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  1. 13 points
    Well, somehow I was able to take today off of work and spend it prospecting. I decided to head back to a new spot I find a little while back that I specked a couple of pieces at but didn't detect anything. I had the plan of being super thorough not leaving any stone unturned and spending most all of the day there. I ended up placering about a 15-20' length of very deep overburden, detected other portions of the wash and hit the hillsides for about an hour. I went for the extra effort because this spot had been drywashed a long time ago so I knew there would be something here if I gave it the time and of course the best piece ended up being under the deepest section of overburden. Right before I found that piece I was trying to dislodge a pointy schist boulder and the part I was pushing on broke off and I smashed my forearm against the fresh sharp schist rock. It punctured two holes through my skin and for the first time in a long time I had to break out the first aid supplies. Worst part was flipping the skin open to scrape out schist pebbles lodged in there and flush them clean. Lucky they were small holes so I'm kind of being a cry baby... With all the effort I only scraped up two detected piece's of gold and several small specked pieces. But you just never know it could have been far better or worse, I had a blast and didn't hardly think about work for a change. It was a good day! Diggin deep! The crescent nugget was at the coil here. Carnage... and aftermath. Battle wounds, good thing I heal quick! Good times!!
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  3. 3 points
    ''I'm finding live rounds, much spent brass, beer bottles and assorted trash left behind inconsiderate people. It's no wonder why we are losing access to public' Same here in California....we have a spot on BLM land where we go shooting....every visit, I am having to pick up brass and trash..people are pigs. They';ll even camp over night and dump their crap all over the place.
  4. 3 points
    I hear ya Terry... Seems like yesterday when my Dad taught me to shoot my first 22 single shot rifle. We would just go outside the city limits. We always practiced safety, picked up after ourselves (brass and the like). Tried to leave the place cleaner than we found it. A lot of careless folks are ruining it for us here in AZ. I'm finding live rounds, much spent brass, beer bottles and assorted trash left behind by inconsiderate people. It's no wonder why we are losing access to public land. It's a shame.
  5. 2 points
    I am new at detecting and I feel like I just stuck a needle in my arm. I live in the hualapai mountain been to gold basin twice and the wife and I are going to Quartzsite for a week. Bought our first two detectors about a month ago (Whites gmt/mxt) and should get my Garrett atx delivered tomorrow! Haven't found a nugget yet but when I do my wife might find me sleeping under a bush in a wash somewhere not wanting to leave. Retired and found a new hobby that I really 'dig'.
  6. 2 points
    Congrats...looks like a golden happy face!
  7. 2 points
    Heck Terry, as a kid I used to just drive from 43rd and Greenway, up to Bell were there was a dirt road that went north and shoot there Tom H.
  8. 2 points
    I have a 'new' tire that has a piece missing like pictured here. I know it was from a steep incline where I got a little impatient and the truck bounced a little which allowed the tire to spin and the jagged schist took off the whole tread block clean like it had never been there. I run BFG AT KO tires. I have a Tacoma which is a 'light' truck. I don't deflate my tires and keep the pressure at 35psi. My last set went 45k miles and would have gone another 5k but I scored a deal on Craigslist for a set of less than 5k mile tires and wheels to a newer Tacoma for $500. I suspect that the weight of your truck is one of the issues regarding your accelerated tire wear. A friend of mine has an F250 and is always complaining about having to put new tires on and how fast they wear out. His truck doesn't see the dirt near as often as mine does. One thing I always do is shift to 4H as soon as my tires leave the pavement. I get all four tires working together and try to reduce wheel spin as much as possible. Good Luck out there. I'm 'rooting' for you and your quest for that elusive yellow metal. Luke
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  10. 1 point
    Heck yeah !!! Way to go man, and nice pieces
  11. 1 point
    Not that kind of shooting....target shooting I admit, I turned into one of the people I have cussed over the last 6 yrs of detecting. Went out with Dad, my nephew and his dad to practice. First time ive fired the 9mm in about 5 yrs. Im happy to admit! I can hit crap! We went to a designated area off of Table mesa road, so I dont feel too bad about putting more lead in the ground. Good time out. Tom H.
  12. 1 point
    Right side bank is where the flood gold was.
  13. 1 point
    They are rather light duty and need to kept from overheating, but they beat a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Tip: cut off the dang cigarette lighter adapter splice on some battery clamps to hook it directly to the battery. Seems to help them last longer.
  14. 1 point
    That damage is because of the high tire pressure. Lower pressure will help extend the life of your tires a lot. You will have to carry a compressor to air back up. I use a Slime compressor I bought from walmart years ago. Still filling tires no problem. Takes about 7-8 minutes a tire. Let it cool a minute before each tire. The ARB compressor Desertpilot linked is a fantastic compressor for the money. Another option and one I'll be doing myself is a Powertank. It's very high pressure co2 tank. It can top off your tires several times on a single fill up. The tank can be refilled cheaply at any welding shop that handles gases. The big advantage of the powertank option is speed of inflation. Seconds vs minutes.
  15. 1 point
    Great advise. I had to use mine just last month. Picked up a small bolt while out at the claims. It can save your bacon for sure. The shoes on my mule are getten thin.
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    Also something else I have always carried besides a 12v compressor is a tire plug kit. It will get you out of there and to a tire repair without even having to change your tire. if it's a small hole plug it, pump it, drive it away. AzNuggetBob
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    I use a on board air compressor made by ARB. http://store.arbusa.com/ARB-On-Board-High-Performance-12-Volt-Air-Compressor-CKMA12-P3572.aspx But any 12v air compressor will do. Check Wal Mart. Weird my prospecting rig is also my daily driver and I've had no issue with my BF Goodrich All Terrains and driving to my claims require 4x4 low to crawl over the rocks most of them being sharp. DP
  18. 1 point
    I tend to agree with you. He's either insane or it's a publicity stunt.
  19. 1 point
    Heck, 4lo is when the fun begins! Turning around at that point is like puttin' it in and just wigglin' around a little...both parties walk away unsatisfied. In all seriousness though...what tire pressure do you run when offroad? High(street) tire pressure has many disadvantages. Accelerated tire damage and decreased performance as well as comfort. Try lowering your tire pressure if your not already doing it. I ran 8 in the rear and 10 in the fronts on my Jeep for desert travel. I ran 15-18 in my 3/4 ton GMC the other day and it was a marked improvement. Softer tires conform to the rocky terrain and they seem to last much longer with less tread damage.
  20. 1 point
    I think you might be underestimating your f250, unless pinstriping is your concern most backroads around the yavapai schist can be done in any 2 wheel drive pickup. Might have to hoof it up the washes but that's part of the fun. I didn't have 4 wheel drive until recently and went all over that area. Now I have a yukon xl, it's 4x4 but I never use it. Just don't go when it's raining. Those roads are bumpy but generally not slick when dry.
  21. 1 point
    This is where I get my Griphoist parts. http://www.trailservices.com/PDF/2016_Catalog_Web.pdf
  22. 1 point
    Below is a copper nugget found in the same stretch of bedrock as these gold nuggets. The wash these are from is in a area known for copper, silver, and gold deposits much like LSD. Keep in mind just like AZNuggetBob stated the gold comes from mineralized stringers. Allot of these stringers are small and many were not discovered by the old timers for example the gold from the wash these nuggets came from has no known singular source for the gold produced in the wash. Many have tried to find the source and have failed. My current belief is the gold in the wash Im currently working comes from the scattered quartz veins that cut across the wash and overtime small chunks of gold are liberated from the quartz during floods. These small stringers are not profitable for a mining company but can pay wages for people running a detector or dry washer.
  23. 1 point
    Arizona has some pretty major gold mines other than the Vulture for example: From AZGS: Over the life of the Warren mining district (1880-2013), 3,961,479 tons of copper, 162,128 tons of lead, 177,524 tons of zinc, 14,000 tons of manganese, 2,792,000 ounces gold and 102,215,000 ounces of silver were recovered from the area’s mines (modified from Keith et. al, 1983). From Wikipedia: The Vulture Mine was a gold mine and settlement in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The mine began in 1863 and became the most productive gold mine in Arizona history. From 1863 to 1942, the mine produced 340,000 ounces of gold and 260,000 ounces of silver.
  24. 1 point
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  25. 1 point
    I really appreciate your efforts Homefire