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  1. #1

    May 2019
    41 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting


    Hi I'm very new to metal detecting, like only a couple days ago I bought my first metal detector. It is a Bounty Hunter Discovery 2000..... I purchased it for $50. My question is,,, Is this a decent entry level detector so I know if I'm going to enjoy this hobby ?
    From Reading Posts on this site I believe that I'm going to enjoy detecting very much.

  2. #2
    Jan 2016
    NW Arcanslaw / SW Misery
    Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold / Garrett PropointerAT.
    5381 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I can't speak to the Bounty Hunter personally but I can tell you investing in a quality pinpointer such as the Garrett Propointer AT (orange) will be a HUGE time saver and make all the difference in the world.
    “During the gold rush its a good time to be in the pick and shovel business.” Mark Twain

  3. #3

    Dec 2018
    46 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I started off with a Bounty Hunter Tracker IV, with the same idea: get an entry level detector and “test drive” the hobby, in about a year I upgraded to an Equinox 600 because my buddy and I were out practically every weekend hunting.

    I second the suggestion to get a pin pointer, it makes finding your target once the ground is open a whole lot easier. There are entry level pinpointers available. They’re serviceable. I started out with one and upgraded to an Garrett Pro Pointer.

  4. #4
    Apr 2018
    Lanesville, IN
    White Coin master 4000 Garrett AT PRO
    2023 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Welcome from Indiana
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    My guns have killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.

  5. #5
    Jul 2013
    OC, Calif
    Whites Surf PI & Whites DFX
    838 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    A pin pointer won't be required if you're just beach detecting. You will need a good scoop. Preferably one with a handle to save your back
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  6. #6

    May 2019
    41 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thanks everyone...... Is my detector a good detector for a person just into the hobby
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  7. #7

    Dec 2018
    46 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by 99mustang View Post
    Thanks everyone...... Is my detector a good detector for a person just into the hobby
    Well, that really depends. There are a bunch of variables that come into play. Bounty Hunter is a decent entry level brand.

    In my experience, whether or not a particular detector model is suitable for a new user depends primarily on what type of hunting you expect to primarily do - parks, beaches, playgrounds, looking for coins, etc. Also, the patience and dedication to learning of the user comes into play. As a new detectorist you are likely going to be surprised by the amount of trash metal all detectorists dig - contrary to what some YouTube videos would lead us to believe.

    Regardless of what detector you begin with, be patient, learn, and dig a lot of targets.

  8. #8
    Charter Member

    May 2012
    31269 times
    Quote Originally Posted by 99mustang View Post
    Thanks everyone...... Is my detector a good detector for a person just into the hobby
    Is a particular car model sufficient to be able to drive?
    You own the detector , use it.

    The "best" detector would be best for a beginner. Or would it?

    If you learn the detector and make recoveries then it's good.

    If you commit to an upgrade (as with anything) only you know what your limit based on use and desire will be.

    Look up test gardens. Or a rug or cardboard substitute.
    Learn how to make recoveries , with a probe ,or digging tool. How to cut a plug. How to cut a flap. How to not leave divots or holes or dead spots ,or sign of where you dug.

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  9. #9

    May 2019
    41 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thank you very much you both make plenty of sense and I never really looked at it and quite that perspective
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  10. #10

    May 2019
    Punta Gorda Florida
    Fisher f5
    10 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Hi all I'm also very new to this hobby, I'm still waiting for my detector to be delivered. I'm interested in meeting other couples to meet for detecting outings.

    Joseph Tremblay
    Punta Gorda Florida

  11. #11
    Charter Member
    Coin Rescue Tech

    Jun 2014
    Northern O-H-I-O
    F75 LTD, 1280X Aquanaut, & an F2 (loaner)
    17599 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Hey I think you got a great deal. Get out and dig everything for a week or so so you get used to the nuances of the tones for each target. I started with a lesser machine, yours has more features than the one I started with. When you are ready to upgrade, make a list of the features you think would make your hunts more enjoyable. For instance after using the TC-1023 for a couple months I knew I wanted a machine with multiple coil choices, I also wanted a DD vs the concentric coil. I knew I wanted to see target ID numbers and wanted more depth and wanted notch capabilities. I did find a used Fisher F4 which gave me all the features I knew I wanted. I bought it locally on craigslist. A few months later I found a great deal on a used F75LTD from a gentleman in PA who had to leave the hobby due to health reasons. I agree with the others when it comes to getting a good pinpointer. Heck I didn't go out today since my pin pointer is on the fritz. It's a Garrett so if I call tomorrow and send it off I might get it back by this coming weekend.

    Good Luck and Happy Hunting from an Ohio coin shooter.
    Rescuing Coins 1 Beep at a time

  12. #12
    Feb 2013
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Tesoro Sidewinder Umax, Garrett ATPro, Minelab Equinox 800, Garrett Pro Pointer
    1462 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I started with a really cheap Bounty Hunter detector that my girlfriend at the time got me for Christmas many, many years ago. That detector found numerous silver coins, so trust me you WILL find stuff with yours. The key is to be patient and learn what the sounds are telling you. Doing a little research for good sites will help the quality of your finds to improve. Welcome to the hobby, and welcome to Treasurenet!

  13. #13
    Apr 2019
    Northeast Wisconsin
    Garrett Ace 400
    27 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    My wife uses the bounty 2000. Its a great detector for her as she is not as serious as i am but gets out with me to stay active. It will find coins down to 6 inches. As she has found alot.

    Like the others said get to no it first. Spend time tinkering with the settings. I set the settings for her an she is gone lol lol .

    She did find a necklace an also junk. Have fun an watch any vids on setting it up. GOOD LUCK an welcome
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  14. #14

    May 2019
    41 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I just went in my yard for about a half hour and got a dime and a penny..... both about 1/2"-1" deep..

  15. #15
    Oct 2014
    Garrett: AT Pro, AT Gold & Infinium; Minelab: Explorer SE, II; Simplex; Tesoro: Tejon & Outlaw; White's: V3i
    35213 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Take your time and learn your machine, then decide what improvements or upgrades you wish to own. Research each machine an determine what will meet your hunting needs.

    Good Luck and Happy Hunting!


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