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

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I really could not tell anyone just what TID numbers associate with any coin because I hunt pretty much exclusively in prospecting mode whether detecting for coins or gold when in prospecting mode there are no TIDs back when I first purchased the 705 I used the coin mode to start out but that was eons ago so I have forgotten all the TID numbers and what TIDs at what  like I said earlier I use prospecting mode pretty much exclusively,which with the prospecting mode I dig by sound if it sounds good I dig that could be another reason I get along with the GM 1000 so well also because while in prospecting mode the X TERRA 705 is a lot like the GM 1000 to me while in all metal or deep mode with the GM, I had even stated that in a post about the GM 1000 when I first got it and started using it that it reminded me a lot of the X TERRA 705 in prospecting mode 

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1 hour ago, goldseeker4000 said:

Haal the 705 is actually a very easy detector to learn. Like DSmith said play with it and see what happens each time you try it. A couple things to remember that are very important. If you run the 705 in the preprogrammed coin mode you will rarely find the good old coins because those TID's are blocked out to be rejected. Read Randy Horner's ebook and set one of your preprogrammed modes to open up the tide for those old coins and watch your best and oldest coin finds stacking up. The other thing play with the other tones that are on there. Don't just stick with the 99 tone as minelab calls it. It is actually one tone for each tid notch. Try the 4 tone and two tone. Never ever pass by a target for example 10 12 and with it -6 -8 if those 4 tids keep coming up it will be a nickel with a nail or other piece of iron.

That is the other thing I do is I use the 2 tone or 4 tone simply because if my brain was to try and process what the 705 is telling me with 99 tones set I would be more nuts then I am now I also feel that with 99 tones set for the detector to process it looses some sensitivity so I am usually set in two tone or four tone,but I have experimented with the 99 tones set and usually only last about and hour tops with it set that way,like I said in an earlier post the best way to get a feel for the 705 is to play with all the settings it is vary easy to go back to the factory settings if you do not like what you have set up but to me that is truly the only way to find out just what the 705 is capable of play with everything that is in it.

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Just a reminder for all who use the 705 for gold. If you utilize the ground balance offset at a given spot you need to go into your setting for the offset and zero out the setting you just set when you are done. If you don't do this the detector will remember and save your last setting and when you go to a new area the 705 can and will act overly sensitive and lead you to think something is wrong with your detector. So remember to zero out that ground balance offset when you leave an area where you have employed this feature.

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I have found tiny gold with it, and I've found meaty nuggets with it. I've found lots and lots of coins with it, but what I've found is that there's far more to learn about how to truly use all of the features on the 705; there's a lot packed in there. It's not a whack it together from the box and "instantly go" machine when it comes to gold detecting. There's a learning curve for sure, so that's why it's probably not as easy to get started chasing nuggets as it is with the Gold Bug Pro for instance. So, the 705 isn't as user friendly, but it sure can find nuggets. Now, I've not used it in extreme ground, but I don't think that's any VLF's forte, and on another note, the detector could benefit from a signal enhancer to boost the headphone volume as the stock circuit (at least on my machine) doesn't really ramp up the audio to help with those tiny whispers. 

I love how light it is and the discrimination really works, but you lose considerable depth if you're using the disc circuit to hunt nuggets. I've used it in abandoned placer excavations that were full of bits of bucket, track, and blade shavings where my PI was driving me insane with countless, endless hits, so I used the 705 in discrimination mode and pulled out nuggets that were hiding amid the iron and steel clutter; that was fun as otherwise I'd have just walked away with the PI and been skunked. 

To review, steeper learning curve than some of the newer VLF's, lower volume output to the headphones, love the light weight, love the discrimination, love how it finds tiny gold, it gets pretty easy to ID annoying hotrocks with it, I can scrub the coil on the ground without falsing, battery life is good, solid coin circuit, Minelab reliability. 

I read once on another cryptic post that the people at Minelab research had packed far more into the little 705 than was needed to do the job it was marketed for, and I've found that to be true; there's lots of things it will do that are not evident at first look, and I'll confess, I still have no idea of all that it will indeed do, and I'd love to hear and learn more. I haven't really drilled down on the various coils and frequencies (like JP) as I've got the goldpak and have simply used that configuration. I've put rookies on it, and they've found gold with it, but I knew in advance I was in a hot area with good gold, so the chances were good for them to snag a nugget, but at least they understood the basics of the 705 well enough to find the gold and be comfortable using it.

All the best,

Lanny

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Hi there Lanny, Gosh....to think I have had a 705 for a few years & I have never even unboxed it :rolleyes: I just couldn't put down my PI's long enough. Now it is the Zed. I do just wish the Zed had a smaller coil for those tight spaces. Man.... I know SO many places where I could revisit with the Zed & a smaller coil. I think I could see out the rest of my days...... Nice to see you posting on here.  All the best to you out there Lanny & hope you have a great festive season & a prosperous New Year. That goes for all of you guys & gals.

Take care

JW :smile:

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JW, great to see you posting as well, and I really believe there's a place for a little VLF right alongside any PI. As you've stated tight places, but also light weight, great discrimination, ID display meters, etc.

All the best to you and yours as well, and the same to all the rest of you,

Lanny

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