Bounty Hunter Discovery 1100
Based on 23 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.00
Avg. Ease of use: 4.00
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Max Depth: 11 inches on US quarter
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? I have no clue...
Megan Kalu from Ontario Canada
Over priced in canada?
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? No, it's too complic
Megan Kalu from Ontario Canada
Discover 1100, first metal detector
I am still learning how to use the thing, but right away I started finding pieces of aluminum from the kids fireworks last summer. I was only detecting a strip across the yard about 6 feet wide, but I kept finding nails, staples, and pieces of wire.
I don't have any amazing stories about finding gold rings or valuable coins, but the thing was finding tiny pieces of foil paper from cigarette packs. One was so tiny that I barely saw it. After digging up nails and screws for a while to get used to using it I quit stopping every time it signaled iron and just started digging up hits on other metals.
After a few pieces of aluminum in a half hour I started heading to the house and had a good hit on something that wasn't iron. About 2 1/2" down I separated out a dirt clod that kept registering a hit. After searching all through I finally realized one little chunk was a lead bullet that I researched to be from the '20s or '30s.
Enjoyable hour or so of metal detecting.
Terry from Texas
Eric from Ontario
Age 42 and sharing knowledge
When its dry I run a strong magnet over the sand, Gold is not a magnetic metal so if anything attaches to the magnet then its copper which is a magnetic metal. Well I am saving my gold so that I can take it to OXFORD REFINERY in Alaska because they give you MARKET PRICE for Gold. Right now I have almost 8 troy ounces and I am a happy camper. When I cash it in, well I will be a lot happier. I want to take up 6 LBS to Alaska.
David from Ventura, California
What can I say about the Bounty Hunter Discovery 1100? It is not a bad detector (or a very good detector) and it is priced decently as well. Having said that, I would not recommend this detector to others. It has fairly poor sensitivity and does not do well at all in mineralized soil. I dug many "hot" rocks that should have been discriminated out. I don't think I found a single coin deeper than 4" after a whole summer of using it. Original 7" coil failed after one month and I replaced it with the optional 4" coil. Overall build quality gives the impression it was not built to last long. This detector is only good for finding modern clad coins in parks and that's about it.
I would highly recommend people pay just a little more money and get something by Tesoro or Whites. The Discovery 1100 will quickly leave you wanting more depth, more features, more sensitivity all of which are available from the competitors for another $100 spent.
F. Steele from Yukon, Canada
You get what you pay for
Treasure Jack from Florida
Bounty hunter discovery
Samuel Harvey from WA
The lady was very friendly and told me to mail it (Unit and disk) to them.
In less that 30 days, the unit had been repaired, calibrated w/ a note that they were sorry for my inconvenience. This company has really made a believer out of me. 4 years later, I'm still have the detector and it's working fine. Of course I need to upgrade, maybe Santa will be good to me next year.. Thanks again!
Mike Fain from Naples, Italy
For the money... A great machine!
Well after I lost a bid on a Fisher 1212x and after reading the reviews on the machine I figured why not give it a shot? I picked it up for $70 with shipping included.
My only major complaints on this machine is it's pinpointing. It can be a bit difficult to pin down exactly where your target is. After the second day I went to harbor freight and got a pin pointer for about $17.50 after tax and it even comes with a battery.
It has 4 modes of discrimination iron, midrange, iron and midrange, and midrange. I have found all useful depending on what type of junk I am finding in the area.
The depth is fair but I can't complain at this price. I plan on moving up to a tesoro or an older fisher once I have the money and find a good deal on one but I am super happy with this machine. In it's price range, you simply can't beat it.
The tone discrimination makes this thing, once you get used to it you will dig less junk and have a pretty good idea of what your target is. I have already found a good amount of clad in the few days I have been using it. I will keep this even if I upgrade. If there was a 4.5 rating I would have given it that rather than the 4.
Owners manual can be found here for those interested http://www.bountyhunterstore.com/ssi/pdf/bountyhunter/Discovery-1100.pdf
Ultrasquid from Georgia