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  1. Ok my friends, yes I was gone for a spell working on other projects and neglected my responsibilities here at the forum and as a result there is once again bullying, ass hat banter, insults, and rampant off topic posting in all forum sections. IT STOPS NOW! and there will be nobody called out or fingers pointed as it is happening because I have been absent so I blame me. So from this point forward you good folks follow the rules like before or you are gone. No warnings, threats, begging, or anything else you are just gone…. So you want to play and learn? Don’t be a Dick. Simple as that, cheers Bill
    13 points
  2. I haven't been out in the hills too often lately, what with working lots of overtime at my summer job, road and area closures due to forest fires and such; in fact, I can still count on one hand the number of outings with the new GPX 6000, and only a few hours each time at that. Pictured above is what I have found so far, just going over spots I have thoroughly gridded with previous ML PIs, the GPZ 7000, Nox, GM 1000, and couldn't find any more targets. 5.2 grams total. It's what I have come to expect from Minelab over the years: new technology + old patch = more gold.
    12 points
  3. Forums are dying due to all the other forms of social media now available to folks wanting to learn and interact and I too use these avenues to help others learn as well as sell products. That said I agree that forums are still a great place to learn and make friends as well as business purposes. I think some are fading for the same reason Mike C. mentioned in another thread, the Captain left the ship as a regular contributor and all hands went for the lifeboats seeking their info fix elsewhere. This one ain't gonna die... Well... Not before me anyway
    11 points
  4. Never ending wash gave up 3 little ones today
    10 points
  5. Hi All, Here is my recent specimen as well as a recent 1.8 gram nugget in closeup shots, they are just to cool not to share...
    10 points
  6. Some gold I sold off a few months back...
    10 points
  7. Hot as blazes, but fun!
    10 points
  8. Back in the 80s dad and I used to dredge up a wash called Eugene gulch south of Prescott. There was a mine at the head of the wash that they were processing chalcopyrite in big flotation bins. Lots of pretty pyrite all over the ground. And.....I actually did dredge up some nice gold in that gulch. I really big 3 oz chunk and some smaller pieces. So, if you find an area that they were mining using this process, there might be detectable/dredgeble gold around! I edited this..got confused with another wash I detected a 1.25 oz out of. . It was a 3 oz nug. It was crusted in rotten iron. I almost threw it out of the hole as I was down about 4-5 feet and had to throw a lot of rubble out due to the lack of suction, but felt some weight and after rubbing on it....I saw some yellow! Oh ya....I check my throw pile really good after that!!! Tom H.
    10 points
  9. Ya know, I worked outside all my life. First on a ship in the Navy as a navigator/signalman on the flying bridge a lot. The rest of my work time was on the poles as a lineman and cable repairman. The heat bothered me a lot when I came out West from Jersey. I got to live with it as there was no real shade on the poles, you just did your best and bare with the discomfort. I retired in 1985 and have been able to stand the heat much better as I lost 50 lbs. due to Radiation and Chemo. I was out today for three hours in around 112 degrees mowing the lawn. Worked up a real sweat and feel really good. Old Tom
    10 points
  10. Well not exactly a big welcome back to the gold but the Monster did not disappoint! My first trip back out since my knee injury and 2 hours was enough. Oh ... Almost forgot ... the nugget was a whopping 0.24 grains! LOL! Paid for the gas to get out of the driveway but that is about it! Bigger and better next time!
    9 points
  11. Here’s a few little guys to look at. The ones on the coil were found in an old patch with the 6000 was surprised because I had worked it with a gm 1000,gpx 5000 and a gpz 7000 . Was very happy with the 6000 did pretty good for its first time out. Now all’s I need is an extra battery and my cover to get in from docs. stephen,
    9 points
  12. The last couple of week have produced a couple of nice gold jewelry finds. One is a nice wedding ring with diamonds and the other that I found yesterday is a 13.6 g gold chain.
    9 points
  13. Well the mighty 1994 C2500 now has a new engine and transmission among other things so now working on the other details, yes Tom I will be replacing the fancy current headliner. Man this truck is run gooder than good now thanks to Coyote RV and Truck repair in Payson.
    9 points
  14. From the Vulture Mountains, AZ found with SDC 2300
    9 points
  15. Sorry, but you are wrong. Judging something before trying it is like saying a duck can not swim without seeing it. I have simply told as well as showed my experiences so far and no one is forcing you to try or purchase one. If you owned one and were saying the same I may be paying attention, but.... Anyway it is cheaper than a bass boat. I have now found over 30 nuggets in the few weeks I have owned this detector and most are from areas worked with the machines you mentioned as well as other PI detectors and the gold was still there! But now it is mine and a couple are pretty darn nice ones. The 6000 will hear gold the 7000 missed and there are plenty of Aussie and US users showing just that at YouTube and elsewhere if you take the time to look. In the mid and small nugget range the 6000 hears what the GPZ 7000 could not and yes I own both and know this by experience. Discrimination on a PI is not doable with any accuracy on a PI detector and that is why it is not on this one or the 7000 due to the technology, they had a sort of discrimination on some early Minelab PIs but it was just a breaking threshold type and was not reliable and even discrimination on a VLF can cost you nuggets if using it while hunting. Cheers and good hunting, Bill
    8 points
  16. Ok my friends, yes I was gone for a spell working on other projects and neglected my responsibilities here at the forum and as a result there is once again bullying, ass hat banter, insults, and rampant off topic posting in all forum sections. IT STOPS NOW! and there will be nobody called out or fingers pointed as it is happening because I have been absent so I blame me. So from this point forward you good folks follow the rules like before or you are gone. No warnings, threats, begging, or anything else you are just gone…. So you want to play and learn? Don’t be a Dick. Simple as that, cheers Bill
    8 points
  17. Thanks Bill!! I visit this forum every single day whether im in metal detecting mode or in hunting season for critters mode. '"TOO MANY HOBBIES". I love this forum! I have learned a lot from you and the other great folks on here and i would really hate to see it go away. I have been here since i believe 2009, and I, like most of us have seen a lot of people come and go. But there is a huge chunk of us that still remain that have been here forever. That says something! I would share a campfire with all of you if i could. Lets get back to the way it was, like bickering about whos nugget is bigger!! Not the other stuff going on that is just going to tear us apart and turn us against each other. Keep it going Bill, this is the only "Social Media" i have ever and will ever be a part of.
    8 points
  18. All that will be coming to an end Tom, things will be getting back to normal and my fault for ignoring my responsibilities while working elsewhere. I am back….
    8 points
  19. I wish I still had my sister to love. She passed years ago and I miss her dearly. If you do have one or know someone else's give her all the love you can as she is precious even if she calls you a dick. Old Tom
    7 points
  20. Mighty hot out there today even at 5:00am and was spent by 9:00 but I did manage to coax 3 more nuggets out of the LSD
    7 points
  21. Just a quick hello and WELCOME to new members that showed up while I have been.... Um... On walkabout. I am back now
    6 points
  22. Hello All, I have now owned a Minelab GPX 6000 for about 3 weeks or so and my opinion on this light weight PI detector is I think it is another game changer from Minelab, but then we are used to that. I am literally pulling nuggets out of flogged patches as well as hitting some in new areas (to me anyway) It is just fun to be able to get out and expect to score instead of hoping to score. See my videos at Nugget Shooter Journals section here at the forum or YouTube to see it as I learned to use it as well as my finds. Yep all the older and other gold detectors out there will still find gold, but this one my friends is simply amazing. It takes a little patience when first learning to keep it stable, but like any other PI the right combination of sensitivity and ground settings make it purr like a kitten. Yep the price is 6000, but the detector does what Minelab says and that makes it worth it to me and many others buying this "new deeper beeper" to quote a friend. Feel free to ask any questions about it in this thread, yeah I am a dealer so some say my opinion does not count, so ask the folks that have bought one and they will tell you the same. This is now my go to detector when I am gold nugget hunting and it still blows me away that I can hear tiny pickers like the Gold Monster, but deeper and also hear large stuff at the same or better depth that one would expect from a Pulse Induction detector. The best part is way less hot rocks are heard with this detector than previous PI detectors I have owned. Simply my honest opinion dealer or not, this new GPX 6000 is a serious game changer for those serious about nugget shooting and after all it is cheaper than a bass boat Oh and I currently have some in stock (Thursday) with no waiting time, 623-910-0345
    6 points
  23. Ok there are a lot of wierd comments in this big ol write up! If you are running discrimination while you are hunting nuggets, i want to follow you with my " Cutting edge, overpriced" GPX5000 or my even my GoldBug2. Like most great detector prospectors on here, i have found nuggets that one detector will find and the other will not! And vise versa! Everyone here knows thats why, if you can afford it, then you own at least 2 different styles of detector, a PI and a VLF. And to be honest with you, if my detector wasn't picking up the tiniest of fly dookie sized metal, i would be worried!! All detectors pick up METAL TRASH. There is no getting around it! For one it keeps me from getting bored and for two, you know if you are banging the tiny metal trash, you know there is still a nugget there in that patch. Its been proven. As far as the benches in California being "too deep", i have friends over there that are banging nuggets on the benches every weekend with all sorts of different machines. Anything from the old GP Extreme all the way up to the 7000. And everything in between!!! And for the sake of saving the question being asked on the detectors i have, i run a GoldBug2, GPX5000 and a Equinox. Every detector i have has a purpose on different gold!
    6 points
  24. I’ve had to stay around town lately and out of the desert for other reasons, so I have not been prospecting for a while which has gotten me down, but I do get a couple hours each afternoon to play around with my Nox 800 and thought I’d try looking for coins for the first time. So I found a nice place in town with lots of shade to escape the heat where there’s easy digging to practice coin and junk shooting. There is mostly modern trash there, but it is a perfect practice area with a lot of trashy metal of all sorts interspersed with enough coins and odd things to keep me interested. I’ve been getting better at iron disc detecting there and listening for different target noises and ID numbers as a result. One thing I was amazed at is how deep I’ve been finding small non-ferrous items like aluminum pull-tabs using the 11” coil. Did this ever get me excited thinking about what my Nox could do for finding similar sized nuggets at these depths! This hole was almost 2 feet deep where I found this pull-tab, and I’ve been finding small bits of foil as deep as 1 foot there as well. These are the finds I have acquired over the past week, and although there’s nothing here much older than the mid 70s here, it doesn’t really matter because that wasn’t the main reason why I started coin shooting here. I’ve thought about getting a well known PI detector for prospecting, but have not had a chance to really put the Equinox to a test out in the goldfields yet. Its time is coming soon, I hope. This is a great machine, and along with my gold monster, it will make a pretty good duo when I do get to go prospecting! But the one important thing I’m learning here is that although I was disappointed to not be able to go prospecting at first, I have been learning a lot from this trashy area, not only about using the Equinox, but learning that it doesn’t really matter where I detect to have fun.
    6 points
  25. Man we are really cooking here in Morristown and NO RAIN for so long it is crazy. I hope everyone here is well and I will try to get here more often, but seems I am way more busy now than I was before I retired. Between the store, YouTube and trying to get out detecting I am a bit short of spare time. Have some cool plans for August visiting with Chris Ralph and traveling a bit while having a blast with the new GPX 6000 so stay tuned...
    6 points
  26. My skin is wrinkled from the many years in the sun. 1971 to 2021. Arizona outdoors is amazingly beautiful in every way but always takes planning. I personally don't wait for the weather to cool down to detect, and feel like I earn not only the nice winter days, but the cool breeze in the summer that utilizes the sweat from enduring the desert heat. In my mind it is always cooler outside in the digs then in the city. The technology of the world has come a long ways since I made my living as a carpenter in Arizona. The wetted neck wraps, hydration fluids, knowledge of the right foods to eat in the outdoors have really made a difference between now and then. Then I had youth now I have knowledge. My dad always told me if you feel thirsty it is to late. You need to hydrate your body before you need it.
    6 points
  27. Bob can't you see just what he is doing. He's setting a pot of crap out there for you to stir and you are falling for it lock, stock and barrel just like what you always do. It's just that you didn't start it and you are not interested in the subject that you want to move on. We feel the way you do now when you rant and rave about poli.... oops, Covid, etc. etc. Get a grip man, others have a right to rant about what they are interested in also. Old Tom
    6 points
  28. Bob it's like the pot calling the kettle black. Don't you see yourself a little in this joust? Where do you think that they learned to play like this? Old Tom
    6 points
  29. Panning for Gold on the Yuba River Click Here to View We head to Mother Yuba in search of Gold and piece of mind !!!! My goal for the trip was to find a couple of spots where the Gold has gathered during high water. ( flood Gold ) A Nugget would be great a Picker would be Good but just being out on the River with the family as they Fish was the real payoff !!! Well that and the Ice Cream we got in Downieville SG 042
    5 points
  30. 89 year old Ron Chester was stopped by the police around 2 a.m. and was asked where he was going at that time of night.Ron replied, "I'm on my way to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as smoking and staying out late."The officer asked, "Really? Who's giving that lecture at this time of night?"Ron replied, "That would be my wife.
    5 points
  31. I've been detecting since I got out of the Army in 1976. I know a little bit about detecting gold in Arizona, and I know enough about Bill Southern, to listen when he speaks. If Bill says the new 6000 is his go to machine for nuggets, then 'nuff said.
    5 points
  32. She got belligerent and foul-mouthed when told to stop posting rubbish/non-proven "facts" (her facts) so she was Banned, all of her posts are still here only hidden from members's view, we do this so other staff members can see what transpired and as an example of what to look out for from some members who may be in their own little world. We can un-hide them if we get bored and need some entertaining reading!
    5 points
  33. I was in the hospital for 6 days in Feb 2020 and I havent been the same since-so with all this covid crap going around getting treatment for other things has been slow going-hopefully after next month I might be able to get out and do something once again
    5 points
  34. I have dug several deep trash targets and showed a couple of them I think the 7000 will have the edge on large deep targets, but the 6000 hears small to medium nuggets much deeper than the 7000 in my experience so far. I am not hunting deep ground right now because it is just too hot to stray out very far, but will be in the Mother Load country with Chris Ralph in a few weeks. What do you mean by deep? I dug a .22 short slug at 18 inches and a shotgun slug at better than 20 inches, but I don’t carry a tape measure. Also lots of deep iron targets… I will post more as I go. Also I have a 17 inch mono coil that goes much deeper than the 11 inch and I will be using it more in the near future...
    5 points
  35. Good to see you back Bill. Yup, its hot....as usual this time of the year. I do feel for you as you just have a swamp cooler. And, as Frank said, we seem to tolerate it a lot less as we mature. I used to work out on the flight line launching jets at Luke in this stuff. Did not bother me half as bad as it does now Heck, I could fall asleep under the wing waiting for a pilot with jets taking off and 115 deg on the tarmac........now a stupid cricket will keep me awake! Tom H.
    5 points
  36. Never quench your detector in water or any other liquids
    4 points
  37. I bought a 1969 FJ-40 about 20 years ago. I restored it and gave it to my son. A few years later he traded me for a 1976 that I had. I sold the '69 for $23k. I paid $3500 for it. I had a couple of the FJ-55 Iron Pigs. They ran excellent but the rust had completely destroyed them. I sold them for $6000 each. I have owned seven Toyota FJ series LandCruisers. I have sold every one for much more than I paid for them. They are super solid and easy to work on. My old standby has been my favorite ride for 36 years. It is a 1976. It has over 650,000 miles on it and runs like a top. I take it out all the time. There is almost nothing it won't do. I'm going to restore it again this fall. I completely restored it 25 years ago. Took it off the frame and replaced every moving part. Since then I have bounced it off of every rock in New Mexico. It has outlasted two new pickups and a couple Jeeps. When the forces of nature have weathered the mountains to dust I will drive my Landcruiser in the flats.
    4 points
  38. Thank you all (well, most :-)) for great responses. Special shout-out to @Bedrock Bob and @Terry Soloman for getting me on the right (i think) track. Even though it seems my piece is too large for a Machaerid, your input landed me on an Orthoceras Fossil. I found this image which i think is fairly similar to mine (also the size is pretty much identical. Now I just need to find a cross section to compare with. Also, Orthoceras fossils are apparently common in Sweden, which makes sense since that's where my family originates from. Again - thanks a bunch!
    4 points
  39. I like the idea of a Pull Pal. I have not found anything better than that for where I drive. Would like to get one someday. After being stuck without the proper gear, I realized there was nothing to tie a winch to most places I go to get unstuck. The boulders were to small and trees are non-existent. Someone said all I needed to do was bury my spare tire in four feet of dirt and pull myself out. Sounds like a good idea until you start to dig the hole and see what a task that is.
    4 points
  40. I used to move boulders from hundred pounders of to the size of a short couch with a pair of cheap 20 ton bottle jacks from Peo Boys. There are plenty of smaller rocks to use for wedges, as you progress, but it doesn’t hurt to have a 6 or 8 inch square piece of 1/4 inch steel plate to put under the foot of the jack, if that side is in loose material. After a while, you figure out that with safety and persistance, you can move anything in your way.
    4 points
  41. Yeah I know those guys. They can spit ... so there's something. I'll bet the new meteorite hunting drone ends up coming back over and over again with bits of Hematite and Basalt insisting they are meteorites from mars. ...
    4 points
  42. My original thoughts were in favor of allowing a discussion of politics to be confined to a separate section. I thought maybe the contestants could fight among themselves and not intrude on the topics and interests of other members. The consensus seems to be that it wouldn't work, and that the animosities and disagreements would spill over into other topics, like it is doing now. So for the record, put me down as a no, although at this point I'm not sure it would make much difference one way or another.
    4 points
  43. Well that takes all the fun out of it!
    4 points
  44. This guy speaks the same language as John Hoser Oates. Im not sure what language that is. But he speaks it. A lot. Sometimes you can understand him and other times it is a blessing. So it all works out.
    4 points
  45. I don't pimp fish. Is there a problem with the photo? Do you want to whine about it for a while?
    4 points
  46. Indigo, Thank you for your contribution and as some clever person once said "Without pictures this is a worthless thread", or something similar. Perhaps he said photos, I don't remember. I found my first bit with a detector near the Rye Patch reservoir, not on a peak, or even a flank. Sadly, that find lead me to believe that this is an easy game since I found it ten minutes after leaving Gerry's great detecting class. Not an easy game, but rewarding in so many ways since the beauty of the west is amazing and it lifts my spirits just to wander the hills. I also count the folks I have met whilst prospecting to be golden. Many great people with wisdom, grub and companionship willing to share. Wishing you continued joy traipsing around the Washington state hills! OOOPs.. Jeff
    4 points
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