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  1. #1
    us
    Oct 2010
    Tennessee, CSA
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    Metal Detector for Civil War Relic Hunting

    I can't find my 1235X Fisher....been twenty years since I used it. If I can't locate it what units should I consider for hunting relics? I would want something simple, with good depth and be able to discriminate. It doesn't have to be a new one as I don't want to shell out major bucks (only get to hunt once in a blue moon but I want a decent detector). Should I locate one of the older Fishers' or something else?

    What models should I look at? What works well for you guys but is fairly simple to operate?

    Thanks
    JohnnyRebCSA

  2. #2
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    cr
    Detecting fever comes and goes.

    Jun 2012
    San Jose
    Actual: Whites MXT All Pro, M6 and Tesoro Sand Shark Ex: BH Platinum, Tesoro Lobo, ST & Tejon, Teknetics Delta, Whites MXT, V3i, Dual Field, MX5; DP Wader, Garrett At-PRO, Fisher Gold Bug 2, CZ-70Pro
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    Metal Detecting and Ham Radio
    How much do you want to spend

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  3. #3
    us
    Oct 2010
    Tennessee, CSA
    Fisher 1266X
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    Probably $350. A good used one is not out of the question for me. I won't get to go but maybe six or seven times a year but I want one that will do the job. Will be doing a lot of research and will drive around an hour one way so I want a good, reliable unit.

    If I can come up with the one I have what do you think of that 1235X Fisher?

  4. #4

    Apr 2012
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Silver umax

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    cr
    Detecting fever comes and goes.

    Jun 2012
    San Jose
    Actual: Whites MXT All Pro, M6 and Tesoro Sand Shark Ex: BH Platinum, Tesoro Lobo, ST & Tejon, Teknetics Delta, Whites MXT, V3i, Dual Field, MX5; DP Wader, Garrett At-PRO, Fisher Gold Bug 2, CZ-70Pro
    834
    140 times
    Metal Detecting and Ham Radio
    The fisher is a good detector but won't find those deep coins.... for $350 a tesoro is a good option, it is easy to set up and deep... there are good used ones in the price range you have...

  6. #6

    Oct 2005
    XLT, Whites D.F., Treasure Baron, Deepstar, Goldquest, Beachscan, T.D.I., Sovereign, 2x Nautilus, various Arado's, Ixcus Diver, Altek Quadtone, T2, Beach Hunter I.D, GS 5 pulse, Searchman 2 ,V3i
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    Tesoro Silver won't cut it either with similar depth to the Tiger Shark on larger items. The Tejon at its greater cost can give around 8 inches more depth. I like the Nautilus DMC's but not exactly a switch on and go detector. You could look around for a secondhand Golden Mask. The Mk 1's can be picked up pretty cheap.

  7. #7

    Apr 2012
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I think the point was made that he didn't want to spend a lot of money and was gonna use it once in a while, since the silver umax doesn't have that much of a learning curve and wasn't going to use it all the time the silver would be a detector for him, he doesn't need the tejon or ones with greater cost, read the post Brian.

  8. #8
    LM
    LM is offline
    do
    I like finding stuff

    Dec 2007
    Chicago
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    The 12XX's are great for relics.
    I use a 1266x with a 12" spider and haven't felt even a slight need to 'upgrade' to another relic machine. I actually bought a spare here on TN a while back.
    Hauling it to Chattanooga this August for a poke around a privately owned CW battlesite.

    I'd say just locate the 1235 and run. Whoever said they "can't locate deep coins" is wrong.
    "There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure..." - Twain

  9. #9
    us
    Jan 2010
    Colorado Springs, Colorado USA
    Whites GMT, Goldmaster Vsat, 5900, Bounty Hunter Discovery 3300 and Falcon MD-20.
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    Prospecting - Gold and Silver
    Relics typically aren't coins. They are all manner of random sizes and materials. They often are larger than coins and can be easier to detect. Lead bullets (mini-ball, etc.) can be harder to find because they are on the low end of the conductivity range, but most modern detectors will work well looking for relics. If you have a VDI, you pretty much have to ignore it and dig anything you get a signal on - this is because you really have no idea what you are looking for or what you might find. Hunting for relics requires a different approach since, unlike coin shooting, you are not looking for places people might congregate, but rather, you need to grid off areas and do a general search of an entire area before moving on. Take good records and use a GPS to keep track of where you are (most smart phones have apps that can be used for this purpose), so you can return if you need to, and also know exactly where you hunted if you were not able to completely search an area.

    Expect to dig a lot of trash.
    Whites GMT, Whites GM Vsat, Whites 5900, Gold Mountain King Cobra, Bounty Hunter 3300

  10. #10
    LM
    LM is offline
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    I like finding stuff

    Dec 2007
    Chicago
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    Shipwrecks
    Quote Originally Posted by jmoller99 View Post
    Hunting for relics requires a different approach since, unlike coin shooting, you are not looking for places people might congregate
    Yep. Very important point. Relic hunting (especially CW/Battlefield relic hunting) is as much about research as it is swinging a coil.

    Think outside the path of least resistance.
    "There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure..." - Twain

  11. #11
    us
    Oct 2010
    Tennessee, CSA
    Fisher 1266X
    177
    42 times
    I did extensive research (OR's, regimental histories, diaries, other books and personal interviews with farmers, etc.) back in the 80's when detecting at Mill Springs, Ky and in the Confederate camp about five miles away. You are right.....one must prepare as much as possible.

    Been a while since I have done this and wondered what I might need to look at, detector wise, if I must buy one. So, the older Fishers are still popular for relic hunting?

  12. #12
    LM
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    I like finding stuff

    Dec 2007
    Chicago
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyRebCSA View Post
    So, the older Fishers are still popular for relic hunting?
    They're legendary for relics. They have a strong appetite for iron.
    Any time a 1266x pops up on ebay, it commands pretty significant interest which cannot be said for most older machines.

    I can afford any MD I want yet my 1266x (and its spare) are the #1 pick for relics.

    As noted, my trip to Chattanooga later this summer involves bringing two machines.
    A 1266x and another 1266x in case the first one breaks

    The 1235 is a slightly older version of the 1266x, as an all purpose machine it's probably worth upgrading but for CW relics where you should be hunting with no disc? Don't worry. It's fine.
    Last edited by LM; Jul 26, 2012 at 08:39 PM.
    "There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure..." - Twain

  13. #13
    us
    Oct 2010
    Tennessee, CSA
    Fisher 1266X
    177
    42 times
    Thanks for the replies. I bought the 1235X after the detector I had bit the dust. Can't remember the name of it but it was made in Ireland and went super deep.....edit it is an Information Technology C400. Used 'D' batteries. I once found an old skeleton key 2' deep. If anyone knows where I could get it repaired I would appreciate a lead.

    Found minie balls at Mill Springs that all the other detectors could not pick up. In the camp of the 15th Mississippi it drove me nuts. All the camp fire areas would make it sing out like an artillery shell was there. Would dig and dig with all those false signals.
    Last edited by JohnnyRebCSA; Jul 29, 2012 at 05:55 PM.

  14. #14
    us
    Oct 2010
    Tennessee, CSA
    Fisher 1266X
    177
    42 times
    Well, I found my detector.....still in the bag with the earphones and, yes, I had removed the batteries! Just to show you how long it has been....it wasn't a 1235X as I had remembered....it is a 1266X.

 

 

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