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  1. Jimmy M

    Watch Your Step

    One of my favorite haunts is infested with these black rattlers. Yes, they are aggressive. They have a den in a small mineshaft, the opening to which is heavily brush-covered. If you approach the den, and they sense your presence, they will begin rattling. One morning I had just bagged a nice nugget, then immediately I encountered an unhappy rattler. Prudence dictated that I move a short distance away. Got a second nugget, then immediately encountered rattler number 2. The third nugget was immediately followed with a third snake. All three could be quickly relocated by their buzzing. I wimped out and headed for a more snake-less area.
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    One nugget, one Rattlesnake

    Adam, a really nice pic of that buzztail. Handsome picker, too.
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    Azusa Gold

    Jerry was a great guy and a good friend. He often dropped by our editorial offices ("Treasure Magazine") to talk about our mutual passion for gold hunting. A quiet, unassuming kind of guy, but when he had something to say it was worth listening to. HH Jimmy M
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    Howdy friends

    Welcome to the forum. Nice pics. That particular ravine has produced many pounds of gold over the years. A really First Class place. HH Jim
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    14.9 Grams of Ugly

    Bob, this "Jimmy M" is Jim McCulloch. Yes, Terry's truck was a used-up rolling wreck, really too beat up for safe desert driving. Oddly, although Terry found a good deal of gold, he never seemed to have any money. At least not enough to upgrade his truck. In fact when he passed he still owed me a modest amount of money, but was unable to repay. Of the several stories surrounding his death, the version I favor, which was the earliest-told, supposedly from the train driver, was that he was closely following another vehicle racing to get over the tracks before the train got there. The train driver was of the opinion that dust from the first vehicle obscured Terry's vision. If this was the case, Terry probably never knew what hit him. (Hopefully). The "conspiracy" and suicide theories came later. None of which I believe. Murder: the belief that Terry was murdered "for a huge stash of gold" clearly overlooks Terry's very apparent poverty. Once we were together in a restaurant in Wickenburg awaiting a gold buyer who was purchasing the previous two day's take. Until getting paid, always in cash, Terry didn't even have the price of a meal. Suicide due to depression: I don't buy that. Terry was an upbeat guy. Yes, he had recently broken up with his girlfriend, but he didn't seem too bummed about that. Also, he had hopes of getting his 27 ounce nugget back. He had already had faced that apparent loss for some time. Anyway, if the (alleged) driver of the first truck could come forward, that would answer some of the questions. HH Jim McCulloch aka Jimmy M.
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    14.9 Grams of Ugly

    Bill, despite all the varying opinions re: T-Bone's demise, I remain optimistic that it was a regrettable case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Just my two grains worth. HH Jim
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    14.9 Grams of Ugly

    Mo' bettah, Bill. Good thing it didn't just crumble into dust, I've had that happen before. All this talk about acids reminds me of the time two guys came up to my booth at a Gold Show. Jimmy Sierra was with me, and the first guy asked for the recipe for Aqua Regia. I told him, and then asked him why did he need to know that? (I mean, after all, AR dissolves gold). He then showed us several really nice specimen-grade pieces of auriferous quartz, true picture rock stuff. He said they wanted to burn off some of the quartz to expose more gold. I told him that AR was the wrong acid for that, HF was what they needed. They both looked at each other as if to say "This guy [me] is a moron." And then they began to tell me as much, in very colorful terms. "No, you're WRONG, buddy, Hydrofluoric dissolves gold, and aqua regia dissolves quartz!. Even fools know that!" About to protest, Jimmy clamps a hand on my shoulder and said "They're right, Jim, they're right, YOU got it backwards." Then addressing them he said "Go ahead and use aqua regia to remove the quartz, and let us know how that works out....." To this day I wish I knew how it "worked out for them..." HH Jim
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    Looking for GM II Long Scan coil

    Howdy Rebel, what kind of condition is your GM 3 coil in? Can it be installed on your GMT, operated at full gain, coil held away from the ground without "screaming?" If so, I am interested. Please advise. (760) 401-7514. HH Jim
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    Three nuggets and a 'stone'

    Luke, I, too, fully sympathize with your plight. At least you didn't have to have a lithotripsy. I have, and they ain't fun.
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    Tucson Gold Show 2-17-18 and 2-18-18

    I will be having my usual booth there. (Jim's Metal Detectors- White's Electronics). Bill and Kevin always give informative talks. Lots of good people and cool stuff to see and buy.
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    Bolide Over Yucca Valley?

    Martin, no, I did see this episode here in YV. Several years ago I witnessed a similar event during the day, all but knocking me off of the ladder. No report in the High Desert Star, but a Marine buddy of mine confirmed that a Marine jet had exploded in midair. Such events are never publicized. Perhaps another such incident? We'll likely never know. HH Jim
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    Weekend Exploration ....Pays Off

    Sweet. Nice finds.
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    Do Better Headphones Mean More Gold?

    When prospecting, the primary virtue of quality headphones is the user's enhanced ability to hear faint signals, which can be indicative of small or deep targets. That being the case, higher decibel output headphones CAN find more gold than lower decibel headphones, or using no headphones at all. What we are seeking here is enhanced volume, not "pristine clarity and reduced studio noise" like the $2400.00 ones advertised. Thus, best value for the buck? Koss UR-29's and UR-30's. By far. Personally, the UR-29's fit me better then the bulkier 30's, and have a smaller earmuff profile, yet have the performance. Thus, Bill, come to my booth at Tucson and try on a pair and see if they fit you better. Forget what Kevin says.
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    PI vs VLF

    Reb, this an often-debated subject. Most really serious nuggetshooters possess BOTH a good VLF and a PI, and use the "best" one where the particular circumstances permit enhanced performance. To wit: comparing my GMT to my SPP, the GMT finds smaller bits, finds "medium small" bits (less than 5 grains) deeper, detects "crumbly" gold better, gets sharper response on specimen quartz containing small bits, and detects flat nuggets better than chunky ones, with the SPP preferring the latter. On the other hand, the SPP handles really bad ground better, misses most types of hot rocks, and can employ much larger searchcoils, which can improve depth of detection on bigger gold, if such are actually present. But in the end, regardless of which type of machine you use, success is highly dependent on locale and operator expertise. Hope this helps; HH Jim
  15. Tom, half of the fun of prospecting is just GETTING THERE. "Gud four u, dood" HH Jim