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  Average Rating = 4.20 / 5

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Review by:
Jeff Cambre
User Experience:
6 months to 2 years
Submitted on:
Apr 8, 2008
User Rating:
***


The Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter II was my first detector and having never used a metal detector I needed a device that would run itself. The price was right and the reviews were decent so I gave the Bounty Hunter a try.

I found it very easy to set up and was a breeze to use. The discriminator worked pretty well but I still found a lot of pull tabs and caps. After awhile I could sort the signals consistently. Although I haven't found any large treasures, I have found my share of coins and old building materials like nails, spikes, hinges, etc. I don't get to hunt as much as I would like, just doesn't seem to be enough time here lately. But I really enjoy finding a new spot or going to the local park and see what can be found.

I still get a little intimidated if there are people around and I guess that’s why I like going to remote areas. The Sharp Shooter II is a great starter detector that will give years of service without breaking the bank. I've since bought a new detector, but I keep the Bounty Hunter around for my son and grandson to use. We bring them on camping trips and detect together.

What a great way to enjoy the outdoors and unearth bits of history. I would encourage anyone looking to get into metal detecting to take a look at the Bounty Hunter line. The Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter II is a great value, easy use, and a ton of fun.

Jeff Cambre
Walker, La.

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Review by:
Norman Stiles
User Experience:
7+ years
Submitted on:
Mar 19, 2008
User Rating:
*****


Well, to start with the Bounty Hunter Metal Detectors are LIGHT WEIGHT! I have used them since 1960's when they were B.F.O.'s. I search mainly for coins, jewelry. The older the places the better..front yards, under trees, at old Church Camp Metting Grounds dated between 1800'rds to early 1900'rds arer where you find the older coins..1 cent, 2 cent 3 cent coins, the large pennies, Indian Head Pennies etc: I listen mainly for repeatable solid signals..also glance at meter but high repeatable signals best, normally.

I find 1 coin every minute and I have while searching for over 50 years! I "Find" normally 2 to 3 hours every day..sometime more. I use both a 4 inch search coil and the 12 inch coil, for deeper finds. Beach area "Finding" as well as Cival War Relic Finding is my favorite times. both in sand and regular dirt/woods/fields. I recover all my finds either with a 10 inch screw-driver or a small plastic digger, in sand.

The main reason that I "Find" so easily and alot..is that I try to keep my search coil (loop) on the earth/ground-not above! as most Metal Detector users do...alas..I also like the Tesoro Metal Detectors the lowest priced ones (bottom of the line) with one or two control knobs...they work "Best" near salt water. My Bounty works O.K. but just not as well as the Tesoro in this sand/salt water beach area. Happy "Finding" to all Metal Detector users, out-there! It's the BEST HOBBY GOING,,,PERIOD! Exercise and get paid! You can't beat "Metal Detecting" (Finding)..Thank you.
Norman Stiles
Ogden, Utah

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Review by:
Mitch Lampman
User Experience:
6 months to 2 years
Submitted on:
Apr 10, 2008
User Rating:
****


I currently own and hunt with Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter II. I have been metal detecting for a year and a half. Like many folks, my metal detector was a Christmas present. I did however get to pick the detector out myself based on a little research I did in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The Sharp Shooter II seemed like a balanced choice based on price and features. This detector has some great features such as:

-3 tone audio target indication (this gives you an idea of what you have found depending on whether you get a low, medium of high tone from the detector)

-9 target visual indicator sections (this gives you a more detailed idea of what you have found indicated by an arrow located under one of the target sections on the display)

-5 search modes- MOTION ALL METAL MODE, DISCRIMINATION MODE, NOTCH MODE, AUTO NOTCH MODE, and NO MOTION ALL METAL MODE.

I usually detect in the DISCRIMINATION MODE with the discrimination dial tuning out small iron items (nails). I usually make sure I can still detect a nickel as nickels falls in the same detection range as smaller gold items. I occasionally use the NO MOTION ALL METAL MODE. This mode detects all types of metal and requires the user to use the automatic ground balance button before searching and periodically as ground changes require. Pin pointing in this mode is fairly easy and accurate. I will occasionally switch from the DESCRIMINATION MODE to the NO MOTION ALL METAL MODE for more accurate pinpointing of targets. I have not used the other search modes too extensively, but they do seem to function as described in the manual and would be useful depending on the search application.

I have found a wide range of items with this detector; civil war bullets, coins, jewelry, trash, etc. I have found civil war bullets as deep as 10" and large iron pieces at well over a foot. I was disappointed by the performance in wet sand (salt water), as I experienced a lot of false signals even with lower sensitivity. The Sharp Shooter II did however work well in dry sand and fresh water wet sand. I have purchased the 4" nugget coil for the Sharp Shooter II and really enjoy it for working trashy areas.

I do not have much experience with other detectors, but from what I have read and experienced, any detector with multiple features is going to take a little time to learn. You will need to figure out what the detector is telling you with the different tones and visual indicators. I found this to be true with the Sharp Shooter II. Most importantly, as a seasoned treasure hunting friend of mine always says, "you need to use the most important discriminator when hunting, the one between your ears." All in all, I feel the Sharp Shooter is a good choice for beginner to intermediate users.

Mitch Lampman
Fredericksburg, Va

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Review by:
Randy Brumbach
User Experience:
7+ years
Submitted on:
Jul 15, 2008
User Rating:
*****


I have read all the reviews here so far and I have to agree with review number nine. Everyone should know one thing. You cannot go to the store and buy a metal detector of any kind and instantly become an expert.

You have to learn your machine including the sounds, how does the pointer on the identifier act, and how to pin point items. I hunt with a friend that owns a $1000.00 rig and I can find as much as he can in the same area. He often has me come over and give my opinion on a hit and my bounty hunter along with my experience is seldom wrong.

I will use all the features on my detector depending on the particular area I may be hunting. In an area with a lot of trash such as around an old house, I make use of the discriminator and just listen to the tones. I don't have to keep an eye on the screen most of the time. To pinpoint items I go to "All Metals", turn down the sensitivity and sweep the area making a circle around the area to get the detector to look at the hit from different angles.

If the pointer will stay on the same target ID, such as 25 and not jump around to different items, then I dig the target as long as it shows something I am interested in (I do mostly coin hunting). I also like to raise the detector higher and sweep level until I get the shortest beep possible to get that absolute spot to dig. I look at the ground through the center ring and focus on the spot where I get the beep. I then step 90 degrees and sweep across that area to get a cross type pinpoint. This detector does a job in the coin hunting business.

In talking with others that hunt Civil War artifacts, you have to dig almost everything you get a hit on regardless of what detector you use. The only exception is if you have a good "pull tab" or "bottle cap" detector and the Bounty Hunter has that. The only thing I have found that really fools this detector is a Zinc canning jar lid: the ones with the ceramic under the cap. I like and recommend this detector to anyone that realizes it takes time and a little brain power to get use to it and get a feel of what it is telling you.

As I said earlier, I can now hunt with the best because I know this detector and it will find the objects for you. You just have to learn what your detector is telling you.

Randy Brumbach
Mc Kee, Kentucky

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Review by:
Aya Huffman
User Experience:
6 months to 2 years
Submitted on:
Apr 9, 2008
User Rating:
****


Where do I start? The Sharp Shooter II is an entry level machine and is really perfect for the novice metal detector. It teaches patience, which is really an important part of metal detecting. The Sharp Shooter II brings a lot more to the table than your average cheapo-machine.

It has many functions and settings. It will take a while to find the right balance and decide on the perfect setting for you. In the beginning it is very easy to shoot a lot of pull tabs. After a while, however, the Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter II may even pay for itself in coins! It offers improved benefits like no-motion all metal mode for pinpointing those finicky objects. Someone said "You will soon find your heart pounding as you dig up a tin can hoping to find a fortune" and that pretty much sums up this machine. It gives a real bang for its buck.

This metal detector is not too heavy for children and makes a great gift for all ages. The best part about this machine is the fact it will tell you the size of the shoot. Many have found it extremely accurate in relating the details of the coins beneath the surface. The depth is substantial for such a low priced detector, and the target id, tone id and pinpoint are great features. Of course you never want to pass up a 'small' or 'thin' object, it could be a coin turned vertically!

If you use too much discrimination you can end up loosing out on the larger objects like rings, bands, etc. This is always a challenge in low price detectors: Finding your perfect balance. But once found, boy it is worth it.

Aya Huffman
Scottsdale, Az

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