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  1. #1
    gr
    Sep 2009
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    Minelab XTERRA 70 Tips/Questions

    Greetings,

    To Xterra 70 users out there.

    What pre-set pattern do you like to use (1,2,3)?

    I have noticed, that my pattern 1 - which should accept everything from aside from some of the ferrous targets, doesn't like modern clad like quarters and the Canadian toonie. I don't have a problem with copper, gold, or silvers.

    Now my pattern 2, picks up these modern coins no problem on the first scan, but it worries me that I might miss out on some gold and other targets when I'm using it...

    Pattern 3, I use after I get a target in pattern 1 or 2, to see if it hits in the ferrous zone (-6, -4). Any information on the target before I dig helps to know when detecting in the junky areas.
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    So Xterra 70 users, any tips on how to hone in on those better targets?

    And again, do you stick on one pattern, or do you hop around.

    Thanks for your help and suggestions,

    Gio
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    us
    Nov 2008
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    Re: Minelab XTERRA 70 Tips/Questions

    I'm interested in hearing what the others say.

  3. #3
    gr
    Sep 2009
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    Re: Minelab XTERRA 70 Tips/Questions

    That makes two of us 4-H!!

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  4. #4
    us
    Sep 2006
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Xterra 70, CZ20, IDX Pro
    56

    Re: Minelab XTERRA 70 Tips/Questions

    Mine hits very good on U.S. coins in all patterns. This is with the stock coil and a moderate swing speed. Threshold at 5, 3 or 4 tones, tracking and Target ID Stability turned off.

    Kurt

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    gr
    Sep 2009
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    Re: Minelab XTERRA 70 Tips/Questions

    Thanks Kurt, Ive tried it with stability on and off, but never with the threshold that low.

    Worth a shot.

    Maybe in pattern 1 it picks up the $2 Canadian clad as ferrous and blanks it out, or perhaps there is something I've messed with by mistake. Strange as this is what a Toonie is made of:

    outer ring
    100% Ni
    inner core
    92% Cu,
    6% Al,
    2% Ni
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  6. #6
    us
    I go by Digger on most forums. But that name was already taken here.

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    Re: Minelab XTERRA 70 Tips/Questions

    Patterns are nothing more than Minelab making a few default discrimination settings. All of the default patterns can be adjusted by simply clicking the accept/reject pad. The best solution is to build your own Pattern using the targets you find in the field. My suggestion is to gather a bunch of the targets you want to dig.... coins, jewelry, military buttons, whatever........ then get some trash you don't want to dig..... nails, bottle caps, foil, etc.......wave each of them under the coil and record the TID numbers. Then set those numbers to accept or reject the targets you chose. That becomes your Pattern.

    On a personal note, I hunt in a modified zero discrimination Pattern with only the +48 rejected. And I hunt in multiple tone mode with a positive ground phase setting of 3. And I like the low freq coil for the distinct harmonic audio it provides on deep iron. I've learned to decipher the sounds without having to spend much time looking at the meter. And in a minimal discrimination mode, I don't worry about the blanking effect caused by rejected targets. JMHO HH Randy

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  7. #7
    RKW
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    Aug 2010
    Four Corners of New Mexico
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    Re: Minelab XTERRA 70 Tips/Questions

    I'm also just learning how to use my 705. More often then not I search in the all metal mode with 4 tones. Whilst sweeping, I try to look at my display as little as possible and go strictly by the audio signal (when pinpointing I will observe the display for the depth read out and for the updated target ID number). I'm starting to be able to discern, by ear, good targets next to bad targets, and multiple, good targets in the same location. Intially, for the learning experience, I dug nearly every target regardless of the target ID number. Now I only dig solid, unchanging, positive numbered targets. Occasionally I dig the positive, "iffy" targets, such as those created by small foil pieces.
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  8. #8
    gr
    Sep 2009
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    Re: Minelab XTERRA 70 Tips/Questions

    Thanks for the replies guys. Great info.

    I am going to try out your Zero discrimination technique later today at a new site I'm going to. I'll see how I make out with the 4 tones for now.
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