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Last Post 02 Oct 2019 08:32 AM by  David Vanderpool
Looking for a good metal detector. What ones would work best ?
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Tracy Carpenter
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11 May 2018 10:07 AM
    Wondering what would be the best metal detector to find gold. , in a good price range.
    ARTHUR WAUGH
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    12 May 2018 11:29 AM

    There is no "one size fits all" in the detector game.  It depends on where you are planning on doing most of your hunting, ground minerialization, size and depth of gold in those areas, etc.  Are you looking for a VLF machine, or a PI unit.  Price range you're looking at as well.  New or good used unit. 

     

    I would suggest reading the threads by William Southern, and possibly contacting him

    Christine Gold
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    13 May 2018 07:20 AM

    You can't beat a Minelab Gold Monster 1000. Excellent machine and easy to use. Also, at $800.00 bucks very affordable. As Arthur said, look at Bill Southerns posts. He's the man! He also has a forum where you can gain lots of knowledge about this machine. Good hunting!

    Alex Pratt
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    20 Nov 2018 06:15 AM
    I am selling a Gold Bug 2 Right now if you are interested!

    Great gold machine, awesome for beginners too!
    Will Faulkner
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    02 Apr 2019 09:39 AM
    Hi Tracy,

    A big part of detecting successfully is learning and working with your detector. I'm a Minelab man as many are.....but if I were starting over I would rent or borrow detectors from multiple vendor's.......sure there are pros and cons for each.....also learn why VLF in some conditions can be better and why PI is much preferred in highly mineralized areas.

    Cost is something you will have to consider as well......M-Labs are expensive. For me...their worth the extra cost.

    I detect with a GPZ-7000 and the SDC 2300 . I spent some time at a recently pushed area in Quartzsite and the folks using the Monster were cleaning up....although it was very small gold. I found gold with the 2300 but think I would have done better with the 1000 in this instance. But again.....what are your goals? Only interested in bigger nuggets, weight, options etc....

    Forgive the copy and paste from another thread...think it applies to you as well...))

    Hope this helps.

    Will
    Michael Hendricks
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    11 Apr 2019 01:23 PM
    GM 1000 easy to use and finds the gold
    Brandon Pilguy
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    30 Apr 2019 02:17 PM
    Is there anything under $400 that is a good detector? I’d like to get a detector but I don’t have any intentions of using it a lot. Thanks
    Allen Jennings
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    30 Apr 2019 05:05 PM
    For $400 I would look at used machines. I've seen Garrett AT Gold machines go for less than that on eBay and from time to time I see Gold Bug II's go for around that much on private sales.
    David Vanderpool
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    02 Oct 2019 08:32 AM
    For under $400, I agree - look for used. They ARE out there. I found a "sleeper" on ebay several weeks ago...a used Minelab XTerra 705 Gold Pack was listed with a "Buy It Now" price of $299, but had no bids, and no "watchers". I made an offer of $250, and took the sale. So far I have used it and am very happy with its performance, though I have not attempted using it to find gold here in Kansas :-).


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