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    Hey everyone, I've had my Ace 250 for about a year but I just moved to Hyde Park in Chicago so I want to get a machine that can function in wet sand. I found someone selling a Bounty Hunter 2200 for 60$ but I'm not sure if it is a good beach detector.

    Any detectors that work well in wet sand that I can get for a decent price used? My budget is probably about 200$ if I want to sell my Ace 250.

    Thanks!

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    If you are going to be hunting in fresh water wet sand, your Ace 250 should work fine. If you are hunting Lake Michigan beaches, I would go for it. Salt water wet sand would require something a little more expensive.
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    A quality sand scoop is going to cost $150.00 - $250.00 all by itself. Beach hunting is expensive. The most inexpensive waterproof FRESHWATER detector is the Garrett AT Pro ($555.00).

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    Spend the extra few bucks and get a Tesoro Tiger Shark if you are going in the water. Tesoro has a Lifetime Warranty. I used my Tiger Shark for 5 years and ended up with a leak at the coil. I sent it back to Tesoro {$17 shipping}. They replaced the coil & headphones and recalibrated the box and shipped it back for free. Good Luck doing that with a 5 year old Garrett.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    A quality sand scoop is going to cost $150.00 - $250.00 all by itself. Beach hunting is expensive. The most inexpensive waterproof FRESHWATER detector is the Garrett AT Pro ($555.00).
    Terry is correct, something to keep in mind, that $150 scoop can be sold 5 years from now for $100-$125, the $250 can be sold 5 years from now for $200-$225. As long as you take care of scoop they lose very little value. Twice I have sold $200 scoops for $175 used.
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    My personal suggestion is getting a used Tesoro sand shark. May be able to get one for 350-400 on eBay. Try letgo too. Or the marketplace.

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    A Sand Shark in fresh water would drive you crazy digging 3 foot deep bobby pins. Stick to the Tiger Shark for fresh water.

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    As others have said, keep your ace 250 until you have enough cash to get a AT Pro, Tiger Shark, Equinox. For now get a good sand scoop and yea they are as much as your ace 250 but man they are worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indian Steve View Post
    A Sand Shark in fresh water would drive you crazy digging 3 foot deep bobby pins. Stick to the Tiger Shark for fresh water.
    As a long time Tiger Shark owner I agree here.

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    Keep your ace 250 until you have enough cash to get a AT Pro, Tiger Shark, Equinox
    Last edited by tamzin; May 27, 2018 at 10:40 PM.
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    I can't imagine anyone paying $250.00 for a sand scoop. My idea is to have one that has NO METAL in it.
    I put a broom handle on a plastic scoop for my use. Plastic ties and JB Weld to hold the handle.
    Note: I do not go in the water--------------just sandy beaches. I want to be able to scoop while standing and then run my detector over it. I see VIDS of guys W/Metal scoops shaking out the sand and really not knowing whether they have anything or not.
    For me a metal scoop would be a time killer.
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    A sand scoop doesn't have to cost $150 you can get hand held scoops from $9 to SS for $37 from garrett


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    Quote Originally Posted by GA_Boy View Post
    I can't imagine anyone paying $250.00 for a sand scoop. My idea is to have one that has NO METAL in it.
    I put a broom handle on a plastic scoop for my use. Plastic ties and JB Weld to hold the handle.
    Note: I do not go in the water--------------just sandy beaches. I want to be able to scoop while standing and then run my detector over it. I see VIDS of guys W/Metal scoops shaking out the sand and really not knowing whether they have anything or not.
    For me a metal scoop would be a time killer.
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    Scoop your describing is okay in dry sand but not very good at all in hard wet sand or water. I find far more gold rings in the wet sand and water than I ever find in the dry sand. Try standing on a plastic scoop to push it in deeper in the hard wet sand and see how long it lasts. I see guys at the beach with the plastic scoops digging and I can dig circles around them with my metal scoop recovering a lot more targets a lot faster.




    Quote Originally Posted by GA_Boy View Post
    I see VIDS of guys W/Metal scoops shaking out the sand and really not knowing whether they have anything or not.
    You take a scoop of sand and re-scan target with your detector to see if target is still there, if no response from target that is when you empty out the scoop.
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    Ace 250 is pretty good detector. If you decide wet sand detecting then there isnít much a budget detector. Once you start detecting near the wet sand at beach, you gotta have the right tool for the job. I would stick with the Ace 250 on dry sand. Once you have a set cash on side, then invest a decent beach detector (sand shark, minelab sov, and etc). If your in this hobby for long run, it will pay itself off sooner or later. Best luck on your journey.

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    Recovered quite a few gold and silver rings at fresh water beaches and lakes using the AT PRO. Over the years I have accumulated 4 or 5 scoops. Plastic or small basket scoops for shallow dry sand targets. Heavier 2 pieces metal scoops for in water recoveries.
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