Apr 24, 2012, 12:23 AM
Which MD Do I Need To Purchase
I'm seriously wanting to get into the metal detecting hobby but I have zero experience with these machines. I need some advice on what kind of machine I need to purchase for the things I want to do.
I want to shoot coins and artifacts at Civil War and Revolutionary War sites. I live close to several Civil War sites and there was a lot of CW activity in my area. Also only 7 miles from where I live is a Revolutionary War fort, The Star Fort - Ninety Six National Historic Site. The site is now a National Park but I have access to all of the private land around the fort.
Another thing I want to be able to do is shoot for jewelry and coins in wading depth water. The metal detector won't be used to dive, but it needs to be waterproof enough that I can wade in creeks and rivers and hunt the bottom.
Last, but not least, I'd like to shoot for gold nuggets. I live in an area called the Slate Belt in South Carolina. There were a lot of small goldmines around this area, some of which are still active.
In summary, this is what I want to do with my metal detector:
• Hunt for coins
• Hunt for Civil War and Revolutionary War artifacts
• Hunt for jewelry in wading depth water
• Hunt gold nuggets
Hopefully there is one single metal detector that I can purchase which will do all of these things.
Thanks in advance for any and all help or advice you folks can give me.
~ Stand Watie
So far, this is the longest I've ever lived. ~ Sigman Fraud
Apr 24, 2012, 12:29 AM
It's dangerous to be right when those with a thimbleful of perceived authority are wrong.
I would recommend a White's MXT. You will find a lot of machines that are both coin and relic, but few that are made for coin relic AND gold. It was built around the GMT which is a gold machine.
It has Relic, Coin and Jewelry and Prospecting modes, and is deep, accurate and simple to learn.
Apr 24, 2012, 07:38 AM
The MXT is an awesome detector I can get dimes at 10"+ with the D2 coil, the coil can get wet but the box is not waterproof so be careful to not get water into the control box. HH
Apr 24, 2012, 09:34 AM
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You need at least two different detectors. Anyone - or any dealer that trys to sell you one machine that will do what you want is straight up lying or has no idea what they are talking about. First, where you live nuggetshooting with a metal detector is going to be an exercise in frustration. You need a pan and a highbanker so you can get the flake gold that is in your area. If you want to nuggetshoot, go to Idaho, Arizona, California, Alaska, or another Western State that actually has nuggets to find.
Hunting for Civil War relics? You are digging EVERYTHING - in All Metal, all the time. The key to this type of hunting is depth. That is why the pros use pulse induction machines like the Minelab GPX 5000.
Coin and jewelry hunting? You want excellent discrimination and depth is much less important, as most of your good finds will be between 1" - and 7" in depth.
What is your budget? You can start with one of the best coinshooters on the market, the Tesoro Compadre, for $160.00. A Tesoro Lobo Super Traq, the Whites GMT, and the Fisher Goldbug II, all run about $800.00 and are dedicated gold machines. I use my Lob quite successfully to hunt gold nuggets in Arizona - and coins here in New York. Do your homework, and don't be swayed by dealers and brand loyal hunters with about three-minutes more experience than you have - Good Luck!
Originally Posted by Stand Watie
Apr 24, 2012, 10:24 AM
Big Boys Hobbies
Terry is right.
To hunt nuggets and coins both successfully you will need to machines. No machine I know of can do both well. The Garrett AT Pro and AT Gold might be an option since you want waterproof. Both waterproof up to 10 feet. Gold is obviously hit gold much better and more sensitive. Pro is more all around machine and better on coins. The Fisher Gold bug 2 is VERY sensitive to gold. Or the Tesoros Terry spoke of.
Holler if you need help or have further questions.
Apr 24, 2012, 05:08 PM
Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!
I am hard pressed to give you better info than the last two posts. But I will say, you probably want to consider two different machines, as said above.... or pick just one and put that machine through its paces. I don't do the relic thing but you have GOOD potential for relics. I would suggest going that route first. Good luck. TTC
"At home, the ground was covered with snow and I was covered with sweat. My younger brother called me a killer and my daddy called me a vet." Still in Saigon CDB
Apr 24, 2012, 05:18 PM
I'd have to say AT Pro... simply because you listed wading ahead of prospecting. It's the only machine that I have that I will use in water. Accidents happen. Yikes.
If you ever hit the big one detecting....follow the 3S rule. Shoot. Shovel and Shut up.
Apr 24, 2012, 11:00 PM
Wow. Great info and lot of it. Let me try to reply a little at least. I feel like I owe y'all that much for your help.
So basically you, and several others, are saying forget about the White MXT as a 'do-it-all' machine because there's no such animal in the real world? Thank you sir. That info itself probably just saved me over $800. If you drink I'll buy you a beer someday if we ever meet.
Budget is not that big of a deal. I'm not rich but I can afford the hobby. Of course I don't want to waste money for nothing. Neither do I want to spend a ton of it on a hobby I may not even take a liking to after I try it a while. So for that reason alone I think I should start on a lesser scale money wise. After looking at prices on machines I think if I spend over $300 but under $500 on a starter machine maybe I can get a decent one. I do want to get one good enough that it will forgive some of the beginner's mistakes I'm bound to make. I don't want to buy a machine that's junk.
Also, I think you are probably right about the nuggets. The only nugget that I know of that's been found here in-state was a 2lb one found in the 1960s. At least that's what I read a while back. All the gold I myself have found to date has been small flakes and flour gold I found while panning. So maybe I should simply forget about a MD for the gold and stick with a pan.
So I'm down to coins, jewelry and relic. Is there a good machine out there for around the $500 price that will do those thing, included be one I can get the coil and shaft wet (not the control box)?
Thanks to everyone for your advice so far. It's a joy to be in a forum with y'all.
~ Stand Watie
Last edited by Stand Watie; Apr 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM.
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Apr 24, 2012, 11:17 PM
Detecting is like golf, would you play 18 holes with one club? You wouldnt tee off with a putter and you wouldn't want to putt with a driver......Unless your really good..... Same way with metal detecting, you can get a detector that excells in one style and can be used in another style, but it will not excell and you will be missing a lot....
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May 08, 2012, 09:41 PM
The Tesoro tigershark has 3.5 turn ground balance, mine is due to arrive Thursday. With 8 inch coil will find small gold. About as versatile as you can get until you find that you need your second machine. Owners all rave about them in fresh water with some complaints about western beaches with heavy surf. I own two other machines. Just saying it is a good one to start with and learn. Very durable and good warranty.
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