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  1. Just snooping around in a new area, not expecting much, when I stumbled into this lump right in the middle of the wash. Not quite an overload signal on the 4500, but really loud. I am pretty sure a Walmart $99 detector would have found it. Maybe 6" down, and in the most obvious spot in the wash. I have no idea how the last 50 guys to walk up this wash missed it, but I'll take it! Most of the specimen is worn somewhat smooth, but one side clearly broke off something larger. The edge is so sharp and fragile that I broke a tiny piece of gold off with my tounge giving it the mouth-wash out of the hole. I can't imagine it moved more than a few feet, after breaking off a bigger hunk. I went back the next day, but no luck on the rest of it. Gonna spend a few more hours chasing that! I will try my hand at a specific gravity test on this one, but oh my, it is a nice, satisfying weight, no matter what the math says! Far and away my best find so far. Thanks for looking, keep hunting! Regards, Kyle
    27 points
  2. I was able to get out today and it was actually a very nice day for detecting. Used the PI up until around 1 and just got trash. I was waiting for Luke to show back up at the trucks and remembered a small spot really close to where we were that had gold in it 10 yrs ago. Well, lo and behold, I popped 4 nugs in a row and then one more after Luke and I met up again. Used the gold monster to find these. Whew! a last minuet skunk buster Tom H.
    20 points
  3. As the seasons change here in Arizona, the temps have finally come down enough to get out and find some gold. I met up with a good friend this morning and we drove out to a place called "Owl Wash". Although I forgot to mention it at the time, I did see the owl today. After a couple hours and a half a dozen trashy targets, I moved my coil up the side of the gully and got a distinct signal. After scraping away all the loose material, I started to see darker clay and the bedrock. I slowed down and worked to pinpoint the target so I could hopefully 'see it' without disturbing it. I blew the dust away and gold was showing. So I figured it would be a good time for some pictures, and I went back to where I left my backpack. Once I returned with my phone to take the picture, I discovered that it had died trying to get a signal. Oh well, no insitsu pics today. But I am otherwise quite pleased with this 2.3g nugget. Luke
    20 points
  4. 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
    16 points
  5. Whats up everyone... I just posted a new youtube video that I think some of you would enjoy. I just hit 500 subscribers and I'm planning on doing a give away for the subscribers... so make sure you subscribe to the channel for your chance to win! Prize is to TBA!
    16 points
  6. Was finally able to get out and do some detecting in a couple of old spots and a new spot with Luke. The 1 gram I got from the new spot at about 4 inches. YES.....lots of new ground to hunt! And the .1 I got from a old spot at 1 inch deep. Great day to be out in the peace and quite and find some gold Tom
    16 points
  7. 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 this next week! Regards, Kyle
    15 points
  8. Back when I was a newb, I used to toss these aside if I didn't see gold. I hunt an area famous for stringer veinlets and I wonder how many auriferous specimens I released back into the wild in those early days? This particular specimen hit hard on the GB2 and showed nothing but stained quartz. A crack of my hammer revealed the hidden beauty. Keep your eyes open...
    15 points
  9. Was able to get out on Sunday with Dad. He was going stir crazy and had to get out and see the desert. Did not find any gold but had a good time. Weather was not too bad from 8-11....then it started to get warm and we headed out. Dads still at it.....walking cane and all Tom H.
    14 points
  10. All the good targets for my brother and myself the first ten days out this december . All GPZ 7000 finds.
    14 points
  11. Last night I was using the V 3.0 update and the 800/15 on the beach. I came across an ordinary signal but got an extraordinary result. What I saw in my scoop was a balled up 24" chain that is labeled 18k. It is 32.57 grams.
    14 points
  12. 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
  13. Made a couple runs out to Gold Basin recently and found some bits and pieces some with quartz, the larger specimen has a total weight of 19.8g and has somewhere around 1.5g of gold contained inside the small piece with quartz weighs in at .3g and the larger nugget is just under a gram.
    13 points
  14. well yesterday i went out for a bit it was a bit hot 107 but i just scored a gp 3000 & frank c made me a great deal on a coiltek coil (thanks frank) & i needed to give them a test run so i took it to a place thats all worked out .... ever heard that before? well before i melted totally i scored this 1.8 gram nugget great start its dam hot out there be very careful
    13 points
  15. 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
  16. Hello everyone Made it out yesterday with my oldest son to swing for some nuggets. But after dang near all day of being skunked on the gold, we decided to pull out the coin and relic machines. Cameron ended up finding an 1877 s Seated liberty dime. 'Our first ever seated dime'! He also found the dark colored eagle button and the solid coin silver pocket watch back. I found the gold guilted eagle button and some pretty cool relics. Its a new spot so we will be going back to give it another go. Take care everyone!
    12 points
  17. Ok, things are getting spicy now! Found this 8g specimen today, a couple hundred feet down the same wash. Interestingly, it appears to be a different alloy than the first piece. Much darker yellow. I feel like that is an important clue, but I am not sure how the puzzle fits together yet. Whatever the case, I am absolutely stoked. I will update as I go, thanks for looking, and more importantly, all the info and stories you guys post. They absolutely help the new guy!👍 Regards, Kyle
    12 points
  18. 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
  19. I use a lot of Sharpies out in the work shop and it seems that they run dry too fast. Did a little experiment a few weeks ago and it worked. Drill out the back end of the Sharpie, inject 1 ML of lacquer thinner. Put some tape over the end. So far it has lasted 2 times as long as the first time. Don't know how many times I can do this but it works! I know....im cheap. Its just irritating they don't last very long. Tom H.
    11 points
  20. .78 gram yesterday and 14.92 grams today
    11 points
  21. More pics!!!..........if you all have some....please post them. Tom H.
    11 points
  22. This Saturday I was out in ridgecrest with friends they were under a easy up roto tilling and Jack hammering for dry wash material. I was going up a close by hill beeping with my GM 1000 .8:30 am I had a lite cotton dark blue long sleeve shirt wearing Brute deodorant with no headphones on and the detector was screaming at full volume. I was about 250 feet from my Ford pickup when the attack started. With one bee on the back of each ear one on the back of my neck one on my shoulder and 2 circling the front of my face I pulled off my hat and started swatting these killers . To no avail they would not move and relentlessly would not give up . I ran to my truck flailing my hat and even at my truck one was on my nose still had them behind my ears with a few circling me . I got in my truck and prayed none made it in there , I was safe. Looking in my mirror I had a stinger sticking right out the side of my nose . It was pretty scary knowing if there had been twice as many bees and my truck could have been twice or three times farther. I ended up with about 7 stings / welts and 3 were kinda big . The one especially on the front of my neck , and boy it itched . I think the detectors sound set them off then my floral deodorant attracted them with the dark blue shirt . Bee careful guys because this was no joke .
    11 points
  23. Hey everyone... Now weather is getting much better, I got a chance to visit a place I havent been to in a while. Franconia, AZ meteorite strewn field. I met up Saturday morning with a buddy Greg. Greg ended up getting the large complete crusted Chondrite and large iron meteorite on the right, I found the smaller 3 chondrites and irons on the left.... Franconia's always a fun place to visit. A lot of large basalt (hot rocks), .50 cal bullets, .30 cal bullets, wire, ect out there, but after an hour or 2 of adjusting my hearing to the tones, you start to hear the differences between trash and meteorites, ok not 100 % of the time, but Id say over 50% 😉... Dont know about everyone else, but no matter what place I go to new or old, I have to get the good ol hearing adjusted again to the environments, be it gold, meteorites, coins, relics, ect..... See ya in the field, Dave
    11 points
  24. Walked over 8 mi today and dug up 18 pieces of trash just for one nugget. A fair trade I'd say!!! 5.5dwt
    11 points
  25. Got an invitation to hunt an old farm in Katonah, New York, and drove up excited and early. After nearly two-hours of hunting near the old stone fences I had found nothing but junk targets, and I was ready to call it quits. I started back toward the farm house and the car, swinging half-heartedly, and feeling a bit defeated. About halfway back, I got a high tone that stopped me in my tracks. 39-40, solid as could be. Surprise! 1883 Philadelphia Morgan!!!!! Talk about your Happy Dance, I went from worn out to full of energy just like that!
    11 points
  26. 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
  27. Some gold I sold off a few months back...
    10 points
  28. Hot as blazes, but fun!
    10 points
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. Good evening everyone, i hope your all doing good and staying safe. The boys and i made it out today for the first time this year and it was a fabulous finds day for sure!! We decided to hit a few spots that we have always drove past but never stopped. Sure glad we did today. Cameron found a huge silver spoon, a really cool lock, a Chinese coin, a gold plated shirt pin with a heart on it and a few other cool finds. My little guy found a sweet silver horse bridal concho, a few axe heads, a pick head, some sweet buttons and a complete late 1800s whiskey bottle. I ended up with some cool buttons, one of them being an Eagle Infantry button and some pretty cool odds and ends along with a 1867 S Seated liberty half dollar. It was down about 6 inches and just hammered on the 600. Ill attach a few pics and then tomorrow ill take a pic of everything together. Stay safe everyone and have a Happy Easter weekend!! Dan
    10 points
  32. Check out the shape of this one!
    10 points
  33. I was finally able to finish up a project I started a very long time ago this week. I bought the hood ornaments for 1949-1955 from the Nash automobile. I think they are some of the most beautiful hood ornaments ever made. But, they were on a very homely car! Some were in pretty rough. I did all the prep work and plating myself on these and took great pains to make sure the faces and lines were perfect. The reflections on them kind of goof them up. Chrome is very hard to photograph. The process involves sandblasting them to remove all the corrosion, drilling out each pit and filling with solder, sanding all that smooth, and then copper plating/sanding at least 3 separate times to get them smooth. Then buffing them out to a high shine and after that I put on the nickel/chrome plating. Im really happy with them and have them on display now to enjoy. The PETTY stamp you see in one of the pics is because George Petty (pin up artist in the 50s) designed 1953-1955. Enjoy!
    10 points
  34. Well............this is about the first time in about 20 yrs the Nugget shooter outing did not happen due to the current circumstances. Hopefully we can pull a small one off in Feb. Many good times shared around the campfires at night and out hunting with friends. Here are some pics from over the years at the outings. ENJOY! Tom H.
    10 points
  35. Thanks Old Tom.. I got to playing with my phone camera this morning. Here some I don't believe I've posted before.
    10 points
  36. Never ending wash gave up 3 little ones today
    9 points
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. From the Vulture Mountains, AZ found with SDC 2300
    9 points
  41. Got my third Nevada cold find today; story here: https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/15876-new-nevada-cold-find/
    9 points
  42. 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 still able to get out Saturday and vacuum some samples up from two sections of bedrock that had been beckoning. My little recirculating hi banker is painfully slow but here's the results of 4 1/2 buckets. I'll post pic and weight when I'm done cleaning.
    9 points
  43. 9 points
  44. No, private. But a neighboring claim is Roadrunner. I have two adjacent claims in San Domingo and several on Turkey Creek. My partner wants to sell the San Domingo claims and concentrate on Turkey Creek. I'm having a blast out there in Morristown. The bedrock is mostly visible in the creek beds and vacuuming them is yeilding good gold
    9 points
  45. I live in Sonora Ca and was at a friends house today and he pulls out this 3 gram nugget and says look what I found on the ground by my chicken coup. His house is on the side of a pretty steep hill and he had to dig out the hill to make a flat spot for the coups and a garden area and thats where he saw the nugget. soil is typical reddish dirt with rocks and some quarts, he did say he dug through a vein of what looked like crushed quartz running through the dirt. needless to say I'm going back tomorrow to pan some samples in the spot where he dug out and I've been thinking of buying a detector, i loaned my GMT out and it never came back so I'm thinking of getting the monster and working the hillside.
    9 points
  46. 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
  47. I found a 1.1g nugget down about 15" today. Was wondering if I got lucky or is that the normal depth for a nugget this size. The nugget is a solid chunk. I imagine if it was smashed out flat and not laying on its edge I could of found it deeper.... Just wondering.. It's been awhile since I been able to get out and find a biggie lol 😃
    8 points
  48. Hey guys, just wanted to share with you all my sons first archery deer. It opened on August 10th but with both of our work schedules being different, we couldn't all go until this past Saturday the 15th. Long story short, we camped for 5 days and he was able to get in on this guy the 4th day. 8 hours of stalking in on him in 100 degree temps. Got into 12 yards and stuck him. My little guy and i were watching through the spotting scopes from across the canyon when he made the shot. It definitely tops any deer i have shot with my bow or a rifle haha. 1 deer in the freezer and now i can chase mine. Then back to detecting before my daughters deer season in October. Take care everyone.
    8 points
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