Metal Detecting Blog from Big Boys Hobbies

  1. Minelab Manticore Target ID List 2023

    Here Is a list of compiled Minelab Manticore target ID's for 2023

    If you have a personal target ID #'s you would like to add to our list please use the comment section below.



    TID              ITEM

    12 16          Nickel 3 Cent Type
    20 23          1 Dollar Gold Piece
    21 23          Beaver Tail
    24 25          Buffalo
    25 27          1980 Nickel
    26 27          V Nickel
    28 29          14k White Gold Band Mens
    28 30          Rectanglular Pull tab - Sounded Choppy
    29                Silver War Nickel

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  2. Minelab Equinox 800 vs Minelab Equinox 900 Full List of Differences

    Minelab Equinox 800 vs Minelab Equinox 900

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  3. Nokta Legend Cheat Sheet

    Handy cheat sheet for the Nokta Legend Metal Detector!

    Credit & thanks to CSW over at trasurenet.

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  4. DEUS II v0.7 UPDATE instructions


    DEUS II v0.7 UPDATE instructions

    DEUS II is an evolving detector and constantly improving. Our engineering team will regularly release new updates. We recommend you install the DEUS II UPDATER software on your PC and update your Remote Control & your WS6 Headphones upon receipt.

    Current version to date: V0.7

    Improved “SILENCER” (Discri>Expert)

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  5. Nokta Makro Legend Software Update V1.07


    Posted by Big Boys Hobbies Metal Detectors on April 14

    V1.07 - SECOND UPDATE and best update! This fixes V1.06 issues. 

    Operating systems: Windows, macOS
    If you experience any issues opening the setup file, please disable all anti-virus programs on your PC.
    The latest update includes all previous updates.

    Software Update (2022.04.08): System Software V1.06

     Download: System Software V1.07 (Windows)
     Download: System Software V1.07 (MacOS)


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  6. The most popular XP Deus II Program Settings from The Community

    These XP Deus II program settings are making the waves in the community! give them a shot and see what you think! do you have a secret sauce XP Deus II program setting you want to share? feel free to leave it in the comments and we'll get it added to this list, happy hunting!

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  7. More XP DEUS II INFO!

    Great new video on the XP DEUS II!


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  8. New XP II Deus information!

    We have no availability or pricing information on the XP DEUS II yet. We will update the site as we have more info. To be put on a contact list for purchase only email us here and let us know. [email protected]

    Here is a link to the XP DEUS II on our website.

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  9. Should You Metal Detect in Snow?

    We are a few months away from winter and sadly this is kind of the low season for outdoor activities including metal detecting. Indeed, most detectorists find themselves in a situation where they put their beloved detector in their closet and just wait for spring to start hunting again …

    This is especially the case if snow falls in your area!

    In this article, I share with you some ideas to find opportunities to successfully metal detect in winter even if it is snowy.

    Should you metal detect in the snow?

    The only reason you shouldn’t consider metal detecting in the snow is when there is some sort of risk. For example, cold weather in some areas could be unbearable for normal human beings which might lead to some bad health repercussions.

    Also, if your area is full of ice that could cause slippery, I would definitely advise you to not take the risk. I was a victim of this myself and this has almost cau

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  10. Heartwarming story you just love to see, metal detectorists worldwide are saving marriages, one ring at a time!

    Last week a young couple strolling along the China beach in San Francisco was almost knocked over by a rogue wave, when the young woman regained her balance, she quickly realized the wave had knocked off her engagement ring into the ocean! while she frantically searched the sand to no avail, the ring, a family heirloom, had seemingly vanished.

    The young woman called Ring finders, a service that helps connect people to seasoned detectorists around the world, Marshal Smith got the call and was at the beach at 9 am the next day to meet up and begin the hunt for the lost ring.

    The initial chances of recovery after 24 hours seemed slim but shortly into the hunt, Smith got a strong signal and was able to find the missing ring! Obviously, this young lady was over the moon and this tale had a very happy ending. We are starting to hear about stories much like this one more

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