Gold Bug II vs Gold Bug II Pro
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Jim UtkeUser is Offline
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09 Jun 2017 09:22 PM
    Hi Everyone,
    I am new to GPAA and prospecting. I am thinking of getting a metal detector. I met a guy who has a Gold Bug II Pro. He likes it, although he said he has never found any nuggets with it yet. He said if I bought one he could show me how to use it. I've been reading as much as I can on detectors and reading forums. From what I've seen and read on forums, people seem to say better things about the Gold Bug II than the Gold Bug II Pro. Any advice for me before I buy? Which one will find more gold?
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    10 Jun 2017 03:49 PM
    I know there is a Gold Bug Pro and a Gold Bug 2,but don't think Fisher makes a Gold Bug 2 Pro.
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    10 Jun 2017 04:18 PM
    Thank you. You are right. I think I better go with the Gold Bug Pro. It sounds like it is a lot easier to operate for a beginner like myself. I would be using it mainly in southern Arizona, and I think there is a lot of mineralization in the ground there which would make a Gold Bug 2 real hard for me to use.
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    11 Jun 2017 08:55 AM
    The difference between the 2 is the operating frquency. Pro = 17khz vs GB2 =72Khz ......in VLF machines always remember...The higher the frequency the more sensitive to smaller targets, just like radar. Lower frequency more sensitive to larger targets. I have the Gold Bug Pro and it will work well on shallow gold, in top couple of 5 inches if about a gram but if on the surface smaller too.....but does not beat the Gold Bug 2 for sensitivity to smaller gold and small gold in quartz. I swapped out the circular coil that came with it and put the elliptical coil on it.
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    11 Jun 2017 07:21 PM
    Thanks Leo. Do you think a beginner like me would be able to use the Gold Bug 2 without getting frustrated from the increased sensitivity? When you replace the round coil with the elliptical coil, do you get deeper readings? I guess I'm just wondering what the elliptical coil does that the round coil won't?
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    11 Jun 2017 10:12 PM
    The 10x5 does give better depth, but by how much I dont know since I never did any comparison tests. I changed on the recommendation of other experienced MD's and never thought twice. One clear advantage with the coil being its shape and front end sensitivity at the nose. This really helps to pinpoint a target vs a round coil. You can get under bushes much more easily, with it as well. With GB2 I think it runs noisier than the pro....The Pro is just supposed to be easier to run
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    12 Jun 2017 06:11 AM
    Thank you Leo for your tips and advise.
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    12 Jun 2017 08:53 AM

    I purchased a Gold Bug 2 a few months ago and found a picker my first time out.  Many of the club members I belong to have the Gold Bug 2 and those that don't have Mine Labs wish they had the Gold Bug 2.

    As Leo pointed out the larger coil will give you somewhat of a deeper depth but I use the smaller elliptical coil and believe me when I say it will find the smallest pieces of gold for I have witnessed that. 

    The Gold Bug 2 is simple to set up and operate and I love it so far.

     

    Good luck.....Steve

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    12 Jun 2017 08:53 AM

    I purchased a Gold Bug 2 a few months ago and found a picker my first time out.  Many of the club members I belong to have the Gold Bug 2 and those that don't have Mine Labs wish they had the Gold Bug 2.

    As Leo pointed out the larger coil will give you somewhat of a deeper depth but I use the smaller elliptical coil and believe me when I say it will find the smallest pieces of gold for I have witnessed that. 

    The Gold Bug 2 is simple to set up and operate and I love it so far.

     

    Good luck.....Steve

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    12 Jun 2017 03:00 PM
    Thanks Steven, I downloaded the manuals for both and read them. I'm sure there would be a learning curve with any metal detector. It's nice to hear that the mine lab owners wish they had the Gold Bug 2.
    I think I can learn how to use it without getting too frustrated after reading the manuals. Kellycodetectors.com offers a GB2 with a 6.5 and 10" coils. I'm thinking that is a good way for me to go.
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    17 Jun 2017 01:47 PM
    I love my Gold Bug 2 I have both the 6.5" coil amd the 10" and have never taken the 6.5 off. It finds gold. The thing I found is play with your machine with gold at home with size/amounts and depths and Iron ID. I missed alot of gold on a couple of trips due to not fully exploring my gb2 in a controlled environment vs out in the field.
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    17 Jun 2017 01:50 PM
    So you have the 6.5" that finds NAT shit size pieces.
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    17 Jun 2017 01:50 PM
    So you have the 6.5" that finds NAT shit size pieces.
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    17 Jun 2017 07:08 PM
    In what state are you using it? What is the mineralization like where you use it?
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    17 Jun 2017 07:21 PM
    I would be using it in southern AZ just south of the Tucson area. The Santa Rita Mountains and down by Arrivica. I think that area is quite minerized.
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    17 Jun 2017 07:26 PM
    I like what I'm hearing about the GB2. I think I will be ordering one soon with the 6.5 and 10" coils.
    I live in Minnesota and go down to AZ in the winter. I can play with it like Jeff recommended before I go.
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    02 Jul 2017 08:06 PM
    Thank you everyone for your advise. I ordered a Gold Bug II Pro, and it was delivered a couple days ago. I think I made the right choice for myself. I don't think I will have too hard of time learning how to use it.
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    02 Jul 2017 09:24 PM
    Jim....There is only a Gold Bug 2 or a Gold Bug Pro.....which one did you get?
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    02 Jul 2017 10:26 PM
    I got the Gold Bug 2. Its weird because I bought it from Kellyco and they call it Gold Bug 2 Pro. But it is the Gold Bug 2, with the 71 kHz.
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    02 Jul 2017 10:45 PM
    Ok thats great! Wish you do well with it.!
    Leo
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