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X-Terra 70 & X-Terra 705 As Nugget Detectors?

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Hey Kiwi, do you have the 6" DD coil and the 15" DD both in HF? If you don't then you really should get them these two coils are my main go to coils for the 705. I find gold with the 5x10 but the 6" DD HF will hunt circles around the 5x10. If I need depth then I go straight to the 15" HF. The 15" is surprisingly stable with this detector. I will hunt an area with sensitivity around 20-24 then go thru the same ground with it set from 26-30. I will make a third pass with it set very very low until all chirping is gone and the threshold is very faint but steady. You may think that you will loose too much depth but don't worry as you will have retain more depth than you think. I have learned to trust this detector and what it is communicating to me. Also set your threshold to where it is a whisper but steady. As you increase the sensitivity the threshold will increase in volume. I truly believe they work hand in hand.  If you run it hot you will just have to get used to chatter and distinguish between a good target and ground noise except for loudest of targets.

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Hi there goldseeker4000, No I just have the 10x5  HF that came with the Gold Pack set up. But like I have said....I haven't even used it or broken it out of its box. :rolleyes: Was just having too much fun with my 4500 back then & now the Zed, Gold Monster & GB2. My GMT, MXT, Infinium & SDC 2300 have also taken the backseat & gathering dust. Between the Zed, GM 1000 & GB2, I am more than happy......at the moment... Cheers & thanks for your informative post. I will take it all onboard.

Best of luck out there

JW :smile:

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I'm using the MXT & 705 looking for gold, copper and silver specimens in old lode prospect dumps.  The 705 doesn't seem to allow me to tell rusted cans from iron tools and other heavy iron relics like the MXT does.  I don't think this is a concern to most people, but if you have any suggestions on what the 705 can do with iron I'd be interested.  I'm liking the $500 extera 705 more as I use it, but the MXT has set a high mark to surpass.

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So here are some of my finds with the 705. It is kinda hard to comment on the strengths of the 705 if no questions are asked but I will give it a try. I am experiencing problems with my computer so I will post these and switch to my phone for the info.

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Haal perhaps the problem you are experiencing with the 705 and discerning from rusted cans and iron relics is that the rusted cans are tin and the detector sees that as not a bad target with the discrimination you have set. Try taking one of those cans and an iron relic and play with the discrimination til you get the can to blank out and the iron relic to come thru.

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i bought one just for the prospecting mode.......it the gold pack one i never used it............my mate is france is running it hot to find tiny celtic coin.....a very underated machine for sure

 

 

RR

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Rivers Rat, why haven't you used it? The 705 is one of the two best detectors you have. Do you have one of the 15" coils? The coin mode is really good as is the prospecting mode. Pull it out of the box and use it get familiar with it. As you do this write down some questions. I can help you thru the learning curve.

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Great thread, Using a VLF/LF for prospecting puts the fun back in to Gold detecting, The fact that anyone can take part on a limited budget is one of the best traits of this hobby, It is not wise to take this hobby too seriously, spending big bucks does pile on the pressure even more so when you spend more than you should,

The 70/705 are great machines and don't get the credit they deserve.

keep up the good work.

J.

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10 hours ago, goldseeker4000 said:

Rivers Rat, why haven't you used it? The 705 is one of the two best detectors you have. Do you have one of the 15" coils? The coin mode is really good as is the prospecting mode. Pull it out of the box and use it get familiar with it. As you do this write down some questions. I can help you thru the learning curve.

I am detecting 90% of time on iron infested of 2000 years of human occupation ......10% beach........i bought because u know it is good will give a go asap i promise !!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

RR

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