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  1. 5 points
    I've seen a few of this guy's videos and it really tees me off, I have to dig down to bedrock to find gold and he just picks it up off the surface!!
  2. 4 points
    Jez....now people are finding the light gold that stays on the surface. Remember guys, its just like light beer.....looks the same but not neer as good Tom H.
  3. 4 points
    What a Crock! who does he think he is dealing with? We are all long time prospectors, I was born at night! But not last night! Grubstake
  4. 4 points
    I had no idea that someone could stack nor stretch Bull S@#t that high nor far????
  5. 3 points
    Pics of Rocky or of the rocks???🤣
  6. 2 points
    I'm not an expert but to tell you the truth, I don't think either are meteorites.
  7. 2 points
    Thanks guys. I kind of figured those reasons but wasn't really sure.
  8. 2 points
    Meteorites can and do fall anywhere and everywhere....dry lake beds are often better because there aren't many plants...blow outs in desert scrub would be good...forests are not easy by sight...but, Rocky proved it can be done! fred
  9. 2 points
    Dan, I don't claim to be an expert on meteorites either but know enough to answer your question. First, a lot of the land out west is BLM which means you're pretty much free to roam at will. Most land on the east coast is composed of much smaller tracts of private property and permission is needed to hunt. That would discourage a lot of meteorite hunters. Secondly, the vegetation is sparser out west therefore making it easier to spot meteorites. The east coast has much more vegetation... making them harder to find. Thirdly, the climate out west is more conducive to the preservation of meteorites since there's less rainfall then the east coast. Almost all meteorites contain iron which as you know is susceptible to rusting. Less rainfall, less rusting. Add all those together, you have more people hunting for meteorites out west and therefore more finds. Imho But Rocky beat the odds on all of them which means he's one lucky sob.
  10. 2 points
    I'm not a meteorite expert either, but I think it's the cover/trees/undergrowth making them much harder to find but also is the lack of or the present of mositure comes into play, in arid climates the meteorites don't deteriorate as rapidly, so lack of moisture, wide open spaces makes for a much better chance of finding one.
  11. 2 points
    You will be happy and a pig in..... with the 4500. GH
  12. 2 points
    Just another B.S. youtube video. The gold looks like they may be real but your not going to find it (sprinkled on the surface)Did you notice the comment section was blocked. Nothing but clickbait. AzNuggetBob
  13. 2 points
    Yeah one of his other videos shows him going around picking up huge multi ounce nuggets right on the surface. LUCKY FELLER.
  14. 2 points
    I can't imagine this can be real but I hope it is. I'm not even sure the gold looks real but it's impossible to know. I certainly never have seen or heard of anything like it - except for his other videos...
  15. 2 points
    His other videos, hes pulling Platinum, Rubies, and Diamonds the size of your fist from the same river.... A very lucky guy ....
  16. 2 points
    I do not understand why everyone is such a non believer.
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  18. 2 points
    I could only get half way through this one. Whew!! Old Tom
  19. 2 points
    We all know he's an absolutely gorgeous looking guy. But we want pics.
  20. 1 point
    John Boyles had an accident and broke his neck. Surgery tomorrow 0700 Borrows Neuro Center, Phx.
  21. 1 point
    Super stoked to try this new machine! I ordered my new machine through Bill, and should get it on the UPS truck Monday. I did as much research as I could, short of actually trying one out. In the end, I couldn't justify the extra $1300 for a 5000, and the 7000 is just not on the table, at eight grand. I am expecting a monster of a learning curve, but it looks manageable, after reading the manual a few times. Not to mention all the great info on this forum, YouTube, etc. If you have any tips for someone brand new to this machine, I'm all ears. I know nuggets won't leap out of the ground, until I put the coil in the right place, no matter what machine I am swinging. Between the new 4500, and the Equinox I already have, I will not be able to blame the machines for a lack of nuggets. At least I will get in better shape digging deeper holes Regards, Kyle
  22. 1 point
    Got my 4500 from Bill about 3+ years ago and it's well paid for itself...Good choice ...Cheers, Unc
  23. 1 point
    Just detect anywhere and everywhere
  24. 1 point
    Yes! There are two ways to get the answers to your questions. The scientific way... Get them classified and have someone who is experienced in marketing meteorites give you their opinion on value. The other way... Call them "rare carboniferous chondruloids from Uranus" and convince someone they are worth $40 per gram. Just pick the one that suits your business style and go for it! I would call the first one basalt with some sweet inclusions. You could easily get $5 for that rock at the Farmers and Crafts market. I would call the second one a piece of bronze that has been tumbled into a blob. It might be worth a dime in metals value. Those are just my opinions though and I know nothing about rocks, meteorites or the value of either.
  25. 1 point
    This is the point I’m trying to convey to everyone when the topic arises, everywhere in the world IMO is equal opportunity hunting! Meteorites fall everywhere just about the same. I know deserts are a easier hunt because the substrate makes it much easier to spot a meteorite. Also IMO since people aren’t hunting my way because it seems crazy and there is so much vegitation Leeds me to believe there are many more larger masses to be found which would have been picked up already in dessert terrain!!! Maybe you disagree with this statement but the fact of the matter it that it’s true they are not being picked up here on a regular basis so they are left out to weather. So I’m conclusion if I recover more finds out here it won’t surprise me that they are more weathered but weathering result in alteration I think sometimes this alteration can result in more stable compounds, it may not be the same meteorite it was when it hit the ground after terrestrial alteration but I believe some can last much longer after this alteration state although I also believe many will disintegrate as well!!!
  26. 1 point
    Like i have said before, i am very ignorant when it comes to meteorites. I have probably thrown several back thinking they were hot rocks. My question is, why is it so surprising Rocky found a space rock where he did? Is it because the west is less populated and you have more area to hunt wich gives you a better chance? Or more wide open with just sparse brush which opens up the area for detecting? I just figure it would be just as possible to find a meteorite on the east coast, midwest and other areas as it does the west coast. Just curious.
  27. 1 point
    You ain't kidding me. Instead of having to travel out west for what appeared to be the best odds of finding a meteorite, you found one practically in your own backyard. Just amazing. If that wasn't a serendipitous event, I don't know what the definition is.
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  29. 1 point
    Yes I would consider it shield orientation. It’s pretty clear but opinions may vary.
  30. 1 point
    It was a real pleasure to meet you Bill!!!! I’m head over heals busy at the moment so I can’t post much at the moment!! Yes Bill is in fact the first purchaser of a Barnstable fragment!! Thank you very much Bill!! I will post more about the meteorite an show later and also answer questions from previous post!!
  31. 1 point
    For a hunter on a tight budget that's a tough combination to beat..! Swamp
  32. 1 point
    I didn't even need to go to the vid to know which one y'all's talking about lol..! I think my favorite part is when he pulls those three or four lunkers about 2" down from out behind that rock on the left side toward the end of the dry riverbed phase.. I think the only reason I made it that far is cos I was too hypnotized to shut it off.. Phewww, wotta load..! Swamp
  33. 1 point
    I thought I would get a big kick out of this from you guys . It looks phoney as baloney at the start but kinda looks real at the end He works in a smelter and brings slack home to paint for a video or its 1849 again somewhere in a obscure moterload region . 🐸🐸🐸
  34. 1 point
    MAMA MIA the comments are disabled for that video it says, GOOD THING !
  35. 1 point
  36. 1 point
    You should put it on your mantle. Stunning world class specimen !
  37. 1 point
    I said it looked like glass the first time it was posted. My money is still on it being glass.
  38. 1 point
    It looks like an old stone that we refer to it as bottleite.
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    SWEET! I bet some people feel a little silly now 😬😅 Nice work bro
  41. 1 point
    I met Rocky at the IMCA dinner. He is a cool, handsome young guy. Obviously, he was stoked about his find showing off pieces of his just published Barnstable find and meeting other avid hunters and collectors. I was one of the very first people to buy a piece from him to add to my collection for my talks and show and tell. I'll add pics of us when I have the time. billpeters
  42. 1 point
    I think everyone who mines in Arizona should have a copy of ARIZONA MINING SCAMS AND UNASSAYABLE ORE PROJECTS OF THE LATE 20TH CENTURY from the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources. If nothing else it has some very interesting recent history about Little San Domingo, Rich Hill and Skull Valley. Platinum is also mentioned. Use a reputable fire assay like Copper State and I think your "Platinum" will be shown as an entirely different metal.
  43. 1 point
    If you're in AZ, I would not even consider what you're finding platinum. I would expect it to be some type of lead or other metal. To put your mind at rest, I would first take it to an XRF analysis at a pawn shop. I know Bob mentions an assay, but in the article below, it talks of how in certain instances an assay can produce a false positive. The XRF followed by a fire assay would give you confidence you found something. Perhaps you've found the deposit that miners have been missing for hundreds of years, which I hope you have, and that would be a very big deal. Arizona Bureau of mines (or whatever it is or was called) has put out a warning that there is no platinum in AZ. If anyone is pushing it, it is likely a scam. Although this does not give the "scam" comment, this says how likely it is to be found. There's supposed to be more platinum group metals than gold out there, but it is so uniformly distributed through the earth and has not been concentrated, it is a rare metal indeed. http://repository.azgs.az.gov/sites/default/files/dlio/files/nid1606/platinum_in_arizona.pdf I have seen articles in papers of people finding platinum nuggets in central AZ, but I'm not positive they found that platinum. Platinum has been recovered as a byproduct of copper production, but very, very little of it.
  44. 1 point
    Natural placer platinum is generally alloyed with some iron. So it will react to a magnet when you wave it under the pan. The only two elements that mercury will not amalgamate with is platinum and iron. So if you clean your material up with a little solvent like acetone and then a strong basic solution you can see that it has no affinity for mercury by putting a tiny drop in the pan and trying to coax the particles together. Most platinum is tiny "color" and you are going to have a tough time getting an XRF gun to hit on it. If you have a lump of it you might have some luck otherwise it is a lot like identifying little particles of gold. I generally use the appearance, weight (how it acts in the pan), slight magnetism, and no affinity for mercury after a good cleaning to identify platinum. If your material shows these characteristics then simply have a sample assayed to tell you for sure. Ask the assayer what test would be best. Sometimes AA or GCMS is best and sometimes fire and ICP is best for certain elements. Tell them your interest is platinum so they can recommend the appropriate analysis rather than making assumptions yourself and requesting a specific test.
  45. 1 point
    I remember that day well. Boulder dash lessons.... See what happens
  46. 1 point
    Rocky I was just guessing by your photos. BTW great photos. I dont always have time to read all these threads. It does have a shield face on it and thats what made me think it may have oriented? anyway a fantastic find. AzNuggetbob
  47. 0 points
    Just take it to a pawn shop and let them shoot it with their laser thingy...They will tell you what it is.
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