Bounty Hunter Pioneer 202
Based on 49 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.71
Avg. Ease of use: 4.86
Review of the 202
Conrad from Asheville, N.C.
Great Bang for the Buck
The detector was easy to set up and in no time I was out and using the machine. The target ID using LED's make ID of your finds easy though it is not 100% accurate but it does give you a good starting point. The machine also reads out the depth of the target in inches to give you an idea of how deep you are going to have to dig to get your find. Both of these digital readouts were very useful in using the detector. The three tones also will give you an idea of what the machine has picked up. A low tone for iron, a middle tone for nickels and some trash items (pull-tabs) and a high tone for silver (dimes, quarters, etc). It has a three-level iron discrimination for hunting without detecting small iron trash such as nails and touch-pad selection along with variable discrimination controls to eliminate unwanted metals. It has notch and auto-notch to manually notch out (eliminate) specific unwanted targets in manual notch and in auto notch the machine will automatically eliminate common unwanted objects such as pull-tabs
You pinpoint on what your machine has found by using the ?X? method where you sweep side-to-side over the target then move and sweep over it from another direction, making an ?X? over the target. With a little practice this becomes easier and pretty accurate. I found that I got better every time I went out with the 202.
For the price, this machine is a pretty deep seeking unit. It will challenge machines costing much more on an equal basis. This will make a great detector to learn the hobby as it has a very easy learning curve. A great ?grab and go? detector but with enough features that allow adjustment as you grow in your skills that the machine can grow with you. Automatic ground balance will allow you to use the machine in all kinds of terrain and the 202 has enough features that it places no limit on your growth as a detectorist. Add to all this Bounty Hunter's excellent five-year warranty and you have a ?best-in-class? winner.
A great machine at a great price. Great to learn on as you start detecting but with enough features to grow with you as you grow in skill. I recommend the 202 highly. Five stars easily.
DUNN from ARKANSAS
My first detector....and very happy
Justin Hendrie from Michigan, USA
Best for the money.
Steven from Biloxi, Ms
Best dam metal detector
Mike the man 216 from Georgia
We ran a test, burried a penny about 4 inches in the sand, if he caught it just right he could pick it up. My 202 would get a solid signal holding the base around 8 inches above the sand. I also ran into a veteran hunter of 20 years who stopped to talk for a while. He had what appeared to be a pretty fancy unit with pictures and numbers, the whole nine yards. He had found a sinker and some other piece of junk. He had seen me out earlier and was kind enough to give me a tip about sweeping the base closer to the sand. I didn't have the heart to tell him I had found almost 3 dollars in change, a little tonka toy, a Hot Wheels car, a childÃ¢ï¿œï¿œs ring(junk), and few unidentifiable pieces of metal. I noticed I would get a lot of false readings in the wet sand, so I had to turn the sensitivity down low and the false readings disappeared. I never found anything in the wet sand, but I did bury a penny about 4 inches to test the low sensitivity setting. It picked up the coin, no problem. The guy with the expensive machine said he also got a ton of false readings in the wet sand which made me feel better about the 202. The deepest coin I found was a quarter about a foot deep, luckily I had my 11 year old nephew with me digging. I'm sure the more expensive models are better, especially for the very experienced hunter, but if you're looking for a great machine at a great price, the 202 is a winner. Happy Hunting!
Ricky V from Richmond, VA
JOHN D. from COLUMBUS OHIO
Worth the money.
Silver Finder from Pa
I do hunt alot. My finds in the past 2 months Using the Pioneer 202 are both Quantity and Quality. Just take the time to learn this detector, But most of all get out there and start hunting. You will be happly Rewarded.
The pioneer 202 is not exspensive and worth every penny spent.
Gary from Minneapolis, MN. USA