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  1. 5 points
    Could have been used for pulling most anything nailed or stapled in. The slit is like a claw hammer and is beveled also but what puzzles me is that the ends are not flat enough to slip under tight spaces. Maybe a homemade tool for picking Cholla out of ones butt. Old Tom
  2. 4 points
    A few weeks ago I detected my first gold pieces with a GB2. This really boosted my confidence in the field and has been a huge motivator. A couple days ago I was itching to get out to the desert, so I loaded up my stuff and headed out. After hiking through Cat Claw hell, I found what looked like a good spot. I moved some boulders and then got the Gold Bug 2 dialed in and ready to go. My first target was a small nugget - Yes! I took some time to look at the area, take a few pics and make some mental notes. An hour later, in the same general area, I got a loud signal from the bedrock. I was chipping away the rock and then noticed something that looked like chewed gum in the dirt. It ended up being my biggest piece of gold yet! It was an incredible morning that I will never forget. Happy New Year!
  3. 3 points
    Adam I think it looks great. Anything "cow" has to be good!
  4. 1 point
    This weekend past, I managed to find some time for a hunt. My initial plan was to traverse the hillsides, hilltops, and slopes for a new patch. Well, I accomplished both. Found a slope with a very reddish decomposing pegmatite , and decided to hunt it. First two swings and I found the little guy in the pic ( .5 Gram) , 15 feet above that one, I get a subtle target, but defined. About 8 inches down, I unearth a black rock that`s screaming. Turns out to be a chunk ( 4 grams ) of what appears to be hematite, with a gold seam running right through it Bailed out of that spot to go hit an area I had found a few before. Wouldn`t you know it, I banged out a nice 3 gram quartz gold specimen, and and a .6 tenth piece. All this gold is about as coarse as it gets . Eluvial nuggets can be very attractive..
  5. 1 point
    Went out yesterday with Dave, James, and Dad to do some detecting up the LSD way. There is a mineralized vein that I got a flake out of in the past, so I took some more samples. There were some really small specks in it but nothing to write home about. Looked like I was slaughtering a pig when I panned it out. Did some detecting in a wash on the other side of the hill and WOW! Did I get a work out digging garbage. I cant believe how much was in this wash in the LSD area. I thought every wash out there had been hit. Especially this one as its so easy to get to. So at a ratio of about 16 trash to 1 treasure....I had a name for that wash. After working my way down to a V, I get the first one (medium sized one in pic, put a stick and scoop in the pic. so you could see how deep it was on that nug). Had to chip out the bedrock to get it out. Above it in the other drainage at the V I get the small one. I heard Dave talking to Dad up on the hill so I went back and got them so they had a chance at getting some yellow stuff. They used the GB2 and Monster and were kind enough to clean up all the bird shot I dont hear with the 13x17 EVO coil. A little farther up the other drainage I get the big one. .8 of a gram total...no skunk though! There was a lot of new hand stack in this wash and I have a feeling my two legged gopher friends may have visited it before me Hope they got a lot! Found a pretty cool copper rock also. Great day out with friends and got blessed with some gold. Tom H.
  6. 1 point
    Sharing some of my thoughts and observations on the GPZ after a few months. The pic is just a small portion of the gold that I’ve found with it so far. The GPZ is heavy compared to many of the other Minelab’s I’ve swung in the last 16 years or so and I’ve swung them all at one point or another. Recently, on a five day hunt with friends I swung the GPZ the usual 8-10 hours a day. On the sixth day my shoulder was getting stiff and sore, so much so that I was glad to have a day of rest from detecting. Did not want to even swing the lightweight gold bug at that point. Just to give some perspective here I’m no weakling but not Hercules either, just a very thin and fit guy. 6 foot 1 inch and 180 lbs. I’ll mention this next piece for everyone’s potential benefit...I highly recommend going paleo if you’ve struggled with weight gain that often comes with age. I began eating paleo a few years ago (am over 50 now) and am as thin as I was at 25. And have almost endless energy. Enough about crap like health and nutrition ...the good news is that the GPZ comes with a harness to reduce the weight on your shoulder, I just don’t like it (nor do I use it). In speaking with other prospectors, opinions on the harness are a mixed bag just like every other topic in life. Some swear by the harness, some swear at it. I’m in the latter crowd. A bungee on the old backpack seems to work well for my purposes, don’t try and convert me The shaft’s extended length is great for jolly green 6+ footers and if you’re more dwarfish, the fact that the shaft is telescopic will make you happier than a pint of grog Plus at the end of the day you can collapse the GPZ and load it up easily into your rig. Ergonomically, the GPZ is fairly balanced. Even after months of use the ergonomic design is still weird to me, just because I swung the older style Minelabs for so long. If a GPZ is your first unit, you’ll never know the difference. Performance wise, the GPZ is impressive. With a little experimentation and practice you can run it just about anywhere, even in basalt. The depth and sensitivity of the GPZ are beyond my expectations. It's so sensitive that I had to change my knee pads to a new brand just to avoid hearing the little rivets when swinging the coil. Have I broke any personal records with the GPZ? Nope. Still trying to break my 7 ounce nugget record. Maybe next summer in Alaska In taking the GPZ back to a few old patches I was surprised at the gold it recovered. Nothing big, just nuggets that made me scratch my head and wonder how multiple detectors missed them. It almost seemed like the gold gods put the nuggets in those old patches just to mess with me The GPZ has also proven to be a great new patch/area finder as well, the depth and sensitivity really make it a formidable all around unit. The stock coil cover is really like a donut tire. Made for temporary use only. If you buy one of the aftermarket coil covers put it on carefully. They are a bear to get off if you get them on right. If you get them on wrong, you’ll work in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. When the job is done, profanity will be your true medium; you’ll be a master I highly recommend filing the little tabs/ears on them down a little and finding the balance between “bear to get off when put on right” and “reasonable to get off when put on right” so the fit is more practical. This way you can keep your coil clean and free from black sands and other little nasties “floating” between the coil and the coil cover. One day I might post more about settings, target response, and a dozen other things but it's time for dinner now. Be safe and keep on swinging.
  7. 1 point
    Bob is no longer a member here.
  8. 1 point
    Congrats on your biggest find yet! Its a nice looking piece of fold you got there. Wtg!
  9. 1 point
    Good gum I'd say. It is always nice to hunt in an area with more possibilities! WTG Mitchel
  10. 1 point
    Oh come on Adam, you know what I am talking about. You know guys that go out time and time again and it is just a constant struggle for them. About 18 years ago I am on the top of a very high ridge. It's actually a small hill around 100 foot high out of this large wash. Once you get to the top of it the other side drains into a small gully. I was having quite the day. I had hit a 23 nugget patch. The biggest was 1/2 ounce the next 1/4 and the rest were 1 to 2 grams. This was in the day of the SD2200. Well I am feeling pretty darn "full of myself." Heck the 1/2 ouncer was only like 3 inches down and screamed like trash. So anyway I look down into the large wash and there is a guy down there detecting. I figure I should go down and say hi. (Because I didn't want him to come to me and say hi and see all the disturbed ground.) I go down the hill introduce myself. We exchange pleasantries. He proceeds to tell me, "I don't know if this is a waste of time or not I've been coming out here for 2 1/2 years and I have never found a piece of gold. I've dug lot of trash. There I stand with almost an ounce of gold in my pocket and this poor guy is telling me he has never found gold in 2 1/2 years. That guy had to be doing something wrong, and I can almost bet you what he was doing wrong was spending too much time in the wrong places. For example, where he was detecting in that big wash... what a waste of time, anything in there, because of the volume of water, would probably be so deep you would never hear it. Bed rock is probably 6 feet to 10 feet down.
  11. 1 point
    As a matter fact Adam even if she where brunette with nice stacked rocks I'd probably still hunt her. Adam theirs a lot to be learned about the signs of where gold may be and its never a 100%, it just raises the possibility of finding some. AzNuggetBob
  12. 1 point
    Really nice gold there Moody!!
  13. 1 point
    The gold looks really cool on that copper looking rock. Really makes it pop!
  14. 1 point
    "Yea Tom", that type of rock does look familiar to me, as I have run across a tributary of the Lynx up here that has that same type and color granite/ quartz mix in it. I have also found quite a few nuggets in it as well. It appears to me to be a great host rock to contain nuggets. Funny how "bands" of similar bedrock formations pop up in different locations miles away from each other. Gary .........."AND", for those of you who have the desire to "twist and distort" my comment around,. ."NO", I am not saying that Tom's (desert) photos are of Lynx Creek up here in Northern Arizona, with or without pine trees and mountains. Once-again, I am Associating, or relating (commonalities) the bedrock in his photo's with similar ones that I have observed up here on or around Lynx Creek. Gary
  15. 1 point
    Meanwhile,..... Is the government really stockpiling materials in a Nevada building that scientists cannot identify? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-truth-about-those-alien-alloys-in-the-new-york-times-ufo-story/
  16. 1 point
    Whoa! Where has THAT book been my whole life
  17. 1 point
    What about this ground? Does it look "good" ? Or should I move on? I see some cow poop there e
  18. 1 point
    Merry Christmas to you two as well
  19. 1 point
    Merry Christmas to ya'll as well Kat, I hope ya'll are doing great!
  20. 1 point
    The USGS just released their latest Professional Paper 1802 Critical mineral resources of the United States–Economic and environmental geology and prospects for future supply. This thing is a monster! 862 pages and a 170 Mb download. That is a big download for a lot of people so we shrunk their bloated PDF down to 30 Mb. It's got all the stuff the bigger one does but the graphics are scaled down to web user size. You can download the full 862 page report directly from Land Matters. This huge report is fine in itself but to really understand what's in it we figured a map of all the locations would help. You can load up the Critical Minerals interactive Map right in your browser and study it along with your book. We've added the mines of the world as well as some basic base layers so you can compare the report locations to known historical and current mines. We'll be adding more features to that map soon. If you need to print out the book in it's original high resolution form you can find it at the USGS Publications Warehouse.
  21. 1 point
    Many good points have been shared on this thread. I will contribute a few beginning with two regarding what NOT to do -- EVER: 1. Never absentmindedly lay your GPZ across your tailgate while the unit is still "ON" (or on any solid metal surface for more than just a brief moment). I accidentally did this once for a span of maybe 5 minutes or so and it skewed the ground balance functions so badly that it took close to a half hour to regain the desired quiet threshold despite using the ferrite ring and every other trick I knew. I was spitting square nails at my absentminded stupidity for hours. 2. Never transport your Zed with the battery still inserted where any other object (backpack, another detector, etc.) can inadvertently tumble or vibrate against the On-Off control button. A brief "DO" list: 1. Remove absolutely every metal object from roughly your crotch on down (although, if your watch or truck keys are small enough, slipping them into a rear pocket or inside a backpack seems to work reasonably well). 2. Consider using a "hipstick" or some comparable device to transfer the strain of your Zed from your arm and rotator cuff to your pelvic structure. Simply suspending the Zed from the "D" ring on your harness, backpack or suspenders (particularly when employing the 19" coil) may seem sufficient -- especially if you are not very old yet -- but over time the repetitive grinding of bone against soft tissue will take a serious toll. 3. Utilize the auto frequency search function from time to time whenever you suspect EMI related issues. And don't be hesitant to repeat the drill if after the first auto-scan you still are not satisfied. This is particularly true especially if you are within 20 or 30 miles of any known military installation, training area or activity. Military aircraft and radar installations -- both permanent and mobile field units -- (as well as NASA deep space research facilities) put out powerful, far reaching electronic signals.
  22. 1 point
    get more patience...lots more, if you are working in basalts...and some other rocks types too. Slow way down to a near stop as you swing over the target. And and try other settings...or just dig. I go both ways, sometimes I dig and dig trying to make a basalt rock gold; and when that 50 pound rock is out... usually all I get is tired! fred
  23. 1 point
    It turns out that we can go out and detect and drywash in this heat. Spent about 2 days drywashing and 2 hours detecting on the way out. Picture is pieces pulled from drywasher and detected. Guessing 6-7 grams drywashing(no picture) and 3.2 grams of big stuff. Hit a little stretch were I detected about 12 small nuggets all in a 3×3 area. It was a super dropout with lots of fines too.
  24. 1 point
    If you are new here I would like to give you a hearty WELCOME and glad to have you. This is a great place to learn about all forms of prospecting or to share your own knowledge with others. Please read our rules before posting then say hello and jump on in after introducing yourself below. If you are here as a guest you are missing several more forums that are viewable by members only so why not join up? You can also subscribe to this forum to gain more user options and perks available only to subscribed members or premium members and it helps keep us up and running, the link is the upper right corner of the main index page. Thanks for coming aboard..... Cheers, Bill
  25. 1 point
    OK, last one. This one was just found on New Years eve. About 14" deep under the rocks of a tailings pile. 14 oz. and very thick. We're calling it the "Little Butte" nugget as it came from the same area as the 75 Oz "Butte Nugget" of a few years ago.