Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter IIPrice: $350
Based on 26 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.91
Avg. Ease of use: 4.09
Better than lower model Tesoros!!!
I thought that the Tesoro brand got substancially more depth until I asked about their top of the line detectors and their 400-700 dollar plus machines get just a tad more depth as my Sharp Shooter II. (it is generally 2-3 more inches but in my mind this alot of depth to gain.)
So far I have found the machine to be very easy to use. Don't expect to find good stuff you first day out either. I hunted with this machine for weeks before I found my first gold ring but then my finds really started increasing. Since I found the gold ring a 3 weeks ago I have found another gold ring with diamonds appraised at 3000 dollars, a silver Standing Liberty quarter worth 2,100 dollars, about 500 dollars in other "newer" silver coins, and about 20 bucks in clad (quarters and dimes minted after 1964 and pennies minted after 1982) change that I have accumulated since the purchase of the detector, a Marine's class ring which I returned to the owner, and a small handfull of wheats.
I am amazed at the depth this detector gets on small and coin sized items. It detects a 1 mm gold chain at about 2-2 1/2 inches with the stock coil, A woman's gold ring at about 6-7 seven inches (depending on size), a man's ring at eight inches, class rings at nine inches, a nickel with a solid tone at 6 inches Low-medium tones at 7 inches, and semi-repeatable low-medium tones at 7 1/2-8 inches, a silver quarter is detected at 7-8 inches, pennies and dimes at 7 inches, silver rings at 6-8 inches depending on the size, and a thin platinum ring at 7 inches.
Some tips that I have learned when using this metal detector is than set the sensativity at 12:00-2:00 when working in high traffic or Elecro magnetic areas and at the 3:00-5:00 positions when working at other areas.
Set the disc to only reject a big nail (set the disc a bit higher than eleminating the nail because iron oxidizes in the ground after long periods of time and takes disc to eliminated.)
If you are working an old area and there is a lot of trash DO NOT disc it out as you will miss buffalo nickels.
If when operating in disc mode you get a good signal of a dime or a quarter and it is very faint in pinpoint, dig it. These are going to be coins in the 6-8 inch range that give weak signals.
This detector has a VERY fast recovery speed meaning that if you go in one pass and recieve two signals and two in another, you have two targets and they must be isolated in the pointpoint mode.
How you operate the pinpoint is by lifting the coil about 12-16 inches off the ground and pressing "ALL METAL". Then lower the coil and press ground trac. If you move over the target and do not recieve a responce you have ground balanced over a piece of metal and will need to ground balance in a different location. Note that while in pin point mode the detector make start buzzing and if it comes back repeatedly after pressing all metal again and again, you have a set of low batteries and will need to change them or you will not get sufficiant depth.
If you have a coin-sized object in pinpoint, it will set off the detector when it is just inside of the small loop; if it is a large junk target then the sound will start at the edges of the coil and you will hear a heavy sounding "doing" or "boing" at the center of the target pass. This heavy doing will occur when the coil is passed over a large piece iron like a bolt or over a popcan.
I believe that Tesoro detectors are the best on the planet and some of the deepest, but for the price, a Bounty Hunter Cannot be beat.
Here is one last tip, if you look on ebay, you will a bunch of tracker fours and 0-1 Sharp shooters. That is because the tracker four stincks. If you see a sharp shooter II here, don'y buy it, there is something wrong. I would buy brandnew in the safe side. Here is a link that sells the whole line of Bounty Hunter Detectors: http://www.kellycodetectors.com/bountyhunter/sharpshooterbuy.htm This website includes a number of accessories with the detector purchase, such as a coin finds pouch, carry bag, headphones, digging knife (I have one and they are very sturdy but do not abuse it or it will wear out quickly and do not pry with it), finders log, a free detecting magazine, and a magazine subscription. This is a very good deal and wish I had bought from here instead as I got not of these great free these accessories.
William Leverett in Colorado Springs. from Anytown, AT 55555
NOT TOO MUCH DISC!!!!
William Leverett from Colorado Springs, USA
Jim from 46356
Good deal for the $
Bluesman from Kansas city
Jeffrey from Illinois
New to metal detecting
John from South Dakota