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    What detectors would you recommend?

    I'm looking to get a metal detector to use for gold prospecting. I will mainly be detecting in northern California on exposed bedrock. What detectors would you recommend for that specific kind of detecting and for that area. Mainly Sierra county and plumas county.

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    The Minelab Gold Monster is the one I'd recommend, IF all you are doing is hunting for nuggets.

    https://www.minelab.com/metal-detect...d-monster-1000
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoinHunterAZ View Post
    The Minelab Gold Monster is the one I'd recommend, IF all you are doing is hunting for nuggets.

    https://www.minelab.com/metal-detect...d-monster-1000
    Ditto!

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    I'll also add that if you want to mix in a little coin-shooting and relic hunting with your prospecting, the Minelab Equinox 800 will do double duty. It has a dedicated gold mode, and it works pretty darn well. I found a really nice nugget here in AZ just a couple of weeks ago with my EQ800.

    https://www.minelab.com/metal-detectors/equinox-800
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    Next week i plan to buy detector.
    I was thinking about Vanquish, but now decided to get 600.
    I hope it was good decision, because i don't need 800's gold search mode..

    Ok... this post reverse everything..:
    Gold Mode May Not Necessarily Be the Most Important Thing Missing from the 600
    Last edited by pastuh; Jan 11, 2020 at 04:53 PM. Reason: More info..

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    I'm only looking into using it for gold prospecting. The gold monster is my first choice, I just wanted to get some recommendations before I made the purchase. Thank you guy's.
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    Here's the thread on the nugget I found with the EQ800. Nugget hunting takes the patience of a Saint, because of all the tiny bits of trash in the ground.

    First Gold nugget with the Equinox 800, a pretty nice one!

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    Welcome to TreasureNet from SoCal! Good luck!


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    I've been doing some research for buying my own metal detector and a lot of the sites I've looked at recommend the Fisher Gold Bug 2 for Gold nuggets. Have you looked at it yet or are you looking for a more advanced detector?

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    It's been a while for me, but I have done a lot of nugget shooting in Plumas and Sierra counties. I don't know what your budget is, but for the average guy, good gold machines take a pretty hefty bite outta their savings when they're first starting out (did me). That said, you definitely want a quality machine. If money is a limiting factor, don't buy a cheap, low-quality new one–with the same money, buy a good-quality used one. They are aren't hard to find, and they're a whole lot more efficient, dependable, and cheaper. When I got into nugget shooting, I had success with an old Whites CoinMaster (1985), then upgraded to the Fisher Gold Bug, then the Minelab Eureka Gold, and Minelab GPX-4000. Of course, the CoinMaster is a real dinosaur and not recommended for nugget shooting. But the others are all excellent gold getters. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them. The Gold Bug really served me well, used the hell outta it, and though I didn't treat it gently, it always was ready for duty, fully operational, and never complained. There are others too that are just as well-liked by gold prospectors, however, the ones I mentioned are the machines I've used and that I can recommend highly from personal experience.

    You've picked some good gold country to hunt--great scenery, excellent camping, good gold throughout the area. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoinHunterAZ View Post
    I'll also add that if you want to mix in a little coin-shooting and relic hunting with your prospecting, the Minelab Equinox 800 will do double duty. It has a dedicated gold mode, and it works pretty darn well. I found a really nice nugget here in AZ just a couple of weeks ago with my EQ800.

    https://www.minelab.com/metal-detectors/equinox-800
    Good to know the stock coil will work good for gold.
    Can't wait til the snow is gone and the ground thaws out!
    Last edited by EQ8; Feb 12, 2020 at 10:02 AM.
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