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Old 03-01-2011, 04:47 PM
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Default Best Metal Detector for Wet Sand & Salt Water

Regardless of the cost, what would be the very best metal detector for hunting at the beach on wet sand in a foot or two in the salt water?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:52 PM
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From the land of the only comment on that loaded question me bouy would be a pulse induction model! Good luck with whatever you choose!

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Old 03-01-2011, 05:39 PM
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:46 PM
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In NJ you're going to want something that can discrim. Excal II. Lots of iron around these parts!


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Old 03-01-2011, 05:53 PM
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No doubt in my mind it is the Goldquest Aquasearch, for the parameters you mentioned (cost no issue, wet sand up to a few feet of water)......outside of this area, say deeper water or dry sand, there are machines that make more sense.......Jerry

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The Jersey beach boys/gals will charm in.....word is lots of iron out there! g/l

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Old 03-01-2011, 05:57 PM
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If you are only going to have one beach detector I would go for a VLF, probably a Minelab Sovereign or Excalibur. The biggest difference is the Excalibur is waterproof while the Sovereign is not.

If your current detector can do a decent job at the beach (i.e. isn't falsing all the time), or you can get two detectors, then you probably want a White's Dual PI. I strongly recommend against a PI as your only beach detector unless you are positive you will only visit iron free beaches. I find that digging dozens and dozens of nails on an iron infested beach counteracts any of the benefits the PI would bring to the table. But, on a beach where there is little or no iron junk you will be mostly digging good targets and the extra depth will make up for the loss of discrimination.
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