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I've been hearing good things generally about this detector but is it a good choice, in the GMT and GB2 price range, for meteorite hunting? I know most people recommend the GMT or GB2, but am curious about this detector and wonder if anyone in the forum has experience with it. Thanks.

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You might ask Paleface as he owns one and hunts neteorites too, I know I have seen him in the park with it but not in the strewn fields...most of the time I have seen him with a GMT.

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Boudins,

I personally hunt meteorites with my Minelab GP3000 and Whites GMT. I use the larger 14" coils as they afford more ground coverage. The 3000 is my primary detector for meteorites, the GMT is secondary. I tested the X-terra70 in an H-chondrite enviroment and it preformed quite well with the 10x5" 18.75 khz DD prospecting coil, however it did not prompt me to displace either the 3000 or the GMT. Weathered L-chondrites are quite a challenge, even with the Whites GM-series. My answer to you would have to include a question, are you hunting for a meteorite detector only, or are you looking for a dual purpose detector? As a good all around unit that will hunt coins, relics, meteorites, gold and is also a good beach detector, the X-terra70 will fit the bill. If you plan to hunt gold and meteorites exclusively, then I would go with the GMT first and the GB2 second. The GM3 is also a very good gold and meteorite detector.

I received your PM, you can consider this my answer. Good luck with any decision that you make.

Jim

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Boudins,

I personally hunt meteorites with my Minelab GP3000 and Whites GMT. I use the larger 14" coils as they afford more ground coverage. The 3000 is my primary detector for meteorites, the GMT is secondary. I tested the X-terra70 in an H-chondrite enviroment and it preformed quite well with the 10x5" 18.75 khz DD prospecting coil, however it did not prompt me to displace either the 3000 or the GMT. Weathered L-chondrites are quite a challenge, even with the Whites GM-series. My answer to you would have to include a question, are you hunting for a meteorite detector only, or are you looking for a dual purpose detector? As a good all around unit that will hunt coins, relics, meteorites, gold and is also a good beach detector, the X-terra70 will fit the bill. If you plan to hunt gold and meteorites exclusively, then I would go with the GMT first and the GB2 second. The GM3 is also a very good gold and meteorite detector.

I received your PM, you can consider this my answer. Good luck with any decision that you make.

Jim

Jim,

Many thanks for your response (and to you azdigger) - exactly the kind of information I was hoping for. I'm new to meteorite hunting and am trying to do some research, reading old posts, watching videos, etc., so I don't make a complete fool of myself. I have no interest in beach detecting and don't plan on searching much for relics, so it seems the X-Terra 70 may not be my best choice. I see the GP3000 is quite a machine, but probably beyond my price range, at least for now.

Scott-

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