Jump to content
Nugget Shooter Forums

Leaderboard

  1. Bedrock Bob

    Bedrock Bob

    Premium Member


    • Points

      83

    • Content Count

      4,381


  2. Sonoran Dave

    Sonoran Dave

    Premium Member


    • Points

      41

    • Content Count

      2,286


  3. Dakota Slim

    Dakota Slim

    Nugget Shooter Members


    • Points

      31

    • Content Count

      1,972


  4. nugget108

    nugget108

    Premium Member


    • Points

      29

    • Content Count

      1,773


Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 08/23/2020 in all areas

  1. Back when I was a newb, I used to toss these aside if I didn't see gold. I hunt an area famous for stringer veinlets and I wonder how many auriferous specimens I released back into the wild in those early days? This particular specimen hit hard on the GB2 and showed nothing but stained quartz. A crack of my hammer revealed the hidden beauty. Keep your eyes open...
    14 points
  2. Got an invitation to hunt an old farm in Katonah, New York, and drove up excited and early. After nearly two-hours of hunting near the old stone fences I had found nothing but junk targets, and I was ready to call it quits. I started back toward the farm house and the car, swinging half-heartedly, and feeling a bit defeated. About halfway back, I got a high tone that stopped me in my tracks. 39-40, solid as could be. Surprise! 1883 Philadelphia Morgan!!!!! Talk about your Happy Dance, I went from worn out to full of energy just like that!
    11 points
  3. This FB page has over 1000 of them. Pretty interesting! Tom H. https://www.facebook.com/westernmininghistory/photos/?ref=page_internal
    7 points
  4. Here he is back from the taxidermist.
    7 points
  5. I will be watching this topic very closely. Time will tell which politicians are for the Pebble Mine and which aren't. Slim, Bob as of yet hasn't stepped outside of the guidelines of this forum section...but you calling Bob out for posting this topic in this section is out of bounds, you should be posting facts about the subject matter and stop posting anything directed towards the member who started the topic!
    7 points
  6. There are no circumstances where a placer claim can legally be located over a valid lode claim. IF a placer claim owner discovers a valid lode on their valid placer claim they MAY locate a lode claim for that deposit but the lode is not "over" the existing placer it replaces the placer claim within it's boundaries. The placer claim is reduced by the same number of acres that the lode claim encompasses. These location laws don't seem to make sense unless you realize that the federal government charges twice as much for a lode claim patent as they do for a placer patent. This is about
    6 points
  7. Dave, Thanks for the update, I guess that explains why the flying machine updates are missing..... Glad Frank was able to assist, he is a very talented guy. Your post reminded me of something I had not thought about lately. I had a baja years ago and experienced a strange occurrence as I was descending a trail coming down into Lake Isabella from the mountains. Much to my amazement I observed the wheel and tire from the front on the passenger side of the bug moving away from the vehicle at a good clip. Rolling down the trail just like a road runner or something it was. The bug was st
    6 points
  8. Personally, I'd like it if the government quit raising taxes, quit dreaming of ways -- like this royalties scheme -- to milk more money out of Americans and cut about 1/2 of the bureaucrats out of government. Imagine if those people were actually producing something (ANYTHING) and paying taxes instead of living off the efforts of those who do produce and pay the taxes. I think the more we mine and manufacture here in the US the better, provided it is done in an environmentally friendly way.
    6 points
  9. California Motherload placer nugget exhibiting hopper crystalline structure (Chevron nugget) Unique specimen was sourced and mined in El Dorado County Weight is 0.5 Grams $50 plus shipping cost
    5 points
  10. It's a basic of mining law that every valid claim, whether lode or placer, gives the claimant the right to all the valuable minerals found in their location. Placer gold on a lode claim belongs to the lode claim owner. Lode minerals found on a placer claim belong to the placer claim owner. You can download and read the location rights in the General Mining Act Here.
    5 points
  11. I got the car moved into the garage tent now. I pulled the front beam off and just got it all torn down yesterday for modification and rebuilding. That is where the project now stands. I'm trying to get this car going soon. I'm hoping to make a private camp out in mid October...but I'll have to see how this finishes up.
    5 points
  12. There has to be a reason why he might go against it guys. Something we dont see or aren't being told. My life is mining, and i know for a fact, he is not against it. He has helped us in the mining industry since he got in and we have definitely benefited from it. Something else is going on! Just my opinion though.
    5 points
  13. I haven't posted anything lately because I've been busy. Now the weather here in Arizona is starting to moderate, it's been fall cleaning time around here. I repaired and repurposed my old garage tent and moved the Bug inside it. It is dry, protected from the sun...and the birds. I pulled the bent front beam off of the car and disassembled and cleaned the good parts for re-use. I had bought a spare beam for 100 bucks and used it as the base for the new beam. Since that gave me two sets of spindles...I decided to make my own raised spindles the Blind Chicken Racing way. If you look at
    4 points
  14. Check out this sweet little piece of pet wood I found tonight. It is red like a carnelian. I thought that was what it was when I saw it. Thin as a cracker. I'm calling it a cryptocrystalline translucent silicon dioxide replacement mineraloid that was agatized from a ligneous material formed in the precambrian. But I might be wrong. It passes the agate test anyway. It sure is red. Looks like a hunk of buffalo steak.
    4 points
  15. Bob, It's no only misinforming, but, disinforming, and ridiculous.
    4 points
  16. I have been a big fan of Leupold Scopes all my life. You just can't buy much better glass for a hunting rifle unless you pay thousands. And even then it is not much better. I have had a little 1.5 x 4 scope on my muzzleloader for about 10 years. I love it. It is a tiny tube with a 1" objective. It looks like a .22 scope but has a monster field of view. Just the right magnification for a short range gun. I liked it so much I mounted a Leupold Mark AR on my Colt M4 rifle. It is exactly the same scope with a Mil Dot reticle. It is probably the finest scope for tactical purposes. Every
    4 points
  17. Here are some cabbed Ethiopians. I bought them from a lapidary company some years back, I am not too sure if we are allowed to say the name of the business on here, but if we can I would love to share it. They did such a beautiful job on these!
    4 points
  18. As we speak there is a mining company that has done just about everything wrong they can out here in Nevada, between Eureka and Ely off of hwy.50 First they destroyed miles of historic hwy. 40 by hauling heavy equipment, has anyone ever seen ruts 5 feet deep with dust? They then went to the wrong location to create a pad for drilling they are allowed 1 acre instead they did five acres on sage grouse protected area of course and to top it off they also capped and ruined a well. These oil drillers just destroyed a great hunting area that used to be an old ranch, before moving on. My wife has be
    4 points
  19. A New Learning Curve My son and I loaded up our blue mule (Dodge 3/4 ton diesel) and headed for the mountains Friday evening.That meant we'd be doing part of the drive in the dark, and setting up camp in the dark, but when we're out chasing the gold, that's no hardship at all.Early the next morning, we did an equipment check: gold pans, a bucket full of sniping equipment, a couple of picks, as well as several detectors. On our way to check freshly uncovered bedrock, we wanted to make sure we had what we needed.My son had his Minelab X-Terra 705, a machine he's got about 600 hours o
    4 points
  20. Hey Skip! I don't pick up most of the nuggets that fall on my property. Nor the meteorites. It gets my hands dirty and I don't like that. The melon patch was destroyed. I had a couple dozen almost ripe Crenshaw melons on some nice vines. The nuggets fell so hard they went right in to those soft, sweet melons. I can't let them go to waste so I'm eating them as fast as I can. I have to be careful and not break a tooth on those nuggets. So I wave the slices over the detector as I eat them. Here is what I have recovered so far. Maybe this fall when it cools off I'
    4 points
  21. I think Don Jr. put it very plainly when he said they could pick up more votes from the rod and gun groups if they opposed the mine. I honestly dont think it is about "supporting mining" or "supporting environmentalists". It is about trying to get votes from a big group of sportsmen who are pretty split on voting for him. I honestly don't see a mystery in why he is doing this. He supports whatever gets him the most votes. He has a lot more to gain by supporting outdoorsman and very little to gain by supporting miners. That is just my opinion. I know it might rub someone the wr
    4 points
  22. Bob, possibly you are "trolling" with this post and if so, I will gladly take the bait. Truth is I do not know where you are coming from though and possibly will be kind enough to enlighten me. I joined this site because of my interest in meteorites and interest in detecting, specifically for gold and each night enjoy reading numerous and varied posts. Recently there was a post about how much gold various members have found in the past so-many months. The best of these rather minor amounts and compared to the time spent, I believe the efforts could best be classified as recreational. Don'
    4 points
  23. After two weeks that involved two head x-rays, two chest x-rays, nostril swabs and blood test three times I finally got the low down yesterday from my Doc, sometime in the past I have survived covid 19! It had to be the last week in March when for three days the coughing never stops, chest congestion that feels like drowning but the coughing doesn't bring anything up, on hands and knees trying to get some air, finally some mouth spray gave me a few minutes of rest before the next round. Now after five months I think I'm out of the woods. A small cough here and there. F
    4 points
  24. I would consider it very disrespectful, and like Clay pointed out, it IS illegal. Since not all hard rock operations chase down the float, you may be able to secure permission...if you ask.
    3 points
  25. It looks too fresh to be fossilized.
    3 points
  26. I met him once when I dropped of a type specimen for an iron he analyzed, he sat and talked with me in his office for probably and hour, and then walked me down to the lab to see the new 200 pound Canyon Diablo they were going to be adding to the display room. Such an intelligent and enthusiastic man, I'm lucky to have that memory. R.I.P. Dr. Wasson.
    3 points
  27. Thank you all! Still have a skip in my step!
    3 points
  28. Terry great find! You might want to detect half heartedly from now on!!
    3 points
  29. You can use Whink instead which contains diluted hfl acid but takes a very long time to get the results you probably want. But very safe to use.
    3 points
  30. Hi guys! Well I have been a detectorist for about 5 years and a gold prospector for decades. I have been following Bill for awhile now and I really like a change from say Jeff you know "and yes your going to get wet!" Lol I am in southern AZ way south as in 26mi from the border near Nogales, AZ. Bill has reignited my love for detecting but down here it is almost all placer so I guess I am looking more for relics from the Spanish who were all over these parts. I am excited to travel to more areas that do have nugs and have actually been up and explored the San Domingo wash! I love that are
    3 points
  31. Here are some other mineraloids located this evening. A few pieces of pet wood. None spectacular but most will tumble nicely. A nice pile of maerkenites. These obsidian nodules go from opaque to nearly water clear. Many have banding and some have great sheen patterns. A few look just like black moonstones when they are tumbled. The sheen really pops when the stone is turned to the light just right. Most are nice wrinkle free orbs that polish up perfectly. Some have fissures and wrinkles and don't make perfect stones. But even the imperfect ones look pretty nea
    3 points
  32. It was just about this time 2 years ago up in Dewey Az. Got a nice storm and the washes were flowing. Poor Scott almost floated away in his tent. We were a little south of the Iron king mine. VERY humid the next day. No gold :( 6th pic down is a video of the rain. Tom H. SAM_1992.MP4
    3 points
  33. Opal is a mineraloid and has no crystal structure - it is amorphous like glass. Obsidian is a rock - not a mineral. It is composed of various minerals depending on where and how the felsic lava was ejected and cooled. Obsidian has no crystal structure but it sometimes does contain minerals that do have a crystal structure. Hope that helps.
    3 points
  34. A 'hot rock' is quite different than HOT QUARTZ!
    3 points
  35. I miss stuff all the time. Don't give up just because someone was in the area.
    3 points
  36. Last winter and thanks. Not many gold posts this time of year....figured I'd spice it up.
    3 points
  37. More of my summer finds this year Note *: In the fourth photo up to the last it is the same agate just taken at all different sides
    3 points
  38. There are some interesting comments here. How much should the royalty be on an ounce of gold? How would the government keep track of all the people who are out there looking for those elusive flakes and nuggets? What would the penalty be for not reporting a find and paying the royalty?
    3 points
  39. I’ve got a gut feeling that the govt is making a lot more than $165 per year per 20 acres off an active mining claim where lots of gold is actually being produced. I also feel that it would be a good idea to get more off a producing claim, but I bet they already do. With this royalty, I doubt any of those other fees would go away. I started to look into what it would take to get large equipment to operate a claim, and I ended up with a spreadsheet that had some of the costs. It included a fee to make roads for the equipment to go down and when I saw that those costs would be clo
    3 points
  40. In the words of Ivanka Trump, "Just find something new". Problem solved!
    3 points
  41. They pay royalties to extract oil. Why not minerals? They pay royalties to the State. To private owners. Why not to the people? Public Land belongs to the people. Corporations who intend to tear it up for a profit should pay for it. Why would anyone be against royalties to extract resources from public land? If the land is profitable the people deserve their cut. It's their land. If a business can't turn a profit unless they don't pay for the use of the land then the business is not viable. That right there is Capitalism. Not socialism.
    3 points
  42. I was fired up enough from reading this to make a post on this thread, HOWEVER my better minded spirit is holding me back. Just reading fer now. It would help immensely if people showed links to exact statements made by the persons being quoted for others reference, instead of "possible hearsay"
    3 points
  43. I demand to see photos of the nuggets!!!
    3 points
  44. Of course, your only purpose is to badmouth President Trump -- and maybe get this section of the forum removed. Are you familiar with what Trump did for taconite mining and the US steel industry? How about oil? The truth is, Trump is the most pro American resource President we have had in a long time and he is willing to fight the environmental extremists.
    3 points
  45. I agree with everything you have said. Individual prospecting is to large scale mining as deer hunting is to the slaughter of the buffalo. The only thing I would argue with is his motives for taking a stand against permitting. It seems more to appeal to the rod and gun crowd than for environmental reasons. I do believe his motives are political and not ideological and he is using the project as a pawn. My feelings about whether that mine should open are irrelevant. Or my opinion on his motives. Im just pointing out he is, in this case, blocking a mining project that he pr
    3 points
  46. well yesterday i went out for a bit it was a bit hot 107 but i just scored a gp 3000 & frank c made me a great deal on a coiltek coil (thanks frank) & i needed to give them a test run so i took it to a place thats all worked out .... ever heard that before? well before i melted totally i scored this 1.8 gram nugget great start its dam hot out there be very careful
    3 points
×
×
  • Create New...