1266-X Fisher Detector Tips, Tricks, and Advice
Tips to make your Fisher 1266x to go deeper
Get and use the 10 1/2 inch coil, set it on zero disc, push the sensitivity button in and turn it to the 3 o’clock position, use quality headphones and hunt real slow, overlapping your swing. Dig all targets. Set up like this, you’ll get the real deep stuff! I’ve got the finds to prove it!
The patent no# for the 1266X is 4,514,692, Go to this site and have fun. United States Patent and Trademark Office Posted By: D.B. (Me.) August 16,2001 Coinist’s MD Forum
Setting Your Fisher 1260 to 1266X Discrimination Settings
The Fisher 1260X was considered for years the deepest of the coin shooters. The Fisher 1260 became the 1265 with additional gain and finally refined to the 1266X which is still currently in the line. Its comfort and feel (balance) in relation to the features are about the Best on the market, but BEST FEEL is subjective.
Remember, the Fisher 1266X, like most “Two Filter” circuits performs best with lower discrimination settings. To maximize your Fisher’s performance, the audio discrimination should be at the zero point but unfortnately you’ll be picking up deep iron. Here’s what I recommend….
1. Using an encountered trash target whether its foil or iron (they can read similarly), adjust your Discrimination Level ONE to a point where this type of target is partially rejected. By partially rejected, it will slightly break up or sputter.
2. Set your Discrimination Level TWO to a point where Zinc Pennies are partially rejected.
Any Gold rings, nickels, clad (other than zincs), silver coins will give a repeatable smooth signal. The signal will remain repeatable and smooth using Monte’s Offset Method with a faster sweep check. Boaderline junk will start to sputter and take on the audio response of a junk target. Ooops… coffee’s cold
I prefer to use a real slow swing to pinpoint my target as I found this pinpointing method for me with the fisher 1266-X is just as good as any and easier on the ears. The other method you might try is once you have a target located move your coil slightly off to the side of the target and squeeze the trigger and then go back over the target with the trigger still squeezed this should reduce the size of the target making it easier to pinpoint. The manual explains this and some other pinpointing methods. As far as wet grass goes pull out the Sensitivity Knob as that is how you set it for areas that need to be hunted with low sensitivity. Also you can try increasing your discrimination which may help with falsing. Last you can hunt with the coil raised some above the grass. No matter what you do though the 1266-X can be a noisy detector with the snap crackle pop disc setup. Take your time, and don’t set the Sens too high.
Another Fisher 1266 tip
When i get a good signal I pull the trigger to put it in all metals. If the signal goes away and wont come on it’s always a sprinkler head or such. If the signal narrows down to a close spot ( like a coin in area ) it is a goodie. The more I click the all metals on and off the closer the spot gets. Also, if you are getting double blips try pulling the all metals trigger like this and sometimes they separate into 2 signals. I have dug 2 items like this many times. Try experimenting with this trigger thing and see.
The 1266-X likes iron as well as all metals
The 1266-X will hold its own with a CZ as far as depth goes. Depends on the ground conditions which on will go deeper. The 1266 likes dry ground and the CZ works better in wet ground. Leave it at home when hunting a salt water beach. I prefer a slow swing to pinpoint my targets as the pinpoint mode on the 1266 can be a tad loud. It doesn’t have VCO as it is more like ratchet pinpointing on the XLT or an IDX.
These are the quick instructions that the Fisher 1266x manual gives for those who don’t want to read
the whole manual and can’t wait to start hunting. Set Disc 1 on 4, Set Disc 2 on 7, Sensitivity – pull and turn 3/4 clockwise. Off/Vol – Full clockwise. If you are wearing headphones adjust the volume to a comfortable level. If you hear a target push the trigger out ( That will put you in Disc 2) and if it still sounds good dig. If you pull the trigger towards you that is the pinpoint mode. I find at times it is easier to pinpoint the 1266-X by just using a slow short swing to locate the target. As far as the sensitivity I usually set mine pushed in somewhere between 9 & 12 o’clock. If you are getting too much snap, crackle, & pop, lower the sensitivity and if you are still getting too much noise raise the disc.
Fisher 1266-X & The Fisher CZ-5
and they both share a love for Iron. That is the trade off for the increased depth of a Fisher. Basically less discrimination more depth. The whole reason for all the tips about how not to dig Iron with a Fisher is so we can avoid digging Iron. There would not be so many tips and tricks to avoid digging Iron if the Fishers were not attracted to Iron. On the other hand Fishers are excellent detectors or I would not have bought 2 of them. No one detector does it all they all have their strengths and weaknesses or we would all use the same kind.
Fisher 1266-X and a Whites XLT
First it takes a while to get the hang of the snap crackle pop 1266-X audio. Once you get used to the audio the 1266-X is a great detector. When detecting with the 1266-X you will be hunting and you will get an audio signal that contains a crackle a good hit and then maybe a snap or pop and what you have to do is resweep the area and locate the good hit out of the signal. If you eliminate all signals that are not strong and clean you will be leaving many good targets for others. In my opinion the 1266-X is the “Hottest” detector on the market and a good value for around $400. I love its attitude as if there is a target around (no matter how deep it is) that is made out of metal the Fisher is going for it and damn the consequences. There are other good detectors on the market Tesoro’s, CZ’s, White’s IDX to consider also. But I thought I would give you some info on what I think about the Fisher. Having a backup that is a different make or model from what you already have is most practical as that gives you two completely different looks at the targets in the ground. So you can hunt a site with one detector and get targets the other may have missed because of nearby trash, depth, or some other factor.
Final Fisher 1266x tip, The ideal way to detect with a detector is to run the Sens at Max and the Disc at 0.
Taking that into account I would suggest at first you do the opposite with the 1266-X until you get used to it. I would run the Sens lower and the Disc higher. I am a coinshooter and I set Disc 1 on 4 1/2 and Disc 2 on 6 1/2. In trashy areas I will set the Sens pushed in at around 9 to 11 o’clock. If I am hunting a clean area I will set the Sens pushed in as high as I can with out getting false signals. You can also pull the Sens out if you are getting a lot of false signals or hunting in a highly mineralized area as that will lower the Sens and make the 1266-X more stable. I would also suggest at first you take your 1266-X to any mulch school playgrounds where the digging is easy and get used to the 1266-X. Also if you want to hunt around metal play equipment or bleachers turn the Sens down. I think that the 1266-X does the best in cleaner areas without a lot of trash in them. But that can probably be said for all detectors.