Suggestions for my 1st metal Detector.

Sean Au.

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Any suggestions for a metal detector. I want to be able to look for gold in bed rock, but also be able to find buttons, coins, lost treasures. Willing to spend some money just not break the bank.

Thanks. Sean
 
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vpnavy

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Whatever you finally decide on - please consider buying one from one of
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cudamark

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What is your budget? The Minelab Equinox series is hard to beat for both nuggets, and coins/relics. Waterproof too.
 

Treasure_Hunter

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What is your budget? The Minelab Equinox series is hard to beat for both nuggets, and coins/relics. Waterproof too.
Cudamark gave a very good suggestion and it shouldn't break the bank, depending on your bank.
 
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Sean Au.

Sean Au.

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What is your budget? The Minelab Equinox series is hard to beat for both nuggets, and coins/relics. Waterproof too.
Thanks for the reply. Yea someone else mentioned that brand as well. I saw that the "600 vs 800" that they were very similar, just ones cheaper and the other has a few bells and whistles but as far as detecting they are the same. DO you know if thats true?
 

cudamark

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Thanks for the reply. Yea someone else mentioned that brand as well. I saw that the "600 vs 800" that they were very similar, just ones cheaper and the other has a few bells and whistles but as far as detecting they are the same. DO you know if thats true?
Not true if you want to nugget hunt. Get the 800 or 900 if you prospect. I would recommend the 900 if you can handle the extra cost.
 

Treasure_Hunter

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Go for the 900 (upgraded 800), the 600 does not have the 40 khz freq which you want for small nuggets.
 

cudamark

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Go for the 900 (upgraded 800), the 600 does not have the 40 khz freq which you want for small nuggets.
Neither does the 700. A nice bonus with getting the 900 is that you get the 6" coil along with the 11". That little 6" is great for small nuggets when using the Gold mode.
 

eyemustdigtreasure

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Suggestion, instead of getting top-of-the-line machine, also consider the mid-class
machine..., like the Garrett line, or the Fisher line of detectors.
I own a Fisher Gold Bug Pro, but never prospect with it.... I hunt parks and the woods.
My Gold Bug finds pretty small flecks of gold, ones that I use for test, at home....
Pretty high kHz too - hot with s small coil....
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
 

leadnugget

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cudamark and Treasure_Hunter are on it.
for a do everything detector, and as of right now.
(detectors are changing fast.)
a minelab 800 with small coil,
or the 900 that comes with the small coil.
(note the small coil for nugget hunting.)
should do nicely in your area.
im still thinking of getting one, but the
reality is i can only swing one beeper at a time.
hell, most of the time i carry 2 detectors. the 6k and a
gold monster strapped too my back with a
rifle sling, for bedrock situations.
good luck. and post some gold when you get it.
 
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Sean Au.

Sean Au.

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I found one...! Got a barely used Minelab 800 for a great price. Now to the next questions. Anyone know some good hunting spots for coins, relics etc. in the San Diego / riverside area.
 

Richard Guy

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look intently at the Nokta Simplex or Legend machines. either punch way above their price
 

Terry n Clark

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Aug 26, 2018
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XP ORX mine lab equinox 800.whites gold master. Fisher gold bug
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Any suggestions for a metal detector. I want to be able to look for gold in bed rock, but also be able to find buttons, coins, lost treasures. Willing to spend some money just not break the bank.

Thanks. Sean
You might try the XP ORX good machine
 

Beezly

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BH Land Ranger Pro,
Minelab Equinox 800,
Minelab Equinox 900,
Whites TRX,
Minelab ProFind 35
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Any suggestions for a metal detector. I want to be able to look for gold in bed rock, but also be able to find buttons, coins, lost treasures. Willing to spend some money just not break the bank.

Thanks. Sean
One worth looking at is the Garrett AT Gold. I loved mine and it’s great for relics. It doesn’t have all the features of the Equinox but if this is your first detector that’s a good thing. It’s a very simple but rugged machine. The price is a bit outdated but a good used one is reasonable if you like what you see. Be aware though, there’s no volume control unless your headphones have a volume knob. Equinox 800 or 900 are great machines too. Definitely more of a learning curve but they have dedicated gold modes and are much more modern that the AT Gold.
 

Ocean7

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Any suggestions for a metal detector. I want to be able to look for gold in bed rock, but also be able to find buttons, coins, lost treasures. Willing to spend some money just not break the bank.

Thanks. Sean

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My own recommendation is Nox 800 but Garrett is good, Fisher is good, and Nokta Makro Legend or Simplex+ is good.
 

old texan

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I found one...! Got a barely used Minelab 800 for a great price. Now to the next questions. Anyone know some good hunting spots for coins, relics etc. in the San Diego / riverside area.
sean - how's it going - would appreciate an update - thanks and good luck
 

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