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  1. 24 points
    Boulder dash and I got out for a day and he just smoked me ! Lots of hard work in the new spots but it looks like I need to chose a different area Enjoy !! Boulderdash`s is on right Mine on the left ......
  2. 24 points
    Got out today around the LSD area, and waved to Bill as we passed each other . The thunderstorms almost bullied me out of this spot , but I stuck it out. Glad I hung around, as I found a very fine piece of wire gold...Enjoy !
  3. 24 points
    Got out today for a few hours in a spot Boulderdash and I have nearly worked out. After much placering and praying , I managed to find a few gorgeous nuggets. The gold here is Isometric . It can be anything from square cubes, triangles to flat rectangles etc.... Two of the nuggets pictured were found 15 feet from the source. Can you guess which two ? I did not weigh them .. Enjoy !
  4. 23 points
    Im up to 29 nuggets now!😁
  5. 18 points
    Got out with a buddy this past weekend in the great state of Virginia. We both dredged on sat, then on sunday he continued to dredge and decided to fire the GM 1000 up and see if i could find anything. My buddy was on chucky gold and nuggets with his dredge, so I started detecting a section of exposed bedrock a short distance up stream from him. Got the detector up and running and ground balanced in the water, (settings were auto+ in all metal) swing a few time and she pops off. The probability meter was swinging both ways, I pull out my little crevice tool and pop open the little crack and out pops some nice shiny. Was about a 2.5 grain picker, and ended being my biggest piece for the day. I continue on and each target i hit keeps being gold, which is something i have not experienced before. I will say the probability meter was jumping around on each target, hence why it is ignored lol. All in all i got thirteen pickers in about 1.5 hours from about 5 square feet of bedrock, for a total of 8.2 grains. The bedrock in this spot is decomposed and can be crushed in your hand. I also had a few signals that came from exposed bedrock with no evident cracks, but once i ripped into it with a little pick out would pop a picker. I believe that there use to be a crack there, but since the bedrock is so soft the erosion force of the stream has melded some of the cracks back together. This i why when i hit these soft bedrock spots while dredging i will rip into it up to 6 inches or more. Im stoked i found this little spot. And i will be taking the equinox 800 and the gm1000 there this evening to continue sweeping the exposed bedrock and test both detectors on small gold. Based on what my buddy pulled from downstream a little bit with his dredge, there is the potential for much bigger chucks to be nearby. Pictures below are from his clean out on saturday. And once the exposed bedrock is swept with the detector we will clean up whats left with dredges, so that nothing escapes. Hopefully this little paystreak hold out for a good while and produces some big gold that this locality is known for.
  6. 16 points
    Managed to get down into the lower desert today after a lengthy period of painting my house and doing other catch-up projects. Ran across this fist'y dude crossing the dirt road ahead of me. By the time I fumbled around and found my camera it was up starting into the brush and dry grass. Once it caught site of me it coiled up and was ready for some serious business. Attitude-wise, it wasn't taking any S@#?!! from anyone, nor anything. It's a little hard to see in the photo's, as it is blending into the background very well. I let it be it's cantankerous-self and drove on over to a new( to me anyway) wash where I did manage to find this 1.02 Gram flat-pancake-shaped nugget. I was using my 14" Evo coil, which I haven't been using much of. Also managed to pull out about 15 chunks of old lead bullets;...a good sign that no one has been detecting up this particular wash.
  7. 15 points
    I found a nugget in a spot showed to me by someone I look up to. Long story short the agreement was to name the first nugget after him IF i found one. So i am introducing "Golden Tom Jr. Jr." .16 grams Found with sdc2300 Setting Sensitivity = 4
  8. 11 points
    So I thought I'd post an update on what's been found since "The Best Day Ever". I've been back to this location a few times now and there's still gold there, but it's getting much harder to find. I went out there yesterday with the modded 4000 and the 11" Commander and picked up a couple more for just over half a gram. Happy Hunting !! Luke
  9. 10 points
    During a recent search of the Arizona Sonoran Desert I aerially scouted ahead and was surprised to find a large Hohokam structure and rock line wall. This past Sunday I was able to make it out there and survey the site. The main site is a double rock maze with narrow foot paths between the stones with a long, diagonal line of rocks nearby . The site is uniquely isolated and out of the way from reasonable travel paths. The remote site is pristine in that there are no signs of anything being disturbed and virtually no litter, trails, nor tracks. I do careful searches, studying the ground, and pick up modern trash. Here there was none, a rare sight. I followed the slight alluvial rise in which it resides for 3 miles and found only one instance of 50 year old weathered small, one inch square man-made fallen stakes crossing the rise about 1 mile away. Nothing was in the vicinity of the rock designs. The main rock design is made up of singular basalt rocks only a foot high making two maze patterns. The rock line similarly are single natural basalt stones in a not very straight line with one small S-curve in it. The rock line runs diagonal SE to NW naturally cutting across most of the alluvial rise with no ancient trails entering nor exiting the site. There are a number of ring groupings from 6 to 10 feet across with a gradually thickening side each with small, white limestones piled on the center of the thickest part. There are about 25 more loose rock groups fairly unorganized, but often with limestone added in. One larger one has a barely discernible spiral shape, a second has a small yin-yang maze pattern. One circular feature has a large boulder in the center. The site has no fire pits, charcoal, worked stone, mortar, tool chips, nor signs of ancient digging below the surface. There were about a dozen small, degraded potsherds a half to 1 inch long scattered with several at the main design, some along the long 450 foot rock line, and several at the various rock rings. The potsherds are typical Hohokam, some with buff one side and more natural unpainted red other side of which period is indeterminate. There are an additional 25~ groupings of basalt rocks, some with distinct patterns, often with small limestone rocks added to the centers. There is a large amount of natural basalt rock abundantly scattered all along the slight 3 mile long alluvial rise emanating from the nearby volcanoes, none of which are in patterns. Everything constructed is made of immediately accessible nearby basalt and limestone rocks. The full site area covers about 6-10 acres. I have reported the site to the the appropriate staff at the Antiquities Departments of ASU and Mesa Community College. I would expect Dr, Shereen Lerner, who studies rock art at MCC, to authorize a study of this site to understand its significance. . Cheers! billpeters
  10. 9 points
    Although this video is about 6 months Old, It was (almost) our first nugget found since we got to spend the day with him learning the ropes. Comment on the video, I'm going to start recording more videos as time goes on, so like, and subscribe and hopefully more color will come my way! Thanks A LOT!!!
  11. 9 points
    Was able to get out on Fri. with Dave and Jen to do some exploring and detecting up in the San Domingo area. 5 Min. into the hunt I found a little guy. After that LOTS of trash But that is a good thing! Place has not been hit. Which seems unbelievable considering how easy it is to get to and the area around it I know has been hit. It was only down a couple of inches and the 9x14 got it. Saw some old mines, the palo verde trees are starting to bloom. Should look nice in a week or so. Took a pic of a tarantula hawk wasp. Nasty little creature if you read up on it. Found an intact box mold bottle! And.....broke another Idler arm on the YOTO. Did find out guys are making a brace to stop this from happening. I will be making one also as this is the 3rd one ive snapped. Getting kind of old. I had a spare in the YOTO so we swapped it out. Great day out and the weather was decent. Got blessed with a little yellow! Been a while. Tom H.
  12. 8 points
    Jim was a good friend and mentor to many of us, especially those of us who got involved in nuggetshooting in the pre-1990 era. In the late 1980's he would frequently visit us at the editorial offices of "Treasure" Magazine, where many happy hours were spent "talking gold.". He was rarely absent from GPAA Gold Shows in Southern California, Las Vegas, or Phoenix/Mesa. At one such Show he approached my booth, handed me a spectacular specimen of auriferous quartz, and asked me "Where do you think this was found in Southern California?. Studying it, I answered "[site A]". "Nope." "[site B?]." "Nope." "[site c?]" "Nope." I then asked, as he turning away "So where?" "Ain't tellin'" was his response. Then he added, "but I now know of 3 new places to try!" ,
  13. 8 points
    Well, what it is...is...called a finger seal. It covers an area between the augmentor (afterburner) and the turkey feathers on a F-16. If you dont have them...The wind will rip the turkey feathers(AKA, external nozzle segments) off. I have changed out a lot of them in my career in the AF. Hated every one. You have to open up about 4 turkey feathers to be able to reach in and undo 4 bolt/nuts to get the finger seal out. The nuts and bolt are just about at finger tips length, yah and your face is mashed against the rear of the turkey feather. Then re- do it without dropping any nuts or bolts. I would like to meet the engineer that did this and smack him in the head Well, finding it brought back memories Tom H.
  14. 8 points
    I figured I would add some pictures of a few fire agates that I mined for people that are not familiar with the material.
  15. 7 points
    Hi Guys -n- Gals, Some time ago I mentioned about looking to invest in a prospecting rig, so I thought I would post up what I got!! Well I finally found what I was looking for without buying a new rig for desert trails. I picked up a stock '97 Toyota 4Runner Limitted Edition 4x4 w/rear E-locker from the original owner last summer. (never been in a wreck and lived entirely in NV- NO RUST) :-) It's taken a while to go through the whole rig to make sure all is in shape to get me back at the end of the day. The only thing I paid to replace was the timming belt, belt tensioners and water pump. Google and Youtube are awesome for Do-It-Yourself'ers. I managed replacing the rear brakes and brake cylinders, axle seals, on frame fuel filter, all oils with synthetic (engine, F & R diff's T-case) plugs & wires, tranny oil and installed a magnetic in-line filter on tranny line, new radiator and B & M tranny cooler. I customized the roof rack installation by eliminating the OEM cross bar before I installed a Curt rack. Seat covers, covered the cracked leather originals, new door speakers, Weather-Tech floor liners and Bug Shield and 2-way communication from a Anytone 6666 radio. Most recently, I installed a complete 3" lift with OME (Old Man Emu) springs, Bilstein shocks, SPC upper control arm, front diff drop, rear pan-hard drop (welded in place) and extended rear brake line. I removed the back seats and laid down the back, cut plywood to fit covered it with carpet and am able to sleep in the back on extended trips. I also ordered a front plate winch bumper which is 3 months out. Took her out for a run yesterday and everything worked as it should. The ride is awesome and handeled the rough road with ease. I managed to clear the desert floor from some used lead bullets and found a nice sharp rock to puncture my left tear tire in such a way that it is torn beyond repair. Well I wanted to buy taller tires, but not until I wore out what I had on and wouldn't you know it.... the tire shop didn't have a used tire. New (taller) tires were ordered. (good thing the bumper is out 3 months, it'll give me time to work OT for a winch since tires took that $$ away). I removed the OME side step-boards, so rock sliders are down the road a bit. Be safe out there..
  16. 7 points
    Bedrock Bob Bush Doctor Premium Member 2,026 2,977 posts Gender:Male Location:New Mexico Report post Posted April 15 A cool $100.<<<<<< Congratulations Bedrock Bob! the actual amount was $101.07 Bob, message me with your shipping address. This was a lot of fun, so I'll do it again soon. I want to thank Bill - and all of you, for making this the BEST gold prospecting forum on the net today!
  17. 7 points
    Woooo! I welded the cylinder heads this morning :-) I had another strange premonition, so I stopped into the local welding shop yesterday. After talking with the manager, I walked out with a free bottle of argon that had a little still left in it. I'll return the bottle Monday, but that little bit was more than enough to weld the heads up. ER 4043 works great as a filler wire. I have some some cleaning to do before final pics...but they are both welded finally!
  18. 6 points
    Took the rig out on my first long trip to Southern Oregon and joined my friend on his turkey hunt. Reallly impressed on how she ran... Can't wait till I can't try her out in the desert... if it ever quits raining here. Took the oppurtunity for a photo on a gas stop. That's Mt Shasta in the background.
  19. 6 points
    Pretty compact little engines, and not much wasted space inside the case either! The last few days have been productive! I checked the ring gap on my piston rings and had measurements from .011 to .018. I used a small file and adjusted each ring to .018" gap. A little larger gap is good on a modified engine, that is going to run hard... it's entire life. I installed all the rings and inserted the pistons into the cylinders. They are ready to be installed onto the engine. I also painted the valve covers and sprayed a light coat of flat black on the cylinder heads. I may have assembly pics tomorrow if all goes well.
  20. 6 points
    Awesome job, Tamster...What's the total weight? Maybe you can have a weight guessing contest, down to the grains weight and Bill can give a 7000 to the winner .... ...Cheers, Unc
  21. 6 points
    Hi Chris, I bought the complete new trays with upgraded riffles along with the Keene boxes...I liked the older Keene 151 as the trays were easy to put in and take out for clean ups. Nothing I can do about it now but warn others about it...as far as the gold recovery..here s a pic ..a few of them on top were detected near bedrock that was exposed.
  22. 6 points
    Been facing a few specimens of this material. It was collected over 50 years ago. I got a fair amount from the son of the guy that collected it. A few other people got some also but very little was ever collected.
  23. 5 points
    Funny that you should mention that, as that is exactly what I did today. I worked my way up a small wash where that rattler had slithered out of, and then had crossed the road where I got the photos of it. I got about 4 to 5 chunks of lead targets first out of this hammered wash, and then got this nice signal up on the side bank about 18" above the actual low point of the wash. The nugget ( just .03 shy of 1-gram) was down about 5" and covered up with rocks that had been slammed up against the bank from a time when the wash had been really running and moving a lot of overburden ( I call it a "push",..or rock-pile-up). Also got a couple of photo's of a very sleepy Horned lizard,.that did not want to move, and completely ignored me as I detected over it's body;...check out it's coloration (camo). Gary
  24. 5 points
    First and foremost welcome to the forum! First you say you'll take all answers,....but it's unlikely for you to get any actual answers...meaning facts, opinions on the other hand is what you will get from just photos because no one can positively ID or certify your rocks or meteorites from a photo/s.... ....and then you say this to someone who gave you an opinion, thus not making it conducive for any others to want to give you further opinions.IMHO Our members here are happy to help as much as they can, but when you don't like what you hear it not in your best interest to get upset with their opinions. So as an Administrator here I say thread lightly and don't wear your heart on your sleeve.
  25. 5 points
    osha approved stick!!! Someone has been watching I brake for bedrock videos.
  26. 5 points
    My face is turning red. Thank you for the praise. It's easy to teach what you love.
  27. 5 points
    Boulder Dash strikes again. Tom and I owe our first encounters with the metal detector to Mr. Dash. He has helped so many in the past it's time for a big 'Hurrah' for the guy. Well done my man. Old Tom
  28. 5 points
    Garifox you should be completely confused and befuddled by now. If money is a concern start small... If you must have the newest, brightest toy; go BIG! When I started in 1980 I had visions of big nuggets and great wealth...my first detected nugget came after many vain and false starts...the size of a grain of rice!!! What a thrill, what a memory! I have done moderately well since, learned a lot and made many great friends. There in lies the real gold. good luck fred
  29. 5 points
    The most dangerous thing in those photo`s is the foxtail grasses. Those darn things get in my boots, then into my socks, poke my feet etc. They can ruin a whole day of detecting! Nice nugget though !
  30. 5 points
    Garik, Not wanting to bust your bubble...but just keep in mind that there are some people who it took years to find their first nugget, others not so long but still metal detecting for gold is said to be one of the hardest ways to find gold, and then there are people who have been doing this for a very long time and because they know how to do the proper research for new areas and know what to look for out in the field to hunt for gold and those guys are usually the ones who can possibly pay off their detectors, most never do. One of the best ways to find gold in the desert is to do your research find some small and fine gold in the dirt by testing and then bust your ass running all the material down to bedrock through a dry washer, you will still want a metal detector to help out doing this but start slow and get a good detector that will hit on small gold, the Gold Monster, GoldBug or White 24K, the PI detectors are nice for hitting deeper gold and shallow gold but I would work my way up to a PI....if you prove to yourself you can find gold to began with. So again I would start slow get a good VLF detector and if you find metal detecting is not what you hoped it would be you can still sell the detector for good price although it will still be less than what you paid for it and hopefully if you found any gold you will come out OK and not lose any money. I wish you the best of luck but I wanted you to look at the reality of this and go out and enjoy yourself in the beautiful desert more so than to get out there and be disappointed if you don't do as well as you hope you would.
  31. 5 points
    https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/world/man-stumbles-upon-nugget-of-gold-while-walking-dog/ar-AABjno3?li=BBr8YXK An Australian family has uncovered a small fortune while on a Mother's Day walk. The father, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was walking around the outskirts of Bendigo, in Victoria with his two daughters and his dog, aptly named Lucky. "Mum actually stayed at home so me, my two daughters and Lucky were just walking along," the man told The Age. "I actually walked right past it but my daughter pretty much kicked it as she was walking. She then goes 'Dad, is this gold?'"....... Weighing in at 624 grams, the family has been told their lucky find could be worth more than NZ$37,000 (AUS$35,000)....
  32. 5 points
    Sorry to hear the news. Thank you Sir for sharing all your knowledge. Dear Lord, Please take care of the wonderful and thoughtful man we in the prospecting community were so blessed to have and please ease the pain in the hearts of his family and friends. In Jesus name -Amen.
  33. 5 points
    I don`t think that the consumer should have to jerry-rig a brand new product for that price. The problem is that there is a large learning curve to drywashing. You can not just buy a new unit, and be successful without delay. I would imagine , most of the purchases are new to the hobby and they wont have a complaint because they do not even know there is a problem. The simplicity of the older boxes are much more user friendly.
  34. 5 points
    Dude I wish you would of posted your question about the new 151s before you purchased.. Or you may have and I just missed it. As a highly experienced drywasher with many pounds of gold recovered with the the gray box 151 ( model before 151s) it was a incredibly reliable and high recovery machine with an average of 90% recovery. I currently own three 151 boxes due to there higher recovery over all other drywashers. Keene was making them right as all 3 machines are about the same when it comes to recovery. It should also be mentioned I do not pre classify ever as it's a huge waist of time, there is a screen on a drywasher for a reason. Now when the 151s came out I was able to use one in the field... The biggest problem for me was the new 151s was loosing high amounts of gold to my tailings as well as the tray not fitting and spilling all over the place. I tried every secret I knew to help recovery and was very disappointed in Keene trying to reinvent the wheel on something that was working so well. I feel like they made it all complex so people would think it was better and spend the extra $... that was not the case as it is junk in my professional opinion. It may be possible I just got a bad 151s box. But seeing how you have 5 trays with problems I'm leaning that 151s is a bust. Here's an option. Send your 5 crap trays back to them and have them send you 5 trays from the original design. And send 5 original design fans with adjustable weights. The 151s had a new fan and weight system in the one I used and I didn't care for it as I couldn't change the weight counter balance.
  35. 5 points
    Your coil must have gained some weight from not being used much Mike C...
  36. 5 points
    These are my friend Adams photos from today. Yes... a wagon as a trailer..... with an ATV on it. Needless to say it was a poor choice of transportation for the ATV. I just became more interested in finding a way out of the city!
  37. 5 points
    I wish I never would have asked...
  38. 5 points
    Finally go the video finished of comparing equinox 800 to the gold monster 1000 on in-situ targets in the field. This is my no mean the comprehensive review as im sure the settings on the equinox could be tweaked more produce even better results. But from what i saw on my ground they were vary evenly matched. The gold monster seemed to pop a little harder on the targets, but the equinox still hit all the targets the gm1000 hit. Since i detect mainly creeks the equinox has a leg up since its water proof and i dont have to worry about it getting wet or falling in the creek. Hope you guys enjoy the video and ill take more footage as i work this little patch.
  39. 5 points
    Went fishing at Cottonwood Cove. I got 2 , but lost a couple , my Girl Friend got 2...This is the big one. No Scale...
  40. 5 points
    Hello dear friends, its been a while from my last come to forum, i have some troubles that make me unable to have acces to internet, but now its all ok. i hope you guys are well and in good health, and that there its some good gold for you all. here in Serbia its realy bad weather these days, lot of rain and its wery cold out, but there its one good thing, lot of rain means new gold in river to be find hehe. my older son, Luka, its caught by gold fever, and ewery day ask me when we go to river he say hello to our Garimpo, he finaly learn enough of english so he can understands his xmass guift, Fist full of gold book, realy good one Garimpo thanks a lot again
  41. 5 points
    Holy smokes! I have never won anything in my life! Thanks Terry! What a hoot! And Bill too. The forum is a whole bunch of fun. When guys get involved it really makes it a neat place to hang out. ...Dude, a hundred bucks worth of change at face value is a pile of detecting. My hat is off to you man! Even in the best areas that is a bunch of digging.
  42. 4 points
    The desert in summertime is a killer if you're not well prepared and even then it can still be deadly, I agree that night time hunting is a very good idea if you're detecting in the summertime. One thing no one has mentioned is SNAKES, be sure to get a good pair of snake gaiters and or snake boots and wear them day or night in the desert, this is even more important when hunting at night, snakes are very active in the summer at night and are much harder to spot as well, also never stick your hands anywhere you can't see everything extremely clearly, better to stick the coil, your pick or a stick into an area when you can't see what's there than to get bitten on the hand by a snake trying to defend itself and never kill any snakes, you're in their home out there.
  43. 4 points
    Hi guys, I was in Bendigo that day and have been in the area for over a week now. They allow people to hunt for gold in their parks. Bendigo is a pretty big city and it is like having LSD as part of the greater city. They don't turn their parks into Monuments, National Recreation areas or State Parks which make them off limits to detecting. There is a follow up to that story. When you are in Australia prospecting in the parks or the forests (there is a difference) you need what is called a Miner's Right to keep the gold you find. There is some 'question' if you need to be looking for it or just take it if you weren't looking. The story now goes that they little girl who found the nugget and her dad did not have a Miner's Right (license) which only costs $20 for 10 years. It is unknown what is going to happen to them or the nugget based upon the law. On another story, about the same day up in Wedderburn which is northwest of Bendigo some was walking and found a 7.5 oz nugget. They didn't take it to the papers and they don't have the problem with a Miner's Right! I have a Miner's Right but I only have a couple of little nuggets which total to about 1g. I wish I had their problems! Mitchel
  44. 4 points
    I still have some loose ends to tie up, but it's officially an aircraft engine!
  45. 4 points
    Happy Cinco de Mayo Bob! Enjoy some Santana shredding along with a frosty one
  46. 4 points
  47. 4 points
    Lanny Its hunting season here in Az. I'm heading out on a bit of an off the grid new area. I do have at least three or four more stories about road finds that Id like to post. I learned a lot from them. will post them when I get back. ya need to get down here Lanny. this is the time of year to hunt Az. be back in a couple weeks. AzNuggetBob
  48. 4 points
    Finally got them cleaned and weighed up. Just over 2 grams even.
  49. 4 points
    I figured you would win this contest too you rascal! I just won me a couple of really nice nuggets over on the Nugget Hunting forum too! Adam found some sweet gold and we are supposed to guess the two nuggets from closest to the source. I nailed it big time! I have already sent him my address and expect my nuggets to arrive in a couple days! I can't believe the luck I am having lately!
  50. 4 points
    60 days is good! Been longer before for me. Persitence is the key!😁 Happy Hunting!
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