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  1. All I can do is shake my head sometimes. I'll go out day after day, hiking all over the hills, just "sure" the gold must be over the next ridge, if I just try a little harder. Haven't found anything yet, using that method. Then I decide to give my back a break for a day, and just drive around looking. I get a random urge to hunt a wash, pull over, jump out, and dig a nice specimen within 300ft of my rig. I'd call it chance, but this is the third time it's happened in a year. Go figure. Listen to the little voice in your head, I guess👍 I know exactly where I will be hunting
    14 points
  2. I have a couple claims on the Domingo. Some areas on the north end have been hammered, there's even a couple miners cabins built there. Funny how I can always find the remains of chicken coops where miners lived. The south end of the claims show little signs of being worked. Plus there's our technological advantage, mostly the generator and wet vac (yes I'm always finding old, old worn out brooms where there's been placer mining in the hills). But comparing a broom to a shop vac really is no comparison at all. Even after the rains this week put a damper on the dry washing, I was st
    9 points
  3. Thanks! Another odd part of the puzzle around here, is where the gold is found. Under the overburden, but not in ancient gravel, bedrock, or clay. I "think" there was a flash flood or two here, in the last hundred years, that carried these pieces into the washes. A friend and I have dug down, and sampled the old gravel in a couple of these washes, and panned them out, without finding a speck of gold. The wash I found this piece in had been heavily placered. Either they missed it, or it rolled off the screen on an old drywasher. Funniest of all, was a deep detector hole, no
    5 points
  4. My son gave me this sweet little Glock 19 for Christmas. A nice Bianchi holster and a bucket full of mags too. I only had a few rounds for it and couldn't find any factory ammo on the shelves. So I ordered a few plated bullets and scavenged a bunch of brass. You cant buy small pistol primers but I have thousands of small rifle primers. They seem to work just peachy. I traded a buddy for a nice set of dies and found a pound of Red Dot that I have had laying around for 30 years. I worked up a load for it over the last week. After 150 rounds I got my load just right and my p
    5 points
  5. You are a rude nasty man ... piss right off you f#@%ing troll
    4 points
  6. I use big, big buckets, I have free sources for them. The tall chlorine buckets come with lids making them ideal for carrying water too. Then I have these tough, large buckets we use that had a mineral molasses mixture for the livestock. They're nearly indestructible and must hold 7 gallons, easy. The days of filling these buckets up to the brim is past for me, I'd kill myself. I carry the dirt or when drywashing; heavies, back to the truck in ammo cans. I'm going to have to find smaller cans too, the 20mm can holds around 14-15 gallons and is a real nut cracker. Good info, guy
    4 points
  7. He's much better than the idiot we had previously.
    4 points
  8. Really nice piece of gold there. You went up one of those washes everyone else figured had been hit before. I have also found gold right next to dig holes. Tom H.
    4 points
  9. The interior is way too light in color for typical basalt, although leucobasalt can be very light in color. Achondrite all the way...IF it is indeed a meteorite...expert analysis is required for that determination.
    3 points
  10. I'm old enough to be my partners dad. I can't work at his pace any longer, specially since my lungs are at about half of their capacity from just a year ago. He wants to go at a break neck speed, I want to enjoy the workout. Amuses me when he complains about being 40 years old.
    3 points
  11. 3 points
  12. Are we going to go through all this again? Old Tom
    3 points
  13. Check out the shape of this one!
    3 points
  14. That is nuts! Paid for the GPZ in one shot. Well done👍 Regards, Kyle
    3 points
  15. Art, The OP posted a very interesting specimen. It is his thread and we are anxious to discuss his stone. Your rocks are cool. You seem to have a story to tell about them. I would love to discuss them with you in another thread over in the Rocks and Minerals section.
    2 points
  16. This one is tough to say from a photo, definitely worth having someone knowledgeable on meteorites look at in person. If it is a meteorite, it is an achondrite.
    2 points
  17. Sounds like open ground to me. Hallelujah!
    2 points
  18. Nothing has changed there Electrician. That land (nearly 10,000 acres) was patented to the State in 1981 as an indemnity selection. The patent was based on land that was granted to the State of Arizona in 1914 but the State didn't select the land until 1981. You can see the patent HERE. Next time you think the sky is falling or someone is stealing land check out the Arizona Land Status map. I got all the details and links to that patent in a matter of seconds using the map.
    2 points
  19. I viewed moving that dirt as 'my workout'. So much so, I ordered another three yards and did it again... At 45 now, I'm not young or old. Old enough, that the 'youngsters' don't want to hear my advice, and young enough that the 'elderly' think I don't know anything. Congrats on that gold by the way. I'd be pretty happy with how those buckets panned out.
    2 points
  20. Your math is correct Luke if you don't account for the natural swell or bulking in the volume of material when it is excavated. 10 cubic yards in the ground will measure anywhere from 13 - 20 cubic yards when it's excavated. I'm sure you've excavated holes and refilled them enough to understand the principle of swell in action. I added 20% swell which is probably an underestimate when dealing with freshly excavated desert soils. Even basic sand swells that much or more when it's dug up. Since mineral deposits are calculated in the ground the swell factor is applied after the mineral
    2 points
  21. There's roughly 35 -5 gallon buckets per cubic yard. So that might give you some idea of the values on that basis.
    2 points
  22. Looks to be well worth the effort, keep up the good work. I'd be thrilled to find that much from twice as many buckets. I haven't done much actual placer work, but the few times I have tried it have been less than sucessful. A pan like that would change my mind in a hurry👍 Regards, Kyle
    2 points
  23. Looks like garnet to me....probably almandine. Jim
    2 points
  24. 2 points
  25. OK, this topic is locked, sorry Slim but you turned your own topic into politics in your second, third and this quoted post, politics as we know isn't allowed on the forum,...but if what started as a discussion/information sharing on land use which is allowed had remained on topic I wouldn't have to lock it
    2 points
  26. I saw a poodle face on the granite at 30 zeconds into the video!
    2 points
  27. I keep hoping to stumble into one of those! Had a funny one last week. Hiked a mile or so, humping up hills, clambering over rocks, and generally huffing and puffing my way to what "must surely be" an untouched wash. Scrambled up over the last hill, and found a Jeep trail right to it. Campfire ring, Keystone light cans, and all. I said a few choice words, mostly aimed at myself, for not studying Google Earth more closely, ate my soggy peanut butter sandwich, and shuffled home. I do hold hope of finding either a virgin wash, or a patch below an eroded vein. In the mean time
    2 points
  28. To be honest, I lived out west years ago when there were still plenty of undiscovered patches to be found...and find some I did. Things are a little different these days with all the hunting pressure over the years since. I'm convinced there's still some patches to be found but in very remote areas where very few people (if any) have been before.
    2 points
  29. Nice one!!!!! Yeah, couple seasons ago I stumbled onto someone else's dig hole and not 6" away found the nuggie they, for whatever reason, couldn't PP.... I'll take it and thankyou...lol. I always check others dig holes.....
    2 points
  30. You might want to check with ElDorado Steve Wandt and get his input.... https://www.facebook.com/steve.wandt/videos/862335620472275
    1 point
  31. Here’s more photos to show the size and some detail. It weighs about 725 grams and looks (from the exposed interior) and feels quite dense. I was debating sending in a sample for analysis, but after the feedback I think I will go ahead and get it tested. Thank you for the feedback and I’ll update the post once I know something more!
    1 point
  32. The road took a left turn and I think you missed it. We were talking about "inactive" claims. Let Jah be praised.
    1 point
  33. That would be a CLOSED BLM case file = No Claim. There is no such thing as an inactive claim. As Bob wrote - open ground - if not already claimed or withdrawn.
    1 point
  34. Oh, it wasn't that bad. I broke it up in three days, with the middle day being the 17 load day. Plus, I'm still a 'young man' compared to most of 'you guys'.
    1 point
  35. Thanks for the informative reply. Luke
    1 point
  36. Ammo and component shortage is crazy every where. If your looking to make some money, and have some .223 brass you may want to consider making it into 300 blackout brass. Your market may be smaller, but the profits higher. 300BLK brass in non existent, worse than .223. Pretty easy to do, basically cut it off at the shoulder, run it through a sizing die, and case trim to length. There's several jigs available online, and plenty of you tube videos. I made a jig with stuff I had laying around, and a 10" miter box.
    1 point
  37. Hmmm, does sounds a little like nugget hunting, a new prospect on finding a little treasure.
    1 point
  38. Those with local knowledge of such places are getting old and are disappearing too. By removing those features from maps, it will not take long for all of them to be forgotten. Pretty sad.
    1 point
  39. Really nice specimen. Congrats. Actually I had much better luck just driving around and detecting on a whim than going where everyone told me to go.😏
    1 point
  40. Outstanding! Sometimes no rhyme or reason. Might be worth thinking about renting a Backhoe or Bobcat for a day or two . . .
    1 point
  41. Always enjoy both you and Gary's videos. Thanks for the effort you put in, the are always entertaining and I learn something new from most of them. Regards, Kyle
    1 point
  42. UPDATE ON CV19: it's been almost 10 months since I had the CV19 and some of it is still with me. About once or twice a week I start the cough again but one or two sprays of the throat spay stops it in it's tracks. Finally got my taste and smell back but in the months that have followed I've lost 17.7 lbs. I wasn't fat so the weight loss has been in my muscles.The Doc's here don't know how to stop the loss only to say eat more and lift weights. Saturday a couple here bought their first detector, a Minelab Gold Monster 1000. they brought it by my house
    1 point
  43. 2 grams a day is totally doable in the right spot for dry washing. Didnt you buy a claim, and you havent found one gram on it yet?
    1 point
  44. I recommend Chris Ralph’s “Fistful of Gold” book. It may not be the best title to make you think its legitimate, but it basically comes down to hard work and finding the correct way for your area. Before you even decide on the metal detector, I would find out if the areas you plan on going to have gold at all, and how it is recovered. I’m sure there’s plenty of targets anywhere you bring the metal detector, but most areas will just be junk and not gold.
    1 point
  45. Wjbell, Go to the Pioneer Mining Store in Auburn. Ask Jim or Frank if Jim Aikens is available for detector lessons. For an hourly fee, he would take you up to a hydraulic pit, and teach you how to use your detector, and guarantee that you find gold! You keep whatever you find. He has found fabulous amounts of gold with detectors, and knows all the best places. He also knows all the major detectors too. And the stories he tells are priceless!!!! He would hold court in the store with a bunch of miners and really entertain! There is also another guy who gives lessons, that you can ask about, to
    1 point
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