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Sep 5, 2008
After metal detecting for about 5 years, I gave up on the hobby mostly because metal detectors were becoming too technical and harder to understand how they worked.
I happened to luck out after seeing an ad for the Bounty Hunter Pioneer 505 and some of the things they said led me to believe that this was a nice easy detector to work with without having to read 500 pages of instructions.
I was right! This model certainly beat out some of the heavier monsters I gave up on, and I saved myself a bundle of money by not going to a more expensive machine. This baby is much lighter then I expected and I found it very easy to assemble. I cranked it up and the sound was loud and clear.
I took it to the nearest schoolyard and must say I managed to metal detect for about 2 hours without getting tired. I found over 40 coins some down 8 and 10 inches plus one I swear was at least 15 inches deep. Also, I snagged 2 rings. They don’t look valuable but who knows? I was able to easily tune out lots of junk and I can tell you that this school yard was loaded with all types of garbage, pull tabs, bottle tops, hair pins, you name it and it was there. I know because I set the machine to find everything and it only took me a short time to decide I didn’t want junk so I tuned it to the discrimination setting and I tuned out just about every piece of junk except for a beer can down almost a foot. What’s a beer can doing in a schoolyard?
It is lightweight, easy to tune, and has a nice sized meter that identifies the finds make this detector a real winner. There are some pretty unique features especially the adjustable notch mode which let me tune to a higher level of discrimination without missing those 2 small rings I found. I understand this feature is found on more expensive detectors, but I am more then satisfied with my Bounty Hunter Pioneer 505 and would recommend it to anyone.
I would give this detector a full 5 star rating.
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