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Minelab GPX 6000 – The Novel Testers and Testing I’ve been metal detecting now for nearly 50 years. I was a large multiline dealer for decades, and got involved with the manufacturers on the

I’ve spent the bulk of my life looking for gold, so I know gold when I see it, your write up is PURE GOLD Steve 😊. A beautifully written piece that is a credit to the forum and the vast wealth of know

The 17" mono has the depth for sure. I'd love to see a test GPX 5000 with NF 17" x 11" elliptical mono, versus GPX 6000, but like everything the ground and type of gold will matter also. If it was wir

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Not only does this have a lot of great info about the new GPX 6000, but also a ton of other information that will definitely be much food for thought for anybody contemplating getting into or becoming much more serious about searching for gold with a metal detector.  

I've been on the fence about upgrading from my GPX4500 and SDC 2300 detectors, but the more I find out about this new model, the more I feel I'm teetering on the edge!

Thanks for sharing your past and present experiences chasing gold with a detector.  I look forward to more sequels to this novel in the future.  :D


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Thanks Cal. It took all day to write this up, but I did forget one thing. I dug a lot of trash, and I want to post a photo of it tomorrow. Time to stop typing for evening, but I think the trash dug is important to give the full picture, as it is the trash that really shows how much work was done. Nuggets only make it look like I only dug a few holes - NOT!

It's becoming obvious that coils are half the game now. They were literally the lowest tech thing on a detector until recently, but now we are seeing coils make or break units. I can only imagine the GPX 6000 with other coils and how that will blur lines even more. If Minelab will not, others will, so it's only a matter of time.


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Trash found vs gold found does tell more of the full story.  I always compare my gold and trash with my dad's and brother's findings at the end of the day.  Its funny how the guy who digs the most gold isn't always the one who digs the most targets overall.  😂

I've swung a GPZ 7000 once ever and it had the 19" coil. In 30 minutes I found 2 small nuggets pretty deep in a spot we've hit pretty hard.  And I have to honestly say that was enough time for me to become "funned out" on trying the GPZ set up like that.  The GPX and its much lighter weight and ergonomics not only sounds awesome for the enjoyment factor, but I figure maybe I can make my 46 year-old shoulders keep on lasting rather than having them give me trouble sooner using a heavier machine.

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1 hour ago, Steve Herschbach said:

Short break at noon, swap to 17” mono. I hate to talk about this coil as you all can’t get one quite yet. Sorry, no idea when either. But it is a sweetie, may end up my most used coil. It’s light as a feather, and has some kind of flat winding that makes it nearly as hot as the 11” on small stuff. I’m serious. The coil does not punch as deep as the GPZ 14, or so I’m told, and I’d not doubt that, as it is designed more as a patch hunting coil. It covers ground like crazy, but will hit the tiny bits that can lead to a patch


Thanks for the detailed write-up on the GPX 6000. My favorite GPX 5000 coil is the NF 17" x 11" elliptical mono and it punches deep on deeper nuggets. I know it's early in your testing and no one else has this coil, but what are your thoughts on this 17" mono for depth on those potential larger nuggets?


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Steve, sorry to hear about your mobility issues. I know exactly what you mean about your pick. There have been times before I had this achilles tendinosis surgery that I needed my pick go get around while at home. Now because of limping for well over a year and a half, my doctor sent me to a hip specialist and it turns out I have arthritis of the hip socket. It is like a double edge dagger stabbing between the ball of the upper femur and the socket. The slightest movement in the wrong direction feels like it is going to drop you to the ground. It's been a while now since my surgery Oct. 13 2020 and I am still in physical therapy. I still have 5 weeks to go, maybe more. They have me on maloxicam for inflammation and had to get a cortisone shot right into the socket. They are trying to manage the hip issue to avoid a hip replacement. Can't ever go back to driving truck! For almost a year now I have been living vicariously through Lunk, Oneguy, Toly and my buddy Andy cheering them on and listening to their gold hunt stories. Thanks guys, you don't know how much that has helped me keep my sanity, all the while being kicked out of the house while on crutches and a cast in the dead of winter by my lovely wife and going through a divorce. I will be glad to get back to what I love to do. What all of us on here love to do. Detect gold! Whenever that will be. LoL 😆 If you get to the point of getting your hip replaced, you might want to consider it. I have been told by those that have had it done that they are like new, with their mobility. I too have to consider it, but sure the hell not two major surgeries back to back. LoL The picks make a good cane, don't they. Lol

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3 hours ago, Goldseeker5000 said:

It is like a double edge dagger stabbing between the ball of the upper femur and the socket.

Partners in pain I guess, I have that same little dagger. I'm sorry you are having these difficulties, as they really are life changing stuff. You've got problems on problems to work through. :sad: I'm genuinely fine, and hope you find ways to live with the issues that works for you. I had to learn a new way to put my socks on. Whatever, I try to be a three legged dog. Ever hear them complain? Nope, just as happy as the other dogs. So my body may be aging, but I've still got a smile. :smile:

You want real problems! I now have a detector so loud I do not need headphones. Only 63 degrees, no worries.... except I still had literal blisters on tops of my ears from the sun! Never occurred to me to put lotion on my ears, as headphones always did the trick. Heck with backs - don't sunburn your ears! A GPX 6000 related injury!! :laugh:

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