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  1. #16
    Feb 2006
    Brownwood, Texas
    Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger, Garrett Ace 350, Garrett Ace 250, Garrett Deepseeker, Dowsing Rods
    891 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by against the wind View Post
    I have been using metal detectors since 1970 so it's only been 48 years for me. I have used everything from beep and dig,,, right on up to the arsenal I currently have. The machines I have used over the years have included numerous Garretts.
    To say that your ACE 250 will consistently outhunt my DEUS, CTX, E-trac, or Excalibur is a bunch of horse feathers.
    I suggest that you show the guys you hunt with where the on / off button is on their machines.
    I invite you to come down to central Texas and see how you can fare against my Ace 250 and me.
    ~Texas Jay

  2. #17
    Feb 2006
    Brownwood, Texas
    Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger, Garrett Ace 350, Garrett Ace 250, Garrett Deepseeker, Dowsing Rods
    891 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by pa-dirt_nc-sand View Post
    Put a DD coil on your ACE 250 and you’ll keep everything you like about it and gain another 1.5” of depth and have better separation in iron infested soil.
    Thanks for the tip, Pa-dirt. I already have a DD coin with the 250 but I really don't have the need to go any deeper. I stay plenty busy digging with the standard coil. I also have a brand new Ace 350 which has the bigger coil on it. I won it last year at a club's open competition hunt but haven't even taken it out into the field yet. I didn't really figure out how to separate the iron or pull tab signals from coin signals on the 250 until I had about 90 hours on it. When I do begin using the Ace 350, I will give it the same 100-hour workout that I've given the smaller one.
    ~Texas Jay

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  3. #18
    Jun 2011
    Jacksonville, FL
    Tesoro Tiger Shark & Equinox-800
    29 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Jay View Post
    Terry, my detecting buddy uses a Minelab Equinox 800 and I'm not impressed with it and I don't think he is either. He usually finds more modern coins than I do on each hunt but I almost always make the best finds of the day with the Ace 250. I've noticed lately that his 800 spends most of its time in the car and he uses his XP Deus that he's had for a lot longer.
    ~Texas Jay
    I think the 800 has a big learning curve and that's under stating things. I've hunted with a Tesoro Tiger Shark for years and have had the 800 for 3-4 months now and I am still trying to get my head wrapped around it sometimes. On the beach, it's pretty simple to operate, but when I get around an old home site that has a lot of junk in the ground I am having trouble working through the yards. The detector is really sensitive and the ID jumps around too much for me to get a good idea of what's down there at times. I always had a really good idea whether it was going to be a coin or junk when I dug with the Tesoro, so I am thinking that I may be better off using that on the two old home sites that I am working for now until I have more time to spend figuring the Minelab out on places that aren't so trashy. With the Minelab, you need that 100 hrs per mode IMO.
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  4. #19
    Jan 2018
    deep south
    Equinox 800, Pro-35 pinpointer, AT Pro with stock coil, Nel Thunder, Garrett 5" x 8" coil.
    52 times
    Relic Hunting
    I have gone on several hunts with son. He is a real newbie with an ACE 250 bought just to locate property pins. I have more experience with my AT Pro. But he digs every signal and I try to limit my digging by ID and tones. He found more and better relics than I did on those hunts.
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  5. #20

    Apr 2017
    Fisher F75, Minelab Soveriegn XS 2 Nokta pinpointer
    786 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    So the its actually the ACE 250 thats obsoleted every other detector? Someone please call Minelab and give them the news...

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  6. #21
    Charter Member
    Oct 2008
    Newburgh, Indiana
    Garrett AT Max - BH 505
    12 times
    Metal Detecting
    I think the point being the more time you invest in YOUR metal detector the better you will get. I started years ago with a Bounty Hunter 505. I used that thing for years it paid for itself time and again. The 1st time I went out with it, I was as lost as last years Easter egg. I have used White’s, MXT, Minelab ETrac... I just purchased a Garrett AT Max.. because it will work for my needs I am now inside the learning curve I understand that and will work with it..till I know what it is telling me when the signal goes off...
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  7. #22
    Charter Member
    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell, AZ
    Ace 250 (2), Gold Bug 2, Tesoro Cortes, Garrett Sea Hunter, Whites TDI SL SE, Fisher Impulse 8, Falcon MD20, Garrett pinpointer.
    4473 times
    Metal Detecting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Some here, like Against The Wind, are missing the point of Texas Jay's post. ATW, I read your posts and KNOW you "been Dare done dat" but what he is saying is the people that give up on a machine because they found very little in the first 25 hours or so are not cutting it. They have an operator problem not an operation problem. I also have been detecting since '70. Those were the BFO days. I have owned dozens of machines and STILL praise my two 250's highly! I have put several hundred hours on them.... making the point, knowing the machine finds more than a machine not operated correctly regardless the price. Sorry for stepping on your toes, Windy, but TJ has a most valid point. ╦╦
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