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Minelab Safari with the 8' Sun ray coil

Confetrit

Well-known member
I was relic hunting this past Saturday with the Minelab Safari and the 8' Sun day search coil. The coil would not allow me to pinpoint a target. It was all over the place sounding off to the front, back, and sides. I got pretty flustered. I like this little coil, being 3 inches smaller and some lighter than the 11' coil, but it was all but useless to me about halfway through our hunt. Has anyone else by chance used this 8' coil with either the Etrac or Safari and experienced the same issue? I put the 11' coil back on and there is no problem pinpointing. Strange. The smaller 8' coil should be more precise in pinpointing but it isn't. Guess which coil I'm using next hunt.
 

IDXMonster

Well-known member
Something might be wrong with your particular one, the X8 is a very well known coil that is as accurate as they get. Is this a result of surrounding trash? Did you test the coil by just burying a coin in a spot that is clean and verifying it works with the test coin? I’ve used the X8 with great effect for years with the Explorer, which would be the one used on the etrac or Safari.
 

Confetrit

Well-known member
It could possibly be the soil too. That is some of the highest mineral content dirt I have hunted. Terrible soil, hard like concrete with heavy mineralization.
 

IDXMonster

Well-known member
It could possibly be the soil too. That is some of the highest mineral content dirt I have hunted. Terrible soil, hard like concrete with heavy mineralization.
There COULD be a soil problem, but wouldn’t explain that why, when you put the larger stock coil back on, the problem does not occur.
 

Confetrit

Well-known member
It was still sometimes a slight problem with the 11' stock coil, but not nearly as bad. What makes me wonder if it is the soil in this particular area is that I have been hunting this area for nearly 30 plus years and have only encountered small pockets of soil that was really hard to search, but this entire area which encompasses acres and acres of land really seems to be heavily mineralized.
 
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