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Need Help Finding Good Metal Detector
Me ^ | 3/9/2013 | The Louiswu

Posted on 03/09/2013 5:12:05 PM PST by The Louiswu

Hi - My wife has said she would like a metal detector for her birthday in late April. I know nothing about them and would like some help so I can get her a really good one.

I am willing to spend a few hundred dollars for one if that is what it takes, but I want one that will do a good job locating objects and is good quality.

Thanks in advance!


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Outdoors; Science
KEYWORDS: detector; metal; metaldetecting
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1 posted on 03/09/2013 5:12:05 PM PST by The Louiswu
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To: The Louiswu

Why not buy a cheap one and use the money you’ll save to buy some interesting coins and jewelry for you’re wife to “find”?


2 posted on 03/09/2013 5:17:16 PM PST by 1raider1
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To: The Louiswu

I don’t know if Consumer Reports at a library would be a help. http://www.detecting.com/ might help you.


3 posted on 03/09/2013 5:19:39 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: The Louiswu

Best place for info: www.metaldetectingforum.com


4 posted on 03/09/2013 5:21:31 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: The Louiswu

MineLab 705 Gold

Fisher Gold Bug 2


5 posted on 03/09/2013 5:22:21 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: The Louiswu

Get whatever the TSA is using. Those detectors are capable of detecting over 80% of handguns brought through, which is pretty dang good.


6 posted on 03/09/2013 5:23:33 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: The Louiswu

Do some research. Find what’s good - what’s not.

Shop Craigslist. I just entered ‘metal detector’ in the search bar on my local craigslist. Tons of hits.

Why? I suspect people like your wife think they would like one - they get one - they soon lose interest and they sell them for 1/2 of what they cost new.


7 posted on 03/09/2013 5:23:53 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: The Louiswu

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=cat+metal+detector&FORM=HDRSC2


8 posted on 03/09/2013 5:24:03 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: The Louiswu

Metal detecting is highly regulated in most public spaces in Indiana. My father used to detect there and gave up. You need to go here and see the regulations before you plunk down the money: http://www.mdhtalk.org/maps/fp-map-regulations.htm


9 posted on 03/09/2013 5:24:29 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: The Louiswu

you can rent a GPR for $500 bucks a month.


10 posted on 03/09/2013 5:25:38 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Marchione.)
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To: The Louiswu

http://www.metaldetector.com/learn/buying-guide-articles/getting-started/what-is-the-best-metal-detector


11 posted on 03/09/2013 5:26:11 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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I use a Whites GMT Goldmaster to hunt for small nuggets in Alaska.
Its more specialized for that and has an auto ground adjust feature.Its not cheap though but is easy to use.


12 posted on 03/09/2013 5:27:17 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: The Louiswu

I use a White XLT Spectrum. The model has some age on it but almost new ones could be had for @ 400 on eBay.

MFO


13 posted on 03/09/2013 5:27:46 PM PST by Man from Oz
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To: The Louiswu

Where did you leave it last?


14 posted on 03/09/2013 5:30:17 PM PST by Fido969
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To: Man from Oz

I didn’t realize that model was bringing that much. I have one of those that I never use anymore.


15 posted on 03/09/2013 5:34:59 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: The Louiswu

I bought a Whites back in the late 80s. It cost around $500 and I could not find a better price no matter how I checked. I did find a few interesting items but no where near what some guys find. I eventually lost interest in it.

There can’t be that much stuff in them to justify the price. I wonder if anyone is making cheaper ones now which still have the same or better features.

I gave mine away to my S.I.L. this Christmas. The original rechargeable batteries were replaced many years ago with holders for AA batteries.


16 posted on 03/09/2013 5:36:10 PM PST by yarddog (Per Ardua Ad Alta.)
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To: The Louiswu
I've been wondering the same thing. I followed a link from Kitco to this company and was overwhelmed. Way more to it than I thought!
17 posted on 03/09/2013 5:36:30 PM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: The Louiswu

I have two. One is a White’s 6000 Si pro SL from the early 90’s. The other is a White’s DFX that is about 6 or 7 years old. Both work great but I really don’t use them.


18 posted on 03/09/2013 5:36:31 PM PST by BreezyDog (Illegitimi non carborundum)
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To: The Louiswu

http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=230932382401&siteId=0&isClassified=false


19 posted on 03/09/2013 5:52:17 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: The Louiswu
I have two older models from Garrett. I'm sure their newer models have a lot more bells and whistles, but I believe their quality is still up there. They range in price from about $180.00 to over $1000.00.

Check them out here Garrett

Good hunting!

20 posted on 03/09/2013 5:53:48 PM PST by deoetdoctrinae (The Old White Flag Republicans can go straight to He// and take their pal Obama with them!)
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