Without a doubt the Minelab SDC 2300 is one of my favorite detectors. With the addition of the new SDC 2300 Coils from Coiltek it just became more versatile than ever. For one thing the stock SDC is easy to use as its quick setup and compact design make it a favorite of nugget shooters worldwide. I’ve found gold with mine all across the USA from Arizona to Alaska.
Stock SDC 2300 detector features
- Compact design
- Waterproof up to 10 feet underwater
- Can use alkaline or rechargeable batteries
- No assembly required
- Very sensitive to small gold, specimen gold, wire gold, and crystalline gold
- Uses proven MPF technology
- Handles mineralized ground extremely well
- Ergonomic – well designed and not heavy
- 8 inch coil
One point often overlooked with the SDC is the fact that it only comes with one coil. Be that as it may, the stock coil is well matched to the detector. If the SDC is your first detector that might not matter much. By contrast, if you have used detectors that offer alternative coil options you indeed understand the advantages to having more than one coil. For this purpose let’s look at Coiltek’s new Gold Extreme line up.
The Gold Extreme Coils
Firstly, we have the 10″ x 5″ Gold Extreme coil. This is an elliptical monoloop coil that only weighs 19.5 ounces. Certainly this will be a great choice where you need to poke around in tight terrains or pinpoint a small gold nugget in a bedrock crack.
Secondly, we have the 11″ Gold Extreme coil. Specifically, this round coil is larger than the stock 8″ coil and will cover more ground. In similar fashion this coil should provide greater depth. This is a monoloop coil weighing 27.5 ounces.
Thirdly, we have the 14″ x 9″ Gold Extreme coil. In order to provide the best ground coverage possible Coiltek offers this larger elliptical monoloop coil. At only 28.4 ounces it should prove to be a lightweight option that offers even more versatility.
Gold Extreme Coils are not Waterproof Coils
All things considered the fact that the new SDC 2300 coils are not waterproof is not the end of the world. At the same time you’ll want to consider this if you hunt in an area where exposure to water happen. To illustrate this point the stock coil for the SDC is exactly the reason why I took it to Alaska. In the event that I fell into the water crossing a river in the Yukon my detector would still be functional.
It is important to realize that you will need to disassemble your SDC 2300 to install one of the Gold Extreme coils. With that purpose in mind Coiltek is offering a special “Accessories Pack” to help. To this end Coiltek has posted a video on how to install one of these coils. Equally important you will not be able to fully compact the detector after installation. In any case I will say that I have used Coiltek coils for nearly 20 years. Furthermore they are a company that I trust and recommend. Without a doubt if I still owned an SDC I would buy one of these coils. If you have warranty questions please read this notice from Minelab.
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold Extreme Coil Comparison Chart (click to enlarge)