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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
    25 points
  2. 19 points
  3. 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.
    19 points
  4. 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
    19 points
  5. I am back from a 2 week trip to Alaska. I am back from a location known as Gold King Creek, about 50 miles south of Fairbanks. It was quite an adventure. They run an operation for tourists as well as running a regular commercial scale operation at the same time. I did metal detecting and shoveled gravel into a highbanker. Shoveling gravel is taxing and with my back still only at about 90% from my car accident, after a couple weeks of shoveling all day my back was in sore shape. I balanced off shoveling by metal detecting. I found 179 pieces of gold while I was there, but the total weight for all my detected gold was only 5.2 grams. The gold from Gold King is small (as is common for many Alaska placers). Now don't get me wrong, I had a ball detecting all of those 179 pieces, and there are a few rare larger bits in the area. One lady found a nugget of about 3.5 grams before we arrived with an SDC 2300 - very unusual. I think the biggest the commercial operator got while I was there was about a gram, and that is from 65 ounces he produced in the two weeks I was there. My biggest was about 0.2 grams, and average for the 179 pieces was about 0.03 grams. That's a testimony to the sensitivity of the GM 1000. I did get some good gold by shoveling into the highbanker also. The gold does not occur on a real bedrock but on a hardpan of deep clay, real bed rock is 180 feet down and likely has no significant gold ( based on where the gold is coming from). Overall, I think it was a big success, I really enjoyed myself, the folks who went in with me had a great time, and I got to meet a lot of new folks, including some of the staff who were avid detector prospectors from Arizona. On trying to depart, I got stuck there for a day by low fog - which prevents planes from flying in. Very normal for an Alaskan prospecting adventure. I've now taken care of the things I need to do for the ICMJ magazine and am getting back on track to take care of all the other things that go with life here in the lower 48. There will be an article in the ICMJ on it with a lot more detail for those who subscribe, and I have a video about working on hardpan or false bedrock on my Youtube channel - https://youtu.be/0XZYrf3wzFE
    17 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. Went out today for the first time in about 5 months. WOW! What a awesome day! Just under 9 grams in 3 hrs. I hiked 3/4 mile up pizza wash and within 5 min I got the big one. It kept reversing the signal so I was not sure. I guess its just so solid it does that. The big one is 5 grams. Got the other two a little farther down the wash. Its always a good feeling when your digging and you get down to the red hardpack and then hit bedrock and the signal is still there. Good Lord really blessed me today But, my legs are shot! Need to get back in shape from the summer hibernation.
    15 points
  8. Just got done cleaning up my find today. I knew it had to be gold.
    15 points
  9. 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.
    15 points
  10. 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!
    15 points
  11. 8 and a half hours work. Minelab 4500 Nuggetfinder 13x17 Mono. About 55-60 miles off road on quads. Nothin is EZ if it were Everybody would do it 😂🎯🤠 2 tenths of a gram sounded like an echoing 💥 explosion on twin speakers backpack harness, almost as loud as the rusted nails and other lead an debris detected Saturday. Ol' Roosevelt got a Califlower ear ! 😂🤣😂🤣💰💰💰💰💰Beat that skunk away anyhow 😁🤠 Happy Huntn
    14 points
  12. Hit some really hammered patches at several locations, and the GPX 6000 was able to sniff out almost 6 grams for me! No regrets trading in my 7000 for this machine.⛏👍😊
    14 points
  13. I made it out this morning for a couple hours and scored my first 6000 gold out in Arizona, my smallest piece ever found with a detector weighing a massive .05gram. It gave a clear repeatable signal and was down about and inch or two sitting against a small rock... now I need to find the other 1000 of its cousins.
    14 points
  14. 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
    14 points
  15. 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
    14 points
  16. All the good targets for my brother and myself the first ten days out this december . All GPZ 7000 finds.
    14 points
  17. 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!
    13 points
  18. 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.
    13 points
  19. 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
  20. Nice and cool for detecting
    12 points
  21. All were shallow and thunk outside the box today and worked some areas that didn’t look ideal But gold don’t care if it looks good to us or not!
    12 points
  22. 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!
    12 points
  23. 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
    12 points
  24. Its not an investment. How many other things do you buy that you have to validate as an investment? If it was about the money then 90% of the people should just….invest. Oh and stop buying things that just make you smile. 🤦‍♂️
    12 points
  25. Here’s a few little guys to look at. The ones on the coil were found in an old patch with the 6000 was surprised because I had worked it with a gm 1000,gpx 5000 and a gpz 7000 . Was very happy with the 6000 did pretty good for its first time out. Now all’s I need is an extra battery and my cover to get in from docs. stephen,
    12 points
  26. 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
    12 points
  27. Never ending wash gave up 3 little ones today
    11 points
  28. 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...
    11 points
  29. 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
    11 points
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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!
    11 points
  33. .78 gram yesterday and 14.92 grams today
    11 points
  34. 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
    11 points
  35. More pics!!!..........if you all have some....please post them. Tom H.
    11 points
  36. 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
  37. Yesterday I gave my daughter's hand in marriage to a fine young man, it was a beautiful and moving ceremony!!
    10 points
  38. Hammered area after hammered area at the LSD the 6000 keeps them coming
    10 points
  39. I didn't have anyone to teach me either, but I read and learned, practiced out in the field and gradually my skills increased. Prospecting is a skill like being a plumber or an electrician. Owning a pipe wrench does not make one a plumber. The journeyman plumber is what he is because he knows plumbing. He has learned a skill. His knowledge makes him a plumber. He worked to gain that knowledge. Owning a metal detector does not make one a skilled prospector, but learning and experience do. Clubs are made of folks like you and me. A new guy comes in and it takes a while to get to know folks. Very rarely will someone rush over to greet you. You have to go out of your way to be friendly and become a part of the group. Volunteer to help with anything you can to get to know people - clubs are always looking for volunteers. Relationships take time to establish. One or two meetings aint going to cut it. Make some friends by reaching out yourself repeatedly. Lots of guys give up quickly when they learn its work learn how to become a successful prospector. Hang in there, have patience and persevere. You will get out of it what you put into it.
    10 points
  40. A big specimen was found at the LSD recently and yes I have seen it. It is in orange stained Quartz with gold spider webbed all through it along with blobs of gold! Very water rounded as well which was interesting and it has a lot of gold in it! How this one has waited this long to be found is mindboggling, but I can't share a location. Guess everyone figured it was just too loud a target to be gold
    10 points
  41. Since you asked Bill, here are a few found with my Minelab 4500 and 11" Commander Mono coil. I just love the combination of the 11" Mono and GPX 4500..low and very slow to hear the deep gold.
    10 points
  42. I bought my Nox 800 from Bill. It was one of the first ones in the country. I've found many, many nice pieces of jewelry with it but this Star Sapphire ring is a stunner. It was down about 12" on a sandy beach. A jeweler told me it is worth in the $1500 range.
    10 points
  43. 89 year old Ron Chester was stopped by the police around 2 a.m. and was asked where he was going at that time of night.Ron replied, "I'm on my way to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as smoking and staying out late."The officer asked, "Really? Who's giving that lecture at this time of night?"Ron replied, "That would be my wife.
    10 points
  44. Some gold I sold off a few months back...
    10 points
  45. Hot as blazes, but fun!
    10 points
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. Check out the shape of this one!
    10 points
  49. 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
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