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Mar 27, 2010
I upgraded to a Pioneer 505 from Tracker IV (also by Bounty Hunter). But my 1st metal detector was an old BH 'Red Baron' from a garage sale. Bounty Hunter makes VALUE Machines. Real working detectors with the money spent on great circuits & filters, not flashy displays & digital Eye Candy. The Pioneer 505 gave me the increased signal strength for the depth that I wanted & paid for. Additionally, the detailed target information was beyond my belief! The new machine I bought, the Pioneer 505, could now even tell a new style 1983 zinc cent from a 1981 pure copper cent! With the Push Button "Auto Notch" setting, it automatically eliminates nearly all pull tabs & pop can lid signals while happily reporting dimes & quarters lurking within the soil. The included DVD guide shows how to use the adjustable settings for coin shooting (though lacking reference to best seek lost gold objects).
The 505 is a powerful metal detector capable of locating & IDing valuable targets at 8" or more depth. I got the best results using Disc mode after learning how the tones respond to different metals. And once I learned the 'GOOD' sounds, & relating them to the meters, I could identify over 80% of my targets before digging them up! Within 2 weeks, I was yielding less than 10% trash & had found my 1st Silver coin & ring (The 505 loves silver !). Within 2 more weeks, I found another silver ring, an 07 dime, 1919 silver half peso, & $28 in change.
Now, with 4 months of searching since the upgrade, my finds include 6 Silver rings, more than 4 Silver coins, 2 Kennedy Half Dollars (one is 1976 Bicentennial), 72 Eisenhower Dollar, 3 Silver Catholic Medals, and a 0.30 Oz 14k GOLD St Christopher medal (worth over $240 alone).
Great way to exercise AND get paid for it... "DOC" Jim R.
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