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  1. 19 points
  2. 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!
    11 points
  3. Since you asked Bill, here are a few found with my Minelab 4500 and 11" Commander Mono coil. I just love the combination of the 11" Mono and GPX 4500..low and very slow to hear the deep gold.
    10 points
  4. 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.⛏👍😊
    8 points
  5. 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
  6. It will not.... Period. You are just flat out wrong and have never had one in your hands to make ANY judgement. You are basing your "facts" on nothing if you have not even tried the detector simple as that. I am showing and telling my experiences and yes I am a dealer , but as said MANY non-dealer 6000 owners that have previously owned other Minelab PI detectors are saying the same. If you think I am lying to sell detectors great for you, but I don't have to do that because as usual Minelab has improved greatly the performance on this PI simple as that and they sell themselves because they do as promised by Minelab. Talking smack about something you have never even held in your hand carries very little weight, with all due respect. Cheers, Bill
    7 points
  7. 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!
    6 points
  8. I think he meant, clean hand, ring and nugget.
    6 points
  9. 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
  10. Man even though I get out early and often I have cabin fever bad just too hot to go out very far now so have to be content hunting early and geocaching some as well and it is fun. starting to dry out and not be so humid now so our swamp cooler is actually cooling the house a bit Anyway I can almost see fall from my house now
    6 points
  11. Actually Jeff, I wasn't trying to yank Bill's chain at all, nor would I ever presume to do so. I was commenting on the GB2 in a sarcastic and facetious manner, in response to what I considered to be bombastic comments and offensive, unjust, and insulting insinuations, (IM0), that were being hurled at Bill. If anyone got the impression that I was attacking Minelab or Bill's presentation, I assure you that was not the case. We communicated on the subject and both got a chuckle out of it. Criticizing Minelab is one thing. But if someone obviously doesn't know what they are talking about, has never used the GPX 6000, and appears to have an axe to grind on top of the personal disrespect that was shown, I may have a bit of a hard time sitting still for it without saying something. Personally, I thought the video was informative and thought provoking. It's the first one I've seen that showed both an increase in depth of detection and a significant increase in the size of the gold. I believe that this type of information is what a lot of people are looking for. Myself included.
    6 points
  12. The Minelab machines have always been the hot item. They are always a cut above anything else out there for hunting gold. You don't have to use a Minelab to find gold. And you don't have to shoot a handmade Finnish rifle to hunt deer either. Some guys swing the latest Minelab and can't find a piece of gold to save their scalp. Some guys shoot high dollar rifles and can't shoot them too. If you want the good stuff you are going to pay more. And if you want the latest and greatest you are going to pay for that too. That is just the way it works. A skilled operator can really use quality equipment to its fullest extent. In the proper hands there IS a difference. Especially in areas that have been hard hit. I shoot the best rifle I can afford because I can tell the difference. An old 30-30 with a bent barrel might be all some guys really need. I think that is probably true with metal detectors too. I have no experience with technology better than an old SD2100 so I can't tell you how good the 6000 is. But if an experienced operator says it's the cream in his coffee im going to believe it. And if I was hell bent on finding as many nuggets as I could I would figure out a way to get me one.
    6 points
  13. Here’s my first gold I ever detected using a Gold Monster along with some from drywashing - the larger clumps were recovered by raking and detecting with the GM. The final take was about .54g total. I did the newby mistake after finding this and got hooked on “a better machine will get more gold”, but I didn’t know about the important part yet… effort and location. So when I finally figured it out and saw the light, I sold my 7000, not for getting the 6000, but for the fact that I realized that my lifestyle and free time didnt match up with being the type of detectorist that could justify having such an expensive machine. I am rather limited in location most of the time and the gold here is VLF-sized and relatively more scarce than in other locations. So when I do get to go out, the Nox and GM are pretty good choices for me. Finding a bit here and there with them on local weekend outings is pretty fun, and I don’t have to worry about the investment as much, as it’s only a hobby for me. I was going to sell one of my VLF’s along with my GPZ to simplify the collection, but finally decided to just sell the 7000 and keep both VLF’s so I can share one with a guest when I bring friends or family along. That was a good choice as I still find gold with the Nox and my brother had a load of fun with the GM. Best part of all this is I am not pushed to have to make the hobby pay off the investment.
    6 points
  14. 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
  15. Thank you Bill, my new Equinox 800 came in today.
    5 points
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. So I just purchased the Equanox 800 and the small coil from Bill. Cant wait to get it!
    5 points
  19. 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
  20. You meant dirty ring vs clean ring right? Nice piece of gold too!
    5 points
  21. Nice gold GotAu!! They gotta be cleaned to bring the shinny out. But! Gold is gold. . . no matter what it looks like. . . Congrats! Personally, I have ever felt pushed to pay for an investment of the hobby I enjoy. You buy what you can afford and as you wisely stated. . . "I am rather limited in location most of the time and the gold here is VLF-sized and relatively more scarce than in other locations." You buy what suits the area in-which you plan to detect. Finding enough gold or coin's is indeed a bonus to the hobby, but definitely not as important as enjoying the time out in the fresh air and beauty of the country side and the enjoyment of the friends I'm with.. Thanks for the work you do in teaching and volunteering for various outdoor groups. Not enough can be said to those who take their time in helping others enjoy Gods gift of the outdoors. Respects
    5 points
  22. 4 points
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. Here is some gold and an Emerald, and Amethyst, and crystal in the pan.
    4 points
  27. Nothing special, but cool anyhow.
    4 points
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. My sister in law filled in for the sister I never had and I miss her very much , love all your family even while they are in what you feel is wrong, you will never get another chance ! My two bits!! Max
    4 points
  39. Ok my friends, yes I was gone for a spell working on other projects and neglected my responsibilities here at the forum and as a result there is once again bullying, ass hat banter, insults, and rampant off topic posting in all forum sections. IT STOPS NOW! and there will be nobody called out or fingers pointed as it is happening because I have been absent so I blame me. So from this point forward you good folks follow the rules like before or you are gone. No warnings, threats, begging, or anything else you are just gone…. So you want to play and learn? Don’t be a Dick. Simple as that, cheers Bill
    4 points
  40. Mitchel , I sort of found the place by accident, But there are lots of areas on that side of the highway from Lovelock to Battle Mt. and associated Mt. Ranges , if I had of had the rig I have now, A 2010 FJ CRUISER none of it would have beyond my reach ! I was just reading old books and articles and decided to check it out on our way north. Followed an old road back to a deep dry wash , nearby was a new stream diversion by fish and game with weirs and stuff running above the old dry wash , the weirs had trout sheltered in them, looked yummy! Where we first parked there was an old log cabin built into the side of of the dry wash , It was in fair shape still, there was an occupied house on the highway where I turned off. The road ran further west back to the old mining areas. It had tunnels and shafts and was very trashy , some evidence of MDing but not much. Many old building sites long gone. Metal Detectors in those days where not what we have now! Rake-Detect, repeat ! Getting back to my stories , the old log cabin was built with huge logs , not from the area for sure , setting on solid bedrock. I detected inside, NADA , outside NADA ! Found one spot about halfway on the outside wall that was a little eroded and big enough to shove my small coil under the log ! BONG , blew my earphones off . Didn't have anything but a screwdriver handy to dig with and could not rake the target out with it. SO I laid down and ran my hand and arm in under the log to feel in the bedrock crack , something moved and I squeezed hell out of it thinking it was a scorpion , letting go of one is the wrong thing to do. Scraping the back of my hand and almost tearing off fingernails on the bedrock I threw it down and it was a baby rattlesnake! Then I tried a piece of wire NADA! and no rattles of a momma I was still getting a huge signal! Having no chain saw I ran my hand back under the log and fingers down in the crack and felt a large coin, getting it between two fingers i slowly wiggled it out and it was the best silver dollar I have ever found ! An 1878 S mint mark , a little dark around the edge but I would class it as almost uncirculated , no detail is worn. BUT a tiny scratch on her cheek, another on her chin and one by the 4th star form the left of the date and one between her nose and and the last star. Really tiny but obviously from my efforts with the wire. At one of the mine sites my wife detected the top portion of a Spanish American War metal, it hung with the flag between them and the serial # was on the bottom half. The next year we went bach and raked some more tin cans and she found the other half! Had it restored , ID'ed the holder but everyone who server got the metal. It burned and never found again in our house fire 008 now forgot his name and lost all the records too! Saved the silver dollar , it was with some one else at the time , lost 5000 silver half dollars most of my gold, Don't store gold in plastic containers , they all melt to a black blob and there are hundreds if not thousands in a home. The nuggets in metal containers mostly survived. As soon as the looky loos came around and found a silver half dollar in the sand we almost had to have a 24 hour guard it cost 6000 dollars to scoop up all the wreckage and I had the top layer of sand scrapped uo too, and haul it off and I sold the lot and its grown up and abandoned now.
    4 points
  41. Probably so! My memory goes off sometimes, he was the one that stopped by where I was camped on the Mill City side of the highway and I kept hearing about the RABBIT HOLES, he told me about that side of the road. When over there with the club the next few years good times, funny people , one meeting I remember in particular some where going to camp at the R/V park below the dam. My wife and I where already there and parked. This person , a popular member ( I won,t tell his name even if I remembered, he had his spot reserved.) A lot of the members was already parked and when he arrived he had a brand new nice travel trailer, with a front door and a rear door. Well he got out the front door and all the guys were meeting and greeting him with a beer in hand. After a time he said well I got to get set up and went inside, shortly afterward he exited the back door sans steps and did a spectacular face plant on the asphalt ! A little first aid and a few more beers and he was ready to detect ! Some would stay at the motel , some would camp just past the chain link fence marking the BLM boundary , some would camp out on the claims , a few would stay in Winniemucca and drive back and forth. Those days are probably gone for ever ! Do some of you remember the outings at Little San Domingo when you could hardly find a place to park an R/V and the potlucks ? Will we ever recover to those days? Makes me want to cry when I drive out there and there is no one at all . Max
    4 points
  42. In some instances the opal play-of-color coincides with the pattern of the dendrite inclusions Please watch the video
    4 points
  43. You making stuff with that cactus fiber Bob? I learned how to make sandals out of agave fiber once, they were pretty awesome! And if I am ever stranded out on a desert island, at least my feet will be covered! As for hobbies, I learned to tile a bathroom, made a workshop, made a large format CNC router to go in the workshop (described in the DIY forum), got into astronomy big time, and redid our yard from crabgrass lawn into a desert inspired landscape. I even buried some targets in it to test out and learn about using my Nox. Yeah, it’s been an interesting year alright! Now that I am back at school and seeing the line of sick kids get a bit longer everyday in front of the nurses’ office, and with more of my students out of the class each day, I think maybe you are right in that things may go back to where they were maybe sooner than we realize. Well, if it does happen, I’ll be posting about my ‘desert’ prospecting ventures in my testing garden and spending more time designing and building cool stuff in the new shop.
    4 points
  44. Nice work Bill, I rekon BMc is just yankin your chain. Keep up the great work and yes this is still a wonderful forum. Thank yu for providing this place. Jeff
    4 points
  45. Dang lot of Minelab hate going on here, starting to wonder what this forum is about anymore... Try and share info and get static or called a liar, or.... If ya don't like something you have TRIED yourself I understand, but talking about something you have not used as I said before is just talk Ya don't like the forum, host, or the detectors I use yay for you, but until you have learned one and used it in the field you are again just talking and bashing something you have no clue about. Keep using what you like, but you have NEVER heard me give someone grief or smart ass answers about detectors they use or information they share here honestly about a detector they use. Getting a bit tired of this...
    4 points
  46. So don't buy one. Didn’t realize we need Consumer Affairs on a detecting forum. I ditched my 7k for the 6k and havn’t regretted it. Thanks for looking out for the stupid folk who follow blindly fishing8046. 🤦‍♂️ Cmon you don’t think people can make up their own minds and decisions based on information presented. Minelab will make improvements as tech increases, all tech companies do. Its up to you if choose to use 7 year old tech or the latest.
    4 points
  47. It's all good no need to nit pic my friend, seriously I am not being a d..., Cheers Why ya care about something ya don't want? Let us have fun with it and do your thing
    4 points
  48. Several ounces... He doesn't want to share online etc. Some folks are just old fashioned that way.
    3 points
  49. I am back from a 2 week trip to Alaska. I am back from a location known as Gold King Creek, about 50 miles south of Fairbanks. It was quite an adventure. They run an operation for tourists as well as running a regular commercial scale operation at the same time. I did metal detecting and shoveled gravel into a highbanker. Shoveling gravel is taxing and with my back still only at about 90% from my car accident, after a couple weeks of shoveling all day my back was in sore shape. I balanced off shoveling by metal detecting. I found 179 pieces of gold while I was there, but the total weight for all my detected gold was only 5.2 grams. The gold from Gold King is small (as is common for many Alaska placers). Now don't get me wrong, I had a ball detecting all of those 179 pieces, and there are a few rare larger bits in the area. One lady found a nugget of about 3.5 grams before we arrived with an SDC 2300 - very unusual. I think the biggest the commercial operator got while I was there was about a gram, and that is from 65 ounces he produced in the two weeks I was there. My biggest was about 0.2 grams, and average for the 179 pieces was about 0.03 grams. That's a testimony to the sensitivity of the GM 1000. I did get some good gold by shoveling into the highbanker also. The gold does not occur on a real bedrock but on a hardpan of deep clay, real bed rock is 180 feet down and likely has no significant gold ( based on where the gold is coming from). Overall, I think it was a big success, I really enjoyed myself, the folks who went in with me had a great time, and I got to meet a lot of new folks, including some of the staff who were avid detector prospectors from Arizona. On trying to depart, I got stuck there for a day by low fog - which prevents planes from flying in. Very normal for an Alaskan prospecting adventure. I've now taken care of the things I need to do for the ICMJ magazine and am getting back on track to take care of all the other things that go with life here in the lower 48. There will be an article in the ICMJ on it with a lot more detail for those who subscribe, and I have a video about working on hardpan or false bedrock on my Youtube channel - https://youtu.be/0XZYrf3wzFE
    3 points
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