Pros / It correctly identified the metal 38 percent of the time.
Cons / It failed to detect metal 15 percent of the time.
Verdict / The Bounty Hunter Quick Draw Pro was one of the best-performing metal detectors in our tests. The easy-to-read screen makes it an excellent tool for beginning detectorists.
The Bounty Hunter Quick Draw Pro features an elliptical 10-inch concentric coil with a large LCD screen that uses both numerical and graphic target IDs. It's light, comfortable and easy to use, but it also has enough advanced features to be a good tool for intermediate detectorists. In our test, it was one of the top performers for both metal identification and depth. For these reasons, it earns the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for best metal detector.
- Objects Detected
- Correct Identification
- Approximate Identification
- Accurate Depth
Treasure Hunting Performance
To compare each metal detector in our review, we buried coins, screws and pull-tabs from soda cans in a grid layout on an open field. We dropped these metals into holes ranging from 2 inches to 12 inches. Then we swept across the grid and recorded each metal the detector identified, including the depth. Once we finished, we moved over the grid a second time. In this way, the metal detector had two readings of each metal planted in the earth.
After recording all the data, the Bounty Hunter Quick Draw Pro proved to be one of the best at identifying the buried metal with a 38 percent accuracy rate. It was close to identifying the metal an additional 12 percent of the time. This may not seem impressive, considering you're more likely to have it tell you that you've found a quarter when it's a penny or a nail, but it's an excellent rate compared to other metal detectors. Metal detectors are, on the whole, not incredibly accurate.
The Quick Draw Pro got the depth correct 52 percent of the time, which was the second-highest depth accuracy in our tests. In addition, the depth was close to within two inches 12 percent of the time. As with most metal detectors we tested, it erred on the deep side. Shallow metal, buried at 2 to 4 inches, was often estimated to be deeper.
One downside to the performance was the 15 percent of the buried objects that didn't receive hits. Most of these were at the edges of the detector's depth, but a handful were also on the shallow end.
Ease of Use
For beginning treasure hunters, a metal detector needs to be easy to read, easy to hold and easy to put together. The Bounty Hunter Quick Draw Pro meets these criteria, receiving an A for ease of use.
The large LCD screen features two target IDs. When you get a hit on an item, a digital tab highlights the type of metal across the top. It'll identify iron, foil, nickels, aluminum, zinc, dimes, quarters, 50-cent pieces and dollar coins.
At the same time, a large target ID number displays below it. This is a number that corresponds to the conductivity of the metal, which can help you determine (with experience) whether the quarter is, in fact, a quarter or a dime. These numbers are for more advanced metal detectorists, which makes this a good device for people wanting to bridge the gap between beginners and intermediate.
On the right of the screen is a depth indicator. While it doesn't tell you exactly what the depth is, it provides three levels to signify the depth. The manual explains that the first arrow means that the metal is on the surface or near the surface. The second arrow is shallow and the third arrow is deep.
This metal detector has a pinpoint mode that's easily accessible for your thumb. You use this tool to find the exact location of a hit before you decide to dig. It emits a tone that gets louder as you get closer and quieter as you get further away from it.
The Quick Draw Pro has a 10-inch concentric coil with an elliptical shape. This means that you get a cone-shaped magnetic field that's ideal for covering a lot of ground, but the elliptical shape of the coil also makes it easier to differentiate closely spaced metals, though not with the same accuracy as a DD coil.
The coil is rated to have a detection depth of 9 inches, but it found items that were buried deeper. In our tests, it identified coins at 10 and 12 inches, though not with the same accuracy as shallower coins.
This metal detector has 10 sensitivity settings. This can help remove ground balance issues, which is when you get false hits due to high metal content in the soil. But it's also good for focusing your treasure hunts so that you don't get a hit on every piece of metal.
Help & Support
Bounty Hunter provides a five-year warranty, which is the industry standard. They also provide ample resources if you need help or want to learn more about metal detecting as a hobby. There is a user forum and instructional videos to help you learn how to hone your treasure hunting skills.
The Bounty Hunter Quick Draw Pro is one of the best metal detectors available within the $200 to $400 range. In our tests, it had the second-best accuracy for identifying objects and estimating the depth. It's easy enough for novices to master, but it provides enough advance features to turn you into a serious treasure hunter.