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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.
    11 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. 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
  5. Some gold I sold off a few months back...
    10 points
  6. Hot as blazes, but fun!
    10 points
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Never ending wash gave up 3 little ones today
    9 points
  11. 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
  12. From the Vulture Mountains, AZ found with SDC 2300
    9 points
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. You want more government in Your hobby? I can't understand just why when they muck up every other aspect of regulating our so called wellbeing. Old Tom
    7 points
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
    5 points
  27. https://phys.org/news/2021-06-gold-foolish.html
    5 points
  28. Havent been out much past couple seasons. Started to tramp around a bit this season 2021 like riding a bike it all comes back to ya 🤣😁🤠 All finds made with Minelab 4500 and a NuggetFinder 13x17 mono solid coil. VID_20210523_084331009.mp4
    5 points
  29. 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
  30. 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
    4 points
  31. Sorry but NO, what you describe is not how it works, especially the part about changing to wood, trees and the volcano part, just no, sorry, but you are giving very inaccurate information about many things most here know about, but there are beginners that visits these forums and they shouldn't be reading inaccurate info! Please refrain posting such information unless it's provable scientific facts from experts and then please post links to those facts especially if they are as different as what you have been posting and way different to what most knowledgeable persons know as fact!!
    4 points
  32. 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
  33. Naw, but it swings a lot lighter as the handle has been finished with Tom’s propeller pitch.
    4 points
  34. 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
  35. I am the oldest of 4 siblings! 2 sisters below me and a baby brother ... all of us are now well into our 60's with me at 72. I love both of my sisters dearly even though we don't always agree ... in fact rarely but that's a story for another day! many times I have been called various names by them 'Dick' being one of the milder terms of 'endearment'! LOL!
    4 points
  36. 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
    4 points
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. Well that takes all the fun out of it!
    4 points
  40. and isn’t most of the gold smaller ? NOT IN MY COLLECTION SONNYBOY ! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
    4 points
  41. 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
  42. Once upon a time we used to go out and find gold and tell stories about those adventures on this forum. Now we sit around the house all day telling stories way off topic.
    4 points
  43. I don't pimp fish. Is there a problem with the photo? Do you want to whine about it for a while?
    4 points
  44. I think Idigo is trolling for responses. I don’t think he could possibly think that another government agency would be a good idea, but you come to a forum like this and post that, its like poking a bear for fun.
    4 points
  45. 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
  46. Sometimes I think its an advantage to be hearing impaired ! It seems you listen harder 🤣😁🤠
    4 points
  47. We know it's not Beyonce. And that is all that really matters in the grand scheme of things.
    4 points
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