Garrett ACE 250 Metal Detector
- Product Review (submitted on March 22, 2008):
I have been a bottle digger and relic hunter for the last 40 years. Over the years I have had a few metal detectors. I had one I built from a kit when I was about 14. All I ever found with it were nails. Then I had a couple no brand ones that I bought at yard sales. When I could get it somewhat tuned, I would find a few coins at the local playground. After reading a review about the Garrett Ace 250 in a treasure magazine, I bought one in May of 2006. It was a life changing move. One half hour after I received my Ace 250 I found an 1893 Indian head penny in my own yard. By the end of 2006 I had found gold and silver rings, wheat pennies, Mercury dimes, a Ben Franklin half dollar and literally thousands of coins.
I like the Ace 250 because it is very simple to use. The price being affordable doesn’t hurt either. Turn it on, set it to the pre-set discrimination mode that fits the occasion and start swinging. It has a very short learning curve. Within a few months I was able to really listen to the different tones and have a good idea what I was swinging over. The tabs on the screen give you a good indication what you are swinging over and the depth too. No messing with ground balance or other tuning works good for me. I’m kind of old school, I like something I can just turn on and use and not have to spend time fiddling with it.
Bottle and relic hunting is in my blood so I prefer to hunt areas that are old by California standards. My favorite places to hunt are houses, ranches and empty lots prior to the 1940’s and back to the late 1800’s. Pulling old coins from the ground is a great feeling. It’s also fun to find the pieces and parts of relics and try and figure out what they are. I also like to hunt parks, sports fields and other modern places where people congregate. It’s a thrill to pull a silver (and sometimes gold) ring out of the ground. There are also the other pieces of jewelry these locations that keep me going back.