Bounty Hunter Land Ranger

Price: $450
Avg. Score: 4 stars 4.5
Based on 6 reviews

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Bounty Hunter Land Ranger is work AWESOME

July 27, 2011
Took some time to read and understand the manual, but this thing REALLY works GREAT! I was looking at ones at Big5 and Radio Shack, but they did NOT have the same or extensive features as this detector. I bought it used for just under $200 and feel it was worth the money.

As for finds, WOW! I the last month with the unit, 3 ring that I know are VERY EXPENSIVE, each one(Shh, Mums the word).

I have filled a jar with coins with 7 silver ones in the mix. I can say that I got my money back and then some...

Overall Rating 5 stars!


Land Ranger

August 12, 2010
I've had this detector for over 3 years now. A very able machine. I also have a QDII and at first did not like the land ranger. After reading and rereading the manual I have learned how to tune and use this machine. It is a coin sniffing ANIMAL. THis machine is very sensitive (so much so that I rarely hunt with sensitivity above 4). I have made many great find with it but the most satisfying has to be worn Buffalo nickle pulled from a trashy old school yard (one nickle and about 400 pull tabs lol).

I get very good battery life (I use rechargeables) and can easily swing it 4 hours without a break. I bought the 10" coil to use with it but I mainly coinshoot parks and such and the 10 inch just sees too much trash (but I was able to find a toy pistol at 12"inches in a yard while recovering a lost opal ring for someone) The 4" included coil is amazing and I have recorded coin depths of 5" with it. All in all this is a good advanced detector. It does have a learning curve but is well worth the effort spend learning it!

Overall Rating 5 stars!



June 23, 2008
I cant say enough GOOD THINGS about this unit! I LOVE IT! I go out move every day! In the last 60 days I have found 1378 coins, 1 gold ring, 1 silver ring, 1 silver necklace and a lot of low cost jewelery! I also have a Pioneer 202! Bounty Hunter blows away most of my friends more $$ Units!

Overall Rating 5 stars!


Land Ranger limitations

April 20, 2006
I have a Land Ranger, and it has the Radio shack logo on it. It's the same detector with a different name on it. The electronics are the same. I know this because I was a detector repairman for ten years during the 80's.

The Land Ranger doesn't go very deep compared to other brands of detectors, as neither do most other Bounty Hunters the last few years, and it more often than not will incorrectly ID' a coin as "iron" in badly mineralized soil. It is a fairly underpowered detector and because of this, it is often one of the best to use in gravel or crushed rock parking lots. It's lack of good sensitivity can be a plus, because it doesn't react to the high mineralization in the gravel and rocks so much. It is supreme in this regard, but is quite feeble in searching for deep or deeper coins. In real bad soil it will only get around 4" on a coin. It does have a long battery life though, around 40 hours. I bought mine for $30 from a man who wanted to gamble a little. If I wanted a new, superior, cheap detector though, I would opt for a low-end Tesoro or White's or an even deeper-seeking Fisher, the Tesoro being the smoothest operating, and the Fisher being the deepest detecting. Those three brands give a lot more for the same money.

Overall Rating 3 stars


LAND RANGER - Excellent machine!

May 17, 2005
I've been using metal detectors for around 5 years now. My first detector was a Bounty Hunter QuickDraw II, a very fine, easy to learn detector that's a real workhorse. I learned most everything I know about metal detecting from personal experience and from reading lots of posts and asking lots of questions at the Bounty Hunter Forum

I shopped around and found the Bounty Hunter Land Ranger as a factory shipped model (no extras except 4" and 8" coil) for a very reasonable price (considerably lower than recommended street price).

When the Land Ranger (LR) arrived, it was in 3 pieces and extremely easy to assemble. The manual that comes with the LR gives you the basic information you need to get started detecting with the LR, but is a bit general when it comes to explaining what each of the functions do.

If you just want a "Turn On and Go" detector, the Land Ranger may not be for you. If this is the case, I would recommend getting an easier to learn detector such as the Bounty Hunter QuickDraw II or even the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV. Should you later decide to get the Land Ranger, your first detector will make an excellent back-up detector and a great detector for a friend or family to use with you. What I would recommend is going to the Bounty Hunter Forum website listed above to learn, way more, information about various detectors and their various functions than I could ever begin to explain here.

Even though I had been detecting for a while, my first trip out with the Land Ranger was quite overwhelming and somewhat frustrating due to the much greater sensitivity of this model, the added features it has and an the information overload of tones responding to mineralized ground conditions, trashy areas (many pulltabs, screwcaps etc.) and a condition know as "falsing" (tones due mostly to incorrect "Sensitivity" settings and improper Ground Balancing). The initial experience that I describe here is very common with first time Land Ranger users and is frustrating, but will get much better with practice and with the more one learns about detecting in general and about the Land Ranger in particular.

As I use the Land Ranger now, I have learned much about settings, what to ignore and what to watch for to indicate which targets may be worth digging. Once past the information overload (that will happen, I assure you), the user will begin to appreciate the sensitivity of this detector, learn the proper settings, begin finding more and more valuable items (or targets as they are called) and become one with this detector.

I purchased the Bounty Hunter Land Ranger for it's very sophisticated microprocessor features including - Target Id, VDI (numeric) readout indicating target conductivity, 3 Tone ID, it's automatic & manual Ground Balancing, Programmable Target Accept/ Reject, All Metals, No Motion/ Pinpoint mode, Self Tuning (Motion) All Metals Mode (good for deep hunting of Relics, Caches and/or gold nugget shooting) ... And ... for the reputation of Bounty Hunter Detectors ... but MAINLY for the excellent price of such a full featured, professional metal detector.

I love being able to put this baby to work discriminating out trash items while ringing in sharp and clear when locating coins and jewelry. The Land Ranger is also ideal for hunting Relics and for (gold) nugget shooting, although I have not done much of either of these yet (soon, I hope). I also love the fact that two coils (standard 8" and 4" nugget coil) come stock with the Land Ranger and I also have a 10" coil that I purchased for around $60. (it's important to have several coil sizes available for various types of hunting) The price of additional coils for many other brands of detectors is astronomical, so this was an integral part of my decision to get a Bounty Hunter rather than some other brands.
I love how lightweight this detector is. I love knowing that I have a sophisticated detector that will not miss items that are buried deep. (how deep depends on the size of object, type of metal, soil conditions etc) Generally, the LR will detect to a depth of around 10"-12" deep for a coin sized target. (believe me, you won't want to dig too many objects THAT deep, most targets are right around 4"-6" deep, due to how coins, jewelry etc. tend to migrate down into the soil, this varies, of course, but in general, a greater number of objects are somewhere in this depth range.

What I hate about the Land Ranger is that parts of the manual give a very general description of certain features like the ground monitor meter or self tuning all metals mode. I wish that the Land Ranger were waterproof or at least water resistant ...
it is not, and I highly recommend that you do not use it in the rain without a good plastic cover that fits securely around the control housing.

In Conclusion:

I highly recommend the Land Ranger for any seasoned detectorist ... or for a novice detectorist that is willing to devote a good deal of time and a fair amount of patience to mastering the many nuances of this full featured detector. The Land Ranger hosts Target ID, (VDI) Numeric Readout, 3 Tone ID, Depth Meter, Battery Meter, Ground Monitor Meter, Sensitivity meter and Target indicator. It has Touchpad controls for Sensitivity, Accept/ Reject Discrimination, All Metals - No Motion/ Pinpoint mode, 3 Factory Preset modes, All Metals (Motion) Self Tuning mode and for Smart Trac Automatic and Manual Ground Balancing.

It's a handful, but a great full featured unit for a very reasonable price. 5 stars ... Highly Recommended if you are willing to devote some time and patience in learning it's traits and harnessing it's potential, once you do, you'll absolutely love it, I know I do!

Overall Rating 5 stars!


Bountyhunter landranger

February 03, 2005
This is an excellent land detector,the pinpoint is very accurate,ive had plenty of finds gold,silver,you name it,the only drawback i found was this detector is no good on the wet sand(problem solved i bought a minelab excalibur)out of the box its easy to use(turn on and go)and its nice and light you can swing it all day if you want(unlike my excalibur)I would say it is good value for money.

Overall Rating 4 stars


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