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  1. 28 points
    Well, it's that time of year, again. It's starting to get nice out during the day, but I thought I would get in one more nighttime hunt. And this last night hunt treated me well. I explored a new area about a mile from where I had found gold before. The rain really has changed the roads and washes in this area. Many areas were nearly unpassable. But I managed to get there with my trusty 4x4 and went out into the night feeling a little crazy (by myself) as I am many times. And the only thing that makes that crazy feeling fade away, is when you find that first piece of gold. And then the stars align and everything seems normal, again. Friday night's total came out to 7.25 grams. Some pictures didn't come out so well. Photography just doesn't work too well at night.
  2. 19 points
    Was able to get out with Luke today and get some hunting in at one of my old spots. Boy, the rains really moved some material. After and arduous 5 mile hike in (well, it seemed like it.) Within 5 min. starting to hunt, I found the small one on the right with the 5000. Had to chase it around a little as it was tiny. About 5 min. after mine, Luke comes back to me and he had found the larger one. Its really flat. After 4 hrs of detecting and no gold, Luke found the little chunky one next to the flat one on the hillside. Great weather out today and gold was found. Nice thing about this wash is I park on the side of a paved road and walk in. Easy peasy! Tom H.
  3. 10 points
    Well done fellers ....!! Theres a season?? You mean I didnt have to detect this summer ?!
  4. 6 points
    I happened to run across a news article from the '50s that mentioned a remote picnic site that was popular for weekend and holiday gatherings. A faded black and white photograph showed several concrete tables, benches, and stone bar-b-que pits on a secluded hilltop outside of town. I couldn't find anything else to go on and everyone I talked to had never heard of it, so I explored the back-roads until I located it by a process of elimination. There was nothing left of the concrete and stone that was functionally intact, and the (4x4 only), inaccessibility of the rocky washed out road made the location an ideal lover's lane, beer drinking - high school hideaway. After several trips to the site and a modest clean-up effort, I managed to unearth a few nice surprises: Wheaties, rosies, jeffersons, one buffalo/Indian head, a girls10k gold ring with a tiny "diamond" setting, and a singed 1961 Ben Franklin half dollar. The biggest surprise though, was the improvised "black-jack" made from a gym sock filled with (217) clad pennies, hidden under a pile of rocks. That's what makes detecting so head shaking interesting. You just never know what you might find next!
  5. 6 points
    Survived summer and hitting Gold Basin hard again! Gotta love the Gold Monster.....
  6. 5 points
    Got Soaked twice today. But it felt GREAT compared to all that summer heat-crap!!! Gary
  7. 4 points
    Welcome to the forum Randy! I moved your topic to a more appropriate forum. Have you had the "silver" nugget tested to be sure it's silver? I ask that for 2 reasons, silver nuggets are usually tarnished when found, your's looks to have a bit of white oxidation instead, also for the size it is it would weight more than 50 grams, IMHO. From seeing the white oxidation, the weight and also it appears to have been melted into the shape it is I'm thinking it's either melted aluminum or possibly Babbitt, which is an old time bearing material which was melted and poured into old machinery bearing housings. To show what I mean about silver being found tarnished here a photo of a chunk of almost solid silver assayed at 96% pure.
  8. 4 points
    Not sure about the Australia variety.. but here in the SE after a few beers and just the right seasonings they taste like tiny chickens.
  9. 4 points
    This topic is sorta a "conundrum", but I don't think you can scrape your "diamond" on it.
  10. 3 points
    Hey Odin, I want to tell you your apology is accepted. And I want to apologise for giving you a hard time about your rock. I sure did not mean for anything I posted to cause you distress. I hope it is an exploding Martian sandstone and experts all over the world are amazed.
  11. 3 points
    Look at what showed up today from Black Max Brakes...my dual stick mounted master cylinder! This will let me use the brakes independently for added steering power. I also dug around in the junk drawer and found this 50 year old Schwinn handlebar grip. It was love at first sight! 🙃 I started the tail hinges this week as well. Now I have to slowly turn that pile of bolts into hinges. I know you can buy them pre-made...at $10 bucks a pop. Saved $260.00 making them myself.
  12. 3 points
    I am super proud of this video, Has good back ground music, nice camera skills, good audio, and of course... GOLD. Please watch it and let me know what you think. How can we improve and what would you like to see more of? Thank you and Enjoy!
  13. 2 points
    Hahahahahahahaha....I laughed waaaay too long at this. Thanks Jeff. I may try to film something and see how it goes. Usually when I'm in the shop, there is far too much foul language. If I edited out all the sailor talk....it might be a silent film!
  14. 2 points
    Waaaay beyond my budget...both in money and weight!
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    Now the view from i-40 is also epic and some of the landscape is hard to match, but i love living in Nevada.
  17. 2 points
    Hello, just joined the forum, 9/17/2019. I live in Pennsylvania, Southeast region, slightly West of Philadelphia. I am very new to prospecting and have stuck my pan in a couple local creeks but have not found color yet. I would really like to get down South or out West to actual gold country. Life and scheduling do not permit that currently so, I am concentrating on South central Pennsylvania, York and Lancaster counties, where colors have been reported. I like the thrill of exploration and the idea that I could possibly find something that was brought to this planet by meteor/asteroid. If I come across a stream worth futher investigation, I will probably invest in a a sluice but for now, I am only using a pan and classifiers. My wife thinks I am nuts, and ridiculous for oogling every rock formation, culvert and stream we come across. We hike in some local state/county parks that have all the signs of promise, such as, quartz, black sand, mineralization in rocks/quartz. Just wish it had that last item we are all looking for.
  18. 2 points
    They don't mention cold-welding, actually I never hear it brought up. It is the phenomenon of similar materials "welding" upon contact from the vacuum. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_welding This could explain the crisp fusion, it is only recently recognized.
  19. 2 points
    Hey y'all... I wanted to share with you our friend Donavon Lee's latest recording...Moved Dodacious and me to tears... You Vets among our Nuggetshooter crew will be especially appreciative... Donavon is hitting it big time is going to be even bigger in the country music scene ... He's one of the most humble , nicest folks you could ever meet and his singing and songwriting is off the charts...Enjoy...Cheers, Unc
  20. 2 points
    WillM, You need to show respect for experience or I am not going to talk to you. I worked for NASA/JSC when the Challenger failed. I worked at the site that builds and tests the components for the shuttle as well as defense hardware. We put lots of stuff in space and examined what came down. I was on the Challenger recovery team and found many pounds of the debris. I was involved in the CAIB report and hunted the strewn field for three months. Challenger did not burn up in the atmosphere. The Shuttle failed because the heat shield tiles came off from spots on the vehicle. The vehicle did not get hot. When the tiles came off and exposed the structure it blew a hole in it. The thin aeroframe ablated because the heat shields stripped off. It destroyed control systems and lost aerodynamics. The craft tumbled and came apart. Some of the pieces that were exposed to friction upon reentry had burned surfaces. But the interior was unchanged. Even aluminum parts had burned skin but did not change shape. Titanium parts that had burned skin on one side and no bluing at the other end. There were parts spread out from Colorado to Texas and none showed heating at the core of the mass. Only on the surface. Most were undamaged by heat as the craft decelerated almost instantly upon coming apart. Exactly like a meteorite does. Friction is much different than radiant or conductive heat. And stones are only exposed to friction for a few seconds. This heats only the very surface and the hot material strips away quickly. There is no radiant heat and very little chance for conductive heat to penetrate. As a result the stone remains cool even if the surface is being stripped away. It is the same principal that cools a sawblade. The heat is carried away with the wood chips and the blade tips stay cool. The physics of re-entry is well known. How the heat shield tiles work and the reason meteorites don't get hot is relatively simple. I realize that you don't understand it and you don't have the basic knowledge to truly rationalize why this happens. But you are going to have to accept the fact that is how it works. We bring space vehicles out of orbit every day and have nearly a century of observations to back up the math. Your snotty question shows you lack respect for knowledge and experience. You need to figure out that you are WAY over your head here. If you want me to discuss these topics with you then you will need to pose your questions with respect. Otherwise you can get your education "organically". Bob
  21. 2 points
    Howdy and welcome. Coop
  22. 1 point
    All three of my FaceBook accounts are under lock and key at this time. It would seem I ruffled more then some feather . One account is permanently locked for posting e-bay links to items I use and were at a good price. SPAMMING they called it. Some day I'll understand the Code of Conduct ?
  23. 1 point
    Wheres yer "permit" for those "seasonal" quarry ?? Nice Beepin !
  24. 1 point
    Hello everyone, Hi Nuggetshooter, I am new to metal detecting and have yet to find all the amazing things that I see unearthed on YouTube! I love your channel Bill and have learned so much on the technique and usage of metal detecting equipment. I’ve met a friend in my area who actually knows you his name is Driller Dave. I look forward to learning so much more through this forum. My very first detector was an Outback. I just got a brand new minelab equinox 800. Any advice on how to use my Noxie 800 would be appreciated. Thanks all, Monica aka: Dragonfly Diggs
  25. 1 point
    What??? No gold???? Just kidding. Very nice finds. Congrats
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    Excellent! Hopefully I too can find a good spot like you
  28. 1 point
    Some hunky chunky there!!! Night hunts rock!
  29. 1 point
    WTG....glad you are back and got out with Beel. Good times ahead. Tom H.
  30. 1 point
    Lol.... Yes, I noticed that with my posts also but they seem to be in order after reloading the page. That threw me a curve ball too! Au Seeker, thanks for posting the link. I'm going to place my order now. Sure appreciate it. Aaron Edit: My pre-order is now placed.
  31. 1 point
    “We know they zigzag so fast that any pilot would be crushed by centrifugal force. This is exactily what I observed back in Cicero in the late 70's....zig, zag pattern..fast and change of direction just as fast...it can stay still and change direction at an incredible speed.
  32. 1 point
    You are editing faster than I can keep up with you. Pick a story Bob, and stick with it! I never said the protests weren't valid. There is a lot of validity in their anger and frustration. You could have seen it first hand if you had ever worn a uniform and served a day in your life instead of watching it on TV. Or, if you possessed an ounce of patriotism, you could possibly understand what the flag, the anthem, and the USA means to those who do! And those people are the fans, the ticket buyers and the customers who buy the products advertised on the networks that broadcast those games. I have been horrified and disgusted by many of the shootings I have seen on television. I couldn't agree more that some of the shootings we see, do happen because the cops were "scared", adrenaline racing, tunnel vision and other physiological factors. There are many reasons for this, poor training, lack of experience, lack of supervision, and some that are "unsuited" for the job. I don't have a problem with any of that. But when you choose to suit up to make your millions of dollars before the paying public, it is about who's paying your salaries and buying those products. Yes, it is about perception. And it is about ticket sales.
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    Awesome ! Yeah I've already started. I went out last week was too hot 101F. I'll be going tomorrow, than again Oct 4th My plan is to go out every week.
  35. 1 point
    Early this summer I made an important find. I was searching with my Illudium PU-36 Space Modulator in a new spot when I got a strong signal. After digging for hours through 9 feet of corn flakes and Skittles I finally uncovered this baby... When I found it, it was pretty shabby. It was an old snack wagon that the disabled vets took to local functions. It has a popcorn machine, freezer and all the stuff to outfit a snack concession trailer. I was talking to a buddy of mine one day and he mentioned his veterans group wanted to sell it. I checked it out and the deal was too good to be true. It has new tires, a removable tongue, spray insulation inside. A flag holder on every corner. Air conditioner, heater, coffee makers, power cords, jack stands and all sorts of stuff. The popcorn machine and freezer were like new and it was fully stocked with coffee, cups, popcorn and oil, display racks, the whole enchilada. It was dirty and greasy but these old guys had it all up and running and in fairly good shape. It took me about a month and seven gallons of white enamel to restore the fusion crust. I made a window and put a new floor over the rusted steel decking. I put a new wiring harness and connectors on the removable tongue. I'm working on lettering and signage now. It is still a work in progress. I'm selling my art and crafts out of it right now and it is a fantastic sales platform. By the New Year I plan to be licensed to sell food and snacks too and I am going to take this sucker on the road next spring!
  36. 1 point
    Chalcedony. It's a really nice specimen. Thanks for posting.
  37. 1 point
    I didn’t see this last time I checked in. Thank you so much for your help!
  38. 1 point
    That damned bird shot will keep ya busy.....
  39. 1 point
    Bob, I like the name: Snacks One Guey ===> Ben
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  41. 1 point
    I don't know all that much about rocks, just enough to get it wrong trying to ID them, but maybe it could be specular hematite.
  42. 1 point
    Yes, as I have said before, I need to write the paper and get it peer reviewed, in fact, after I post this content, I am googling the structure of a scientific paper. I will begin at once. People here know what they are talking about, but lets not ignore that the Venus rocks, if they were real, could be that composition. The problem, is connecting chemistry to aerodynamics. Meteorwrongs are harder to comeby than all this " sag" I have been finding. No need to try to convince people if it takes a paper to even begin to prove the point. I will start with a rational hypothesis based on data, and take cold measurements. The hole next to an edge is under the influence of reverse vortices that cause it to be a reactive element, such that the hole will appear to have "affected" the edge. I have to commision research. Thanks
  43. 1 point
    specific gravity for diamond- 3.52.
  44. 1 point
    While I can indentify meteorites at times, I'm certainly no expert. I don't think anyone can answer this question with any certainty... but what are the odds of a meteorite this size being a single fall? Just seems so unlikely it's the only one in the area. Budgie b....just out of curiosity, was this buried or on the surface? Just from the looks I'd say it was a surface find but you stated you level fields.
  45. 1 point
    I would contact the Northwest Gold Prospectors Association. http://www.nwgoldprospectors.org/ Jim
  46. 1 point
    Happy Birthday Kat...Maybe your ol' man will take you on a bike ride... Cheers, Unc
  47. 1 point
    Just thought I would chime in real quick and say hello to everybody. And say that I am a certified gunsmith. Hoping to make new friends.
  48. 1 point
    I thought this was about small detector finds? This was from my last trip.... Small but not the smallest I've found..just showing possibility.
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    Welcome! Oh, how I miss the South Bay! I lived in IB front r a number of years, but being on a fixed income, it got out of my price range in 2012. However, AZ has surprised me! And there's more CA transplants every day.....
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