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    Amateur Hunter

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    Smile Share your Expertise. What is The Best First Detector?

    Hi Everyone ,

    I just started MD as a hobby. I've been reading a lot on the topic and have decided to invest in my first detector. I'm primarily interested in relic hunting and heard a lot about the Fisher 1266x. I know its an older model, but would anyone still recommend a used 1266x in 2017 if it is under $200? My budget is under $250.00

    Any other recommendations are well welcomed!

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    Garrett Ace 250. I still love mine. It is almost indestructible and once you know how to use it, you'll be ready for any other machine. I've nearly worn the bottom off the coil. It's not the best with depth but it's good in trashy ground. It's in your price range too. Good luck.
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    Mar 2013
    SW, VA - Bull Mountain
    CTX, Excal II, EQ800, Fisher 1260X, Tesoro Royal Sabre, Tejon, Garrett ADSIII, Carrot, Stealth 920iX, Keene A52
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    I've owned and used extensively both the Fisher 1260X and 1265X. Great machines, pulled silver dimes at 10" with the 1260X, and the 1265X is just a solid and capable. I went through a bonfire site full of nails plucking coins out. The 1266X was introduced as an upgrade if my memory is correct, but I never purchased one or used one.

    In my opinion, I'd buy the 1266X before I'd buy any entry level modern machine.
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    Amateur Hunter

    Apr 2017
    USA
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    7
    Relic Hunting
    Hi XtreasureX, thanks for the reply. I have also heard good things about the Ace250. Good to hear a field report, I will definitely look into it.

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    An older blue Excal with connector, remote, Skullie headphones, and various coils. Got rid of the rest of my machines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XtreasureX View Post
    Garrett Ace 250. I still love mine. It is almost indestructible and once you know how to use it, you'll be ready for any other machine. I've nearly worn the bottom off the coil. It's not the best with depth but it's good in trashy ground. It's in your price range too. Good luck.
    I'd have to agree, given the budget limitations. I have a couple of friends who have 250's as backup machines and they do very well considering the cost. And to add, we recently started an "Indiana Dirt Diggers' group (on facebook) so I get to see "a lot" of entry level machines in action in the field and the Ace 250 is, by far, the best entry level machine out there so far. As xtreasure noted, it's also been the least frustrating machine for new users to learn.
    Last edited by bigscoop; Apr 15, 2017 at 05:48 PM.
    "Treasure is wherever it can be found."

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    Amateur Hunter

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    USA
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    Relic Hunting
    Appreciate the vote of confidence DeepseekerADS. I'm always surprised at the quality of "retro" and "vintage" tools over the more modern brands and models. Did you do any relic hunting with the 1266x?

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    us
    Mar 2013
    SW, VA - Bull Mountain
    CTX, Excal II, EQ800, Fisher 1260X, Tesoro Royal Sabre, Tejon, Garrett ADSIII, Carrot, Stealth 920iX, Keene A52
    14,196
    20112 times
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    Quote Originally Posted by xhunterx View Post
    Appreciate the vote of confidence DeepseekerADS. I'm always surprised at the quality of "retro" and "vintage" tools over the more modern brands and models. Did you do any relic hunting with the 1266x?
    I still have both my 1260X purchased '83-'84 and it still works great, though a little worn, floppy - I really do need to do some fixing on that. Purchased the 1265X off TNet early last year and used that on a number of hunts. It was pristine when I received it, rock solid.

    Still love them both.

    If you lean towards the 1266X, I assume you'll check it out before handing over any cash. I owned an ACE250 a few years back, gave it to my cousin. Won't ever give away my Fishers! You've two discrimination controls, called notching. You set it so you dig pulltabs (that's where gold is), and the other to get rid of the big iron.

    I went to a park full of clinkers, and my Garrett couldn't go there. I read about the Fisher's capability in heavily mineralized soil, bought the 1260X and went into that park plucking coins, the first of which was a Walking Liberty half.

    Edit: I dug a whole lot of relics along with my coin finds. In fact, that was one of their advertising approaches = relics.
    Last edited by DeepseekerADS; Apr 15, 2017 at 05:58 PM.
    Republic of Vietnam 10/69 - 3/71, Cambodia April 27, 1970 on a mountain top with HUGE scorpions

    "'He jests at scars who never felt a wound'" c.s.lewis - 1940

    The Ten Commandments: http://www.godstenlaws.com/ten-comma.../#.UdAz65yynZg

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    If your total budget for detector, pinpointer {You Really Want One} and digger, you are not going to get much. The Tesoro Compadre is 2.2 pounds, one knob{GREAT} discrimination, LIFETIME WARRANTY for $160 and for another $110 get a Garrett Propointer, and then find $40 for a Lesche Digger and go show up the big boys with their high price machines! You will be amazed with the Compadre!

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    us
    Mar 2013
    SW, VA - Bull Mountain
    CTX, Excal II, EQ800, Fisher 1260X, Tesoro Royal Sabre, Tejon, Garrett ADSIII, Carrot, Stealth 920iX, Keene A52
    14,196
    20112 times
    Digging in the dirt & scooping in the water!
    I'll agree with Steve on this if you decide against the 1266X. Tesoro builds some mighty good machines.
    Republic of Vietnam 10/69 - 3/71, Cambodia April 27, 1970 on a mountain top with HUGE scorpions

    "'He jests at scars who never felt a wound'" c.s.lewis - 1940

    The Ten Commandments: http://www.godstenlaws.com/ten-comma.../#.UdAz65yynZg

    The Bill of Rights: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/fou...ill-of-rights/

    The Constitution: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/cha...ranscript.html

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    Amateur Hunter

    Apr 2017
    USA
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    Relic Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Indian Steve View Post
    If your total budget for detector, pinpointer {You Really Want One} and digger, you are not going to get much.
    , thanks for the reply IndianSteve, $250.00 is my budget for the main detector. I have a separate budget for my pinpointer and digger.

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    Mar 2013
    SW, VA - Bull Mountain
    CTX, Excal II, EQ800, Fisher 1260X, Tesoro Royal Sabre, Tejon, Garrett ADSIII, Carrot, Stealth 920iX, Keene A52
    14,196
    20112 times
    Digging in the dirt & scooping in the water!
    Why don't you go to Youtube and watch metal detecting videos for entry level ones in your price range? Make sure you watch some on the Compadre, and the 1266X. They're there, just search by name.
    Republic of Vietnam 10/69 - 3/71, Cambodia April 27, 1970 on a mountain top with HUGE scorpions

    "'He jests at scars who never felt a wound'" c.s.lewis - 1940

    The Ten Commandments: http://www.godstenlaws.com/ten-comma.../#.UdAz65yynZg

    The Bill of Rights: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/fou...ill-of-rights/

    The Constitution: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/cha...ranscript.html

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    I suggest the Fisher F22 which has a unique smaller footprint waterproof coil and the control box is weatherproof so you don't have to worry about the rain. It operates on 2 AA batteries which are cheaper and easier to come by than 9 volt batts. It has excellent depth and wonderful discrimination and allows for a lot of custom user control as well. $229 out the door and, since I ordered from Kellyco, they included headphones, a really nice Leshe style digger, day pack, and a lot of other extras that are very useful. I am very happy with mine so far. Good luck in chosing as there are many very capable machines out there.
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    Amateur Hunter

    Apr 2017
    USA
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    Relic Hunting
    Will do, thanks for the all the suggestions and help!

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    Mar 2011
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    Equinox 800, Fisher Impulse AQ, E-Trac, 3 Excal 1000's, White's GM3 V-sat. White's TM808, VibraProbe, 15" NEL Attack, 5X10 Joey, Steath 920ix and 720i, TRX, etc....
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    There are other used machines that might fit your budget too. Look around for good deals on some of the older White's machines too, such as an Eagle 2, Spectrum. XLT, etc.
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    Treasure...life’s little moments!

    Jan 2013
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    My first real detector was the White's XLT. I bought it off ebay and if you shop carefully you might get one for $250. This machine allowed me to really learn the finer points of metal detecting and to run with "the big boys". It's programable and IMHO as good as the best coin shooter ever made. It takes time to learn but for me that was 50% of the fun! I bought it 15 years ago, still use it, still love it. Hope this helps, Tt
    Last edited by Twinkletoes; Apr 16, 2017 at 08:53 PM.
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