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April 12, 2022 03:47PM avatar
Monte, my answers might be framed differently than what you are asking but here it goes.

Nope. All responses are informative, and that's a good thing.

I currently hunt with the Equinox 800 and I almost never hunt with anything but the 6" DD. Before that, the Etrac with the 6" excellerator or the 8X6 SEF, and before that the Xterra 70 with the 6" 18 kHz. My personal hunting preference is to be in the ghost towns or demolition of old buildings type locations. Both are always loaded with iron and undesirable targets. I like my coils to be as "least influenced" by other metal objects near coins and tokens as possible.

Mike, we mostly share similar feelings about the benefits of using smaller-size coils. Certainly my favorites. Your 6X8 SEF DD coil is one that would be in my Mid-Size coil category. I've used a few on other makes and models to compare with other coils I like, but I never used one on an X-Terra. And having owned the X-T 30, X-T 50 and X-T 70 Minelab sent to me, i preferred the X-Terra 70 the most, but it fell short of my wants and needs for the tough iron infested sites I hunted when compared against other detectors I also used at the time. They had a quirkish response time and needed a more controlled sweep speed, for me, so we differ on that model.

But I do like Mid-Size coils like the 5X8 or 5X9½ elliptical or 7" round on some models to complement all my small-coil equipped detectors.

The smaller the coil footprint the better for me in these areas. Also, the smaller coils seem to get less hung up in sagebrush and stubble.

thumbs up Agree, another good reason for them.

My other motivation is fatigue. I can swing the smaller/lighter coils more hours before I flame out.

thumbs upthumbs up Another agreement for them, although that never was a problem or a need ... until I started aging, falling apart, and relying on a cane for mobility at the ripe old age of turning 44.sad smiley Today, light-weight and comfortable-balance are two important considerations.

I concede that depth favors big coils but, would say 95% of my favorite finds have been in the 1-7" deep range. I've dug a few 8ish inch keepers with smaller coils in OPTIMAL soil conditions.

Every now and then, I'll go with a bigger coil in parks when I'm specifically looking for recent/shallow jewelry drops. In those cases, I'm just trying trying to cover more ground.[/b][/color][/quote]

Through the years I have noticed how many people are surprised at how much 'depth' they don't get with a bigger coil than they thought, and also how surprised many are at the impressive depth some smaller coils, and detectors, can achieve.

Honestly, I probably don't have the skill or patience that some folks do in seeking out very deep "whisper" targets. I once watched a friend who i considered a detecting wizard dig a 21mm brass token at every bit of 12" in a park with an Explorer II with a stock coil. When he and my other friend with a Sovereign had me listen with my machine, all I could say was "listen to what?".

Yes, that can happen, or not happen, and I know that from using the Explorer II's I used to use periodically. But more often I have noted the numerous good targets I have found with other makes and models when my hunting buddies, with their Explorer II's, couldn't give a good hit on a truly 'deep' coin target.


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Subject Author Views Posted

Coin and Trade Token depths.

Monte 744 April 11, 2022 11:30AM

Re: Coin and Trade Token depths.

Utmike 487 April 11, 2022 10:56PM

Back to you, Utmike.

Monte 210 April 12, 2022 03:47PM

Back to you Monte

Utmike 205 April 12, 2022 08:56PM

For Utmike: Minelab X-Terra coil choice

GB_Amateur 218 April 14, 2022 09:49AM

Minelab X-Terra coil choice Attachments

Utmike 211 April 14, 2022 07:33PM

Re: Minelab X-Terra coil choice

GB_Amateur 200 April 15, 2022 09:14AM

Frequencies and coil choices. It sure gets interesting at times.

Monte 413 April 15, 2022 04:54PM

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