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  1. 6 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
  2. 5 points
    Hillsides can be tough all around. Like adam is saying, try to find exposed bedrock in a drywash or very shallow overburden like less than a few inches and placer some dirt off, focus on widened areas and level grade areas with exposed bedrock. I've had best luck with a GB2 doing just that. I dont take hours detecting every square inch of a 200 yard wash, I "cherry pick" exposed bedrock and get several washes detected in those few hours, keep an eye out for handstacks, or flattened out small rockpiles on the sides. Try to cover lots of ground in a day until you get that yellow nugget and things start to click, then slow it down and learn the area.
  3. 5 points
    Protip: To efficiently clean out crevices take the plastic end off the hose and use your hand to squeeze down the end of the hose to match the size of the crevice you are working. You will be able to clean out the crevices better than using the standard vacuum crevice attachment. DP
  4. 5 points
    I dug most all signals that was non magnetic and a lot of the magnetic signals because they was faint ' or back and forth...........They never did say how deep . I did see one of them reach about half way up to his elbow in one hole. Might be I got the trash out of the way
  5. 3 points
    Well fellas, you were right on. I opened up the hole to 2" and it now has good suction. Thanks
  6. 3 points
    yep checking and rechecking holes............the machine (GM1000) is working great , it has got to be me I guess. I will keep plugging away. Sooner or later it will happen.
  7. 3 points
    You're doing everything right. The gold gods don't like ANYONE as we've all been through the same spells you're going through. Just keep trying.
  8. 3 points
    A piece of car radiator hose over the end can be easily distorted to fit into crevices and is still sturdy enough not to be sucked flat by the vacuum. Rowdy
  9. 3 points
    Wow Ron thanks for posting that, I don't know why they didin't make a pendant out ot it, it has the hole for a chain all ready to go around the neck, but I guess it would of been awkward for them trying to walk around with the chain around both of their necks!!
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    Decided i wanted a gas vac for vacuuming cracks and crevices but didn't want to spend $400+ to buy one. So checked Craigs List and found an Echo leaf blower about 65 miles north of us. So after a road trip north to get the blower i came home and put this together. It is built on a 2 gal. bucket since i wanted a smaller more compact one. I had the hose and fittings already so total investment was: Blower $50, gas for trip $15, lunch at Burger King $7 so a total of $72. And best of all when i started it after finishing it actually sucks material up.
  12. 2 points
    I don't know what I'm doing in the front yet. Maybe a beak? Or just some subtle pinstriping...or jaws I made this eagle for the tail. The eagle will be in black on an orange field.
  13. 2 points
    So , you werent working on bedrock then?
  14. 2 points
    Your a nice fella.....I am sure they appreciated it...
  15. 2 points
    Two guys found a 10 oz'er in that area...They were drywashing the the nugget just fell out of the bank...I ghost wrote an article about it but I can't remember where it got published...Maybe the old AZOD site...I was the mining/prospecting editor for them...Don't think they're even around anymore...Cheers, Unc by Jim Price It was a pretty nippy morning in the shadow of Rich Hill when my partner Harry and I left the Stanton Camp for the half hour ride to our digging's. We finally got set up and started the first run about 8:30 AM, with the first cleanup around only a half hour later. We had worked outward to the right and to the left the prior day and the gold pickens were getting pretty thin. One place left to go was right up the middle. First cleanup looked pretty good. Harry was working with the pick and I had the #2 shovel moving trying to keep up with the big Gold King drywasher. About 9:40 I turned to let the washer clear and start the second cleanup of the day. Harry was still picking away and suddenly he said "Jim!" As I turned toward him he plopped this object in my hand. Eyes wide, I responded, "What the hell is this?" It looked like a piece of tarnished brass, and Harry was sure I was going to throw it away. We Looked at it for a second and then spit on it and wiped it with my glove. Nearly fell off the shovel handle I was leaning on. We immediately shut down the blower and sat down to look it over and talk about it. Got some pictures and finished two more runs before heading back to camp. The word finally got out and we had a great afternoon showing and explaining how it happened. Friends, neighbors and others came to view it. One of them was "Digger" who runs the backhoe for the digs, came around the corner of the motorhome and asked if we needed a plastic bottle for our gold. Harry looked at it and replied, "No, the top isn't big enough." Digger looked at him funny and walked away. We waited a few minutes and went over to his trailer and asked if he still had the bottle. Handed it to Harry, who then imitated trying to put something in it. After a few comical trys, Harry opened his hand with the nugget in it. “See, I told you it wouldn't go in there, he grinned at Digger. Eyes wide, Digger shook his head. “darn, I knew you guys were going to pull something like this on me.” Harry and I both recognize the fact that there was no skill in finding the nugget, other than being at the right place at the right time. One of our campmates probably summed it up right when he said,. "Even a blind hog can find an acorn once in awhile." Enjoy the pictures. It proves once again that there are still some great gold pieces out there. Weight is 9.21 ounces with approximately 5 ounces of gold. Jim & Harry dubbed it “The Eye of the Needle” nugget. The nugget fresh from the ground, just moments after discovery. Dimensions are 2 1/2" X 3". Just a nice handful. END
  16. 2 points
    RIP as viagra stock plunges-John
  17. 1 point
    Weather is starting to cool and the bug is biting!! Great forum.
  18. 1 point
    It can be tough to tell how old a dry wash pile is. Unless you find an old miners boots, then you might be looking at an old grave instead It's getting close to Halloween. So I can be a bit morbid.
  19. 1 point
    An old cowboy walks into a barbershop in Red Lodge, Montana for a shave and a haircut. He tells the barber he can’t get all his whiskers off because his cheeks are wrinkled from age. The barber gets a little wooden ball from a cup on the shelf, and tells the old cowboy to put it inside his cheek to spread out the skin. When he’s finished, the old cowboy tells the barber that was the cleanest shave he’d had in years, but he wanted to know what would have happened if he had accidentally swallowed the little ball. The barber replied, “Just bring it back in a couple of days like everyone else does.
  20. 1 point
    Oh geez -- ya got me goin', lol..! Ok, as long as we're into Boogie Woogie pianer y'all gotta check this dude out..! And if you think the tongue isn't important, wait until about the 4 minute mark.. Originally recorded in 2013.. A lower rez ver with about a bazillion hits can be found floating around YT too.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h86nJUHrJ1E (The copyright holder doesn't allow embedding, sorry..) Swamp
  21. 1 point
    Now going off a few clues of some old timer stories to find that .... is priceless. THAT is why I hunt for gold. Because that stuff of stories is still out there waiting to be found. Thanks for sharing in the details, Bill!
  22. 1 point
    Rick; back in the late 80's I lived in Chino valley. I met some very successful nugget hunters. I went to the same areas they did, found tons of thrash but no gold. George Med was very helpful and said their was no good reason I was not finding gold... After I finally found my first little nugget I realized two things...I did not really believe I could find gold with a detector and I had not stuck to the search long enough to be successful. After my first I never got skunked for two or three years... You will find one, stick to it! fred
  23. 1 point
    Black would look cool. Business Like, eaa? Some Black Jaws Around the Engine Cowling ? LOL
  24. 1 point
    Flat black for all! Thermal transfer is better. I might paint the valve covers orange to match the planes colors though. That should look okay
  25. 1 point
    Are you rechecking your holes after you clean up the trash ?
  26. 1 point
    You got me, Chuck. I really need to pick a better picture. But what can I say, Photoshop will keep me looking young forever. I do hope you get your GM back soon. Stories like yours, and others for that matter, have me waiting to see how things are handled. Andyy
  27. 1 point
    Do you know how deep the nuggets were that they found? I'm guessing that they could get a bit deeper with the 2300 than you can with your detector, or maybe they were digging faint signals that you couldn't or didn't hear.
  28. 1 point
    Hey, thanks for the feedback. The reason I inquired is because one of the members present at the PCSC outing last weekend did have an adaptor. At least it did fit into the existing plug in port on the Gold Monster and had a corresponding receptacle for the standard sized headphone pin insert commonly found on Nugget Busters and Sun Ray Pro headphones. The member, however, encountered signal losses when he switched from all-metal to the discriminate mode (or vice versa). I think maybe some insert pins may have slightly different contact points along the length of the insert pin. I did not pay a lot of attention to exactly what his problem was. However, he simply discarded the headphones and used the detector's external speaker. Since he went on to recover five nice nuggets I guess the headphones aren't all that important. After the cheap earpiece fell off my pair, then I too utilized the external speaker mode and found a nugget. I disfavor using the external speaker because I feel it is discourteous to others who may be irked having to listen to someone else's racket while trying to maintain focus on their own nugget hunt. I will follow up after obtaining some adaptors and report on their effectiveness.
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    unlike the Muslims he had his 70 virgins in this life...at least that is what they told him... fred
  32. 1 point
    That is what I did also Couple of tips.....get a 5 gallon bucket. A 2 gallon will fill up fast. Make a spout for the inside of the tube in the bucket that will point the dirt so it goes around. You will be sucking the dirt right back out with your blower fan if you dont. PVC fitting from Home Depot should do it. Also, put a screen over the intake of the blower fan so you dont suck any bigger rocks through the fan and damage it. Heres a pic. Grab one of your cheap old flat tipped screwdrivers, grind it to a point and bend it to a little hook on the end. Scrape the crevices with it as your sucking up the material with the hose. Another tip..........find out what kind of a carburetor it has and buy about 3 rebuild kits that have the diaphragms in it. Mine go bad every year with the ethanol in the gas. (lots of pulling and hard starting when they get crispy and thats depressing out in the field) Start it up every time before you go out. You may have to adjust your carb a bit in the field as they are really sensitive to elevation changes. My kits only cost 1.90 ea. Good luck! Tom H.
  33. 1 point
    So now put the blower tube on and a piece of hose and you can also run drywasher
  34. 1 point
    Okay, third update: The weekend of September 23-24 the Prospectors Club of Southern California had an outing near Barstow. Over thirty nuggets were recovered -- about half with the Gold Monster. Two fairly longtime members found their first natural gold nuggets with a metal detector. One of them was trying out my Gold Monster -- finding a nice .26g piece. My advice to those unfamiliar with a machine that has no threshold -- be sure to utilize a gold nugget sample while in the All Metal Mode so that your ear begins to focus on the zip responses made by nuggets and most non-ferrous targets, i.e., signal responses that sharply climb up the sound scale but do not taper off. The ferrous ironstone, hot rock targets mostly make sounds that have a "down-sounding" ending, i.e., the signal at first climbs, but then tapers off. It's kinda difficult to describe with words. Best to take some practice nuggets with you and spend some time comparing and contrasting the differences between the two types of sounds. Once your ear becomes accustomed to the difference you will spend less time unnecessarily switching to Discriminate. I have one rant: The cheap, shoddy Gold Monster stock headphones are a woeful blot upon the Minelab escutcheon. The ear piece on my set came completely off with no obvious way to re-attach it. I wish there were some after market socket pin adaptor to enable usage of my Sun Ray Pros or my Nugget Busters. The attached photo was my weekend take.
  35. 1 point
    Hey Andy Why don't you come on over from Az. I'm more than willing to wait for and you look younger than myself so I let you drive. We can hunt back together. That sounds like more fun than I can stand. Us just let Minelab ship my GM back to me and forget what I said before about coming. The Best Chuck
  36. 1 point
    Perhaps a copy of Zip-Zip would be better? If you are going to be hunting Gold Basin most of the time. You should try to learn specifically what to look for in Gold Basin. Once you learn a few things to look for, the rest should take care of itself. Don't over think it. If there are people who continue to dry wash a certain area. Detect that area. Get in their holes and knock down their piles. Be assured, no one gets it all. I love it when I find a fresh dry washer hole. They have been good to me. Which should also be a lesson to those who don't fill in their holes. I see your work and I get some of the gravy too.
  37. 1 point
    Ok all, this is why I hold my political rants. Look at us, ALL of us. We all love the the same thing here. GOLD AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS. Don't forget that. Like Mike said, we ALL have different views on political parties. It's just how it works I guess. BUT how can we all have such great conversations on here about things we love to do, and show pictures of awesome nuggets and of friends and family, and then 1 little thing like politics changes the whole atmosphere of the place? People get so mad, then name calling comes out, then it just ALL goes all hell ( sorry ). We need to remember that everyone on here enjoys the same thing as one another. Heck, one day I would love to make it down to Az where most of you live and meet you all. I would love to join one of your outings, but I would think that would be pretty hard to do if I sat here behind my phone screen calling people names and picking a fight with someone I might actually get to chase a nugget with some day. ALL I'm saying here fellers is, we ALL have strict views on things, whether it's how we were raised or how we learned things in life that work for us as individuals. Just because it's how we were raised or taught or is what we believe doesn't mean it's the right way for everyone. To each their own right. So if your Democrat and enjoy it, don't push it on other people. If your Republican and enjoy it, don't push it on other people. We are a tight nit group here with some amazing people with lots of passion for what we love. No reason to ruin that over a little political BS. Look at us, we keep saying the media is dividing the country and different races, what are we doing here right now? Dividing ourselves. I didn't see the media post on here and cause this gripe session. Just my thoughts. Take care all. Dan
  38. 1 point
    Homefire: We are not talking about Islam. The subject at hand has nothing to do with Islam. Why do you keep bringing up Islam? Start a topic about Islam if you want to. Anyways.... Many Great Men and Women died to protect their right to peacefully protest. Am I wrong? Isn't that what America is about? 1st Amendment. Even if you don't like it? Trump even tweeted something to this effect the very next day after his inauguration. Asking for equal protection under law is disrespectful? Bringing attention to the issue is disrespectful? Kneeling and bowing your head is disrespectful? Do you pray? Are their rights any less than yours? Fine, don't watch NFL, nobody is forcing you. One thing for sure, NFL is not America. It's just one small, fairly insignificant, aspect of America. An America where a man is 'owned' by a team and 'overpaid' to sacrifice his health and most likely shorten his lifespan for a miniscule fraction of the overall take of the NFL and it's 'owners'. Designed to distract the masses from the real issues and keep the status quo. The President suggesting that the protesters be fired is..... Well, actually it's against the law. 18 U.S. Code § 227 – Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch: (a) Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity— (1) takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, or (2) influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States. (b) In this section, the term “covered government person” means— (1) a Senator or Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress; (2) an employee of either House of Congress; or (3) the President, Vice President, an employee of the United States Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code). I would suggest to the President that his time would be better served addressing the possible nuclear war with N. Korea. Or how about the American citizens currently without power and water due to recent natural disasters? Millions.... As far as I can see, he's got a lot of work to do with regards to all the 'promises' he made during the election. Why does everything out of his mouth have to be divisive? He could have said that he doesn't agree with the method of the protest but would look further into the inequality issues. That would be "Presidential". Even if he did nothing about it. Which I'm certain, will be the case. Have any of YOU ever worn any "Flag" clothing? How about a ''Flag'' bandanna around your head? ''Flag'' bikini briefs? You are disrespectful.... Those guys who drive around with a US Flag attached to the receiver hitch of their trucks. Disrespectful. Using "Patriotism" to bully other Americans. Disrespectful. U.S. Flag Code: The words "flag, standard, colors, or ensign", as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.[2] The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing, unless it is the ensign responding to a salute from a ship of a foreign nation. This is sometimes misreported as a tradition that comes from the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, where countries were asked to dip their flag to King Edward VII; American team flag bearer Ralph Rose did not follow this protocol, and teammate Martin Sheridan is often, though apocryphally, quoted as proclaiming that "this flag dips before no earthly king."[3] This tradition was codified as early as the 1911 U.S. Army drill regulations.[4] The flag should never be displayed with the union (the starred blue union in the canton) down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.[5] The flag should not be used as "wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery", or for covering a speaker's desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins). Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.[6] The flag should never be drawn back or bunched up in any way. The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.[7] The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed, or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard. The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.[8] The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and members of patriotic organizations. Flag lapel pins may also be worn (they are considered replicas) and are worn near the heart. The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it or attached to it. The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything. The flag should never be stepped on. In a parade, the flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle, railroad train, or boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.[9] When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously. The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary. If the flag is being used at a public or private estate, it should not be hung (unless at half staff or when an all-weather flag is displayed)[10] during rain or violent weather. When a flag is so tattered that it no longer fits to serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, the military and other organizations regularly conduct dignified flag-burning ceremonies.[11][12] The flag should never touch anything beneath it. Contrary to an urban legend, the flag code does not state that a flag that touches the ground should be burned. Instead, it is considered disrespectful to the flag and the flag in question should be moved in such a manner so it is not touching the ground.[11] The flag should always be permitted to fall freely. (An exception was made during the Apollo moon landings when the flag hung from a vertical pole designed with an extensible horizontal bar, allowing full display even in the absence of an atmosphere.) Here's a couple of quotes I viewed today... "We should not want an America where people are forced to stand. We should work towards an America where people want to stand." "We don't have to agree on everything to be kind to one another" As long as Americans continue to bicker and fight with each other, the problems that are dragging us down will continue to get worse. Which is exactly what our enemies have always wanted. Now get off the computer and go find some gold !!
  39. 1 point
    I guess I should have said , no recent drywasher activity . There is 2 nice looking smaller washes that connect and it looks good on Google Earth any how...don't matter. I am going to be getting out and that is what counts...
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    LOL, You guys are as bad as me. A dollar Short and a Day Late. LOL
  42. 1 point
    Just a quick warning to those who prefer name calling on members of this forum for political differences ... That is one of the reasons threads like this get stopped and removed. It is OK to state an opinion ... be aware when you do so that you may find disagreement to your opinion as we are all different and come from various experiences and backgrounds ... It is NOT OK to resort to name calling or belittling anyone on this forum.
  43. 1 point
    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......
  44. 1 point
    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.....
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    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....
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