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One more thing, especially when you are a beginner: Patience, Patience, Patience. Don't get frustrated when all you dig up is trash. The SDC is so sensitive that it will pick up tiny bird shots 5 inch deep and small pieces of metal that you can barely see with your eye (i.e. from decomposing tin cans left behind by old-timers). It's not like you see on the youtube videos where they dig up 1 oz nuggets in the SW Australian goldfields by the dozens. It is hard labor with a lot of frustration, and on average you need to dig up 100 pieces of trash before you find a shiny (if you are lucky!). However, enjoy the outdoors and just have fun with the adventure. Also, don't bother going for old mine dumps (as often suggested). They are littered (!!!!) with metal garbage and for the most part you are just wasting your time. Rather, look for alluvial fans in remote but gold bearing areas that are hard to reach by car and require hiking. Most importantly, the area needs to be known to produce gold nuggets.
Knifemaker, it all depends where you are hunting and what you are looking for in a machine. The SDC is excellent when it comes to shallow gold in highly mineralized soil. It has an 8 inch coil so you won't cover much ground. However, the machine is super sensitive to fine gold (I recovered 0.1 gramers in about 5 inch depth), but having the right headset and coil swinging techniques is key (move the coil slowly and as close to the ground as possible-sides of coil are the most sensitive). The machine is very compact and folds nicely to the size of a magazine. This makes it a perfect choice for backpacking. The threshold is a bit noisy though and you often need to reduce sensitivity to hear those faint threshold variations (setting 2 works in most cases, sometimes you need to reduce to 1). Tip: don't use the Pro-sonic wireless set, I found it adds up slightly to the threshold instability. Also, turn off your cell phone when you are hunting as it can add to the EMI. In sum, the SDC is a great machine that found me many nuggets. If you settle with a 8 inch coil and get used to the rather unstable threshold, you will have alot of fun with it. Another tip: buy the knuckle guard (eBay, import from Australia). Its a small investment that pays off big time as the coil mount knuckle is the most vulnerable part of the detector and quickly wears off. I like to backpack in remote areas and the SDC2300 is really the only choice for that.
Hi Guys, warm greetings from San Diego. Fanatic gold prospector here, mostly nugget shooting in the SoCal Desert, including Rand / Dale / Coolgardie mining districts. I have also been lucky at Big Bear (Holcomb). Plenty of opportunities here provided you have lots of patience and don't mind digging 100 bullets/nails before finding a shiny (if you are lucky)