Here you will find Bounty Hunter Lone Star Pro metal detector review. The article contains information about the operating frequency of the device, its search coil type, if headphones are included into the device package set as well as how long the metal detector operates using one battery set, etc.
What the device was designed for?
Bounty Hunter Lone Star Pro was designed and manufactured in the USA. This is the first device model in Bounty Hunter Pro product line, the simplest metal detector in the product line. Except this one, there is also Bounty Hunter Quick Draw Pro and Bounty Hunter Land Ranger Pro.
The metal detector is perfect for beginners. Just push the ON button and the device is ready to work. You don’t need to perform any complicated procedures even when treasure hunting on the ground with complex conditions.
Fisher F2 is Bounty Hunter Lone Star Pro predecessor, since the device adopted quite a lot from the latter. The thing is that these trademarks belong to the same company – First Texas Products.
You already know that some metal detectors can be quite challenging to master. Sometimes it is required to have an almost perfect knowledge of some branches of physics to do this. Thus, to adjust such a device is like to work with production equipment of immense complexity.
However, there are also some simple, user-friendly and efficient metal detectors. The one we are reviewing here, is the earliest model in this new product line of metal detectors.
|Model||Bounty Hunter Lone Star Pro|
|Batteries||9 Volt (1)|
|Standard Searchcoil||8″ concentric|
|Operating Frequencies (kHz)||7.69|
|Water resistance||Waterproof coil|
|Sensitivity – Depth Adjustments||Yes|
|VDI (0 to 99 scale)||No|
- 9-Target ID Categories
- Graphic Target Depth Indicator
- Sensitivity Bar Graph
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Bounty Hunter Lone Star Pro standard package set includes the following:
- Control unit
- S-shaped shaft
- Mono coil 8 inches in diameter with operating frequency of 7.81 kHz
- Mounting bolt
The control unit has 5 years warranty and the search coil has one year warranty.
The device has a standard S-shaped shaft with an adjustable armrest.
The search coil
The metal detector has a concentric waterproof coil 8 inches large. The search coil allows using the device on shallow waters along coastal area.
The advantage of 8 inches coil is an excellent ratio of the detection depth to the sensitivity. The coil detects well targets up to 10 inches deep and identifies them properly as well.
The metal detector can also use a DD coil 10 inches in diameter, which the next device model has. Advantages of 10 inches DD coil is its perfect productivity that it demonstrates on highly mineralized ground, sufficient detection depth and more stable performance.
Headphones are not included into the device package set, but the metal detector has a standard ¼” headphones jack.
The metal detector uses one 9V battery as a power supply (not included into the device package set). Average operation time of the device in this case is about 20-25 hours.
On the device display, you can see a battery charge pictogram that has three segments. The lower the battery charge is, the less segments are active.
The metal detector has a waterproof search coil, which you can use to go beach hunting on shallow waters. However, the control unit isn’t designed to submerge it.
The control unit
Bounty Hunter Lone Star Pro has quite large easy-to-see display, which you can use to define what kind of target is under the device coil. The symbols on the display can be read even at bright sunlight.
On the monochrome display you will see information about the metal type, target depth and sensitivity level of the device.
Target depth is rather a relative index. As a rule, this is an averaged value obtained using one cent coin as a sample target.
Therefore, the value is more likely to describe the intensity of the signal received from the target. It means that, if there is a small object in the ground, the device will display that it is deep, while from a large sized object at the same depth, the signal will be stronger and the device will indicate that the target is likely to be on the surface.
There is a nine-segment target identification scale on the display. Each of the segments corresponds to some specific target category which its own pictogram (iron, foil, nickel, aluminum can pull tabs, coins, etc.).
When the device detects a target, it produces a sound and at the same time, a segment of target identification scale is highlighted. Lone Star Pro has quick target response and recovery rate, this is why it can identify even closely located targets.
The manufacturer states that Lone Star Pro has an exceptional sensitivity. The sensitivity level is set after pushing SENS button, then you should use «-» and «+» buttons to adjust it. There are six levels of sensitivity. The higher is the sensitivity level, the more significant is the device detection depth, but the metal detector performance becomes less stable. When you turn on the device, sensitivity level is set to 4 by default.
The metal detector has 3 tones: low, medium, and high. They change according to the object type detected.
Special discrimination mode allows ignoring unwanted targets such as corroded iron trash, foil, etc. You should push Notch button and select target types to be ignored. All target types can be seen on the scale on top of the display.
The metal detector doesn’t have a pinpointer mode, the same is about Garrett Ace 150. However, there isn’t much point in it, since mono coil with its cone shaped radiation ensures quite precise detection of the target location. At that, the signal processing rate is quite high, which is significantly higher than that of Garrett Ace 150.
The metal detector has a pre-set ground balance value.
Lone Star Pro is rather good metal detector, but in my opinion it is rather an outdated one. Even several years ago, it could be a rival for other metal detectors of this class, but now…
If you are interested in metal detectors produced by this manufacturer, I’d advise you to consider Bounty Hunter Land Ranger Pro or Fisher F22. Both device models are a bit more expensive, but they offer much wider range of functions.
If you are looking for something new on the market, you can take a closer look at Nokta Simplex. This is a Turkish metal detector, which is quite likely to become a 2020 hit on the market.