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Old 02-28-2012, 08:22 AM
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Default Bounty Hunter 505 to Garrett AT Pro?

Good morning everyone! I've been looking into moving from a Bounty Hunter 505 to a Garrett AT Pro. Any incite or opinions of the AT pro specs? Is there something else out there, that compares to the AT pro at a cheaper price. My bounty hunter 505 has been a good machine. I just have a gut feeling my bounty hunter is missing some coins buried beneath me. Thanks for reading.

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Old 02-28-2012, 08:36 AM
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You and me both brother. My 505 works decent, but does not go too deep and seems to be allergic to gold.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:09 AM
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Your right. Very rarely will i get a hit for a 10inch dig.

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Old 02-28-2012, 09:12 AM
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I am looking to upgrade also, was thinking of an Excal because I do beach hunting and really want to get into the water, but of course the better half tells me I have to find the "money" for it.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:27 AM
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You will love the AT Pro. I went from a BH gold digger to the pro and it's another world.

Bounty Hunters will find everything to about 5 inches and thats that.

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It's hard to compare the AT Pro to other machines because of the water proof issue. You can certainly find other mid-range machines a bit cheaper but they won't be fully submersible.

The Iron discrimination feature is cool as is the adjustable ground balance. After having mine for a while, I fail to see why the ever put the Standard mode in. I think we all go directly to the Pro mode asap.
One feature that I really like is the Variable Sound. The deeper the target the softer the sound. I use that to determine to dig or not dig a lot.

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Old 02-28-2012, 10:18 AM
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One last question. I know alot of hobbyist use Kellyco http://www.kellycodetectors.com/ for there purchases. Do you recommend any other sites to purchase a at pro or maybe a used one? Thanks for your responses.

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Old 02-28-2012, 10:26 AM
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KellyCo is a sponsor here and I have bought from them but I always try some of the other sponsors before I try KellyCo.

The guys at New England Detectors have a rock solid reputation.

I myself have bought from Indian Nations Metal Detectors and Hollandsbrook Metal Detectors and have received stellar service from them.

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One last question. I know alot of hobbyist use Kellyco http://www.kellycodetectors.com/ for there purchases. Do you recommend any other sites to purchase a at pro or maybe a used one? Thanks for your responses.
PM a forum sponsor and then give them a call. The prices offered will be a pleasant suprise.

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I lied! I guess i have one last sensible question. Why would anyone buy straight from Garrett website for the AT Pro at 699.95, when other sites have a tremendous mark down for the AT Pro at 594.95? Things that make you go hmmmmmm.....

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Because some people don't know about New England Detectors.

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Old 03-01-2012, 08:54 AM
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I guess some folks don't bother looking for better options.

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I upgraded to an ATP from BH505. The BH505 has been very good to me and I will keep it as a second machine. The ATP is 4 wheel drive in comparison and has a learning curve. I recommend you at least call
Big Boys Hobbys http://bigboyshobbies.net and ask for Bert and tell him you are from this forum. He has a spring time bundle for the ATP. Compare prices and the personal service. The bundles are not the typical cheap stuff that the big box stores have. Big Boys Hobbies is independent and no red tape. Just My Opinion. Good Luck.

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I'm not trying to bash kellyco but you should defiantly check out these reviews before you buy
http://www.epinions.com/pr-Online_St..._~reviews?sb=1
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Thank you all for your feedback. I will definitely research my options. Buying a machine this costly is a investment for me. The more bang for my buck is alwasy good.

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I've been using my dad's AT Pro the last 2 weeks so I could help him understand it. So far, I'd say the ATP is WAY more sensitive to smaller items, deeper, and is "better" in heavy iron infested sites (If I'd only figure out what it's telling me, but that will take more time). I took it to 3 old sites (late 1700's to 1800's) that I've gridded & dug all "iffy" signals using the BH505 w/the 8", 10", & 11" DD coils. So far, no addt'l old coins recovered, but I did get some more buttons & lead.

$ has been extremely tight for me, but if I had any I would not hesitate on getting the ATP. I'd probably get the 5x8 coil for trashy sites and re-hit. I know there has to be coins in amongst the nails.

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