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  1. 14 points
    Not much to look at, but this is my haul from my last few trips to Gold Basin. Haven't bothered weighing any of it, but I love the color...lol. The two pieces at 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock positions are quartz specimens with very small gold in them. Nothing big yet, but going to keep trying and digging! Still trying to figure out the 4500 settings. Grabbed a used Coiltek Goldstalker 14x9 Blitz coil and found the smallest guy in the pic with it. He is about half the size of a grain of rice. I know, I should have used a coin or something for size comparison...lol.
  2. 12 points
    I've had the time to make a couple of Rye Patch trips. I did some swinging and some exploring. All of these nuggets came from near the burn barrel so no one got it all! These are from my last trip. This was the total of two trips. Just shy of 1/4 oz.
  3. 8 points
    Did a short hunt up one of my old washes that I knew got hit hard with the rains a few weeks ago. (owl wash) Wow...was it different. Bedrock ive not seen before and piles of blow sand. Got a little goober as soon as I turned on the 5000. Not much after that. It was one of those days when you just decide to take it easy/enjoy the county and look around......not focusing so much on finding gold. I had my headphones off on one target and heard some crunching off to the side. Investigated it and it was a big ol desert tortoise up on the bank. Got some good pics of it. The main wash to (owl wash) got hammered hard with the rains. Lots of Palo verde trees that were in the middle of the wash are gone along with the islands they stood on. Looks like about 6 ft high water in the main wash and about 15 ft high when it hit the main road/culvert. Tom H.
  4. 8 points
    Was able to get out with Luke today and get some hunting in at one of my old spots. Boy, the rains really moved some material. After and arduous 5 mile hike in (well, it seemed like it.) Within 5 min. starting to hunt, I found the small one on the right with the 5000. Had to chase it around a little as it was tiny. About 5 min. after mine, Luke comes back to me and he had found the larger one. Its really flat. After 4 hrs of detecting and no gold, Luke found the little chunky one next to the flat one on the hillside. Great weather out today and gold was found. Nice thing about this wash is I park on the side of a paved road and walk in. Easy peasy! Tom H.
  5. 7 points
    Not going to make it to this one Bill, but I'm sending you this for the raffle.
  6. 5 points
    Thanks again Tom !! It's always a good time and the gold is a bonus. The flat nugget was .69g. I little heavier than expected. I will say that we've got to start looking for some easier to get to spots. Those long hikes are rough. Luke
  7. 4 points
    Sloppy joes and corn bread for dad and I. Tom
  8. 4 points
    You were right Dan!! It took a bit of walking over an area that I already checked and found a brotha -n- sista.... another 1.2 and a .2 dwt. I guess I better tighten up my swings a little more.
  9. 4 points
  10. 3 points
    We need to know how many will attend so Tammy and I can get enough Meat for the main course. We are getting pre-prepared Barbecue Beef and Pork from a 5 star barbecue joint for sandwiches. As usual we expect attendees to bring a side dish for the pot luck as well. After we eat will be the prize giveaway including a new Minelab Metal Detector. So please register here and see ya in November!
  11. 3 points
    I'll be there attending the potluck on Saturday with my friend Linda. Just the two of us and I clicked the head counter up above. Likely we will be wearing shirts with our names on them and hopefully meet some of you guys and ladies. Our flight, car and housing reservations are already booked and confirmed. We will be staying in Wickenburg and will be there on the 10th through the 20th. Linda will be using my old Gold Striker and I will be using - learning my new GPX 5000... Likely I'll be back in the spring for a couple of months and R-V camping in Stanton. I'm thinking about making a southern potato salad to bring since we're coming from Georgia and staying in a place where we can cook.... We're both looking forward to our visit!
  12. 2 points
    There's so many things the metal flakes could be besides metal. The easiest to eliminate is mica. I don't see metal in the pic. Native metals are very rare in rocks, mostly because they react over the years and turn into compounds. Billpeters is a good authority, and he says no characteristics.
  13. 2 points
    I will be bringing my Chili if I can figure a way to keep it cool from Wednesday to Saturday. May have to freeze it and keep on ice and reheat Saturday.
  14. 2 points
    The two .7g nuggets at the top of the scale were at 7-8 inches. The little .12g nugget was about 5 inches. Those 3 were found on the first afternoon after my 10 hours of driving. The next day the 1.5g was in rock at about 6" and the final nugget on the next day at the bottom was just a scrape or two down at 3-4 inches.
  15. 2 points
    I'll bring some homemade coleslaw.
  16. 2 points
    Nice little picker. Don't know how many times that's happened to me. You hit on one within the first five minutes and thinking this is going to be a great day...only to get skunked from then on.
  17. 2 points
    Here’s how I did on Friday. Some of you might recognize the area.
  18. 2 points
    Very Nice Guys , Well done !
  19. 2 points
    Great job, congrats sir!
  20. 2 points
    Well done man, very nice.
  21. 2 points
    Looks like a winning ticket to me..nice gold.
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  23. 1 point
    Today, I was out for my 3rd time in an area where I recently found these nuggets...(1.2, .2, & 1.2 dwt) I was walking until my scoop is draging and sure enough I loose my balance and step on my coil while twisting. The next thing I hear is snap!!! OH 💩.... Dang it ! ! ! I now find myself walking back to my rig with my tail between my legs. ☹️ I got to my ride and had enough cell service to call and order a new lower shaft. (ofcourse. . . I'm on a vacation) My question is... Has anyone had any success in repairing this lower shaft? I was thinking of holding it together with super glue then using a fiber glass mixture to bond it firmly together for strength. Any thoughts? Thanks
  24. 1 point
    OK ... Here ya go ... my no dicker sticker bottom line price ... all cash sales ... NO TRADES ... all pick up locally in Prescott Valley AZ. Or I can deliver at the Nugget Shooter Outing in November. If you need shipping it is on you! Minelab SDC 2300 ... stock equipment plus 3 sets of rechargeable batteries .... $2200.00 Fisher Gold Bug Pro ... two coils: 5" round DD, 10" elliptical DD included ... $300.00
  25. 1 point
    Thought I would share this cool looking chunk. When it is wet, the areas with quartz are very transparent, and I can see bits of opal reflecting in the interior. Any idea on what it used to be? To me it looks like a small group of coral, or maybe a larger shell.
  26. 1 point
    Chris, There is gold in and around Aiken, albeit a little fine gold in the local streams, you'll find more northward, northwestward and northeastward from there, the closer you get to North Carolina and the better the gold, also there gold in north Georgia, you most likely will not find much if any detectable gold but you may get lucky since the gold detectors now-a-days can detect much smaller gold. Here are some images of the southern gold belts, I had more of these maps on my old computer but it died and I haven't tried to retrieve any of the images yet, and I can't find some of the ones now on the internet that I had on the old computer, if I find any more I'll post them. Georgia gold deposits map from 1909
  27. 1 point
    Then why aren't you posting your hematite-magnetite finds in this section where they belong instead of the meteorite section?
  28. 1 point
    Awesome score. Thanks for the info. We love it over there.
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  32. 1 point
    Nice finds indeed! Especially for that area. Tom H.
  33. 1 point
    Whoop whoop!! Awesome Doug!! Time to start griding heavily before the snow sets in. Good job bud.
  34. 1 point
    LOL, Yep, I look to the Blocking and Banning as a Badge of Honor. Someone Willing to tell the truths and get in the faces of those in the wrong. Guess I get up the right noses.
  35. 1 point
  36. 1 point
    Glad to see you back out there Chris, Dave
  37. 1 point
    big or small they are all good to find ,congrats.
  38. 1 point
    well since they dont make or work on them anymore I would say more like $300-400 range
  39. 1 point
    "Hay",.................... You guys said that you where going to invite me along with ya next time ??!!!! Course that was like two-years-or-so-ago Glad you are getting on the gold now that it has cooled off a bit. Gary
  40. 1 point
    Nice looking gold mariposa,........you must have found a war zone considering all the shells, lead and buckshot; nice clean bedrock too. Gary
  41. 1 point
    Very nice work, guys! Funny how much gold is right off the road. Makes me wonder how much we drive over.
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  44. 1 point
    I happened to run across a news article from the '50s that mentioned a remote picnic site that was popular for weekend and holiday gatherings. A faded black and white photograph showed several concrete tables, benches, and stone bar-b-que pits on a secluded hilltop outside of town. I couldn't find anything else to go on and everyone I talked to had never heard of it, so I explored the back-roads until I located it by a process of elimination. There was nothing left of the concrete and stone that was functionally intact, and the (4x4 only), inaccessibility of the rocky washed out road made the location an ideal lover's lane, beer drinking - high school hideaway. After several trips to the site and a modest clean-up effort, I managed to unearth a few nice surprises: Wheaties, rosies, jeffersons, one buffalo/Indian head, a girls10k gold ring with a tiny "diamond" setting, and a singed 1961 Ben Franklin half dollar. The biggest surprise though, was the improvised "black-jack" made from a gym sock filled with (217) clad pennies, hidden under a pile of rocks. That's what makes detecting so head shaking interesting. You just never know what you might find next!
  45. 1 point
    Back in the late 40's early 50's , a sock with sand in it would put an end to a big bully in no time. Not an admission on my part !
  46. 1 point
    Yeah but back when you were a little kid, the 1909 vdb was freshly minted.
  47. 1 point
    Well the ol Badger got hisself out in the field yesterday, had gorgeous weather as September draws to a close. Detected some deep ones with a 7 x 14 N.F. Advantage on the 4500 an using Black Widows to ease the "deafness". Started off in the morning with the "pie shaped" piece with my coffee an ended the day with the 149 grammer Bedrock Bob, WHAT "flavor pie slice" would you guess ?? !! maybe "out" of this World flavor ! 2 nuggets and 4 more space turds were brought to light by a buddy that was with me.
  48. 1 point
    Here is the video of our last adventure! We all found gold using the GPZ 7000. Fun times for everyone! Thank you for watching.
  49. 1 point
    Found these near Helena. Big one (my biggest so far) weighed in at 25g and smaller one is 4.5g.....total was just over 1 ozt. Wished all my hunts were similar to this!...lol Oh yeah....I lost a little dink but after the big one I could have cared less...
  50. 1 point
    Au Seeker... Skip... I wonder how many out there happen to know what (still printed magazine) that J.P. Hall was the first (and likely the most controversal) editor or owner of? I'm very happy to have had the foresight to buy a copy of Let's Go Gold Mining. But at first I was very disappointed as I thought it was more technically oriented regarding gold mining methods... However as I first looked through the 40 chapters I sorta changed my mind about the future of mining. I was then a roll shop forman at Kaiser Steel in Fontana. Back at this time (1964) even the steel industry thoughout the USA was in trouble... Kaiser Steel was slowly fading and I wisely quit (in 1967) while I was still young enough to start a new career... Today, the once busy Kaiser Steel that employed as many as about 8,000 is now gone... Been replaced by a race track. Okay... my question... What was the magazine that still in print that Mr. Hall was the first editor and owner of? Skip, don't tell... But I wonder who will be the first to let us know?
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