buy a pinpointer and some nice headphones?
    (ultimately i'll probably end up buying both, but i'm looking to prioritize since i'm not a millionaire!)

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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    If it was me, I would look for a good used Sov GT with a WOT coil or put one after you buy it.

    It is a great beach detector as long as you dont go too deep in surf to take chance of controls getting wet. On land I know there are a lot of hunters using it for relic hunting. I have 2 Sovereign GTs, they are really good detectors.

    If you look on the boards here or depot you can find a good used one for under $500 from a respected board member. You are safe as long as you buy one from a respected member. I have bought 5 used detectors from respected board members and everyone arrived in working condition, some were better then described.

    Good luck and good hunting...........




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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    for that money a explorer xs is the way to go.......works super on beach and land .....its a little to learn but its super deep ......alfonso

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    Feb 2007
    Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
    A Compass Magnum 420 recently brought back to life. And an untested "in the wild" Teknetics.
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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    Quote Originally Posted by brianblack138
    I've been hunting with an ACE 250 and while i'm sure that the detector is probably better than I am, I still get the feeling that I don't get the depth of some other machines.
    <--------------- snip --------------->
    I'd love to have something that could hunt in brine/salt water but my understanding is that is typically a different type of detector in the sense that it doesn't allow for discrimination (what type of target you are detecting).

    If I were to buy a machine in the previously stated price range, what would you recommend?

    Alternately, should I just take the money and buy a pinpointer and some nice headphones?
    (ultimately i'll probably end up buying both, but i'm looking to prioritize since i'm not a millionaire!)
    In that price range, you have lots of choices. Some better than others. And if you get 50 responses to your post, you could end up with 50 opinions on what to buy. You might consider one of the all-in-one middle of the road MD's that can work in most environments including salt and fresh water, (and maybe highly mineralized soil). I don't know what the soil is like in the various states, but if your putting out the cash anyway, you may as well get an MD that is prepared for most conditions.

    You might want to make a list of the pro's and con's of new compared to used, then make note of each MD's abilities and shortcomings. At that price range, you could get a used GoldBug, or Compass, or a new Tesoro or some other newer brand with pretty display and a long guarantee.

    Personally, I'm not devoted to relic hunting and with rare exception, iron just doesn't do it for me. There's enough of that in our soil around here already, which means using a detector that can handle it. So, for the time being at least, I'll go for the gold and stick with my old Compass.


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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    Well stated Functional..

    I'm with you 100%


    I'll stick with my old Compass too. So far, NOTHING has outdone it for discriminating against iron, and nothing has outdone it for depth in bad soil either. It's quiet running and smooth as the rear end of an 18 yr old swimsuit model.

    In second place I'll give it to the cz-70,

    and 3rd to my old Tesoro Silver Saber.

    The GoldBug2 fits somewhere right in the middle of all that too.

    EasyMoney
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    Aug 2007
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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    Another thing here is that if you are not using headphones now they are worth every penny when it comes to hearing deep sounds. Dan
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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    If you're looking at used, there are several good used detectors in that price range you can pickup
    where they have been traded in on new machines. Check out a local shop, or check out E-BAY.
    If you are wanting to buy new, there are less choices. Most Fishers, Tesoro's are good both
    places. I personally would look at Tesoro Vaquero, or Fisher 1236x2. Both have several coil options
    that can enhance performance. Single beep, turn on and go machines.

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    Dec 2006
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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    What sensitivity level are you running on the 250? Have you ever tried running it hot? This means starting out at max sens. Slow your sweep down to help reduce falsing. If you still get too much falsing then reduce your sens down 1 notch. I call this running your detector a little nervous. It may chirp a little but your coins will definately ring out loud. Keep your coil very low and level too.

    Now in the wet salt sand you can't do this. Up your disc to high foil and reduce your sen to 3 bars.
    Go to youtube and look up crackbadger's videos. I also have a vid there. Look up Ace 250 pinpointing.

  9. #9

    Aug 2006
    2

    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    Quote Originally Posted by Functional
    Quote Originally Posted by brianblack138
    I've been hunting with an ACE 250 and while i'm sure that the detector is probably better than I am, I still get the feeling that I don't get the depth of some other machines.
    <--------------- snip --------------->
    I'd love to have something that could hunt in brine/salt water but my understanding is that is typically a different type of detector in the sense that it doesn't allow for discrimination (what type of target you are detecting).

    If I were to buy a machine in the previously stated price range, what would you recommend?

    Alternately, should I just take the money and buy a pinpointer and some nice headphones?
    (ultimately i'll probably end up buying both, but i'm looking to prioritize since i'm not a millionaire!)
    In that price range, you have lots of choices. Some better than others. And if you get 50 responses to your post, you could end up with 50 opinions on what to buy. You might consider one of the all-in-one middle of the road MD's that can work in most environments including salt and fresh water, (and maybe highly mineralized soil). I don't know what the soil is like in the various states, but if your putting out the cash anyway, you may as well get an MD that is prepared for most conditions.

    You might want to make a list of the pro's and con's of new compared to used, then make note of each MD's abilities and shortcomings. At that price range, you could get a used GoldBug, or Compass, or a new Tesoro or some other newer brand with pretty display and a long guarantee.

    Personally, I'm not devoted to relic hunting and with rare exception, iron just doesn't do it for me. There's enough of that in our soil around here already, which means using a detector that can handle it. So, for the time being at least, I'll go for the gold and stick with my old Compass.


    F.
    Good advice Functional. I think i'm probably going to have to decide between several fine models... Making a pro's/cons matrix is a real good idea. I don't know the exact composite of the soil, but we do get quite a few rocks and the soil on my land is about 6 inches of black, fertile soil that is pretty loose and easy to dig, and then harder packed clay. I've been told that we have considerable caverns and underground water around us, but again, I don't know how that messes with the sensitivity.

    dazoff: I have not been using earphones, but I think it's time for me to pick some up. Are they the kind of thing I need to lay down a lot of money for, or do I really just need something that will let me hear the finer, quieter sounds of a "hit"?

    Khouse: Your youtube video was excellent, it really helped me with pinpointing. I had never known exactly how to tune it, but i had run across the process while hunting a couple of times. I thought it was a fluke, but after watching your video It explained what was happening. I usually run with sensitivity around full or one block less. I'll try hunting with it down at one bar and start by going over my property for silver first, and then combing things for the baser metals.

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    Feb 2007
    Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
    A Compass Magnum 420 recently brought back to life. And an untested "in the wild" Teknetics.
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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    brianblack138

    Its been a few days and nobody has responded to your last questions, so I thought I'd throw my 2 cents in again.

    You mentioned the beach in Delaware and brine/salt water, which says to me that your going to need an MD that can handle whatever conditions you might find in Delaware. I don't know if the soil in Delaware is bad for iron or not, but you should be prepared and the salt water issue is something that seems to be dealt with better by MD's with manual ground balance. Something to consider when looking at a new MD.

    As for black fertile soil, I've found some of my deepest silver in that, (a dime at about 9"). The caverns and underground water shouldn't be much of an issue unless theres tons of gold down there.

    On the topic of the headphones, there are a lot of die hard traditionalists that like keeping their ears warm with the old style units, but I don't know that the iPod style ear buds are any less capable of covering the sound spectrum, (at least the portion of it that is audible to humans). So far as I know, most detectors only put out a few different tones, (my old Compass only has one basic tone, but its the minute differences in that tone that tell the tale).

    And as far as pinpointing is concerned, some MD's are better at helping you pinpoint than others and its your experience with your MD that will determine if you really need one. In most instances, I use a plastic garden trowel which works in most of the soil and sand where I hunt coinage. It has limited use for nuggets, but when I'm looking for them, I also have a metal one and a tree planters style shovel, (looks a bit like a spade but with a long narrow blade).


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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    My vote would be a Tesoro Vaquero. Hunts deep, pinpoint is very accurate in Discriminant mode.

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    Jul 2006
    Land of Enchantment
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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    My vote is a used White's M6. Super easy to learn, good depth, wide variety of available coils, tone ID (7 tones). Far and away my favorite detector of all time. [To put that in perspective, I've used the Garrett GTI 2500, Minelab Explorer XS, Minelab Explorer SE, Garrett Ace 250, White's DFX, White's BeachHunter ID, Fisher CZ-3D, Fisher 1236-X2, Discovery 3300.]

    I'm not sure you can get it new in your price range, but I'm betting you could find a good used unit for that price.

    Good luck in your search. Let us know what you pick!

    Etrac for deep silver
    M6 for gold


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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    in that price range it's difficult to decide. It seems that lower priced detectors perform just as well, but fewer whistles. If you're looking for a big difference, you need to increase the budget. Although I've heard good things about the Ace 250 and the F2 from fisher, I've also heard the M6 from Whites is good.
    It's a hard choice to make, good luck

    Sniffer

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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    My husband has a Whites M6 and loves it. Maybe you can find a good used one in your price range. Good luck....Pepper
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    Jul 2008
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    Re: Your opinion on the best detector in the $350 - $500 dollar range

    Here's an M6 on Craigslist in Seattle $485.....
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/for/780403654.html

 

 
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