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    Cool My Cheap Metal Detector Has Paid For Itself Over and Over (Images Added)

    My first metal detector is a Bounty Hunter IV cost me about $160. In using it about 20 hours total I have found;

    1 - 14K Gold Ring with a 2K Sapphire sold to jeweler for $190
    4 - Sterling silver rings (still have)
    1 Tungsten ring (gifted to someone)
    Tag Hauer Swiss watch (sold for parts on Ebay $40)
    1 - Sterling/Palladium/Platinum Class ring with an emerald. (still have it awaiting owner to contact me)
    Close to 100 fishing sinkers (my other big hobby is fishing)
    About $10 in clad coins (spent)

    Keep in mind I have dug close to 500 70s pull tabs. I have found a virgin swimming hole not detected much if at all since the 1970s. I can go down right now and find 2 dozen 70s style pull tabs in an hour easy. The place is only a 3 minute drive from my house.



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  2. #2
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    Bounty hunter tracker IV was also my 1st detector. I'm running an equinox now but I still have that original detector and have purchased anouther one. My kids use them. For the price they are a good machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    You Go Boy! Show us your Booty!!
    OK when I get back. I am going down in about a half hour until dark. I found the class ring yesterday along with some other costume jewelry. I'm finding that using a little science has helped me a bunch.

    I'm detecting a low lake area swimming beach. I calculated the areas where most people had to actually swim because the water was deep. It's the swimming that causes the rings to fly off. Sunblock+treading water=slippery hands and the rings float right off... especially in a place where people jump in and have to come to the surface.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AusTexDude View Post
    OK when I get back. I am going down in about a half hour until dark. I found the class ring yesterday along with some other costume jewelry. I'm finding that using a little science has helped me a bunch.

    I'm detecting a low lake area swimming beach. I calculated the areas where most people had to actually swim because the water was deep. It's the swimming that causes the rings to fly off. Sunblock+treading water=slippery hands and the rings float right off... especially in a place where people jump in and have to come to the surface.
    I like how you think!

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    I always tell all new people to start with the bounty hunter tracker IV. They are cheap and a great beginner machine to get someone started. They are on sale right now at academy for $79. I had one as my first detector and knew if I didn't like the sport I only blew like $60 and if I liked it I would find $60 worth of stuff then get a better machine. I think it took me like two weeks to get my $60 back and I ended up buying a CZ21, a $1200 machine, within about 2 months. They are great first detectors that a lot of people overlook for some reason.
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    AusTexDude: Your post shows the most important thing is where you hunt. The second most important thing is the skill, experience, perseverance and plain luck of the person doing the hunting. The third thing (in order) is the machine. Start small with a simple detector and learn where to hunt, how to hunt, and how to use it. Work up - and keep going back to good spots with your newer model(s). For many beginners the best bet is a sound used detector - that involves, in my opinion, a local purchase from a trusted source. Like home exercise equipment, there are lot of good detectors just gathering dust. A treadmill makes a much better clothes rack, however.

    Good luck to all,

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    Your are thinking right...where people swim = Gold and Silver jewelry! Keep at it, the ratio of Gold to pull-tabs will eventually be in your favor!

    GL & HH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    You Go Boy! Show us your Booty!!
    OK uploaded the images to the original post. That's only about 1/4th of the fishing sinkers I have found. The rest have already been added to my boxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamBomb View Post
    I had one as my first detector and knew if I didn't like the sport I only blew like $60 and if I liked it I would find $60 worth of stuff then get a better machine. I think it took me like two weeks to get my $60 back and I ended up buying a CZ21, a $1200 machine, within about 2 months. They are great first detectors that a lot of people overlook for some reason.
    Yes and also look for used detectors in good condition if you don't mind a used one. I picked up a Bounty Hunter Discovery 2200 for $30 used once then put back in the box.

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    I have multiple cheap bounty hunter detectors and I'm always on the look out for more. I'm addicted to them ... :P My most expensive finds have been with the Tracker 4.. ($4500 wedding ring).. When I'm visiting areas that are kinda "unsafe" I usually take along a cheap detector just in case someone tries to rob me.. lol. BTW .... DAMN NICE HUNT !
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/V93s6pU5Yr53ZSnS2
    Last edited by glenn37216; Jun 04, 2018 at 04:47 PM.
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    Way to go, you have some really nice finds! Keep on digging!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AusTexDude View Post
    OK uploaded the images to the original post. That's only about 1/4th of the fishing sinkers I have found. The rest have already been added to my boxes.
    Have you tried the San Marcus any, used to be great, also Landa park.
    Quote Originally Posted by G.I.B. View Post
    I'm not an Idiot Whisperer. I can't help you any further with the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oddjob View Post
    Have you tried the San Marcus any, used to be great, also Landa park.
    No but I really want to here soon. I lived in San Marcos for 5 years back around the turn of the century.
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