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  1. 19 points
  2. 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.⛏👍😊
    12 points
  3. 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
  4. Nice and cool for detecting
    9 points
  5. 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.
    9 points
  6. Hammered area after hammered area at the LSD the 6000 keeps them coming
    8 points
  7. 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
    8 points
  8. Hello all, I hope everyone is doing good. Just wanted to share that my youngest son was able to get his cow elk tag filled yesterday. Its his first big game animal! He wasn't lucky enough to draw a youth deer tag this year "WIERD" but i was able to get him a first come first served cow elk tag. He was extremely excited when i showed him we won the tag. Shot her at 297 yards with his 7mm-08. It was a blast. Season opened on Friday and he ended up getting her yesterday afternoon. We love elk meat, nothing better!! Take care everyone!
    7 points
  9. No matter "who" takes the time to possibly teach you a thing or 3, your already headed down the right trail from what you've said. You have the desire, and perserverance to take you to the next level. Remember there is NO substitute for boots on the ground ! Keep at it and most important is you must "believe" you can do it and you must believe there's a nugget out there in the dirt with your name on it. 🤠 Happy Huntn.
    6 points
  10. I think he meant, clean hand, ring and nugget.
    6 points
  11. Very sad and tragic event the way it played out. I was in JW's store one day when Bud Young came in with a film canister of nuggets he had just found, and after being introduced, Bud asked me if I wanted to go out detecting the next day. I had just bought an SD 2200d from JW and we all agreed to go together. Bud then invited me outside to to take a look at his new truck. It was a white Dodge with a green ATV in the back. He motioned for me to open the glove box and hand him the mason quart jar that was about 3/4 full of good sized nuggets which he proceeded to dump his canister gold into. We talked a few minutes and when I went back inside, JW told me he was surprised that Bud was going detecting since he had been spooked about what had happened to George, then T-Bone who was killed at Pronto crossing, and another member of the group who had been killed in a vehicle accident. Three out of five killed in a short time. He said Bud hadn't gone out hardly at all in over 2 years and another friend of theirs (I won't mention the name), hadn't left his ranch either, for the same reason. Many, if not most of the amazing Gold stories, where pounds of nuggets were picked up sometimes in minutes, never got written down, or recorded, and the locations mostly lost except to the those who were around to be a part of them. T-Bone's legacy continues to inspire though, mainly due to people like Jim Straight and web sites like this.
    6 points
  12. 28.1 grams and many or most of them are in the videos I share, but some are not as it is nice to get out without the camera and all the hub bub
    5 points
  13. Oldest human footprints in North America found in New Mexico Fossilised footprints dating 23,000 years push back the known date the continent was colonized by thousands of years. “Many tracks appear to be those of teenagers and children; large adult footprints are less frequent,” write the authors of the study published in the American journal Science. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/24/oldest-human-footprints-in-north-america-found-in-new-mexico
    5 points
  14. Hey Brown, As you may already know, a few of the guys in the WPA club has found some good gold on the club claims, and in the general vicinity. I was a club member and last up there several months ago for a few days. I was hunting with a guy who found a half oz specie about 4" deep on the top of a 10-15 ft tall pile at a dredge tailing pile in Big Atlantic Gulch. If you have the club claim maps it's the Bridge Buster claim. There's a lot of tailing piles from that point North that look unworked and somewhat difficult to access due to thick brush and beaver ponds, but I'm told that they have been relatively untouched since the time of the war order shut down in 1942. Might be worth checking out. Here's a pic of a nugget I found at 6" in a smaller tailing pile a few years back in Crow's Nest Gulch (GPS Coords: 42.5032901-108.6356649) When I was there more recently, a few tailings piles still hadn't been worked or not raked down at least. You might want to take a look and give it a try. Also attached is a pic of some glacer nuggets taken off of a ranch property East of Crows Nest in a non-mineralized area. Mac -
    5 points
  15. I learned prospecting by finding placer with a rocker box and drywasher. Then I applied what I had learned to detecting. It's going to be tough learning placer with a detector because so much of it is too small or too deep to hear. Lots of guys get on a good spot with a detector and find some gold. But sooner or later they need to find a new spot. And unless they know how to find one by sampling and observation they are right back where they started. Research gold producing areas and visit them. Spend some time working placer gold with a drywasher and learning the basics. It will make your detecting a LOT more successful. A club is a great idea. You will outgrow the club fast but it is a stepping stone. And you will meet others that will share their "secrets" with you. Very few have any "secrets" to share even if they believe they do. It takes a couple years to learn the basics. It is a big field and encompasses a lot of knowledge across many disciplines. But it will come in time. Start by getting on gold with a drywasher. Find a spot where the gold is a bit coarser than the average area and then hit it with a detector. Don't be afraid to use a rake and a shovel to prepare your area for detecting. Get down on your hands and knees over an area you know has detectable gold and make it work. Then once you find a couple pieces stand up and go walking. Slowly. You will gain proficiency and speed as long as you are over detectable gold. If you aren't over detectable gold you will find squat. And that is most people's biggest problem. There are lots of good prospectors here that will help. But you have to have some experience to be able to ask the right questions. It just takes time. Gold is not easy to find for most of us. It took me many days to find my first nugget with a detector. Even after many years of placer gold experience. Even though I KNEW I was over detectable gold. So keep at it and be patient. You will prevail. It took me a year and over 1000 hours in the field to find my first meteorite with a detector. And I had been detecting for 20 years. So perseverance is key to this game. And you learn much more from failure than success because you have so much more of it at first. Hope that helps! And don't be afraid to ask here. This is a great forum and many guys here have plenty of knowledge to share. Bob
    5 points
  16. my dear friends i hope you all well and in good health. i love you so much i am werry thankfull for all your advices and help cheers :)
    5 points
  17. Thank you Bill, my new Equinox 800 came in today.
    5 points
  18. http://thebladeblog-ulf.blogspot.com/2016/03/german-leverlocks-contract-knives-of.html?m=1 I found a link might help looks like it is model number 40
    5 points
  19. I tried bedliner in the rattle can years ago and it will just wear off very easy its to soft-You need to buy the good stuff which is 2 part-one part resin one part hardener-it will dry way harder than the one part stuff-Im getting ready to do my whole truck in raptor bedliner-tuff stuff-No more AZ pin stripping on my truck
    5 points
  20. So I just purchased the Equanox 800 and the small coil from Bill. Cant wait to get it!
    5 points
  21. Not sure what to say, I like to hunt and trap and fish. I spend most of my free time outdoors. Bought my first detector 40 years ago, it's a White's 6000/D. Then got myself a Fisher 1266-X. Recently bought an Equinox 800, I've only had it out a few times, so far. I know of some good places to detect, but my very first trip out with the Equinox, I found a 1913 Dime. So, I figured that was a good omen. I don't know much about the machine, but I'm catching on. Happy hunting everyone. Tim
    5 points
  22. You meant dirty ring vs clean ring right? Nice piece of gold too!
    5 points
  23. 4 points
  24. Nothing fancy. No aftermarket parts. Just a Landcruiser all chained up and 30" of fresh wet snow. 1976 FJ-40 with 650,000 miles on it. - When the forces of nature have weathered the mountains to dust I will drive my Landcruiser in the flats.
    4 points
  25. So my newest buy is this 2021 Tacoma TRD Off Road. I will be lifting it, putting on bigger tires, a roof rack, a bed rack and overlanding tent, and strapping on all my prospecting equipment. It will be my "overlander" rig. I call it "The Prospector" I also want to purchase a side by side dow the road too, but there are other things first.
    4 points
  26. Don't marry a Brazilian. For them BBQ is what you would define as grilling--- and is more about the social activities around it... Now, to avoid arguments, I call it cooking out.
    4 points
  27. Here is some gold and an Emerald, and Amethyst, and crystal in the pan.
    4 points
  28. Nothing special, but cool anyhow.
    4 points
  29. I have had 2 Tacoma's I used in my BAJA Exploring/mining days , also drove the Tundra crew cab as a support truck for a Baja racing group. They all preformed well in most aspects , the Tacoma,s had. . a weak rear bumper attachment and some underbody wiring that I had to reroute , the Tundra would haul a huge load of MC,s, Beer, Spare parts, wife's , kids without a problem. It could not go everywhere a Baja racing bike would go but it could keep them in sight or radio contact. My usual procession with the Tacoma's was tow them with a 26' Motorhome with a Samurai or Geo Tracker behind it. Park the MH, before it was stuck too bad , take the Tacoma towing the toad carrying a long length of Sampson double braided nylon to get the Tacoma Unstuck if necessary. There was not a road, cow trail, Baja race course , dry wash, dry lake, or beach reachable by my combination of rigs that I did not travel in my 15 years in BAJA.
    4 points
  30. Good choice on a stick. I sure like the one I have. I like my AT Pros that I have also : ). Anyway, I have spent quite a few hours swinging my 800 and might be able to give you some input if you find you need it. I mentioned before that good targets will have a solid repeatable signal for the most part. Double blips have usually turned up pull tabs for me. For silver coins, I have had to listen real close when they were about 6-8" down. But the signal is distinct. Rings are another thing as I have found gold and silver rings kind of all over the map. Hope you enjoy the machine. Don't loose your charging cord. : ).
    4 points
  31. Thank you all. No matter what life throws at ya or how long you've been offline this Forum Always feels like HOME 🤠 Thanks.
    4 points
  32. That imagination came to life for me many years ago with a solid multi ouncer....needless to say I am to this day bummed about it. So these days I do have a pinpointer so when I come close to a target I suspect to be a nugget I slow down and dig it out carefully not like a lumberjack in a tree cutting contest.
    4 points
  33. Hey everyone, Don from down here in Southeast Arizona, near Tombstone and Bisbee and all those old cool places with lots of great history. I have been watching Bill a while now, and so I decided to head on over and say hello. I love being outdoors. I am a huge BBQ fanatic (as evidenced in my 8 grills), but just love being outdoors in general. I started prospecting back in the 80's in Panama (the country not Florida) where we used to hit the Charges river at Fort San Lorenzo and hunt for old Spanish coins and glass beads from the Galleons. In dry season we would hit the El Camino Real too ( it's only available in dry season when the rain stops and the lake level drops). Another thing we did was dive on the old french construction town sites looking for old french era bottles, and just cool stuff like that. I came back here to AZ around 1995, and have been on the hunt for that Gold ever since. I am going to go explore the forums now, hope to make some friends along the way. Regards, "D"
    4 points
  34. Interesting thread here...By the way, I ALWAYS use discrimination...my discriminator is between my ears and is quite reliable...works with all my detectors...and my calendar...
    4 points
  35. I live just north of Savannah Ga. and I have lived here for 46 years, I have to deal with these storms almost every year to some degree, I have several generators for when the power fails, I make sure I have all my vehicles fill up with gas and at least 25 gallons of gas for my generators and chainsaws before any storm landfalls, plenty of food and I have a well for water but also keep bottled water just in case. For the last 23 years I have lived on my land that's 24' above sea level, not near any marshes or rivers and about 20 miles inland and haven't evacuated since moving here and my land has never flooded nor has the general area and I have weathered many storms so far on this piece of land. The only thing that would affect me greatly from these storms would be a tornado, but they can get you anywhere if it's your time to go or get hit by one.
    4 points
  36. I'd say that all the quartz & schist outcroppings have been beeped repeatedly with every machine you can imagine. You have to think outside the box. Montana always said that gold doesn't go far in the desert and that is especially true in much of the NV outback. BUT, nobody knows what that desert looked like a million years ago. The area that looks flat today might not have been flat eons ago when the gold formed. I have no doubt that there are many very rich pockets out there that have never seen a detector.
    4 points
  37. I always said just throw a dart at the map, turn on your beeper and keep it on the ground. I know that some people have become protective of their active claims and you have to respect that but the locals have gone wherever they want whenever they want for a long time. I'm not sure of the current status but the land west of Sawtooth all the way to the Hycroft Mine (Sulfur Mining District) was blanket claimed by Allied and they didn't care if anyone was out there beeping unless it was where they were actively working. Here's a little eye candy...
    4 points
  38. Back in the 90's a friend of mine found a 17 ouncer and a 23 ouncer with a detector at Blue Mountain. I was with two other people that excavated one of the main washes coming off that mountain. But we never reached bedrock so we don't know if there was anything in the wash or not. It was a worthwhile gamble but didn't pay off in the end..at least not for us.
    4 points
  39. I should have posted on this subject years ago. I sold tons (literally) of paydirt, mostly from Rich Hill, AZ and the Cargo Muchacho Mountains in CA. (near the American Girl Mine) Everything I sold was authentic gold bearing material from known goldfields. I started with drywasher concentrates from Rich Hill and soon learned that people don't like "paydirt" unless they find gold so I had to start salting every bag I shipped out. Anyone with any mining experience knows that an ounce of gold per ton is incredibly rich. In the real world, you can go through 500 pounds and get nothing. All of the paydirt I sold had gold and it had much more than an ounce per ton. The mailman doesn't come out to the goldfields so once you dig the dirt, you have to bring it back to your camp, weigh it, bag it up, salt it, package it, then drive it to the post office in town and pay the postage. Rich Hill to Congress, AZ is about 10 miles over one of the roughest roads in the country. The Cargo Muchacho Mountains are about 15 miles from the post office in Winterhaven, CA and much of the trip is over Sidewinder Road which is usually a terrible washboard. Most of my customers were happy. Others were unhappy that they didn't get $50 worth of gold out of a $50 bag. Others were either incompetent and couldn't find the gold I added or they were outright liars. Very few had any idea what it took to get that bag of paydirt from to goldfields to their mailbox and even fewer had any idea how much that little pile of color was worth. If I was going to buy "paydirt", I sure wouldn't buy it from someone who is 1,000 miles from any known gold deposits. It probably makes more sense to buy a gram of gold on ebay, dump it into a pan of your own dirt and see how much you can pan out. * Be sure to pan over a tub so you don't lose any gold that you wash out of the pan.
    3 points
  40. Many rocks have what appears to be metallic flakes but in reality are just glistening minerals. The pictures you posted are 100 percent not meteorites.
    3 points
  41. The above statement by BMc is sound advice to get you that first nugget. Been there and done that same thing. I had passed a pile high on a hill multiple times, always just looking at it. After another day of the skunk I decided to go up to it and try my luck. It was right off a well traveled road so I thought somebody had hit it. Passing several other piles with dig holes and raked down areas, I thought somebody must have hit my pile of interest. I got to the pile and low-n-behold..... The angle of repose was still in tact... no dig holes.... no raked down areas. After several bullets I found my first piece of detected gold... a solid quarter oz. We...(wife and son) worked that pile all summer long from top to bottom. We picked up just a tad over 2oz's. Just because a pile is in an obvious spot... don't assume it's been checked. Best of luck.... Stay Safe Crappy photo!!
    3 points
  42. Here's the box of junk.
    3 points
  43. Several ounces... He doesn't want to share online etc. Some folks are just old fashioned that way.
    3 points
  44. You will love it and can't wait to see some cool finds
    3 points
  45. minelab gold monster if all your after is nuggets it rocks for all around use minelab equinox 800 it will do it all
    3 points
  46. Here are some pictures of some of my gold.
    3 points
  47. Not a meteorite. Not an expert here but, but it looks to be coarse grained gabbro, a slow cooled magma with a lapped over layer.
    3 points
  48. Oh heck yeah! Sawtooth, Placeritas, Rabbit Hole and Scoccia are all awesome to detect and drywash.
    3 points
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