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  1. 17 points
    We'll i finally got to join the 1oz+ club!! My buddy Dave and i headed to Gold Basin for a half day trip. We hit our usualy spot and split up. I headed to a wash that i found a 5.4 gram piece a couple of weeks ago. I didnt hit the whole wash, so i figured id start where i left off. A bit later, i get a nice signal by a bush in the middle of the wash. It turned out to an 8 gram specie with some dark host rock mixed in. 10 feet away in the bank of the wash i get another screeming signal. This was the flat nugget, also about 8 g. I radioed Dave to tell him the good news. The next couple of hours there was nothing except a couple of meteors. I decided to hit the bottom end of that same wash on my way back to the truck. After a bit i get a nice signal in the wash, it was the .8g flat piece. The wash had widened out, and the bedrock was deeper, so i wasnt detecting to slow wgen i got a slight sound. I thought it was just ground noise because i was running the GPZ hot at 18 sensitivity and high yield and normal ground. I did a scrape and the sound was still there. I took about 6 inches off with the pick and the sound seemed more distinct. I fugured it wasnt mineralization but rather trash because the dirt was silt, not hard pack. I kep widening and deepening the hole and when i got to over a foot it was screeming. I was figuring tin can ir something. After about 6 more digs and around 2ft deep. I get it out of the hold. I did reach bedrock so i was feeling hopeful. It turned out to be a 1.41 (OZ) nugget and a pretty one at that, with a bit of quartz. I finally joined the club. I feel like i deserve a patch or something lol. I radioed Dave to tell him the good news, and he was eccited for me. (He was already a member pf the club) a bit under 2 oz for the day. Great trip, thanks Dave! Now i can say the GPZ officially paid for itself. Chris
  2. 16 points
    Hey everyone, A buddy of mine Leo Aranza called and asked me he has a a 73 year old Japanese friend Mel who has a minelab detector, who just got it from Doc, and wanted to learn it and find some gold. I took him out to Gold Basin, made sure he was all setup and let him loose. I tell you what, when I am 73 , I hope I can climb hills and still detect like him. Leo is a very good coin/ relic hunter, that been detecting 30 years, and is just starting on gold. We all scored something. Leo ended up with over 200 grams of meteorites, Mel the older gentleman ended up getting a nice little meteorite, and a small 2 gram gold nugget. It was great to see someone get a nugget for the first time. I ended up with almost an ounce of nuggets, it was .77 ounces. and as a bonus got a 586 gram meteorite. Until next time, mucho oro for everyone....
  3. 16 points
    Great day out. Dad and I went back to a old area and I was able to score this little guy. Found a lot of whole bullet drop ins and when I heard this I kind of knew it wasnt a lead fragment. Gave me the sweet soft high/low. Dug it out of the bedrock and YEEEEEHAAH!!!! Yellow stuff Good Lord blessed us with some gold. It was down about 5 inches. Was using the 9x14 coiltek as I knew I was going to be doing some walking today. Really great day out today. Kind of cool, with some cloud cover. Tom H.
  4. 15 points
    After spending all day Wednesday and getting skunked, I decided to get out again today (Sunday) with a good friend into a different area - one I'd never been in. My .51 gram find: I figure I must be doing something right! Below is a pic of my (same as above) nugget next to the very nice 4.8 Gram chunk, found in the same general (and very remote) area by "the other guy ", right after we got in there. In case he reads this: Seriously dude! That had to be more than a 1/2 mile in!!! But hell, I ain't complaining. His find was more than enough motivation to get me beepin' - just as soon as I finished scarfing down a light lunch... Overall it was a pretty awesome day, I'd say! I'll take quality (and nugget size/weight) over quantity any day & especially on a Sunday! Now, will someone please point me in the direction of a really good masseuse? Tiny me + a hydration backpack with gear & snacks + wrestling with cat claw + climbing over huge rocks & boulders in a creek bed + a steep hillside getting into and out of it = one very tired, stiff and sore gal!!! Still, the gold made it all worthwhile and I'd do it all again in a heartbeat! Lisa
  5. 15 points
    By going down to Morristown last Friday and picking up a brand new GM1000 from some guy we might know I have had doubts about this machine, but I have been using a borrowed GB2 for years now and thought it was high time to get a new beeper and return the GB2. I had to sell my dirtbike to get it but after reading a bunch about it and watching plenty of videos, then Bill giving good feedback, I decided to go for it instead of buying my own GB2. So Saturday I spent a couple hours playing with test nuggets in some gravels I have brought home and got used to the new monster. I was pleasantly surprised, but still unsure. Yesterday I loaded up and went back to a patch I have just absolutely beat to death many times with the GB2 and have given up on it producing anymore. This would be a great test, heres the results with the monster... Small but still yellow, three pieces of gold and a couple bb's.
  6. 15 points
    Did you have to google the title ? I sure did I little while ago , I met up with boulder dash, did a bunch of placering, and worst of all, vacuuming Boulderdash arrived early and already had placered about 60 feet of creek bottom . Anyway we continued to work the Canyon of Treasure for the next couple days resulting in many nice findings of gold. Very, very hard work , but as you can see , the results and accomplishment can be rewarding. I think it was like 22 grams in nugget pieces, and 10 grams in fines from drywashing. Maybe boulderdash can correct me if i`m mistaken on the numbers.... Heres some pictures ! Below: Boulderdash vacuuming a large stretch of bedrock.... Below: Some gold from the drywasher tray..... Below: Bunch of nuggets resulting from the effort......
  7. 14 points
    Hi all, took the boys out deer hunting this morning. My son chased this one during archery season in August but could only get about 80 yards from him. Then during muzzleloader season we couldn't find him. So went out this morning and found him again. Layed an awesome shot on him and he only went about 15 yards and dropped. Not huge but he's happy. Dan
  8. 14 points
    Can't remember the guys name that found this, but it came from over near Scenic Loop Road
  9. 13 points
    Since its kinda slow here thought Id post this one that I found a few weeks ago- I awoke it from its long slumber-I took my time on this one I usually just dig em out and maybe take a pic-I know its small Its a whopping 2.5 grains and was down about 3 inches-found with a 2300 -Funny thing is a 5000 had just gone over it and didnt even hear it so I guess the 2300 is good for something Mike C...
  10. 13 points
    Hi Here are a few nuggets I found on recent trips. The most recent find was 2.7grams. Thanks to Dolan Dave and Richard Garcia for the tips. Man, this is a lot tougher than meteorite hunting. I spend a lot of time digging holes!
  11. 12 points
    Got these about 4 yrs ago. In a wash, in the desert, that is well traveled. Everybody passes by this wash. Over 3 oz through the years from that wash. Biggest one is 1.25 oz. So.......dont over look the obvious. I have a friend that has been quite successful finding roadside patches. Tom H.
  12. 11 points
    About a month ago, Dean and I agreed to meet in an area we'd been a few times. The plan was to hike over yonder and detect some ground we'd yet to see. I arrived a couple minutes later than the set time and since the 'road' looked rougher than before, I parked up the hill a short distance from the normal parking area. I got out and decided to walk down to see if I was late. I walked about 25 yards from the truck to a point where I could see around the corner to check if Dean's truck was there. Nope, I got there first. As I went to walk back up to get my gear out, I happened to look down at where I was standing. I noticed that the ground looked a little different than the surrounding area, and upon closer inspection, it seemed as if there were a couple 'rows' of rocks that didn't look natural. I think I had walked into an old patch that was previously raked, and since then, the grasses and small plants had grown back. If I hadn't been standing right on top of it, I probably would have missed it since we'd driven right past before and never noticed. So I went back to the truck, got my gear, and went right back to the 'old patch'. Right away, I was hitting large pieces of surface trash, whole bullets and bullet jacket pieces. We later guessed that the trash arrived sometime after the raking had been done, which perhaps put the time of the raking, back a decade or more. Right before Dean got there, I located a nice faint repeatable signal that gave me a good feeling. I left it in the ground and continued to detect around it since I knew Dean was going to test out a larger coil he had just acquired. When he got there, I was excited to tell him about what I had 'found' and wanted him to test his coil on the target. Sure enough, his GPX and the 18" coil could hear the signal and so we started to dig. After we got down a few inches, I suggested we put the 18" coil aside and fire up my detector with the 11" commander so we wouldn't have to make the hole so big and pin pointing would be easier. After a bit more digging, Dean had the wherewithal to suggest we make a video. Here it is.... Finding .68g 9-10-17.mp4 I ended up with three that day, totaling 1.25g. They were in a line spaced about 15 feet apart from each other. The biggest was in the video (.68g) and they got smaller as they were found. I've watched the video several times now, and I think I moved the nugget when I first started digging with the screwdriver. There was some dirt that got flicked into the side of the hole and after scraping with the pick, I think the nugget stayed in the corner until I checked again with the detector. And yes, I used orange duct tape to 'fix' my glove the night before since Home Depot was already closed. Good times !! Luke
  13. 11 points
    Well, after playing and fooling around (on and off) with different settings, and hitting 4-5 different old, and "very-hammered" spots for the past 5-months up around Lynx Creek "without any luck" I headed down into the lower desert today. The heat wasn't bad (a high of around 75-78 deg). After a boot tack and 2-3 very small pieces of rusted tin, I managed to hear a very faint signal, and after digging down right-at one foot I pulled this 2.37 gram nugget out. The first photo is just "some" of the various-sized lead and fragments that I have found on other outings (there has been much more not photo'd). Based on how smooth and rounded this nugget is, it has traveled a bit down stream, and is pendant-shaped. Gary
  14. 11 points
    What! I didnt say the monster sucked??? Headed out to the hills with dad today to meet up with a good friend that let us come into a area hes been getting a lot of small stuff out of. So..........were tooling alone the freeway, cop on the side of the road with flashers on...no biggie...keep cruzing. 5 miles down the road, im getting lit up! What the heck!??? Pull over and he explains to me that I did not follow the "pull over" law. Guess if they are stopped on the side you have to slow down and pull over into the other lane. WTheck...there were cars in front/behind/and beside all just cruising along....Guess I had the only vehicle he could catch that stood out. Whatever...I just said yes sir, no sir....and got my warning. To the gold fields!!!! Did some placering today dug a few spots out and sucked them up. Did some detecting with the 5000 and didnt get anything yellow..lots of other stuff though! So the other guy is detecting where the wash crosses the road and bang...he gets two, one a sunbaker I took the monster over and beeped the single one in the pic. He left the little guys there for me to suck up. Cleaned up the road/wash area with the vac. Bout 3/4 bucket. Got some nice pieces out of it! The second bucket didnt fare as well. But, all in all it weighed out to .4 grams. Paid for the gas anyway Great day out with Dad and friends. We got a pic of a walking stick bug also. Oh, also my feeble attempt at hand stacking Tom H.
  15. 11 points
    I will have lots more time now to devote to detecting since I will not watch any more NFL football after today. College football is better anyway! Dean
  16. 10 points
    Finally finished bathing my ironstone/ quartz nuggets in a Hydrofluoric Bath. A lot of pieces of small flake gold was breaking off from quartz, so I had to get them out early. Also ran into a dead big horn goat, on my last hunt ... Dave
  17. 10 points
    This Nugget was found on Woods Creek. 8/16 It was 17.76 troy oz. it is called the "Groucho's Nugget, Jamestown, CA
  18. 10 points
    One of the great things I remember about the first NuggetShooter outing I attended, was meeting Mitchel and getting the opportunity to hold 'The Goose Egg'. I haven't been nugget shooting as long as some of these other guys, but I'm still proud to show my biggest nugget find to date. It was found in central Arizona, on a hillside patch I was invited to by a friend of mine. It was the fourth nugget I had ever found and now my wife wears it on a chain. I was using my modified White's SPP ( TDI variant ) with a 7" homemade basket weave coil. The nugget was 4 to 5 inches deep and not on bedrock. It weighs 3.21g. Still searching for the nugget that will top this one..... Luke
  19. 9 points
    Nice handful of some GPX finds.... About 5 ounces there I guess
  20. 9 points
    Rick.... Is there any bedrock poking through in the immediate area? Uphill or downhill? At least you know there is gold at that location. It's not a total loss. You'll get some. It will happen.... Today.... I went to a 'new' spot. New to me, but I've found gold in the area and the 'dirt' looked the same on Google earth so it was worth checking out. I went up a narrow gully and after about an hour and still within a hundred yards from the truck I found this: The bedrock is mostly a schist type rock with quartz and ironstones mixed in. After about ten trash targets and based on what I was finding, I knew it hadn't been detected much, if at all. I reached a point where the schist bedrock turned into a decaying granite of some sort. Right there the schist was dark blue/green and cut across the wash at an angle. It had a slope and materials from the hill above were 'washing' down from there. I swung over this area and there were a small pile of baseball sized ironstones. They sounded off, but the weird ironstone sound. I kicked them aside and there was the sweet sound I was wanting to hear. Another scrape and it was screaming. Once the ironstones were out of the way, it wasn't more than two inches deep, laying on top of the bedrock maybe two feet above the bottom of the wash. I stuck around there for another hour or so and nothing else today, but now I know there's gold there and I'll have a different plan next time. I know you've got to be tired of hearing this, but once you get over one, things will 'click'. Good luck out there Rick. Luke
  21. 9 points
    Neither side is on our side and love to see folks argue who's jackass is the better Jackass. Give it a break guys as said above it is the government as a whole that can not get anything done not one man.....
  22. 9 points
    Found this one with my smallest coil (Sadie). It is 4.5 oz (specific gravity test gave it 2oz gold on the nose) I still sit up late at night talking to it. My wife's just a little jealous. Until she sees the gold and the she starts talking to it
  23. 9 points
    NFL, I'm done with you. If you can't discipline your players for disrespecting America then you don't deserve Americans watching your games. Phooey on you........... Old Tom
  24. 9 points
    IMO if THEIR not happy LEAVE ALREADY wont hurt my feelings Mike C...
  25. 8 points
    I found that a GB2 and a small rake are amazing ... I found areas out in Red Basin that just kept producing for years...They added up and the occasional larger nuggets spiced up the search ... Then I went back in with my good ol' Baboo 2100 and started pulling some nice deeper ones ... Gotta know when to use which tool! ... Cheers, Unc
  26. 8 points
    Sometimes evidence of drywashing can be no more than some of the trash found, like bellows nails (furniture tack looking) and other things like bits of screen and weird looking corkscrew wire.... Just saying. Often the wash was worked in the wash.... So all evidence or most tailings have been redistributed by erosion over the years. A wash in the middle of nowhere and trash? Why????? Just tips from a old guy...
  27. 8 points
    I can't agree with you more. Both sides (Parties) and the Media had us by the nostrils long time ago, and it continues today. Here is a little sweetheart of a nugget to get us on the right track again......
  28. 8 points
    Well Morlock, I suspect you're a real minority on the gold forums...Cheers, Unc
  29. 8 points
    I'm done with the NFL. They need to get a real job. Once these sports teams started pushing their politics I turned their A$$'s off.
  30. 8 points
    I have stopped watching football. I was shocked. What exactly do these guys want and how bad do they think the US is compared to the other countries? They are welcome to go to the Canadian Football League. To think my tax dollars go to building stadiums for those millionaire clowns.
  31. 8 points
    Found these in quartzite in 2014 big one weighed in at 20.5 penny weight. It was a good day to dance in the desert.
  32. 8 points
    Sadly I never took pictures back in the day and some of my biggest finds were in the early 90s, but later on I took a few and I am still bad at remembering to take photos because I am....Well, getting old lol. Here is just under 4 ounces from the same hole hole back in the early 2000s, can't remember which detector
  33. 8 points
    If prospecting was all or nearly all nothing but luck, then inexperienced new guys would be just as productive as guys with decades of experience, and as you well know it just aint that way. On any one day, who knows what will happen and the newbie might well do better than the experienced guy, but over the long haul the guys who know what they are doing will do much, much better. For every story of some new guy who made a great find, I can tell you 10 stories (or maybe 100) of guys who had no idea what they were doing, went out expecting to get loads of gold and come home with nothing or nearly nothing. I've been eyewitness to a good number of them. No one even bothers to remember stories of new guys who fail because that's what happens 99.9% of the time. I also know of a number of stories where the newby who has success on his first time out then spends years trying to repeat his success and finds a whole lot of nothing. Yep, luck is a thing and once in a while it strikes like a lightening bolt and the new guy ends up finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but most of the time the pot at the end of the rainbow is just an old outhouse. Luck is great and be thankful when you end up with luck smiling on you, but knowledge, skill and experience are helpful a lot more often. Fun to pick this kind of thing off an old mine dump - wiry, silver rich electrum gold - the gold comes out the back side of the specimen, so it goes clear through. You know the old miners didn't intend to throw this stuff away.
  34. 7 points
    Nope you have done the work and are receiving the benefits in a extremely hard passion. Your the next boulder dash but I will call you lukendash.
  35. 7 points
    Considering there are more stars in the universe then grains of sand on all of Earth's beaches, I'm sure some 22ft tall, 4 eyed, 6 toed, 3 nosed, 12 armed, 5 footed alien is out there having a Bud someplace. I always wanted to be a sci fi novelist.
  36. 7 points
    Well I got out today to do my testing on the GM 1000 I couldn't believe how well it ran from the time I turned it on. I tested both coils in the deep mode and could run both with the sensitivity set at 7 without any noise but had some noise started at 8. Then I put it in the gold mode and I could run the sensitivity up to 10 in both coils. I did kick it into the auto plus but that's a maybe. I did try to see if either coil would false but that was not to be. I guess what gets me it didn't run this good at home and I did have some falsing there. I plan on more testing before I make a trip to nugget country.I wasn't so interested in depth on this but will next time. If your detector isn't working correct you forget about anything else. Chuck PS I know this don't help with any trouble some are having but I just tell it like it is.
  37. 7 points
    OK, now I see why no training was offered and perhaps at the outing I will have time to help out. With the 4500 keeping it stable is very important especially if looking for deep targets. The "sensitivity" "threshold, and GB are very important in helping achieve this. Factory pre set setting are OK to start out, but it is only a starting point and up to you after that and try adjusting different settings related to stability over a in ground faint target before you dig (not planted) see if you can increase the detectors ability to "see" the target or not and pay attention to what settings work best for the area you are in. HUNT SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW like a snail with a broken foot...
  38. 7 points
    GPX 5000 is more stable and has a setting (timing) called "Fine Gold" under "special" that is killer on small gold at depth. if you are current or ex military there is 15% off from my store as well....
  39. 7 points
    Fred , this is true but I still like the monster....cleaning the desert one fragment at a time....my new motto
  40. 7 points
    Yeah media is getting everyone worked up and government is again stirring the pot.... I see a pattern, Just sayin. I am American.....
  41. 7 points
    I wrote a paragraph about this topic, I erased it....these NFL players are an embarrassment to themselves. To go to England and hide out in a locker room during our anthem, and then stand for there's.... they may just as well stay there. Mr. Villanueva is a hero and a man who did the right thing....because he went against his own team and stood up for us all.
  42. 7 points
    I have only started finding nuggets in the last few months in AZ. These found in Gold Basin are the biggest. (So Far)😉 The biggest on the right is 5.4 grams. Im looking to join the 1oz club. Chris
  43. 7 points
    Those are some fine gold nuggets !!! Ahhhh gold and gold fever running high.....here is one I found and sold.
  44. 7 points
    So Bill and I are doing a lesson with Gregg this past Weekend. Gregg bought a new GM 1000 and was coming over from CA for an early morning lesson in the LSD area. Gregg is catching on real fast when Bill decides he needs to show Gregg what a very tiny piece of gold sounds like under an inch or so of hot ground! So Bill takes his little gold bottle out of his pouch and dumps out the treasurers to show off and picks one of the nuggets to 'plant' (said in a good way as Gregg could see exactly where the nugget was placed!). Bill put the remaining nuggets back in the bottle and sets it off to the side.You have to understand we were all down on our knees at this point for the 'demo'! So Bill has the nugget in the ground and waves the coil over it ... clear and loud the signal sounds out ... now it's time to recover it ... a little shallow scratch here ... a swing across the hole ... still there ... scratch again ... still there ... no signal its in the pile. A very small sample into the scoop and there it is ... now back into the bottle it goes! OOOPS! Where did the bottle go ... I have the bottle cap right here ... OOOH! There it is over there ...ON IT'S SIDE AND EMPTY! Four little nuggets are somewhere out free again! A slight panic in Bill's voice when he says to Gregg half joking and maybe a bit seriously ... Well Gregg here is where your lesson begins ... you need to find the four nuggets! Well after a fashion all four were reunited to the bottle and all was well again. Just goes to show how far an instructor will go to make a point and teach his student how to find gold! As an observer of the whole process is was just plain funny to watch! Hope you got a good laugh out of the story. As for Bill ... I think he will take 'better' care of his nugget bottle! Oh ... and did I tell you that before all this happened we left the shop with Bill and Gregg in the lead in Bill's Yamaha side by side and Max and me in my RZR pulling up the rear. Well we didn't get but a few hundred yards from the shop when taking a right hand turn Bill's detector bag with nugget bottle(yes the same one mentioned above) and GM 1000 battery inside rolled out of the buggy onto the road. So I picked it up! Little further down the road a flannel shirt flew off and landed in the road! I picked that up. Bill is oblivious to both incidents. So we arrive at the first site and he goes to get his bag ... I could see a little concern in his facial expression as he doesn't see the bag ... I said nothing(bad boy Mike!) ... he looks all over the Yamaha ... no bag ... so finally I say "Are you looking for this?" and "I also picked up your shirt that blew out!" Relief from Bill when he saw that both the nugget bottle and the battery were still in the bag! I guess that was the indication of what was to follow with the tipped over nugget bottle! Sorry Bill ... Had to add that! And Gregg if you read this ... good meeting you and thank you for your business! We appreciate it. I know you will do well with the 'Monster'!
  45. 7 points
  46. 6 points
  47. 6 points
    Securing the coil cable on both coils didn't do a thing for me but if it worked for others that's great.You that have tried everything and nothing has worked then you need to call Minelab. They will give you a return number and will send you a shipping label. The only thing it's going to cost you is your time. Write the return number on the outside of the box and at some time are another you will get a repair number sent to you by email or text. Be sure you tell them the problem and a good number to call you. Like Bill said Minelab wants to find and fix the issue we having. Whatever you do try not put a rush on them. I don't want to get it back and have to turn around again then send it back another time.That is no fun! Chuck
  48. 6 points
    Yep Bob I did actually find a stringer out there above the wash those came out of and many were in a huge crack in the bedrock running into the bank. I took a total of 2.3 Troy Pounds from that wash and surrounding hills over the last ten years and always score a few when I go back with new technology. Funny thing was when I found the stringer it was more epidermal looking gold in a red decomposed material and though very pretty gold it was very fragile and one big nugget broke into pieces in the jar driving the 12 bumpy miles out of there Took another 4 ounces out of that vein above. The old timers had dug several trenches in the area for these stringers or pockets as well. Best part was there is no listed placer production from this spot and I was told a story by a construction worker also a sheep hunter about it. His grandfather would drywash while they hunted sheep when he was a kid and his granddad always went home with a baby food jar of gold from that area. Have a trip planned this fall with the GPZ 7000 and GM 1000 to see what is still lurking in the deep ground and shallow trashy areas....
  49. 6 points
    UPDATE: I just returned from meeting with meteorite expert at UW-Madison and they believe it is a stony-iron mesosiderite. They have a SIMS lab, but unfortunately it is tied to research and would require a grant to test. They are getting in contact with Phil Heck at The Field Museum in Chicago to get me in for testing.
  50. 6 points
    Just were no targets left there likely Rick, I do allot of research and drive to rarely visited areas and have hunted all day before and found no trash (or gold) in some areas, others just trash, but one was was only gold, no trash and 10.5 ounces of it.... Just keep at it my friend.
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