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Yesterday I was asked to narrow down my Top Five favorites in my Detector Team.

June 12, 2018 01:49AM avatar
We were discussing different makes and models we've enjoyed using during the past year, and when I explained why I prefer my top picks in my Regular-Use Detector Team I was asked if I could narrow it down to my Top Five favorites. That is not an easy task, but I explained that when I set out on a detecting jaunt, unless I make extra room, my vehicle only accommodates up-to five detectors, so that's a decision I have to make per adventure.

I do have some models that I prefer for special applications, but I considered my primary-use units. It would be easier if I could narrow my picks to the Top Six or Top Ten detector models, but the request was for the Top Five, so I started out with my for-sure top two favorites. Those are my Nokta FORS CoRe and FORS Relic devices.

The CoRe has proven itself to me for 3½ years and continues to be a 'must-have' companion for most hunting applications. The Relic now has 2½ years under its belt and is a favorite complement to the CoRe as they have similar designs, weight, balance and 'feel,' and the latter is very comfortable for hunting flat-land or hilly or irregular contour sites. Additionally, the Relic provides me the Iron Audio Volume feature and Tone Break, plus it operates at 19 kHz to give me a different 'edge' to complement the 15 kHz CoRe.

The final three out-of-the five would be picked from a White's MX-7, modified Classic ID, XLT, Tesoro Bandido II µMAX or Makro Racer 2. So I have to consider where I am hunting, if it is a Coin Hunting or Relic Hunting application, and what might be different enough to add any benefits to my CoRe and Relic models. I am killing some time at 2:15 AM doing some laundry and shuffling detectors in my vehicle for a drive to try and find an urban site or two to hunt when I head out after daylight.

So today's Top Five are my CoRe, Relic, MX-7, XLT and Bandido II µMAX. I have already planned my detector outfit for a rural hunt later this week, and that will include the CoRe, Relic, Racer 2, MX-7 and modified Classic ID. I might have models with more search modes or operating frequencies, and I have models that are simpler with a factory preset Ground Balance, but for simplicity yet very dependable performance, the CoRe and Relic are 'must-haves' that will always be in my Detector Team even after the time comes that they are discontinued. The same goes for my Racer 2.

There's no such thing as a 'perfect' metal detector so I enjoy owning and using an outfit of several models from three manufacturers that can all complement each other based upon the challenges I encounter at a site. Today, the Racer 2, CoRe and Relic are still in production, but some day they will be replaced in the line-up and become discontinued, just like my Bandido II µMAX, Classic ID or XLT ... but that won't mean they will stop working or no longer perform afield.

Every model I have and use today is going to stay with me as long as I can continue to enjoy this great outdoor sport, and the Nokta CoRe and Relic, as well as the Makro Racer 2, are all tough offerings to beat regardless of who brings out whatever they feel is new and exciting. It's a shame we don't have as many local and active detector dealers as we used to have, and really a let-down that the Nokta and Makro 'Distributors' here in the USA don't make an effort to get these excellent products promoted and into the hands of more dealers.

I guess I am just one of the fortunate ones who has them, uses them and enjoys them. Others who also use them know what I mean, and if you're curious about getting a new detector to enhance your outfit, I encourage anyone to check out a CoRe, a Relic or a Racer 2.

Just my ponderings,


PS: If I was really pressed to narrow down to only ONE out of these three, it might be the Relic but the CoRe is hard for me to overlook.

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Detectors: Vanquish 540; CoRe, Relic, Impact & Simplex +; Bandido II µMAX & Silver Sabre µMAX; ORX
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/16/2018 06:26AM by Monte.
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Yesterday I was asked to narrow down my Top Five favorites in my Detector Team.

Monte 572 June 12, 2018 01:49AM

And my answer about search coils for the above post.

Monte 449 June 12, 2018 05:55AM

Re: And my answer about search coils for the above post.

RickUK 471 June 16, 2018 11:01AM

RickUK, nice post, that I trimmed up a little to the key points I agree with.

Monte 389 June 16, 2018 11:07PM

Re: And my answer about search coils for the above post.

D&P-OR 437 June 16, 2018 12:51PM

I couldn't agree more.

Monte 372 June 17, 2018 08:11AM

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