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  1. 24 points
    Haven’t posted in a while. I enjoy seeing everyone’s gold finds so here is some pics. I will do a SG on this one at some point. I’m pretty good at guessing weight especially the half - 5 grammers. I was way off on this one. Found in a small wash about 3’ on the bank just out of the wash. 18” deep approximately. Probably knocked off 5 grams of caliche. I keep the scale at work so no pre weight taken. Brownie
  2. 23 points
    Well I haven't been on the forums much lately but detecting still happens every now and then. Here are hand full of nuggets from a new area I found last year.... I had to get them all first lol. I hope all is well with everyone here. I will try and get to the outing and say hi!
  3. 21 points
    Finally was able to get out and detect for a weekend with a fellow forum member. He was only able to make it for one day verses my 2 days. We focused on hitting new areas looking for leader nuggets.. He was able to find one really nice piece. After that I spent many hard hours with no luck finding a patch. My first night by headlamp I headed to a old Bonevolent patch that we thought was worked out. Turns out we missed 3 chunky pieces. 2nd night hunt went to a different worked out patch and found 5 more chunky bits.. All the small stuff was just the gold monster 1000 being an amazing sensitive machine. 3 grams was my tally for the weekend.
  4. 19 points
    I finally made it back to the Big Az the weekend of the 18th! This time we were in prospecting mode for new areas and as usual, we hit it hard and took advantage of the time I was there. We did drop in on one of the Big Bug Mining District claims and that’s where I pulled these three from ‘eddy spots’ where bedrock crosses the wash. These came from places that started with no signal whatsoever, I just felt that gold would stop there when the wash was flowing, so I dug a bit with my pick, then detected again with my 2300 and was rewarded!
  5. 16 points
    I was supposed to go fishing for my birthday over to Lake Roosevelt but my fishin' buddy had to back out. SOOOOO ... I went to plan B ... go find a nugget for my birthday! Headed down to the RRPC Aquarius Claims (my zodiac sign is Aquarius) and began to search in one wash that turned up a lot of hot rocks and trash! Time to move to someplace else. Second spot was much deeper into the claims and a spot I had hunted a couple times before. I knew I hadn't destroyed all the old dry wash piles so began my attack. No luck for the first few ... about 10 of them to be closer to the number. I was just about to give up when I noticed one with a bush growing out of it. Four little pieces of iron trash and screen wire and then an odd little signal from my Gold Monster. Almost didn't dig it but my training was not allowing me to do that! I must have moved that target around a couple of times before I finally had it in my scoop! Low and behold a nice little chunk appears after a quick rinse to show its true character. So I got my Birthday Nugget ... a 0.544 gram rough little piece that someone at least a few years ago lost off the front of their dry washer!
  6. 15 points
    I was out on another one of Arizona's (of-late) gloomy-overcast days down in the lower desert today. It wasn't bad, I'm just used to our Arizona sunshine out there. Anyway, I have never claimed to be, nor do I even desire to be a hard rock miner having to do all that heavy pick'n and hammering etc., etc.,etc., but lately have been forced into it. These three nuggets that I got today forced me to dig deep into my arsenal of angled-screwdrivers, prying devices; and then finally I resort to using my heavy duty pick and spade to get the final nugget out from it's deeply-embedded hiding spot within the bedrock itself. All three nuggets came from different spots; the first two were deep (down 5" or-so) down in riffle cracks and encased within a grey colored clay. And if I hadn't had my long-slender angled screwdriver I'd of never gotten down to either one of them. The initial signals were very week to almost nothing at all, but the signal was there, and repeatable. I really had to work and pry away the sides of the bedrock crack just to get them out. The round nugget has a very small-natural hole right thru it. Now the last nugget of the day (the very bottom one) freaked-me-out with it's very-week, and confusing signal . And, on top of that I come to find out that it was lodged way down and within the fractured bedrock itself,...it hadn't traveled there and then become lodged,....it was part of the bedrock!! When I swung my coil over the spot I got an-"O-so-faint" signal, just barley there. It was confusing in that I only got the signal from one direction(?) of my coil swing. I almost wrote it off as being a mineralized spot;... but there was just something there that was trying to tell me otherwise. So I commenced to use all of my angled and pry(and poke) screwdrivers to remove as much of the bedrock as possible. The bedrock was of a semi-fractured schist-type of rock, but it was "Hard-as_a-Rock-"Solid."" I scraped and pry'd and loosened as much as I could, segregating the loose material, and then swung my coil over the two areas. But the almost-nothing-signal was still at the hardest part of the bedrock???? I went thru this process over and over again for "what felt like an hour!" And, even as much splintered bedrock that I had removed from the spot, the signal had "not-gotten" louder (which would indicate that I was getting closer to it),....What-is-going-on-here???? So, at that point I decided to take out my heavy duty pick with the spade on one end (the big gun) and beat it to a pulp . I was finally able to penetrate the "Hard-as-a-Rock" bedrock, fracturing it down to about 8", scraped all the piece aside and cleared the area as best as I could, and then swung my coil over both spots. Finally,..there was no signal at-all where it had been all this time,........the signal was in the pile of splintered bedrock,......."YaHooooooooooo". The nugget ain't big, but there was a signal (of-sorts) there. Looks like I got to start "Pack'n" a CHISEL!!! Gary
  7. 13 points
    I got out this weekend with some good friends. We hit all new area in an old spot with no luck. Then we decided to jump in the truck to an area we have never been. The area was worked hard by old timers who left lots of trash. Once tired of kicking hit rocks and digging their trash I got out of the washes and started pounding hillsides. The area is covered in "desert pavement" and one tiny piece of gold getting a tan. Good times were had by all!
  8. 13 points
    Was out yesterday hunting a wash that I have most-recently started calling, "Hammer-N-Chisel" wash ,....why??? because at least four of the nuggets that I have gotten out of it I have had to literally (and physically) hammer and chisel them right out of the semi-solid bedrock just to get to them!!!!! Each of these where down 4-6" deep within the bedrock itself, and as much as I had to chisel away at each spot, it didn't appear to me that they had drifted down to that spot to lodge themselves there. I believe that they were within the bedrock all along, and that the movement of boulders, rocks, and rushing flood waters over time had wore away enough of the bedrock for my coil to pickup a signal. Ironically, each of the four nugget-spots were right on the very edge of a bedrock waterfall (or within 4"-or-so) of the edge of it before it dropped off ( these were located at 4-different waterfalls, or bedrock-drop-offs). I also came across a 5th Hammer-N-Chisel situation yesterday as well that I was not even able to chip out due to the hardness of the solid bedrock!!! I chiseled like a maniac ( or like I was getting paid for it!?!) for what seemed like for ever, and got almost 3" of mixed hard rock out in chunks. All along I was chipping and scraping a blood-red rock material out,..but was getting nowhere with it. I hit my thumb once and the chisel became dull,............so it's still there. The nugget above the dime is the one I chiseled out,...the second photo shows a slight grayness in color (on the other side of the same nugget) from the bedrock that was "glued" to it. The other two nuggets (below it and to it's right) I dug up about 5' downstream of it on the same downward-sloping bedrock. This nugget that I chiseled out was an "Indicator Nugget", and I have found that it's most-always a good idea to detect (and/or uncover) the bedrock ( if it drops down under the overburden) 3-to-4 ft downstream of it to see if other nuggets have slipped down beyond-where that Indicator nugget was found,.......it has worked for me many times. Gary "YaHoooooooooooooo!!"
  9. 9 points
    Well, I tried a new way to get out to this new gold area I found. The gold seemed fairly small, but I had to hike in at least 3 miles to get there. So I tried to drive in another way in hopes of only having to hike in a mile. Of course Google Earth made things seem better than they were (almost like I could drive right there), but in the end I only cut about a mile off the hike (one way). So now I had a decision to make … take my GPZ 14" coil, the GM1000, or what I call my Midget Coil (10" Xcoil). GPZ 14" about killed me getting out there last time so that was out. I love the GM1000 on bedrock, but some of the bedrock here was very hot. Usually in those cases, I will go to my GPZ 10" Xcoil, which I venture to say is at least on par with the SDC 2300 (with the exception of being a little bigger). And the Xcoil is still a pleasure to hike with. So off I went. I started out hitting the areas I had been to before and got some good signals. First piece was only about .1g. Then I started finding slightly bigger .2g pieces. Most of these seemed to be what I call runners. Those are the ones in washes that I find on the sides of the wash, trying to run away when they see me coming. The larger coils tend to lose a bit of depth when checking the sides and depressions. The 10" Xcoil, however, does very well getting in there. Overall, 5 pieces were found (total .75g). Not a lot, but at least half of these finds were detected very carefully with the 14" coil and were missed. The Xcoil was very clear on all but a 1 grainer piece that was about 2" deep on it's side. All in all, it was just a fun day crumb chasing.
  10. 9 points
  11. 8 points
    Last couple weeks i have been waging my new wond, minelabs equinox 800, and it's been fun. Here are some keepers i found. So i reeled in some clad, some diamond gold plated ring ( costum) and earring that looked real but not a diamond. Also included is a few other things i picked up learning my new machine. ht
  12. 8 points
  13. 8 points
    "Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm "Hand Stacking"" .......And look what they missed. Gary
  14. 7 points
    Let me know what you guys think. Might be a little boring, its my first attempt at doing these kind of videos!
  15. 7 points
    Nice lil’ 3.5 grammar found at gold basin last week....along with some recirculating finds and 10 other monster nuggets 😁
  16. 7 points
    Lost Drift-Mine CacheQuite a few summers back, I heard a fascinating story, one set in a mountainous, heavily wooded area with pines, firs, balsams, birches, and aspens. The forest floor is covered in undergrowth, dark canyons abound in the wilderness area, but somehow a tiny human population clings to civilization.The only way to get to the goldfields is by logging road, always dangerous, often terrifying. Wildlife abound in the cool climate: deer, moose, elk, wolverine, fisher or martin, cougar, grizzly and black bear. And for humans, the far northern latitude ensures ice on the fire bucket in the outfitters tent even on summer mornings.In that vast northland, rushing streams of icy water race from the mountains into deep glacial lakes, while slower streams are choked with alders. Dark, alpine peaks loom in every direction, their lower reaches covered in deep deposits of boulder clay (thick masses of clay and rock dropped by glaciers), ones that cover ancient streambeds rich in coarse placer.These thick deposits of boulder clay roof the dark world of the solitary drift miner, for to follow the gold, the miner must find a bedrock outcrop, then tunnel beneath the clay by hand while drifting along the bedrock contours. Constant shoring of the mine is essential (with hand-cut timbers and lagging) to prevent cave-ins.It is brutal, backbreaking work, as the tunnel height is kept as low to save on materials and labour. As well, boulders are a battle, with the drift-miner detouring over, around, or under the blockages. In addition, when rich ground is hit the miner “rooms out” a large area with parallel tunnels, backfilling as the work progresses. The work is lonely, with long, tedious days, but as the work is done underground, a constant temperature above freezing allows winter-long work, during the long, dark winters. In the spring, when the freshets (spring runoff) start, the pay pile is sluiced with the coarse gold placed in either a poke, or a tobacco can, or in coffee cans when the take is heavy.Thus some setting and the context for the tale that follows:Late one chilly evening, as we sat around a warm campfire, the local placer miners told of how several years previous, a reclusive member of their tiny community failed to appear at the log-built community store and post office for his weekly visit.In the tiny community settlement, every resident rendezvous on the same day, mail day. The miners, loggers, and trappers take time to socialize and to catch up on the news. Clearly, in such a remote area, anytime someone breaks a routine, the locals head out to see what’s wrong.Sadly, the searchers found the miner dead in his cold cabin. On his table was a nice tub of rich gold concentrates. Coarse it was too. Everything in the cabin was peaceful and in order. No foul play, the miner had passed quietly away in his sleep, off to the big nugget mine in the sky.The mystery is that as a dedicated drift-miner, he had been mining full-time for decades in a great spot. Yes, decades. His diggings were located on great gold-producing ground. Everyone knew it was so as he always paid for his supplies at the community store in nuggety gold. (They still take gold as payment even today; there’s a set of scales on the store counter.)However, as is the case in that tiny community, many live alone, just as the dead miner did. So, the local recluses exist without the companionship of spouse or family. They seem to thrive in the solitude.On a side note, some of the more colorful, mysterious characters there won't allow you to take their photograph (under any circumstances!), which hints of being on the run. In fact, certain ones are. Some have been hiding out since the Vietnam war, unaware that a pardon has been granted.On a different note, there is no local bank for gold deposits. The nearest bank is four to six hours away, the time depending on the uncertain road conditions. Moreover, heading to the city suits only those that WANT to get out; some never take the opportunity, preferring solitude and isolation.To return to the story, the deceased miner was working a rich, ancient tertiary channel that resided with stubborn determination under a steep cliff of boulder clay. He had spent endless summers and winters of unimaginable effort tunneling along the bedrock, doggedly staying with the ever-fickle gold. It is understood that the miner's golden challenge is a riddle that forever taunts to be solved, a quest to find the solution to a mystery left eons ago by a coy Mother Nature. Regardless of Mother Nature’s efforts, the miner had solved the riddle; he was one of the masters.For those of you that have seen old placer drift mines, you are familiar with how the tunnel's low height forces the miner to work in a perpetual, stooped condition. Thus, the reason why so many of the Old-timer's walked permanently hunched over. Clearly, the drift miner's work was backbreaking, formidable, and uncertain, but in the miner’s mind, there was always hope.On a related note, I have gazed into those still dripping, cold, damp tunnels while trying to imagine only a pick and shovel to excavate the stubborn ancient river channel, filled with endless cobbles, stubborn cemented material, and mammoth, defiant boulders. Moreover, the constant fear of cave-ins must have been an endless strain.I must confess that I was too dumb to realize that people still mined using such old methods. I assumed they had vanished decades earlier. Nonetheless, other determined miners still use this method of hand-mining, just as the dead miner from the small community did.As the deceased miner had no family that anyone in the community was aware of, the locals declared a treasure hunt to try to locate the cache.They found nothing.As I pass through this long winter, somewhere deep in that primeval northern forest there resides a rich treasure, one once claimed from Mother Nature, yet now silently reclaimed, trusted to her timeless care yet again.All the best,Lanny
  17. 6 points
    So after almost a 20 year hiatus, a new equinox found it's way to my home. Tomorrow will be the first month down, and has been a good learning experience. The biggest thing I've learned is I need to dig more trash signals to find the good stuff. The areas I have available to hunt get mowed with big 3 blade mowers and they turn aluminum cans into bits and pieces, so after digging a few I started cherry picking the high tones. This thing sure does like dimes. Nothing old as of yet, but also focused on learning the machine at this point. Park 2 GB auto Multi freq 50 tone Sens 20 Recovery 6 Iron bias 0 Reject -9 to 0 (about half the time I'm running all metal) so here's Januarys lineup.
  18. 6 points
    Most here tried to tell you that the diamond tester wasn't reliable but as usual you didn't want to hear that, maybe the same company has a meteorite tester they will swap for the diamond tester!!
  19. 5 points
    I finished welding and painting the topside of my fuselage today. I also got a chance to annoy the neighbors with some low horsepower action...
  20. 5 points
    I feed my dog rare earth magnets and then make it run after my old car. Dogs are lower to the ground and easier to flip over to check for meteorites than a truck. Cats might work too but they have to be tied to the bumper to get them to follow you. I haven't tried the cat trick yet because I lost my bumper experimenting with cows and magnets.
  21. 5 points
    I had two copies but one was destroyed by a prospector friend I lent it to. The copies I have owned are made of inexpensive paper bound with a plastic GBC type coil. They won't survive much handling. Once the bind fails the book pretty much becomes a stack of paper. Stacks of paper don't survive for long in the field. I've seen a few copies over the years put out for sale by local libraries. I wish I had bought them but I can't read two at once and I was , for a long time, convinced that Jim was indestructible. He is missed by many.
  22. 5 points
    Nice find! I found this today. Tom H.
  23. 5 points
    Went down to the ballpark this afternoon. Not too bad. Tried to dig more low sounding targets. Got my first wheat cents, a 53 and a 54. Leads me to believe there is a good possibility of silver here. So far I've made 1 pass up the left field fence, starting at the outfield line. And across the back fence to center. Not a bad 2 hrs.
  24. 5 points
    I would like to give a big shout out to everyone here since I have been lurking these forums for awhile 😀. Bought a Gold Monster from Bill about a year ago and have been digging up a bunch of trash while learning to use it. Yesterday I found my first bit of shiny and thought I would stop in to say thanks for the inspiration 🍻.
  25. 4 points
    I just gave birth to a big chunk of hernia mesh. I have had a wad of that stuff that got displaced and formed a big knot about ten years ago. This deer season it started giving me grief after packing my deer out. Mighty uncomfortable. I got imaging and it showed a big wad in the fold of my leg that looked just like the brow tine on that big buck. About an inch in diameter and a couple inches long. The point was just about in my scrotum and the butt end was over my femoral artery and vein. No surgeon would touch it. It got worse as the weeks went by and I was frantic. My only option was to go to UCLA and try and get into a research program to remove it. I finally found a cowboy with a sharp pocket knife to take it out today. He is an awesome trauma surgeon at the local hospital. He got (most) of it out and I am back home resting comfortably. He managed to save most of my nerves and muscle and didn't even kill me. I know I have been a bit of a prick in the past three months. That is probably not going to change much but at least you guys know why. Now I expect a lot of sympathy because I am laying here like a gutted trout. It will be six weeks before I can lift anything heavier than my big furry peaches. So if any of you guys have been entertaining fantasies of whipping my azz now is your chance. Your window of opportunity wont last long so make your travel plans now. Soon I will be up and around and as ornery as hell. The good news is I have nothing to do except gripe and preach for the next six weeks. So if any of you guys want to squabble I am your huckleberry.
  26. 4 points
    The actual mass of Canyon Diablo before it struck the Earth was 8,578,642,193 pounds, or about 4 million metric tonnes. The incoming bolide was 160 feet across with the average iron nickel mass of 500+ lbs per cubic foot, based on actual calculation of its components. The estimated recoverable mass of Canyon Diablo is a mere 30 metric tons, or 0.00077% of what hit the Earth. No, it it not possible. A massive bolide coming in at a slight angle which still impacts the ground would still be slowed to a steep decent by the dense atmosphere while maintaining some percent of it cosmic velocity. It it was so large to barely be slowed it would still make a large, deep circular crater upon impact. Bolides can graze the upper atmosphere or skip off provided they are not slowed by drag too much. The Hoba Meteorite when found in 1920 was buried completely. It has been estimated to have fallen nearly 80,000 years ago and likely made a crater that was worn away from higher ground and then covered up naturally with dirt and sand over the millennia. Not correct. Essentially all meteorites first ablate (detonate) to varying degrees before slowing to terminal velocity. Only extremely massive meteorites whose main mass remains car sized or above will be able to maintain some of its cosmic speed before impact and not fully slow to terminal velocity. What this means for meteorite hunters is that no matter what angle the meteorite enters the atmosphere it will drop from a steep 65% angle to nearly vertically at a slow speed its last ten miles of descent. Weather radar returns of the falling rocks will be nearly directly above the recovery zone. Happy hunting, billpeters
  27. 4 points
    BGHUNTER, the I-40 is running thru the middle from east to west. The EXIT is marked on left by the Interstate Shield in red pen. As you can see the area is fairly large, theres plenty of room for a newbie to wander. ALL the little arrows were recovered pieces as of 2006. Hapy Huntn Photo Map credit James Smaller R.I.P. my friend.
  28. 4 points
    Hello feom Southern California! I’m a returnee to metal detecting after a 45-year hiatus when I used to play with an old Heathkit MD I bought at a garage sale when I was a kid,. Wow, has the technology changed! My background has been doing fieldwork for environmental consulting work (construction monitoring), and I have a degree in biology and minor in geology. My wife and I are rock hounds, so we go camping a lot to collect rocks and minerals for fun on desert BLM lands. As a biologist, I’ve also worked with bats and have done a lot of mine surveys in the Mojave and Great Basin. Working underground has been a really interesting part of the job as I am a western US history buff as well. So it was only natural for me to be into looking for gold too. Ok, so back to MD’ing.... my interest is in finding pretty minerals that are shiny, as well as meteorites in the Mojave. I recently bought a detector, and am really enjoying learning to use it. I’d really like to thank you guys for helping out with all that as I’ve learned a lot by reading all the materials here including those really interesting archived posts by Jim Straight on this site about it. I am really sorry I didn’t join earlier, he seemed like he was a really great person and you guys all learned a lot from him. It seems like there’s just a lot of other people like that here as well, so I’m really happy to join. Cheers, Anthony
  29. 4 points
    Mike not the same as Jim's famous book but a really good book for a new prospector is Chris Ralph's "Fist Full of Gold" book ... it is available on Amazon. Lots of very good information in that book. Chris is a Geologist and a very well known and accomplished prospector as well as a very experienced Metal detectorist.
  30. 4 points
    Tom that is one fine looking skunk you got there!
  31. 4 points
    Ha ha ha .....Now that`s funny ! Heres my 2 when I had to leave .... Boulder dash`s below ( at that time )
  32. 4 points
    Witching with copper rods worked for me one time. Had a leak in a 4 inch line and the water was coming up through a gopher hole about 12 feet from where I thought the line was. I had put the line in about 25 years ago. I thought the line ran under the middle of the road. After witching it I found it was about 8 ft away from the road middle. Dug down and found the line right where the rods crossed. I had forgotten I moved the road over when we put the vineyard in. Worked for me. Bob
  33. 4 points
    I’m not sure if your still looking for a meteorite or your just fascinated with slag. I think you are way over complicating things if your end goal is to find a meteorite. You are not going to think and theorize and hypothesize a meteorite into existence. None of these searches into fluid mechanics are going to lead you to a new type of knowledge or science that suddenly makes the non meteorites you’ve posted into meteorites. I am not sure if this hobby is for you. The thing that attracts me to prospecting (gold not meteorites) is the simplicity of it. There are some real basic things you do to put yourself in the path of gold. -Go to a known gold area -start digging! Thats all it takes, for the most part without over complicating things too much, if you do those two things it is certain you will get gold eventually. For meteorites you should, 1. Got to a known meteorite area 2. Start swinging! (Magnet on a stick) If you do those two things you might be months or even years from finding your first meteorite. But you’ll atleast be stumbling in the right direction. At this point you are moving further and further from finding a real one with all of this assumed science , you are jumping to wild conclusions to prove your theories and ideas. Watching and reading your posts knowing they are coming from a guy who wants to find a meteorite is frustrating. Think of it this way so you can see it from my perspective. It would be like you reading about a guy on here who really wanted to find his first gold nugget. But instead of doing some very brief research and finding a known gold producing area near him, the guy is determined to find it his own way , right in his own backyard. So he goes around and collects small rocks that resemble pieces of gold. Then the guy starts throwing out some far fetched assumptions and conclusions because he has gold on the brain. The color is all wrong, but the shape is there! The texture is similar to a gold nugget! These heavier pebbles weigh more than the others so there might be gold inside! His ideas just lead him further down the rabbit hole and further away from any chance of finding gold. That’s what your doing Will, getting further and further from an actual meteorite the more you learn about fluid mechanics. Get a magnet on a stick and walk around and hunt that way. Please don’t post any more pics of rocks unless you found them in this fashion. That is the least you can do. I know it’s hard to do but try to turn your brain off sometimes and stop the whirlwind of thoughts once in a while. Getting out and hunting a meteorite the correct way would probably be really therapeutic for you.
  34. 4 points
    Yes you will. But you will get better faster if you listen to experience and knowledge. You are a good guy Will. You are just a pain in the patoot. Learn how to be a student of this discipline rather than pretending to be a master. It is not what you don't know that is your big problem. It is what you think you know that just ain't so.
  35. 4 points
    Thanks! Yes, I got tired of getting schooled by my buddies as I would go through an area, detect the likely spots, but then they would come behind me and pull gold, many times from those spots! I finally got it through my thick head that maybe the gold is there but I just didn’t look hard enough, LOL. I’ve been working hard to rub the ‘green’ off since I’ve only been nuggetshooting a few years. The SDC made a gigantic difference for me but I’m definitely seeing it’s the detectorIST and the work you put in, more than the machine itself! I can only give the credit to my buddies that have worked hard to teach this Texan how to find gold, and this forum that offers so much information!
  36. 4 points
    Working at a large vineyard removing grape leafs with my machine. A guy came in to the lot I park my tractor in. He was hired to locate the water lines before they started construction on a winery. He witched them using copper rods. Put flags along all the lines running through the lot, There were quite a few. I asked the owners how well he did, they said he located everyone and did a great job. Bob
  37. 4 points
    My advice to you would be a get yourself a gold detector and start looking for the yellow stuff. Then in the process of doing that, you might find a meteorite. You're just not going to find one going through your rock piles. And don't start sending money for testing until you're reasonably sure you have one. Post photos here first.
  38. 4 points
    This is an old thread, but to me the GPX 4500 is new thanks to Rob ..... Took it out today for the first time and found a little small .30g nugget under some tree roots in an old wash with ancient river beds and coming fron an SD 2200D and a GP3500 I can say today I dug holes I never had dug in the past, mostly lead, but I swear I never dug (2 feet) deep holes before to find lead .......
  39. 4 points
    Almost as good as the Wishstick 2000.
  40. 4 points
    The interior does not display any characteristics of a meteorite. The black coating on the outside does not appear to be fusion crust, and that part of the rock exterior does not resemble what a fusion crusted surface would look like. It does not appear to be a meteorite, looks like a byproduct of some sort of human activity to me.
  41. 3 points
    Small Bedrock BonanzaI was on a prospecting walkabout one midsummer day. The sky, a perfect cobalt blue was accompanied by the deep warmth of a blazing sun. Happy to get a break from several days of either cold drizzle or pounding rain, I checked out some old workings near a creek almost strangled by thick stands of Alder, deep green ranks of horse-tails, clumps of butter-cups, and tall meadow grasses.The heat from the sun made it humid by the little creek, with no breeze to lift it. However, this combination made things perfect for an attack by a living wall of black flies, mosquitoes, and no-seeums. The air was so thick with them that I was forced to breathe through my nose and keep my mouth closed or I got a mouthful of flying protein! So, I whipped out my can of nuclear grade Deet and gave myself a solid spray. That done, the flies backed off and spun angrily about four inches out.With enough bug paste in my mouth to last a lifetime, I cut up the creek bank into the much cooler darkness of a stand of hundred-year-old pine, the floor carpeted with freshly dewed ferns. I wound along through the timber, then turned parallel to the creek, heading about thirty feet upslope. At this elevation, there was a gentle breeze blowing that sent the bugs back to the creek.The signs of old 1800’s workings were everywhere, with more modern excavations from the 1930’s. Exploring the old diggings, I found some exposed bedrock. It appeared that a small operation had stripped off about ten feet of yellowish boulder clay (stubborn clay and boulders dumped by glaciers) to expose an old channel tight on bedrock, one that cut back under the steeply rising boulder clay.The cut was about twenty feet wide and about sixty feet long. It ended where the shoulder of the mountain thrust through at a place where the old channel took a sharp turn to dive back under about fifty feet of boulder clay. Clearly, it was far too much overburden for a small 1930’s operation to work.I headed back to the exposed bedrock, dropped my pack, and pulled out my sniping tools and my gold pan.I scraped around for any low spots that still held accumulations of original channel, containing small tightly packed river stones and dark-gray clay. I found some spots, cleaned them out, then headed to the creek to pan: almost no black sand, and no gold. I went back up to the workings and sat on a flat boulder. I took a long look at the topography. I noticed a spot where the bedrock rose sharply from the exposed sheet, then levelled off as it ran back under the boulder clay. I also noticed the bedrock located there was covered with two feet or so of clay slump.Personally, I'd rather not dig if there's good exposed bedrock to work, but as the bedrock was unproductive, I surrendered and took my shovel and cleared a spot about four feet square. The bedrock here was all uneven, with lots of irregular little pockets. I cleaned a few out but got no satisfying results. Ready to leave, I hesitated, then dug under the boulder clay where the bedrock started to dip beneath it. I was surprised to see a cumulative drop of about a foot, but then it leveled off again. However, what interested me most was the composition of the material between the boulder clay and the bedrock in the pocket I’d uncovered. It was a gray colored sand atop a packed clay and rock mixture that contained small pebbles. That material really lit me up! In that area, it’s the kind of stuff anyone hopes to find. It's a sure sign of virgin ground.What I had opened up to find the pocket was the bottom edge of the face, the portion exposed in the 1930’s. As a result, I was working intact ancient channel, possible placer countless years in the waiting. The series of irregular holes I'd cleaned right before hitting the drop-off were encouraging. However, this was a bigger pocket, about a foot across, a great looking trap. Pumped now, I cleared several pans of material to bedrock, then lugged them to the creek. No gold! What was going on here? Everything was so perfect. I pulled out some lunch and took time to reflect.After eating, I went back to examine the hole. The air had dried the moisture from the bedrock, and I was staring at some reddish bedrock, not black-colored slate like the other bedrock behind me. Regardless, that was not what caught my attention. The bottom of the hole was laced with what looked like a network of blood vessels, twisting purple veins sharply contrasted against the red rock. Never before had I seen such a geological result. Nevertheless, I took a screwdriver and scraped at the veins. Shockingly, they were nowhere near as hard as the rock. In fact, they were more like a purple clay, and I soon discerned they were sealing cracks in the bedrock! On fire, I dug and scraped and soon had about a tablespoon of material.I hurriedly took it to the creek and sunk the pan. The bugs were back, but I didn't care. The blood I’d donate to get a look at something so interesting was insignificant. As I mashed the material under the water against the bottom of the pan, the water turned an ugly purple color. The panning water had been crystal clear, but I couldn't see the bottom of my green pan. I sunk the pan flat in the creek and continued to let the creek carry off the discolored water. The water was now clear, and in the crease were very dark, heavily stained BB-sized stones. This was something new. I tipped the pan back to pick out some of the stones and saw the yellow flash of sassy gold emerge. There among the black BB’s were three chunky pickers, no fine gold whatsoever.I flew back to the hole. I gouged as far as I could into the cracks, but very little material remained. I took out an awl and probed the crevices and was rewarded with a soft resistance at the junction of two veins. I pushed harder and the awl dropped three inches. I twisted the probe in the opening, and it spun in an ever-widening circle. Having found a bedrock pocket that was fed by those gold-bearing crevices, I worked with a chisel and opened a hole to get the bent handle of a spoon inside. In this manner, I gouged around and drug out about three tablespoons of wet, purplish clay packed mixed with sand, and small stones. With no material left in the hole, I don't think my feet ever touched the ground on the way back to the creek.I got the same result as earlier, a cloud of heavily dyed material from ancient, oxidized sediments. The stones were slightly larger than BB's when I could finally see them in the crease, but this time the gold poked through nicely! A clutch of pickers in the quarter to half gram range, and every piece was rugged with character.I never found any more gold at that place as the bedrock dipped again, stopping me from chasing it under the boulder clay. But I did walk away with over ten grams of beautiful gold from my small, bedrock bonanza.All the best,Lanny
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    Bob your funniest and toughest man i have heard of, that story is amazing your right interesting is slightly an understatement. Thanks for sharing, it does not get more real or human than this thread.
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    Happy birthday Gary You eat that pot of beans and you really will be an old fart.
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    First, my opinion is I don't want to wreck my hearing aids by sweating under my headphones. So I take my hearing aids off and instead I use an amplifier to amplify the sound. The two Screamer amplifiers I carry, the ones suited especially for the GP/SP and the other for the GPX Gold Screamer amplify sound 500%. The Treasure Screamer can be used with any detector, it uses a 9 volt battery, it also amplifies sound 500%. Contact Bill if you need one. The retail for $135. Second, I have tinnitus really bad. My hearing aids have a tinnitus masker setting I can turn on or off. This is simply a wooshing sound, like white noise, that is soothing and helps with the aggravation of the ringing. Both Starkey and Oticon have this feature. But if you are going to look at either of those HA go to http://hearingrevolution.com/ They will save you a couple thousand dollars. You tell them what you need and they arrange for you to see one of their audiologists in your area. You pay hearing revolution and everything is included in the price, the initial testing, the fitting and follow up visits. The theory of the tinnitus masker is that if you are laying in a tent and you hear one lone cricket chirping it could drive you nuts. But if that tent is located next to a fast running stream where you hear the rush of the water, that would be peaceful and mask the sound of the cricket and also probably make you pee in your sleeping bag. Now let me tell you that after I got my HA actually being able to hear a full range of sounds, helped my tinnitus. It's not that it made it go away, but there is so much more to hear that your brain concentrates on those new high sounds you have not been hearing for a long time, and the tinnitus does not seem to be so noticeable. I have noticed that my diet seems to affect the level of my tinnitus as well. If I eat a lot of sugar, which I am prone to do, that really makes the ringing in my ears bad. If I could stay away from ice cream and chocolate I'd be golden. I have actually had some success with Ring Stop, which is a supplement. Taking four capsules seems to lessen the ringing to a tolerable level. So you could start off with less expensive hearing aids. Costco is the place to go, for a good selection around the $1,700 range but they have no models with the tinnitus feature. But given my experience, when you are hearing a full range of sounds, you may not need the masking feature. And, personally I really question whether buying $4000 hearing aids just to have white noise is a smart expenditure of funds. I would suggest you get hearing aids from Costco that pair with your phone, I-phone or Android, and use an app called White Noise Lite on your phone that will give you the same effect directly into your hearing aids. And the plus of using a phone app is you have a wide variety of sounds you can choose from and you can usually find one that you will find pleasing to you. Doc
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    Only a fool would play your game....what are you hiding? why refuse to answer in simple terms... good bye
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    Hi all, Have posted a couple times, but not here in new members, so... Returning to the hobby after almost 20 years. Will be heading towards Benson Az first week of February (next week) for February and March. Am a gpaa member and will be looking at the greaterville area while there. Have also been in contact with the local chapter. Really not on much of a schedule while there, this trip is about my father (86) spending time with his friends, so I'm pretty open to wander about. Swinging an Equinox 800, anyone in the area that's interested would be welcome to join in. My only limiting factor is I'll be stuck with the dodge ram for the 5th wheel, so won't have the clearance for a lot of places. Wish I could somehow drive 2 vehicles down. A real big thank you to Bill and Tammy too. Things have changed a bunch in detectors over 20 years, you really helped narrow down my choices. Love the videos. Am amazed that someone can feel like an old friend in a video, but you guys pull it off.
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    I'll tell you a true story, believe it or not. Not about the Electroscope but about witching. I had a neighbor that wanted me to witch some water for a well. So, I out and witched a few very weak fractures(the area was not known for water). He saw me out there and came over and asked if I had found anything. I told him not much but showed him where they came together. I had marked an "X" on the ground. He looked at it and picked up a small rock that was lying a few inches from my "X". A small wooden peg was driven in the ground under that rock. Unknown to me, he had asked a local woman well known for witching water (probably for the past half century?. She was in her late 80's) to check it out. That was her "spot". She had used a willow, I had used copper rods. He did get a couple of gallons per minute.
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    No free metal. No chondrules. No fusion crust. No meteorite. You don't need "testing". It is obviously terrestrial mineral iron. Sometimes it is easier to identify meteorites than it is guys who pretend to know about them. Be very careful of the information you get on this forum because much of it is complete nonsense.
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    Hi All, Glad to have a Place to learn, share and meet like folk. I am hoping that members will share who is going out, when, where and if they would mind a tag along (like some company!)... I have been prospecting for over 20 years in the Great NW and looking to GET On THE GOLD AS MUCH AS LIFE WILL ALLOW! If I am planning on getting out, I will POST my plans in advance too :).. A bit of luck is involved, but you have to be on the GOLD to have any chance at all, let get out there! Thanks! *EDC*
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