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  1. Reno Chris

    Rawhide Nevada

    They found some coarse nuggets at Rawhide, but much of the placer was deep - 30 to 100 feet down and was worked with shafts and drifts along the bedrock. The shallow head of the placer area at Hooligan Hill was mined in the pit and is gone. While the pit is not active, much of the area is still fenced off.
  2. Reno Chris

    Research Time

    The obvious answer - the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada in California. Highs tomorrow expected in the low 60s here in Reno.
  3. Reno Chris

    Blasting caps

    Those look to be 1950s or 60s vintage. They can be plenty unstable and explode without any battery or electricity. They can go off from static in the air such as comes over in a thunderstorm. Dangerous stuff to have around the house to be sure. Much like old dynamite.
  4. Reno Chris

    Good Article In popular Mechanics

    An interesting article on a form of prospecting we talk little about. I've been doing a bit of that type of prospecting myself. I came up with a real interesting idea in January, we've now got a bunch of claims staked, with more to come. A deal has been inked with a mining exploration company and soon we'll be prospecting with 40 foot diameter coils from 100 feet in the air. As stuff is still happening, I cant really talk about it with any specifics, but in maybe 6 months we should have everything taken care of and be able to talk. In time there should be an article in the ICMJ and I'll be able to talk about it here too.
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    Yep. When it comes to gold, many think its every man for himself, club or no club. There was also some dispute with a neighboring claim holder on those claims - I dont know how that one ended up. I didn't intend it in any mean sort of way, just a plain statement of the facts. Its true of most clubs. A few contribute, most take what they can. There was not a lot of training or learning. The giant craters left everywhere by the newbies attest to that. Most people, while they are nice folks, just wanted someone to put them on the gold. Many of those were not really capable of putting themselves on the gold.
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    Yes. Of the two, the California claim produced far more gold.....
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    My experience was that it was a group of a few experienced people who were willing to help and a bunch of nice but inexperienced folks who just wanted someone to put them on the gold without having to work for it. A lot of clubs are like that - few good contributors, and a majority who just want the benefits. Its easy for the contributors to burn out. And like most spots, the good gold is gone quickly. The only WSPA claim I ever found gold on was the one I contributed to the club - and I would guess that claim has contributed a lot of the gold found by WSPA members over the years. Pounds of gold were found there at one time - but no more as its been beat really hard and the last time I visited, there were open craters everywhere. A lot of newbie members that have no concept of filling in that 18 inch hole they just dug. Finding good spots is a lot of work and few want to do that very hard exploration work then give the good gold over to folks who cant or wont do that hard exploration work. I started with a good attitude, but eventually my attitude turned sour and I left.
  8. She moved out of state to be closer to relatives who could help her raise their boy when she closed the shop here in Reno. Been a lot of years and I have no recollection of what state she moved to. The folks who owned Jobe knew her better, but they have since sold out and retired as well.
  9. Reno Chris

    Jim Straight here

    I was at the GPAA gold show in southern California (Pomona) this last weekend and had the pleasure of having Jim Straight sit in with me in the ICMJ booth for some hours on both days. It was fun, though at 88 Jim is slowing down just a little. Otherwise, he is doing fine. Jim was not the oldest prospector at the show, Pete Pederson was there and he is 90. I hope I can hang in that long!
  10. Reno Chris

    Here is a Crystalline Nugget I Wish I Had!

    What trick? I saw some smaller crystalline gold specimens dug from the same location for sale last week. They were pretty, but I did not buy any.
  11. Reno Chris

    Here is a Crystalline Nugget I Wish I Had!

    Last week I saw some smaller brothers of the 44 pounder which were found with a metal detector............
  12. Reno Chris

    Not a very big piece but an interesting one!

    I doubt nitric would do much anyway. Nitric is not the acid which dissolves quartz - it does a fine job on iron stain, of which I see very little on your specimen. As far as the cracks, it may well be that the gold inside is what is holding the pieces together.
  13. Reno Chris

    To all my Gold Monster 1000 Customers.

    Would happily lend a hand myself if you gents were not so far away. Going to take my GM1000 out today and give it a whirl.
  14. Reno Chris

    Sumpin ain't right

    I did the same thing earlier this summer. About a 30x15 foot area had been dug to bedrock by some dry washers, but I know these guys dont use a metal detector to check the ground afterwards. I took out my GM 1000 and went over it - the bedrock was pretty well mineralized but the GM 1000 discriminated out the mineral. However it did not see any good targets. I took out the SDC 2300 and went over the same ground and got 3 small nuggets, all missed by the GM 1000. VLF machines have both advantages (good discrimination) and dis-advantages (problems with mineralized ground). Look, mineralized ground affects the performance of VLF machines - its just a fact. In mild ground the VLF will pretty much equal the PI for depth with similar coil size, but in well mineralized ground, it just does not work out that way. Even if your VLF seems to be working OK, it is still loosing sensitivity and depth in that strongly mineralized ground. There is a reason why Minelab still makes PI and ZVT detectors - and its the same reason the real serious prospectors have other machines in addition to a VLF. The fact is that a VLF works great in some places, but in others - not so much.
  15. Reno Chris

    Still Searching

    Prospecting is the search for good places to find gold - seems like my friend and I found one - intentional or not..........