Metal Detector Reviews

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Garrett ACE 250
*****
Herb Burgess writes "I was not what you would call an avid metal detector user but because of the Garrett ACE 250 detector..."
Minelab X-Terra 30
***
Dan Elenbaas writes "I have had the X-terra 30 for 2 years. Assembly and operation out of the box are extremely easy. Resetting..."
White's Classic 4 ID
****
Dave Spurlock writes "I really like the Classic 4 ID. It's a good detector for the money. It works good for me. I found lots..."
Garrett ACE 250
***
Jim Newbury writes "The Garrett ACE 250 is a very good beginners model. It has a lot of features only found on very expensive..."
White's DFX
****
Roy Milliken writes " I use the Whites DFX metal detector, but before that I grew up in old coal mining towns in the..."
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  Average Rating = 4.55 / 5

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Review by:
Robert Lipinski
User Experience:
Newbie
Submitted on:
May 19, 2009
User Rating:
*****


Great Machine
Robert Lipinski
Rio Rancho, NM

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Review by:
Sam Roberts
User Experience:
7+ years
Submitted on:
Sep 5, 2008
User Rating:
*****


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.

Sam Roberts
Atlanta, Georgia

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Review by:
Paul Hutchinson
User Experience:
2-4 years
Submitted on:
Sep 1, 2008
User Rating:
*****


I bought my Pioneer 505 for my teenage son who decided he wanted to join me on my treasure hunting trips. That didn’t last too long. Teenagers seem to have so much to do especially gaming on the internet or texting to his girlfriends. So, I inherited a second metal detector and it turns out to be one of the best moves I’ve made.

I had no idea there were so many outstanding features on this metal detector that were not available on my other detector. The 505 may not look it, but it is really a very sophisticated metal detector with a very, very accurate meter that identifies just about every target and not one but 2 discriminating circuits that will let you eliminate all of the trash targets. When I discriminated with my other detector in high discrimination I now realize that I was tuning out the smaller deeper targets. I know that because I went back to a number of my old hunting areas with the Pioneer 505 and was amazed at the number of coins I had missed, but the most important finds were the smaller, deeper coins and a ring plus a gold chain with a religious medallion, all found with the 505 in areas I thought I had hunted out.

Don’t let appearances fool you. It may not look like the larger more expensive metal detectors for a very good reason. It is made to be lighter and easier to handle. I don’t feel any arm fatigue with this detector as I did with my older model. The instructional DVD that was included was all I needed to learn everything about the metal detector. The Pioneer 505 is very automatic in every sense of the word and I love the fact that there were only 2 knobs to adjust. I am very pleased with the Pioneer 505 and think it would be an excellent choice for anyone just starting this great hobby and as well as old grizzled guys like me that think we have the best detector but trying the 505 might prove you wrong. On a scale of 1 to 5, the Pioneer 505 deserves a 5 star rating. I’d give it a 10 if I could.

Paul Hutchinson
San Francisco, CA

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Review by:
MIKE HILL
User Experience:
7+ years
Submitted on:
Sep 17, 2008
User Rating:
*****


The machine is very easy to use right out of the box. After spending a little time with it, you will discover little hidden bonuses this machine that others don’t have. If you really listen close, you will notice a small click sound after a tone. I’ve found that about 9 times out of 10 that signal is a mercury dime. It seems to like silver a lot. This year I’ve dug 108 coins everything from large cents to 3 cent pieces. You ask if I would recommend this machine, you bet! I’ve owned several detectors in the last 10 yrs, all costing more than the 505. Now I own one machine, the Bounty Hunter Pioneer 505.
MIKE HILL
HARBORCREEK, PA.

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Review by:
Mark Brown
User Experience:
2-4 years
Submitted on:
Sep 4, 2008
User Rating:
*****


I’ve used my Pioneer 505 for close to 2 years now and am happy to say that I have enjoyed every minute of using it. I never treasure hunted before and had to read the instructions a few times to know what I was doing.

It was all pretty easy and I started finding good treasures from the very, very first time I took the machine out. I have been hunting in parks where I’ve met up with some other metal detector users and even though most of them cost more money then my Pioneer 505 I always did as well as they did in finding coins and other stuff.

I find more rings then they did so I must have a pretty good metal detector. For the price, it is hard to beat and I think anyone can use it after reading the instructions. It’s a 5 star metal detector as far as I am concerned.

Mark Brown
Austin , Texas

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