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Garrett ACE 150
*****
Joe Velasquez writes "I'm new to the metal detector hobby, so to start out i bought the ACE 150 because of the ease of operation...."
Garrett Master Hunter CX Plus
***
Twohands Sellers writes "The Garrett CX Plus does not have an advanced system but definitely ready to roll some coins out of your..."
Garrett ACE 250
*****
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Minelab Excalibur II
*****
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Minelab Sovereign GT Pro
****
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  Average Rating = 4.20 / 5

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Review by:
Robert Lenthart
User Experience:
4-6 years
Submitted on:
Mar 17, 2008
User Rating:
*****


Most of my metal detecting with my Sharp Shooter II takes the form of two targets.

The first one is weekend sweeps of local parks, playgrounds, schoolyards, and high-traffic sports fields. My son and I usually come away with about $10-20 in change, as well as some jewelry and odd items.

The other part of treasure hunting in on vacation, when the metal detector usually goes along. We sweep the beach, of course, but if we're going historical, we change our focus to relics and buried treasure. We have found some silver dollars and a gold engagement ring.

I really like our Sharp Shooter II detector, but it would be nice to have another for my son, who gets tired of being the digger. I really like the coin, metal discriminator and digital readout. We don't spend much time sorting through junk, because the readings are pretty accurate.
Robert Lenthart
Marietta, Ga

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Review by:
Tim Ennis
User Experience:
Newbie
Submitted on:
Apr 13, 2008
User Rating:
*****


Starting off in this hobby with a truly great beginner's model also in the Bounty Hunter line, I soon found that I wanted to increase my skill level in successful detecting. I wanted to try a detector with a few more bells and whistles.

My decision to go with the Bounty Hunter Sharpshooter II was a reflection of my satisfaction with my earlier Quick Silver unit. Likewise, it was because of the lack of a headphone jack on my previous Quick Silver and the features and benefits offered at the Sharpshooter II's price level that I found myself buying a new Sharpshooter II. It's been a good decision.

Like the simpler, lesser-abled Quick Silver before it, the Sharpshooter II had its own learning curve. To me, the hobby of metal detecting is similar to studying music. A metal detector is an instrument, you get better with practice and lots of practice makes you lots better! And you have to learn its language like you learn the language of music. Living on a lake in the Texas Hill Country, I'm within walking distance of two old ghost towns, old ferry sites and long-time recreational areas.

The Sharpshooter's waterproof coil has been a huge plus in walks along the lake shore and river banks. Its additional search coils have been a great help in the different soil conditions I've encountered here too. As for successes with the Sharpshooter II, I've dug up lots of old hardware items, a pair of spurs, and pieces of tack. I've found the Sharpshooter's Discrimination and Notch modes to be very helpful sweeping through the local parks and playgrounds looking for coins and jewelry.

Sure, I've had my share of false hits, but the Sharpshooter's No-motion mode is a big help in pinpointing and does save time in the excavation process. The Sharpshooter comes with an easy to read manual and an easy setup. It's an effective turn-on-and-go model for the absolute beginner or a full-featured pro-level tool for the serious detectorist. It's backed up by an exceptional five year warranty and a great reputation. Along with a great pair of headphones and the best knee pads you can buy, the Sharpshooter II will bring you much satisfaction.

Tim Ennis
Bluffton, Tx

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Review by:
Guntis Hausmanis
User Experience:
7+ years
Submitted on:
Apr 20, 2008
User Rating:
****


I have been detecting for ten years and the Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter II is my second metal detector.

The first metal detector can not detect gold and silver. With my first metal detector, I could only find black metal relics and plenty of needless trash including old nails and cans. The second detector has very modern electronics and the metal detector is very easy to use. It took me a few minutes to set the new metal detector up and I was able to search everything what I want.

The new metal detector is very comfortable and it is not heavy. The new metal detector gives me lots of information and it tells me if there is gold, silver, black metal or some trash. The metal detector can tell me how deep it is and size of target too. I have been detecting near old houses and near old castles, on the beach of Baltic See and in the wood. On the weekends, I try to find the Second Great Wars relics in the places where there were wars.

I have found same old guns and plenty of bullets. With my metal detector, I have found plenty coins and different Second Great Wars relics. Some of coins and Second Great Wars relics are very valuable.

I would recommend this metal detector because it is very automatic to beginners as well as even experienced treasure hunters. The metal detector took only a few minutes to set metal detector up and I was able to search what I want. This metal detector took me only one reading of the instructions to qualify me as a treasure hunter.

I recommend this metal detector for everybody who wants to find something!

Guntis Hausmanis
Kolka Talsu Raj., Latvia

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Review by:
Karen Sandelands
User Experience:
Newbie
Submitted on:
Mar 17, 2008
User Rating:
****


My husband and I have been metal detecting for about one month now. We have both been rock hounds for most of our lives, so metal detecting seemed to be the perfect extension to that.

The Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter II is our first metal detector and we love it. We own a two-hundred year old house with seven acres of property and we know we will be finding some great treasures. It is still winter here, so our adventures so far have been minimal. Having said that, we have already found a 1915 New Jersey License plate buried in the field. It was not in great shape, but you can clearly tell the date and the state. Once the ground thaws, we will be looking for coins and house treasures that have been left behind by prior owners.

This metal detector is very easy to use. We read the directions and it was tuned easily. We don't have a lot of experience with this machine yet, but thus far it has been quite easy to use. It seems to be accurate about the depth at which the metal we are finding is located. Also, it is recognizing the different types of metals pretty well. It is not a very expensive detector so we are not expecting exactness when it comes to spotting exactly what's in the ground. We are happy to dig out whatever metal is there, to check it out. The 1915 License Plate was a good example of that.

I would recommend this metal detector to those of you who are starting out in this hobby. It seems to be accurate and it is very easy to use. It's also very lightweight. I am really hoping to have some fantastic two hundred year old finds.
Karen Sandelands
Far Hills, New Jersey

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Review by:
Jim Scholl
User Experience:
6 months to 2 years
Submitted on:
Apr 21, 2008
User Rating:
*****


This is my first experience with a metal detector. I have always wanted one since I was a very young kid after hearing stories about lost treasure from my Grandparents. And always looking for different kinds of rocks and different things that I thought were treasures. And they always thought my finds were treasure so it always kept me interested.

My Grandparents have since past but memories of treasure hunting never left. I kept telling my wife I wanted a metal detector she kept telling me it was for old men. She was only joking. I hope because she bought me one and I am only 41. So right away, I had to use it. I was driving her crazy. My new Bounty Hunter was extremely easy to use, especially for a beginning, but a seasoned treasure hunter like me. So after digging in our yard and not being satisfied with my modern coin finds, I called my brother and asked if he minded if I came over and find a treasure in his yard. He said that would be fine. His home is about 12 years old and he said he knew there should be some coins around, since he has a trampoline and a swimming pool, and has had a lot of people over. So off I went with my new Bounty Hunter. My wife tagged a long to visit with my sister-in-law, while my brother and I looked for lost change. My Sharp Shooter was going off like crazy all over. I was in heaven finding modern day change. After finding about 25 coins from pennies to quarters, my Sharp Shooter Started read $1.00 so I started digging. Then my brother was digging, it was getting dark. Finally, with the help of a flash light, we found an Ike silver dollar. That was strange we thought it was about elbow deep in his yard. What was even stranger was my Sharp Shooter was still going off saying .50. We kept digging while the wives were laughing. Until about shoulder deep, I pulled out a Franklin Half Dollar. We were then very excited, confused, and very motivated. It was too dark to continue. We decided to try the next day. What a day it was. My Bounty Hunter started reading 1.00 .50 .25 .10 .05 .01 all over his lawn. My brother’s wife said ok if you find a treasure we will split it. I laughed. I was not laughing as long my brother and I started digging up old coins. Then our wives were helping Morgan Dollars , Peace Dollars, liberty halves & quarters, Franklin halves, silver Kennedy halves, barber halves & quarters & dimes large cents, 2 cent pieces, 3 cent pieces, half dimes, shield nickels, V-Nickels, silver Washington quarters, mercury dimes, Indian head pennies, buffalo nickels, and wheat pennies. I truly had found a treasure with the help of my Bounty Hunter. My Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter worked great. It would tell you exactly what you were digging up. Although, we were still surprised every time we dug up something this neat. I can say that on more than one occasion the Bounty Hunter would read 1.00 and we would dig up four quarters in the same hole, or two .50 cent pieces. We ended up finding over four hundred coins in the next few weeks. I have a friend that insisted that a Whites detector would find coins my Bounty Hunter missed. I don’t know if it would but I would love to have the opportunity to try. I have heard nothing but good things about Whites and have always wanted to try one. To wrap up, my Bounty Hunter worked great and is very simple to use and pretty accurate. I am also very impressed with the depth it picked up coins some up to nearly two feet. My wife doesn’t think metal detecting is only for old people now.

Jim Scholl
Nampa, Id

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