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  1. 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.
    12 points
  2. 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. 🤦‍♂️
    9 points
  3. 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
  4. Oh it very much is valuable. Here some finds from last weekend (Sierra County). The 6000 is a superb machine and worth every penny.
    6 points
  5. Guys you know if you dig up all theses baby nuggets they will never have the opportunity to grow up to be big nuggets. Here’s what you need to do when you find one and that’s send me the GPS location that’s so I can go water them as needed. Chuck
    6 points
  6. 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.
    6 points
  7. I totally understand your frustration. And yes, many areas in the Motherlode are so littered with trash that the only option you have is to use a VLF with iron probability meter. I prefer an iron meter over outright discrimination as it is more efficient and gives you more choices for decision making. Unfortunately, digging trash is just part of our game and unfortunately high end gold detecting technologies don't allow for discrimination. It took me a long time to figure out areas in the Motherlode where a PI or ZVT can be used productively. For instance, in most of the river canyons I just use my GM, but in other areas, perhaps a bit more remote, I use all three of my other machines (SDC, 6000, 7000) based on the circumstances and ground conditions. The old saying of "not one detector fits all" remains very true. That being said, you will find the 6000 as a very versatile, almost perfectly designed detector from an ergonomic perspective, that is equipped with smart technology, has broad applicability with 2 mono's and one special DD coil and is just pure fun to use. The signal response for fast timing gold up to good depth is unmatched by any other machine and the light weight and good ground handling makes this detector my to-go detector any day. Of course, it comes with a steep price tag. However, if you are willing to make a good investment for just one high end machine then the 6000 is the only detector I would recommend. And yes, I have a huge drum of trash. I call it the "drum of tears". But I also have a decent amount of gold, and most of all I have incredible memories and adventures in deserts and mountains that are more worth to me than the gold I find.
    5 points
  8. I've been detecting since I got out of the Army in 1976. I know a little bit about detecting gold in Arizona, and I know enough about Bill Southern, to listen when he speaks. If Bill says the new 6000 is his go to machine for nuggets, then 'nuff said.
    5 points
  9. I used to consider a detector an investment. I always bought good used equipment and tried to learn the heck out of it. What I lacked in technology I made up for in sweat and boot leather. State of the art detectors will save a whole lot of sweat and boot leather. And they will shorten the learning curve considerably. Im not into detecting like I was a few years ago. It was an obsession. It has to be to be proficient at it. And I just don't have the time for an obsession right now. But if I did decide to go back into the placers I would buy one of these new hotrod machines that get the tiny stuff. That is where the ounces are at in my neck of the woods. There just isn't a lot of big huge gold in most places here. And a lot of good detectors like the GB2 just can't handle the hot ground. And the ones that can handle the ground won't get the small gold. The more technology you bring to the table the more gold you are going to find. I'm still getting gold out of every patch I have ever found. I know darn well that a more stable machine that searched a little deeper and hit on a little smaller target would make those old hammered spots a bonanza again. It would take six months or more of detecting to offset the price of a new detector though. If you looked at it as an investment you would have to match that with a whole lot of man hours to make it pay off. If you bought it simply because you had gold fever and loved digging up nuggets you wouldn't need to take it so seriously. I think the price would be something you would forget about after a couple good days digging gold.
    4 points
  10. I don't know all the facts in this case but it appears Poe was railroaded. Using a suction dredge to pull sediment from the bottom of a body of water and returning it to that same body of water while using riffles to remove the heavy material does not IMHO amount to the "addition" of material. Using this case as a precedent is an injustice. Rather, I think the writers of the clean water act intended to do exactly what they wrote -- to prevent people from "adding" material (and particularly hazardous material) to waterways.
    4 points
  11. Never quench your detector in water or any other liquids
    4 points
  12. I bought a 1969 FJ-40 about 20 years ago. I restored it and gave it to my son. A few years later he traded me for a 1976 that I had. I sold the '69 for $23k. I paid $3500 for it. I had a couple of the FJ-55 Iron Pigs. They ran excellent but the rust had completely destroyed them. I sold them for $6000 each. I have owned seven Toyota FJ series LandCruisers. I have sold every one for much more than I paid for them. They are super solid and easy to work on. My old standby has been my favorite ride for 36 years. It is a 1976. It has over 650,000 miles on it and runs like a top. I take it out all the time. There is almost nothing it won't do. I'm going to restore it again this fall. I completely restored it 25 years ago. Took it off the frame and replaced every moving part. Since then I have bounced it off of every rock in New Mexico. It has outlasted two new pickups and a couple Jeeps. When the forces of nature have weathered the mountains to dust I will drive my Landcruiser in the flats.
    4 points
  13. Ok there are a lot of wierd comments in this big ol write up! If you are running discrimination while you are hunting nuggets, i want to follow you with my " Cutting edge, overpriced" GPX5000 or my even my GoldBug2. Like most great detector prospectors on here, i have found nuggets that one detector will find and the other will not! And vise versa! Everyone here knows thats why, if you can afford it, then you own at least 2 different styles of detector, a PI and a VLF. And to be honest with you, if my detector wasn't picking up the tiniest of fly dookie sized metal, i would be worried!! All detectors pick up METAL TRASH. There is no getting around it! For one it keeps me from getting bored and for two, you know if you are banging the tiny metal trash, you know there is still a nugget there in that patch. Its been proven. As far as the benches in California being "too deep", i have friends over there that are banging nuggets on the benches every weekend with all sorts of different machines. Anything from the old GP Extreme all the way up to the 7000. And everything in between!!! And for the sake of saving the question being asked on the detectors i have, i run a GoldBug2, GPX5000 and a Equinox. Every detector i have has a purpose on different gold!
    4 points
  14. 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,
    4 points
  15. I see nothing that indicates it's anything other than a terrestrial rock. Absolutely no signs of it bring a meteorite.
    3 points
  16. Bet you own a fishing boat eh? Have you got your investment back in fish? Bet you are enjoying it though eh? It isn't about the investment as said it is about enjoying what we like to do.... Cheers and good hunting! But I'll bet ya mine pays for itself by this time next year....
    3 points
  17. BINGO! "incredible memories and adventures in deserts and mountains that are more worth to me than the gold I find" Whatever the cost of the so-called "investment", the real pay-off is in the experience . . . trash and all! 1
    3 points
  18. Anyone who says they dont dig trash while detecting is full of it!! And like i said, come detect with me!! You run your discrimination and ill follow you picking up the nuggies you leave behind.
    3 points
  19. 1st photo is a barite rose probably from Oklahoma. 2nd photo looks like calcite. Just have guesses on the other two.
    3 points
  20. Hi All, I just recently moved to NM from WV where I use to relic hunt with my F44. I’m new to gold prospecting but thanks to Nuggetshooter’s videos and the new Gold Master 1000 I purchased from him, I went out today and found my first ugly nugget that was such a beauty! I’ve got the bug an will be going out again tomorrow. Thanks Bill.
    3 points
  21. Just joined the group! Been watching a lot of you tube and found you all. Bought a gm1000 because of the fever! Can’t wait to use it.
    3 points
  22. I have been collecting fish fossils and I find it really rewarding and now I love Metaldetecting . I love that gold. This is my sons find! The little Knightas fish I make into jewelry. This is called the Green River formation and is way on top of a mountain near the town of Kimmerer, Wy.
    3 points
  23. Excellent topic Suelo! I'm a big fan of good old fashioned water. But milk or juice is great as long as it is not your primary source of liquids. I like a beer once in a while but I never use it as a quench. I always quench before I drink a beer and then make sure to quench after. And when drinking any alcoholic beverage I quench with pure water and not something sugary. Some of the new quenches have a sugar substitute that does not sit well with me. I tried a popular flavored water thinking that because it was clear it would make a good quench. I liked the taste and used it for quenching on a long hike one summer. My stomach tightened up like an anaconda and I began crapping pellets as dense as pallasites. I haven't quenched with that crap since. So quenches are very important. Especially for outdoorsmen who are working hard. My opinion is you should quench with water and limit any other liquid to small amounts. And natural liquids such as milk, juice or vegetable drinks are much better quenches than any prepared drink. Horchata is a great drink for quenching. It is basically ground rice steeped in water and flavored with nutmeg and a shot of canned milk. You can add some brown sugar or molasses if you like. It is the only recipe I would consider a good quench. Horchata is a Mexican quench using rice. But a buddy of mine from Tobago makes a quench out of seaweed called "Irish Moss". It is almost like horchata flavored with a little peanut butter. Both are excellent quenches that are delicious and nutritious. So quench early and quench often. It is very important for every prospector!
    3 points
  24. Ive always liked the FJ but not practical for me instead I have a 2nd gen 4 door Tacoma Trd sport-its always gotton me from point A to point B with no issues at all very dependable (knock on wood) and they hold their value quite well-Max enjoy your new toy PS- Forgot to add-Max your going to have to rename your FJ-seems Pepe La Pew has been deemed in the same category as Dr Seuss amd Mr Potato head
    3 points
  25. If anyone here has metal detected for gold nuggets, I'm sure they've walked right over fluorescent rock and mineral specimens without even knowing it. It's estimated that 15% of all rock and minerals are fluorescent so that gives you some idea how common (or uncommon) they are. The most common are calcite and chalcedony which fluorese red and green under SW lamp respectively. But there's about 500 other rocks and minerals that fluorese yellow, purple, blue orange, pink, etc. But not all fluorese in SW. Value is determined by aesthetics, size of specimen and the number of colors or combos. A single color specimen would normally be worth less than a two colored one unless it was a rare species. Generally speaking the more colors, the higher the valuation but a lot of other factors can go into it. It's estimated there's well over 10,000 collectors world-wide with the majority of them here in the USA so there's a good market for specimens. All that's required is a good SW field lamp as that's the most common wavelength...254nm. LW is 365nm and midwave I believe is either 302nm or 310nm. If I was going to recommend a SW field lamp this is the one I would get. https://www.engeniousdesigns.com/product-page/drk-light It can be used at night and on cloudy days. It's a little expensive but all it takes is one good specimen and it's paid for. Most of you guys know where the local mines, tailing piles, outcroppings, etc are and those would be the obvious places to check first. But there's a lot of other areas where they could be found as well. All you have to do is search for them...
    2 points
  26. Get a good mineral light with both shortwave and longwave UV. We have one of these 11watt models: https://ultraviolet-tools.com/ultraviolet-lamps-/enhanced-11-watt-shortwave-midwave-longwave-uv-lamp.html these are samples of calcedony (green) and calcite (red) I collected from the Franconia site. No meteorites, but doing this was fun!
    2 points
  27. I see vesicles, which makes it almost certainly terrestrial.
    2 points
  28. I commend you on your rock hunting. I need to get out and do more of that myself. However, I'm sorry but my opinion of your rock is that it is not a rock from space. I'm far from an expert though.
    2 points
  29. Pretty sure that's a hot rock with magnetite, which has a metallic luster when freshly cut; the GB meteorites don’t have large masses of nickel-iron...just small flakes like your smaller specimen.
    2 points
  30. Tim’s 2021 North Yuba River Nugget Hunt Click here to view video The tribe has gathered for another year at the Third annual Tim's North Yuba River Nugget Hunt . The Weather was warm and the water was refreshing as the Prospectors searched for that elusive Gold. The River was a bit lower this year so it exposed new areas to work. as Todd aka "Topcat" has often declared "It's not all about the gold." it's the people we share this day with that make it so much fun for everyone. Follow along our journey into the happenings of Saturday July 24th 2021 at Tim's 2021 North Yuba River Nugget Hunt !!! There were many prospectors in attendance and I know I didn't get pictures or Video of everyone as they came and went thoughtout the day. There were plenty of Metal detector's running and Gold Pan's a panning and even a few sluice boxes running and showing that Yuba Gold dancing in the riffles. it was a great time spending the day in the Mother lode with friends old and new, finding Gold and sharing stories it's a shame we only do this once a year !!!!! Guess who found the most Gold this year ???? and the Biggest Nugget ???? This year we Gathered together at the end of the day to see who would Win 3 Grams of Tim's Gold. To see who won you will have to watch Tim's Video @blueleadgoldproductions
    2 points
  31. I find that very hard to believe.
    2 points
  32. The closeup of the window into your rock is definitely showing metal flakes typical of the GB meteorites...great photo. Lots of the fragments have been broken and the fusion crust stripped away by mechanical weathering, leaving no obvious exterior characteristics of meteorites, so they can be difficult to recognize until the interior is exposed, showing the telltale nickel-iron flakes.
    2 points
  33. This confirms my suspicion that the 6000 is one of the worse detectors out there for finding gold. Who wants a detector that can only find fly poop?! Me… Congratulations! The challenge has been made, and now the hunt is on!
    2 points
  34. I agree on barite and calcite on the first two. That third one looks like sulfide ore. Those dark blades look like a silver ore to me. But they could be a whole bunch of things. It is a nice mineral specimen for sure. It could be worth a few bucks if it is a rare crystal. One of these guys will recognize those crystals. My guess based on almost complete ignorance is a metal crystal of some type. One of the silver rich minerals. The last photo shows a blue cut thunder egg agate and a green mineral im going to call serpentine. But the green stuff could be a few other minerals too. You will probably have to do a streak and hardness test and post a close up to really identify it.
    2 points
  35. I wrangle up several a week out at Wickenburg Ranch. Golfers are shocked I don't kill them--- ride them over to Martinez wash and let 'em go. City slickers are easily impressed and usually tip me just for the show.
    2 points
  36. Where did you find it? Platinum nuggets are extremely rare so just on that basis alone I would say it's not platinum. FYI. https://www.wikihow.com/Test-Platinum#/Image:Test-Platinum-Step-3.jpg
    2 points
  37. Don't have a care of what She says today, It's your day bro. You only get one a year make the best of it. Old Tom
    2 points
  38. Honestly, I’m thinking crinoid stem pieces. I’ve zoomed in on the holes.
    2 points
  39. I love water!! When im deer and elk hunting i use Wilderness Athlete for hydration and recovery along with lots of goog ol water! Not a soda or beer drinker so i guess im kind of boring haha.
    2 points
  40. I do not believe it is petrified wood
    2 points
  41. Slowly getting restarted into prospecting. Started with a cherry 2010 FJ Cruiser that was a daily driver and had never been off-roaded ( until me ). Had it checked out by my favorite mechanic who is an old Toyota man and he said it needed nothing , no codes no defects , just the factory recall for airbags most have. I have had an still have a Sienna Van , one of which I used in my former business escorting oversize trucks nationwide + Canada accumulating over 600 K miles and was going strong when I sold it to another escort business in 2008 having went through many tires and windshields and one timing belt. I have had two Tacoma,s , both I used in Baja when I lived there for 15 years off and on. Sold the first one to a guy who wanted it bad , brush marks and all from off-roading all over Baja Gold Prospecting and following the Baja 1000 races. Missed it so much went and bought a brand new one, never had a problem with either other than tearing off the rear bumpers. The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a more serious off road vehicle , I have tested it locally and it will go places and do things I won't attempt. It has an inclinometer built in and I have already accidently got it to the point that if you stuck your arm and hand out the window you could feel it was at the balance point. It came with full time 2 or 4 wheel drive , rear locker, high and low 4wd, Rear camera , Sonar Backup alarms, ARM ?, tow hitch, socket wired and ready, ABS ? , Smittybilt 10000 LB winch in a Warn bumper, roof rack , TRD alloy wheels w/ BFG Baja specials on 265/16/LTs, AC 400 watts, Subwoofer, Am/FM/Tape/Sat./48" LED light bar. I changed the 3/8 " steel cable on the winch to 100 " of synthetic rope with twice the breaking strength of the steel and it has no stored kinetic energy. My first good deed with it was to winch a Razor 100 back up to the road after it had skidded off into a canyon and overturned. That man had his helmet on and the Razor had its spare mounted on top of a good roll bar or it would have been a body recovery. I am ready to move boulders! Anybody on the Forum have one ? I see 3 of them around Wickenburg but have not been able to meet them yet , one is Tan , One is Yellow, One is blue, mine is black w/white top , Daughter named it "Pepe La Pew' Thoughts , remarks ? Max Gilaoro2 ,
    2 points
  42. Looks like GOTAU finally got a GOOD prospecting rig ! Anyone who reads this forum knows my history with Toyota's and Samurais and Geo Trackers and yes Killer jeeps! Maybe I didn't post the story about my jeep? When I still lived in Morristown I acquired a little jeep, don't even know the specs but it was old and had the single front seat and small bed , no top. I still had the group of claims including "Fault Intersect" which the west edge bordered the old stage road and has a nice wash the full length. Testing it out I found a stretch down off the road and in a deep drop spot . I drove the jeep down the hill and parked with the front wheels on the edge of the wash since I was using my self built copy of a Beck Drywasher with a 12 volt motor it was convenient too use the Jeep battery. About the second day still by myself I was in the gold from deep cracks in the bottom of the wash after getting all the other stuff out of the way my Vac would get most of the deep cracks and a little hammer and bar work would open them to the rest, all pickers and a couple of near gram size , I was feeling good! Working just about head high to the bumper with 2- 12 volt clip on wires to power the stuff I felt I did not have a good connection to the dry washer so reaching up I wiggled the wires to the battery and they jumped off and and instantly shorted something the engine started and here came the Jeep down into the wash with me ! If you have ever had the feeling that you are going to die and alone at that you know what went through my mind! The only thing that saved me was that I had the full length off the dry washer between me and the jeep and was facing it. I pushed back as hard as I could and as it came down and forward it tilted on to the dry washer raising me a little bit up the other wall. The jeep had a tendency to flood and it died just as the 4 wheel drive as starting to dig in the front. I was able to wiggle up and out off behind my dry washer which was folded in half! This was the second time one of my 4X4"s tried to run over me! If you have any ideal of how hard it was to find and assemble a BECK from his original parts and wood you would cry with me. Charlie Salwasser in Randsburg had bought Beck's building and a all the parts and let me use his shop and built it , the bearings were WW-2 surplus aircraft , the wood was solid Maple from old bowling alleys , they were Hand cranked but I put a gasoline motor on mine on my later copys I put 12 volts. The original I had assembled right from Becks shop and used his original red paint on it . I later succumbed to an offer from two guys at Stanton for 4 brand new Mine Labs in the boxes unopened. regret it every since! I have made several copies but the originals sell for many peso's. Max
    2 points
  43. Those are great vehicles, I really thought about getting one as I love the FJ series, especially the classic FJ40’s. I opted for a truck though for camping and hauling more gear and bought a Tacoma instead. I really like it, but get sad when I see a nicely equipped FJ Cruiser or an older one go by. It’s too bad they stopped making those, Toyota now puts in a 4-wheel independent anti-slip system in their 4x4’s they call “crawl control” that is unbelievable how well it works for improving traction on slippery climbs and descents, and in soft sand and mud, having that as a backup to its good old fashioned stock rear lockers and limited slip differential is nice. Still, that FJ has a place in my heart for sure! Congratulations on finding a nice one Max! -Anthony
    2 points
  44. Fishing', The 7000, SDC, and now 6000 are all hyper sensitive detectors. You will be digging plenty of trash with any of these choices. Most of us know, If you want to work the heart of the trash pile they were never good choices to begin with. Find yourself the less trashy areas, and they will shine!
    2 points
  45. It did well Mike and the 17 inch coil seems to not have any major EMI issues at least at LSD. Just to much brush and shallow where I hunt so went back to the 11 until in an area I need a big azz coil like gold basin or Quartzsite etc.
    2 points
  46. 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
    2 points
  47. I have dug several deep trash targets and showed a couple of them I think the 7000 will have the edge on large deep targets, but the 6000 hears small to medium nuggets much deeper than the 7000 in my experience so far. I am not hunting deep ground right now because it is just too hot to stray out very far, but will be in the Mother Load country with Chris Ralph in a few weeks. What do you mean by deep? I dug a .22 short slug at 18 inches and a shotgun slug at better than 20 inches, but I don’t carry a tape measure. Also lots of deep iron targets… I will post more as I go. Also I have a 17 inch mono coil that goes much deeper than the 11 inch and I will be using it more in the near future...
    2 points
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