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Post  Guest on Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:28 am

Hi, I'm from Bathurst NSW and I'm thinking of purchasing my first detector. I will mainly be hunting parks and the like looking for coins lost Jewellery ect but I would also like to head out once in a while to the hills and detect for gold, so a multi purpose detector is what I'm after. I have a budget of around $900 or so and Im currently looking and getting a Minelab X-TERRA 705 gold pack. I have been looking on youtube and forums and think this might be my ideal choice of detector, would you guys reckon this would be ideal for me...thanks.

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Post  davsgold on Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:51 am

G'day Bigfeller & welcome to the forum

I think the detector your getting will be much better suited to doing the parks etc for coins and jewellery then out in the gold field looking for nuggets.

cheers dave
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Post  Guest on Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:41 am

Hi Dave,

Then what would you suggest in place of the 705? What about the Garrett AT Gold, that was my second choice.

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Post  lbg dreamer on Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:28 am

Bigfeller wrote:Hi Dave,

Then what would you suggest in place of the 705? What about the Garrett AT Gold, that was my second choice.

I would suggest to buy a dedicated coin detector
If that's what your mainly gunna do
And hire a gpx from nuggets down under when your wanting
To go to the hills looking for gold
The old saying goes you get what you pay for
And if your doing mainly coins
Buy a tecta for that
You won't have to worrie about ground noise too much
But you'll need one that handles emi
Real good
As most parks around here
Have power lines over em
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Post  davsgold on Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:33 am

G'day Bigfeller

It's very difficult to get one detector to do all things well. You have to decide if you want to go after coins and relics etc and gold detecting on the odd occasion, or do you want to go seriously looking for gold.

Most of the VLF type machines are good at coins and relics etc but struggle when in a gold field looking for nuggets. The Gold bug 2 will find very small gold, and big stuff as well if it there, the Whites GMT will also find gold down to very small bits and could be used as a coin detector as well. Both these detectors are in you budget range.

If on lthe other hand you mainly want to look for coins etc then your choice of the X-terra 705 would be a good choice, and even with the gold pack is not the best choice for going after gold nuggets. Minelab PI machines are far better choice for gold hunting.

cheers dave
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Post  kon61 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:46 am



G'day Bigfella welcome to the forum. Yeh as stated above.Just wanted to let you know that we already have one "Big fella" as an Avatar name here,not that it's illegal to have 2,but lets hope there's no confusion down the track of which bigfella/big fella,wrote what and to who?

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Post  onebob on Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:27 am

bounce bounce it's obvious

BF1and BF2 lol!
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Post  Guest on Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:30 am

Thanks for the reply guys. Hiring a detector is out of the question as I only get Sundays to do anything due to my shift work. Think I will stick with my choice of Minelab 705 gold pack and give it a crack anyways, it cant hurt to try.

cheers
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Post  lbg dreamer on Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:07 am

Bigfeller wrote:Thanks for the reply guys. Hiring a detector is out of the question as I only get Sundays to do anything due to my shift work. Think I will stick with my choice of Minelab 705 gold pack and give it a crack anyways, it cant hurt to try.

cheers
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Well people do still find gold with the 705
As Dave said its not a bad choice for coins
And will sniff out shallow gold
And we are here to help and advise
And share experience
Not tell ya what to do
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Ultimately your the one to make your decision
But I would recommend
A training day with the 705 at nuggets down
Under if you want the best of that detector
As they are fairly complicated (well for me anyway )
As its all dialed in on the LCD screen
And has lots of bells and whistles
But again that's your decision
And I wish you all the best in your endeavours
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Post  kon61 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:14 am


Yeh,your not wrong there onebob Laughing Bigfella,since your mostly going to be detecting for coin/relics etc the 705 gold pack will more than suffice for that odd day gold nugget detecting as well.From memory,I remember a mate of mine who had success finding small gold nuggets(o.5 to 1.5gm) with the X Terra 70 10x5 dd coil in jewelry mode than gold prospecting mode.Anyways,I'm sure you'll play around to find the best possible settings for what your chasing.Keep in mind that a 9ct gold ring in the ground will be more conductive as a detector signal(because of the high silver mixture) than an equivalent size gold nugget of high purity..

Cheers kon61. What a Face
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Post  big fella on Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:57 pm

G'Day
We are not bananas onebob and there is a difference in spelling so come on Kon61 stop spelling us the same and to big feller better be good i don't want a bad name or badder than it may be.
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Post  Guest on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:04 am

G'day big fella the boys have pm the other Bigfella and they will sought out sometime when he is back on line... Very Happy ..

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Post  big fella on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:48 am

G'Day Mike54 and all.
Thanks for that noticed you also spelt the other big feller the same as mine so it might be a good idea to seperate us Thanks again i will keep an eye on what happens.
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Post  Guest on Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:00 am

Sorry about that I didn't realise that "er" we better all get our eyes checked hey!!

Did you read that guys.. big fella. Bigfeller.

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Post  lbg dreamer on Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:24 am

This might come down to a battle
Of the big fella / big fellers
lol!
There can only be one Razz
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Post  Guest on Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:05 am

lol this is becoming comical.. Everyone calls me Bigfella and I mean everyone..I'm 6 foot 5 and about 145 kg..that big enough for you...lol

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Post  Guest on Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:42 am

No argument from me!!!!! affraid

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Post  Guest on Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:33 am

Just a headsup..

From now on "Bigfeller" will be known as "TheBigfeller" so as not to confuse him as "big fella"

Noting that they are both Big and Fellas or fellers and they both like differant Beer What a Face

Understand fella's What a Face

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Post  lbg dreamer on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:22 pm

We have gone off topic a little
But at least we had a little fun
With no an amosite
As I'm only 6foot 1 and bout 75 kg
And don't want to have to use my secret weapon
Against the big feller or big fella
And that is I'm a real fast runner lol!
Thanks big fella and the big feller
And wish you both the best Very Happy
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Post  Digginerup on Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:43 pm

TheBigfeller wrote:lol this is becoming comical.. Everyone calls me Bigfella and I mean everyone..I'm 6 foot 5 and about 145 kg..that big enough for you...lol

Now this is just getting confusing No scratch I say we call him "Tiny" Wink lol!

Wayne. cheers
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Post  Guest on Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:53 pm

G'day TheBigfeller welcome to the forum... Sorry about all the confusion at the start... As they say we all need a good laugh now and again... Laughing Laughing .. Hope that which ever detector you go with, will give you much joy and find some very good finds...

Cheers.

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Post  lbg dreamer on Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:22 pm

Yea welcome to the forum thebigfeller
Seems you have a good sense of humour
If you need any help on the gold searching
Side of things
When your ready
You can flick me a pm
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Post  big fella on Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:55 pm

G'Day.
Getting a bit confused what beer do i drink thats right anything might have to open the bar always open,Hey The big fella have a good time out there.
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Post  Wombat on Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:40 am

Now Bigfella which Bigfellar am I welcoming to the site. "Oh Stuff it" To the both of you "Welcome" At least I'll know that at least one of you got welcomed by me for the first time. Laughing Laughing
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Post  big fella on Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:53 pm

Thanks Wombat good that someone cares From one of the Big Fellas
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