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  1. 15 points
    Hello All. I haven't posted in a while, but I like to wait and talk about the ones I find that have a story. This one is such a case. (If you don't like stories, just skip to the end) I was out with a friend looking for some new ground. After a little exploring, we stopped the truck and decided to do a walk-about. The objective was to explore the area for only an hour and meet back up at the truck to decide to keep exploring or move on. Basically, to see if we could find enough indicators worth our time. That was the plan anyways. So 35 minutes or so later, I am not seeing signs that other people found this area interesting (I subscribe strongly to Jim Straights Follow the Dry Washers), but there was nothing in this area. Very strange and discouraging. So now the devil is sitting on my shoulder's putting doubt in my head. There was also the fact that the washes were small but still had 3' minimum of overburden. No matter that the geology looked good. There was bloody red quartz with vuggs, iron stone, hot rocks. But for some reason I could not get motivated in an area when I didn't have proof others were interested. Alright, so on with the tale. Another 10 minutes later I'm on top of a ridge looking at the truck which is a dot in the distance. I yell out to my buddy because I wanted to leave, but he is in the zone a few hills over. In the meantime I am dreaming about a cold gatorade sitting in my truck and a box of cheap dollar store crackers that will drown out my cravings. The devil says Andyy, just walk the ridge, you'll be back in no time. (he did say Andyy by the way). But I had a plan and darn if I was going to stick to it. I had to test these washes and gullies. Down the side of the hill towards wash I go. I didn't get 15 feet down that hill when I got a screaming signal. Oh No ... it's got to be another hot rock. kick..kick..kick... still there and louder. Well shoot, I don't want waste my time digging another 22 shell! I've dug too darn many of those today. You're going to yell at me but I seriously turned away to leave it. And then I reminded myself of an earlier large find that I almost passed up and then didn't. Nope.. I am not going to leave until I know. So I knelt down and unearthed about a 1/4 oz slug of dirty hillside gold (as shown in the scoop) Well my mood changed, now. Me and my buddy scoured the area. I filled the gps grid on my GPZ and found nothing. So now I looked to the wash. Yes, it is deep but now I know there is larger gold here. That just changed the game. Down that wash I went maneuvering and kicking rocks. Sure as heck I eventually get a signal that trails off like a hot rock. I kick and it still sounds like a hot rock. I dig another 6 inches before I find that hot rock and there is another beautiful signal underneath it. A clearer sound. At about 16" I get nugget #2. Another roughly 1/4 oz. Stunned I just sat back and took a break to think about what might not have been. I came back again to this area with my other 2 friends I met on this trip. And not another piece of gold was found in these washes or the neighboring washes (not by GPZ or GPX5000). Only in the place I was at where only 15' away from that first nugget, I almost ditched my plan.
  2. 4 points
    Hey all.... So I was able to sneak out and give my 'new souped up SDC' a run today. It's hard for me to imagine that changing the batteries could make the detector work better, but it seemed to be the case. I went to two separate spots that I've been skunked the last few times. I guess there was still a few left.... Luke
  3. 3 points
    Got the big o`l skunk last weekend hunting for new patches, so I thought i`d share a couple that I detected a while back. Under a full moon in Peoples Valley ... And here`s a nice half ounce piece accompanied by a one + ounce slab of gold ! Enjoy !
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    Yes you did see these two......But there`s more
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    Thanks Mike. Its easier for me to just put the effort in to clean it up. It was a long time coming.... I prefer to take action rather than talk about it.
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    Thanks guys. Yeah, I'm running Li-ion batteries now. I ran the detector for 7.5 hours and the battery meter still says 'full'. The first nugget of the day was a .33g piece. When it was in the scoop the detector made the overload sound. I don't remember that happening before. Most of the finds today were just warbles to start with. It just seemed I was finding targets a tiny bit deeper than before. I've never found 7 in one day at the second spot. I broke my old record of 12 in one day with 13. Luke
  8. 1 point
    Of copper Lo and behold, my propensity for finding strange things that aren't gold, continues! Drove Patches into a new area loaded with OLD mining activity. Found some small lodes on the hillsides that were scratched off and the wash was dug out. Figuring they must have been finding some color to move that much dirt. We decided to spend a couple of hours digging crap in hopes of finding a leftover nugget or two. Did find some interesting stuff, but no gold. The copper slug and an old Cutex lipstick tube were the prizes of the day. I didn't have any pool acid to clean the copper, so I hit it with my soda blaster. It appears to be slop from pouring hot copper from the smelter into a mold. One side is flat like it landed on a steel table.
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    i really don't like my computer !!!!
  10. 1 point
    Andy that is some awesome gold! Great story too! Hopefully there is more to come.
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    Thanks for the comments, everyone. Glad to share. Bill - One thing I remember way back when was you spoke about the number one thing you see people doing wrong in their detecting ... and that was not finishing that gully you were detecting. That stuck with me
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    Well there you go !! That, my friend, is how it's done. Very nice. Congratulations !! Luke
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    Really nice gold. Great story and fun to read. M
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    I left the slab in some muriatic acid overnight and it was covered in black slime this morning. I ran it through my ultrasonic cleaner and the piece came out great. Photos do not do it justice. There is a mesmerizing play of copper fire across the surface.
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    Very nice gold, heard about the battery mod and was curious as to how it would work since Minelab specifically says not to use them in the manual.
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    WTG Andy. Man, you just go for the big stuff? Tom H.
  18. 1 point
    That's not okay? Ruh roh...I better tell everybody in there I'm not supposed to talk to them anymore. They will probably just laugh.
  19. 1 point
    Sweet Andy! Way to stick with it out there. I hope your not answering out loud to those voices in your head
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    Excellent andy, I get highly disappointed when after a bit and usually move on to other areas (relic hunting) when not scoring. Trying to learn, like you, to stay and find the,,,, gold (or relics in my case)
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    That was well worth the read! WTG Andy. Mitchel
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    Hey, I offered... But you guys didn't want to tell me where it was.
  25. 1 point
    We are right on top of it Bob, literally.... The area has taught me a lot.
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    Very nice Vulture gold Good story as well Mike C...
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    Wow Andy! Great story and awesome chunkers bud. Congratulations.
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    Great gold there Luke! Way to be consistent on the yellow!
  31. 1 point
    Luke Nice batch of Nuggets! It is awesome to break your personal best! There is nothing like seeing that piece of gold on your coil. I seem to do better every time I change the batteries. But getting the detector in different spots in an old patch really strike an accord in my playbook. sometimes it requires a hoe and a rake to hit the spots that the detector didn't reach.
  32. 1 point
    Nice job Luke, great nuggets As Bob noted a lot of factors to consider but, I noticed a performance difference even with different brands any types of batteries on my SDC too It was a fun machine to own and hunt with. Might have to get another one sometime
  33. 1 point
    Thanks to everyone for your encouraging words and response. What I learned is that thru those skunk days, I simply hadn't put the coil over the gold. I was mainly hunting and exploring in new areas which had exceptionally hot ground and was hoping the Monster (with all its whistles and bells) would find some nuggets in these hard to work areas. Anyway, I feel more comfortable that the Monster will get me the gold whenever the coil crosses over it. Cheers,
  34. 1 point
    Luke I can see your hunting skills are also getting better. Battery maybe? unless you where hunting with a weak old battery. Could it be its rained since you last hunted it, erosion, damp ground etc. lot of things to consider. I use all of these to my advantage on old patches. all I can say is, that placer patch isn't over until you hit bedrock. best of luck on more. AzNuggetBob
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    Way-to-go Luke; You seem to be having a hot streak lately,.. keep it up! I can't seem to get rid of this skunk that has been following me around since this New Year started. All I am finding in my outings is very old lead slugs (time after time), boot tacks and "very-"dinky"" pieces of rusted wire. My Z-7000 really amazes me as to just how small of "lead-fragments," and "barley-visible-dinky pieces of wire" it's coil will pick up a signal from!!! I mean I see pretty darn good, but I literally had to use my pinpointer on the dinky-wire-piece (which by the way was lodged down in a crack about 4" ) just to be able to find it. So, finding this small stuff with the 14" coil,... once I do "eventually" get my coil over some gold I know for a fact it won't miss it. SO, I am ready to get-rid-of-this Pesky Skunk,.........Hey adam, I've got a present for ya,............. or maybe Tom H will give it a ride for a while??? Gary
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    Those are Awesome! almost looks like they were together at one point and then split up. Thanks for sharing, and nice looking night in Peoples Valley.
  39. 1 point
    Mitchel, Thank you for asking. It is like night and day. Before the operation, about 3 hours into the day I would start having unbelievable pain on the left side. I couldn't carry my pick over there because it put too much weight on that Sacro-Iliac joint. I also modified my Camel back to be on a 2 inch Nylon web belt. So I actually carry it horizontally across my back at the waist. I could not stand the weight of that either, so I would have to rotate it around to the front. I would get to the point where I had to take little short steps just to get back to my ATV. A day of hard hiking while prospecting, and I would be laid up for three days. I could not stand up out of a sitting position. My wife would have to pull me up. I would lay on a heating pad, and alternate with an ice pack. I would use muscle relaxers (which were of questionable help) and use Voltaren, which is a prescription anti-inflammatory cream that is absorbed through the skin. I would have to go to the Chiropractor, and he would put the joint back in place. When it was out my left leg would be 2 inches shorter than my right leg. Now, zero problems. I can detect all day, never have to move my pick. Virtually painless. Best thing I ever did. I am just amazed at what a 1 hour operation can do for your quality of life. I would have done it a lot sooner had I known. Here's the xray. What they do is fuse your pelvis to your tailbone so the tailbone can not slip down between your pelvis and get stuck. This SI Joint Dysfunction happens when you tear the ligaments across the front of the pelvis that hold the pelvis tight to the tail bone. I get the right side done sometime in April. My right side was never as bad as my left. But doing one side and not the other, usually puts a lot of stress on the non fused side and you end up in pain on that side too, along with the osteo arthritis, so I would prefer to nip it in the bud rather that let that side go all to hell. Doc
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    Nice finds Dave. Hey, check that lipstick tube there might be some gold dust inside. An old timer might have taken the lipstick out and used it fore a poke? Old Tom
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