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  1. Had the monster out for a couple of hours and was having no luck, lots of iron. Then hit a bigger target, it was bouncing between iron and gold. Few inches down on top of bed rock a muddy chunky rock came out and I could see a little gold showing. Washed it off and it's a real beauty. Total weight is 16.6 grams, did the gravity tests and seems there's 7 grams gold.
    8 points
  2. Got out to Franconia early this week. My main objective of course was to score some nice space rocks, but I also wanted to try out White’s new Goldmaster 24k VLF unit to see how well its proprietary XGB automatic ground tracking would handle the extreme variable ground in the north half of the strewn field. Anyone who’s searched this area with a VLF detector knows how tedious it can be dealing with the endless volcanic hot rocks, and while the 24k handled the ground matrix extremely well and running a low sensitivity eleminated a lot of the hot rocks, there still remained plenty of them to deal with. Although I did find one half-gram iron with the 24k, with all the hot rocks it was hitting I just couldn’t cover enough ground to increase my odds of making a good find. As many of us detector operators know, in hot rock hell pulse-induction and zero-voltage transmission technologies are king. So I put away the VLF and brought out the Minelab GPZ 7000 equipped with the 19” coil for maximum ground coverage...time to get serious! With a quick adjustment I was able to ignore all but the largest and most insidious hot rocks and cover a ton of ground, netting me several small irons and 2 stones at 27 grams and 75 grams. But the best part was just enjoying the peaceful serenity while roaming the wide open spaces of the Franconia strewn field, and even spotting a wild burro.
    8 points
  3. Nice specimen !! I've mentioned this before here and there.... Try soaking it in a solution of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Get a small glass that your nugget will fit in and fill it with enough peroxide to completely submerge the specimen. Then pour in a couple teaspoons of baking soda. You'll want to have a little baking soda left undissolved on the bottom after vigorous stirring. Then carefully place your specimen into the solution and watch the bubbles carry the dirt away. It will only remove dirt and leave the speci otherwise unchanged. I give all my gold a bath using this method. I like the 'natural' look as well. Congrats and continued good luck !! Luke
    4 points
  4. A big carpet or old quilt works perfectly. I went to Home Depot and bought a couple terminal posts and a top rail. I put them in the ground and made a 6 X 6 frame just like a section of chain link fence. Then took a piece of carpet and hung it in the frame. I put a bale of hay in front of it and set my target bag on that. As long as you don't get more than about 25 yards away you are covered well. I have had four or five bad releases with the compound that resulted in arrows leaving the range (over my 6X6 backing). Always when I draw. Once I flipped the trigger with my finger on the draw. The knocking loop broke a couple times. And a couple times I did not have the loop fully engaged in my release and it came out about half way into the draw. Every time the arrow went up at a steep angle and came down way out of bounds. But that was all with a compound. I would not expect to have those problems using fingers and a recurve. I feel really safe using a 6X6 backing using the recurve bow. I don't get very far away from it though. I like to shoot at plastic soda bottles instead of a spot on a bag. I use one of those "stumper" tips with the springs. They will make the arrow tumble and stop it dead if it hits anything at all. If you miss the entire backing your arrow will tumble and stop even if it just hits a little grass. It makes little bushes impenetrable to an arrow. So they are really safe to plink with and you rarely lose a shaft. You can shoot rocks, logs and glass bottles with them all day and it just beats them up a little. I love those tips. I am like a kid with a bb gun shooting those things. If you hit a beer bottle squarely with one it will explode it like a .44 mag. hit it. And as long as you have a little brush behind your target your arrow is never far behind. It takes a lot of stress out of shooting the bow and you get tons of fun practice shooting at objects rather than spots on a target bag. https://www.sportsmanswarehouse.com/sportsmans/Zwickey-Judo-Points/productDetail/Bowfishing-and-Specialty-Points/prod9999008886/cat100543
    3 points
  5. Thanks everyone. Let it soak in peroxide and baking soda and an going to leave alone and find something to store it in. And will hit the area again, it definitely doesn't look like it traveled much.
    3 points
  6. We don't have any critters like those around here....BUT we do have some mosquitoes that are at least had big and if you try whacking them to kill them they just shake like a wet dog until their wings get unkinked and fly away only to then hit you from behind, my fishing buddy had one land on his forehead and it instantly started draining him of his life's blood, I swung a baseball bat as hard as I could and nailed that sucker, my buddy dropped like a rock and pretended to play dead....the mosquito just shook it's head a bit and then came after me!!! The funny thing is my buddy played dead for 3 days and then acted all confused and saying he didn't remember anything about what happened , he's such a joker!!
    3 points
  7. I brought back a bad bug from the mountains on this last trip. I didn't even know he was there. Musta been on my back where I could not see it. I felt something on my back and then it scurried off behind the couch. It musta been a pregnant female because the next thing I knew they were everywhere! They even got the dog. Nasty buggers. Bite like an alligator. They will suck a cupful of blood out before you can wrestle them off your leg. In most cases amputation is the best treatment. Here is a closeup of one. These are some of the meanest critters I have ever seen. The bug guy sprayed some poison around but they just got bigger. I'm using a .38 to kill them and it works great as long as you get a head shot. Any of you guys having problems with them in your neck of the woods?
    2 points
  8. 29" felt natural the other day pulling that recurve at sportsmans. I'll take anything you can't use. I've got a 20lb Pearson super jet that I going to let the ol' lady use. She is interested enough to want to shoot herself. I searched through the primitive archery forums and came up with a good jig design for making your own arrows out of the right kinds of wood using a router. Cuts the cost of a shaft down to a few cents instead of several dollars. Fascinating stuff buried in some of those forums. I must have grown up on the wrong side of the tracks because "whisker biscuit" means something else to me. "I hate to tell you sweetheart...but your whisker biscuit smells like sourdough"
    2 points
  9. All my finds were buried, with the 75 g stone being the deepest at 8".
    2 points
  10. Dang, Bob those neglegent discharges, as they call them at the range, sure get your attention fast. We've had two here past 10 years... I forget the details of the first but I have a nice .38" or so hole in the garage door as a result. Second was a teen I was trying to mentor, a real know it all. Put new fiber optic sights on his bow and instead of getting close to the target like I told him he just let one rip. Went over the backstop, never found the arrow. A buddy is a bow tech, gives my PSE Durango a tune up annually. Pull is 73# and I have to keep in shape to draw it. Even at 70 yards, arrow sometimes goes through two fat alfalfa bales. The bales have to be stacked carefully. I want to try a whisker biscuit, any experience? ArticDave, what's your draw length? I may have some arrows for ya.
    2 points
  11. hang a big piece of carpet behind your bales for those occasional....or not so occasional wild shots...…….
    2 points
  12. Crap'll Is that a Snapple flavor? Hmmm...made from the worst stuff on earth
    2 points
  13. That is a really nice specimen, congrats sir. Just my opinion but I'd leave it as is, maybe let it soak in water to help clean it up but I would not do anything more than that.
    2 points
  14. For some reason I always make it a point to swing over what some critter has already dug out. Sure enough. . . last spring I heard a faint signal on a critter hole pile and found a little nugget. Nothing compared to the dandy you found though. Congrats!! -n- thanks for sharing. AND I have to admit that I didn't finish digging a small target that was in rocky ground, because as I got closer to the ground after a couple picks there were bees or wasps coming out from under a rock that was next to where I was picking. I convinced myself it was another bullet fragment. . . and took off. Not all critter holes are friendly... darn it.
    2 points
  15. Keith, Great finds, are you headed down towards the Q next??
    1 point
  16. I use the older whisker biscuit droptine. Its the slotted biscuit so you can just drop your arrow in. Not sure if they make the drop tine anymore though. I just replace the biscuit every couple of years when the bristles wear out and just use the same mount i bought years ago. Thats back when it was made by Carolina Archery Products. Now trophy ridge makes them.
    1 point
  17. Now I really want one. Deer opens tomorrow in many units including mine. My current rest has to go!!! I see there's a whisker biscuit on the market slotted for quicker reloads, too. Which one you using? Am I correct thinking it will no longer matter how the arrow is nocked using one?
    1 point
  18. Ooops, my bad! For some reason I thought Jayray posted the original... that's what happens when I look at the forum on my phone.
    1 point
  19. Wow impressive machine!
    1 point
  20. Nice finds. Congrats. Did you find the two large pieces specking? Or were they buried?
    1 point
  21. So true. A good carbon arrow with all the rigging and a broadhead can cost a $50 bill if you are shooting the really fancy stuff. I don't. But I see guys all the time in the fall with several hundred bucks invested in arrows and broadheads. The sad fact is that if you are off the range a very large percentage of shots result in a lost arrow. Especially with a compound bow. Bows are just no fun to plink with. The first year I hunted I lost a turkey, 3-4 grouse, and a half dozen arrows with all the rigging. Soon after I learned about those springy thingys and now I use them on everything except the target bag. They keep your arrows from zipping through a bird and not delivering any shock. And about 85% of the time the first twig flips that arrow on it's side and stops it right there. So now I take dozens of shots that I would never take before and almost always recover my arrows. Muzzy makes one of those chisel points with a spring setup behind it. The tip is replaceable and you could easily put a blunt in it for plinking or a sharp one for game. They have a beefy base that might be a bit more durable than a stump point. And you can just slip that spring off and you basically have a target bag arrow. I have never shot them but I would bet they are the ideal target and hunting point for everything except big game. I am going to order me a couple after Christmas. https://ads.midwayusa.com/product/469082/muzzy-sg-x-small-game-broadhead?utm_medium=shopping&utm_source=connexity&utm_campaign=Archery - Broadheads and Points&utm_content=469082
    1 point
  22. Nice job! Congrats on the great finds!
    1 point
  23. Nice work fellas. This gold looks pretty pure. I’m guessing between 8 and 25 karat. I’ve always wanted to perform this test and mission accomplished plus I learned quite a bit. Im heading back at 3am on Friday to see if there’s more to this story. I have my dry washer already loaded, geology reports, images and dowsing rodes. What could go wrong🤷🏼‍♂️. If I find something I’ll report back. Brownie
    1 point
  24. A ripper for sure, good on ya. Keep it as is, nice and chunky. Go to Amazon for a nice glass dome display. HF acid has it's benefits on some specimens. Your's doesn't need it. My first as well.
    1 point
  25. I prefer the rust on the quartz. Its looks natural. A soak in diluted muriatic acid will clean it up and not effect the gold or the quartz. I refine chemically, I know we don't discuss that here, just a little background as to how I know.
    1 point
  26. Nice finds, Jason! That's a pretty chondrite, and some good sized irons.
    1 point
  27. crap'll stop an arrow pretty quick. ( I cant believe the editor changed s hit'll to crap'll)
    1 point
  28. Wow nice job out there man!!!
    1 point
  29. Thanks Frank. Actually someone hooked up with Fred before I could, so maybe next time.
    1 point
  30. soaking in white vinegar will help with the stains, without eating the quartz... I prefer natural... thanks for answering, some folks won't. fred
    1 point
  31. A real beautiful specimen, I myself would just give a light brush in some water and leave it at that.
    1 point
  32. SENIOR DRIVING As a senior citizen was driving down the motorway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, " Vernon, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on I-25. Please be careful!" "Heck," said Vernon, "It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!"
    1 point
  33. Thanks guys !! I went out yesterday and found 4 !! They're small, but better than the skunk. I found three with the SDC and one with the Goldmaster V/sat in a thrashed patch known as 'the Birthday nugget spot'. The pickin's are getting slim around those parts, I hope I can keep the tradition going next year. I'll also take this moment to wish everyone who had a birthday this year.... Happy Birthday !! We all made it around the sun again !! Luke
    1 point
  34. Cool, I always thought a Honda big wheel would be a fun way out in the desert prospecting machine.
    1 point
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