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Old 03-27-2020, 08:00 AM
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Hi everyone. Iím in the market for a good relic hunting metal detector that I can also use under water. I live in Iowa so the dirt is pretty mild here. Iíd like it to be under 600$ but Iíd gladly buy a used machine. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:01 AM
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I forgot to add I wonít need it to work in saltwater.
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Hi everyone. Iím in the market for a good relic hunting metal detector that I can also use under water. I live in Iowa so the dirt is pretty mild here. Iíd like it to be under 600$ but Iíd gladly buy a used machine. Any suggestions?
There are several good detectors and brands. You mite look at Garrett ATP, Minelab Vanquish 540 are just two.
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Old 03-27-2020, 09:07 AM
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Ok thanks
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Old 03-27-2020, 09:08 AM
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Iím leaning towards a used AT Max
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Don't forget the high(er) end Fisher detectors.

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Old 03-27-2020, 10:22 AM
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Yes I was looking at the f19 and 75
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You can buy any of these detectors for less than $600 used if you shop carefully. Some you can buy new for less than $500. I'm sure there are more. "Best" is totally subjective and depends on the user, ground conditions and type of relics.

Garrett AT series, Fisher F19, Teknetics G2+, Fisher F70, F75, Teknetics T2, Teknetics Patriot, Whites MXT, MX5, M6, MX Sport, MX7, Makro Racer, Makro Racer 2, Nokta Makro Kruzer, Nokta Makro Multi Kruzer, Nokta Makro Simplex+, Nokta Fors series, Nokta Anfibio, Anfibio Multi, Minelab Equinox 600 and 800, Minelab X-Terra series, Minelab Vanquish 540, XP Deus and XP ORX.

For the Pulse Induction detectors, you might be able to find a Whites TDI SL for less than $600.

If you want to go "old school" VLF beep and dig, XP Deus Lite, Tesoro Tejon, Tesoro Vaquero, Lobo Super Traq and many more.

There are some really good ones for sale in the classifieds on this forum right now.
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Iím leaning towards a used AT Max
Has the AT Pro sport not working for you?

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No I couldnít go through with that deal
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It was going to be a surprise for my fatherís birthday but he got himself one first
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The best detector is the one that works for you. Simple. If I wanted one solid machine that goes as deep as any , is easy to use and a good deal the plain old ATP with the 5x8 coil is a no brainer . It can be had for under 500 bucks.
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Originally Posted by Coinboy View post
Hi everyone. Iím in the market for a good relic hunting metal detector that I can also use under water. I live in Iowa so the dirt is pretty mild here. Iíd like it to be under 600$ but Iíd gladly buy a used machine. Any suggestions?
I'd be willing to bet more relics have been found in the past 10 years with AT Pros than any other detector. Lots of segments in the iron range, which is good for relic hunting. Durable, waterproof, descriptive audio, focus on detecting rather than settings, etc...

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Really depends on your budget, your ground and your ability.

Just my thoughts, if I didnt have a budget and was primarily a relic hunter, the Xp Deus would be high on my list, handles most ground well, even red dirt, Highly, let me say that again, Highly customizable, extremely lightweight, durable and incredibly fast.

It seems to do very well with seperation in the mid to low range conductors. And their users sing nothing but praise....they are technical though.

Downside that prevented me from pulling the trigger on it was (besides the fact I'm primarily a coin hunter)the coils were pricey and proprietary. And everything had a enclosed(I believe not user serviceable) battery to maintain. Since it more than likely be my go to machine, I was afraid id have batteries start to fail because i wouldn't be focused on maintaining them.

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Thanks for the advice
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Thanks for the advice

Just re read and saw the 600 budget sorry, to go overboard

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Old 03-28-2020, 02:37 PM
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Thatís fine. Considering the ORX too though
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At pro,max or gold..Equinox 600 or 800..whites mx sport..Makro kruzer or simplex..As far as I know those are your only waterproof machines that double as a relic machine..
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Deus package with the x35 11 coil , and the 9 Hf coil , mi6 pointer , remote , happy hunting g.

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Thatís over my budget, but my dream machine
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