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Bounty Hunter Pioneer 202

Avg. Score: 5 stars! 4.57
Based on 47 reviews

Avg. Durability: 5 stars!4.60
Avg. Ease of use: 5 stars!5.00
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Nice little machine for the money.....

June 24, 2015
I bought a used BH Pioneer 202 about 10 months ago from a lady who bought to find her lost wedding ring. It was in brand new condition because she found her ring in about 15 minutes and put the machine back in the box.
The 202 was my 2nd detector (of 4). I was previously using a Bounty Hunter Tracker IV (another nice little starter machine). I have to admit that at first, I wasn't impressed. I was getting way too many false signals and frankly, not finding much except modern clad coins and trash. As it turned out, there was a little problem with the connection where the coil wire connects to the box. It was loose and making the machine go crazy. I took it apart, cleaned it out really well, snugged it up, plugged it in and it felt like a completely different machine. I went to a spot and dug an 1886 Indian Head cent. I took it to an old beach and dug three silver coins, a 1944 War Nickel and a ton of clad. This is a good coin shooting machine and it definitely likes silver.

It's not a depth monster but it will find treasure down to about 6 inches reliably and once in a while, under the right conditions even deeper, especially in wet or damp ground. Although it's not a high end unit, for what it is and what it's designed to do, it does it well. It has very good discrimination, the target ID is fairly accurate on COINS, especially when they're lying flat. Vertical coins and other targets tend to be less accurate but that's the case with any detector. Also, the deeper the target is the accuracy also diminishes. That's a typical problem but certainly not a deal breaker. Ultimately you have to dig the target and see it to be 100 percent certain of what it is with any machine.

It has three tone target ID and if you READ THE MANUAL FIRST, do the air tests as suggested in the manual and LEARN what the tones are telling you, this machine will keep you busy digging all day long. It's very important that you learn the language of the machine. With practice, you'll soon become adept at knowing what to dig and what not to dig based primarily on the tones. Once you practice a little bit and begin to understand how it works you'll see that overall, it's a very simple and user friendly unit.

The learning curve is not difficult. Kids can learn and use this machine very easily and in a short time. The key is to read that manual first. Will you be digging silver dollars at 12" with this machine. Probably not. You'll need to spend a little more money to do that. Will it find a silver quarter or dime at 6-7"?? Yes it will. It will also locate lost jewelry and clad coins easily. If you're new to the hobby this is a solid little detector that will find you treasure. In reality, the majority of the targets you'll dig are between 2 and 6" deep and the Pioneer 202 will sniff out those targets all day long. For the money it's a good reliable detector in it's price range, especially for someone just beginning in this hobby.
Happy Hunting!

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 6 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 4 stars     Durability 4 stars     Ease of Use 5 stars!
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!

Great little machine bh 202

January 01, 2015
I've been metal detecting for over 50 years, and during that time span I've owned and used many different detectors, some were expensive top of the line units, and others that weren't that good. For cost and simplicity of use the 202 is hard to beat. The 202 has become my main go to detector and has been for the past 5 years. It has good enough depth for most areas in the US, and the discrimination ability against trash is very good.
The VDI is very accurate and the only problem I've encountered with mine is the depth meter isn't all that accurate.

I have used it coin and ring hunting, for Civil War relics, and at the beach. It's not the best, but it is very versatile and makes a nice all around unit. I got the 4" coil and now use it in very trashy areas to sniff out the coins that have been masked from other detectors by all the iron trash around them. I think the 202 is a great machine for beginning and veteran diggers looking for the most technology at the lowest cost.

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 9 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 5 stars!     Durability 5 stars!     Ease of Use 5 stars!
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!

Pioneer 202

May 14, 2014
I have owned my Pioneer 202 for 3 years. It is so easy to use. In fact I found 23.00 in Gold Nuggets. Also found several coins. Before I bought the Pioneer 202, I purchased the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV, then I purchased the Bounty Hunter Lone Star, then I purchased the Bounty Hunter Pioneer 202. Now my friends don't have to purchase a metal detector, they can use one of mine.

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 7 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 5 stars!     Durability 5 stars!     Ease of Use 5 stars!
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!

The best there is

December 26, 2013
I've been dying to buy a metal detector so much that driving my wife up a wall about it paid off :-)she had gotten me the pioneer 202 after reading the reviews about it for me for Christmas. And all I can say is WOW.... Easy to use and let's be honest after I got my first hit I felt like a little kid I could not of jumped on the floor and fasrer and dug up a 1922 penny.

The pinpointer is a must have makes life just so much easier. Only thing left is to purchase a good quality set of headphones and a "nector" bag for all the goodies. This is the second time I'm writing a review about any product I have ever used guess I'm stubborn like that lol. I promise you will love this product good luck and happy hunting!!!

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 8 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 5 stars!     Durability 5 stars!     Ease of Use 5 stars!
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!

Pioneer 202 worth the price

November 11, 2013
I bought a Pioneer 202 8 years ago. I remembered the ease of using it. Finding coins and the like was right on target. Anyways, I was in need of a chainsaw and traded a fellow co-worker who said he needed a metal detector. What I thought was a fair trade turned out to be not so. I kicked myself in the rump for trading that detector off. So here lately I was on EBay and saw one up for bid. I waited till the last minute to place a bid on this detector. Low and behold I won the bid and I am happy. I missed using the one I had. This one is not going anywhere.

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 6 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 5 stars!     Durability 4 stars     Ease of Use 5 stars!
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!


September 07, 2012
I just took my BH Pioneer 202 out to Lake Mead to a spot where I had seen tourist throw change for years in hopes that the lakes power as a wishing well might shine it's light on them during their gaming outings. Now that the lake is so low due to the drought I have been able to walk out to the areas that was recipient to these coins.
Yesterday morning we were able to locate 14 silver dollars and over eight dollars in change. I'll be going back soon after my aching bones feel they can manage another 6 hours of action on the detector and digging through the thick goo and washing the targets. I love this 202 !

Overall Rating 5 stars!

The Bounty Hunter Pioneer 202

August 28, 2012
I have owned the Bounty Hunter Pioneer 202 for over 4 years and I absolutely LOVE IT! For the money I don't believe it can be beat. I was given the unit as a Christmas present and found the "good stuff" on my very first outing, my yard! In fact I paid for it within 6 months of using it and that was just hitting school play grounds. I can't even begin to tell how many coins, rings, collector toy cars, necklaces and things I have found with it.
It is so easy to use, the auto ground balancing feature, auto notch, and control panel have everything you need at a glance.
Now I have a big problem (a good one to have too!) I am addicted to metal detecting!!! I can't stop thinking about it, I get this huge rush with every hit and 9 of 10 times it's going to be something good.
Yes, I won't lie about the trash. I have certainly dug up my share of beer tops, aluminum cans, bottle caps and so forth, but still the excitement of the tone hit and digging up something is always exilerating!
So do yourself a favor. If you are new to metal detecting get this detector. I promise you if you follow the video, read the manual, practice with it (just a little) you won't be disappointed. I have certainly never once been disappointed with my detector!

Overall Rating 5 stars!

Great Detector for newbies

August 02, 2012
I've had this metal detector for about 6 months and I have been pleased so far. It's very good at finding coins and targets relatively close to the surface. Its easy to use and the more I work with it the better I become at determining what will be junk and what will be valuable before I dig it up. My house was built in the 1920s and I was pretty surprised at the number of coins (20+) I was easily able to find in my own small Chicago lot. Several pennies, quarters and dimes but oddly no nickels.

After a rainfall the depth detection seems to get a lot better, and I find more targets. The best find so far with the 202 was a set of 1880s brass baggage tags found near an old railroad bridge. If anyone is interested in metal detecting but unsure about making a big investment on a complicated machine, I would definitely recommend the 202. It comes with an instructional DVD that was very helpful.

Overall Rating 4 stars

Great detector

July 09, 2012
I bought this detector 8 years ago and found 1000s of coins. I also found around 200 silver coins, 2 gold rings, 5 silver rings. This detector holds its own with the built-in microprocessor. It also works great at the beach. The pioneer 202 is a great investment and a lot of fun. My buddy with a whites DFX can't believe how well this detector works.

Overall Rating 5 stars!

First time user

June 02, 2012
I just used my BH 202 in my mom's back yard and found a 1944 penny, a sterling silver ring , a silver donkey figurine, some nails, scrap metal and of course a pull tab. All in all it went great and who would have thought I would find a silver ring in my mom's back yard. . . . :o)

Also when I dug up the ring I happened to find an indian arrow head as well, sometimes you just get lucky!!!

Overall Rating 5 stars!

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