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  1. 3 points
    a thing to think about is...If you buy a detector from Bill , you also get instructions too...in my opinion it would be...GLOD monster for just GOLD OR Equinox 800 for general hunting, Talk to Bill about your choice on either machine...can't go wrong buying from a GREAT dealer.....my opinion.
  2. 3 points
    A genuinely helpful person, seriously dedicated to educating and enlightening others about detecting for gold, great guy to talk to, one that will truly be missed. All the best, Lanny
  3. 3 points
    Garifox you should be completely confused and befuddled by now. If money is a concern start small... If you must have the newest, brightest toy; go BIG! When I started in 1980 I had visions of big nuggets and great wealth...my first detected nugget came after many vain and false starts...the size of a grain of rice!!! What a thrill, what a memory! I have done moderately well since, learned a lot and made many great friends. There in lies the real gold. good luck fred
  4. 2 points
    Although this video is about 6 months Old, It was (almost) our first nugget found since we got to spend the day with him learning the ropes. Comment on the video, I'm going to start recording more videos as time goes on, so like, and subscribe and hopefully more color will come my way! Thanks A LOT!!!
  5. 2 points
    garikfox: What azdigger said. Starting out, that is very good advice. But whatever detector you decide to buy, I highly recommend that you take the time to make at least one purchase from the Nuggetshooter, even if it's just an accessory of some kind. And go to his storefront in Morristown and pick it up in person. Unless he happens to be extremely busy at the time, you will likely be able to get 20 minutes or more, of the most valuable prospecting/nugget-hunting advice that is available anywhere. (or not available anywhere) This will put you a long ways ahead of what you might be reading on the internet or in generalist type publications. This is the inside scoop. I kid you not. And the beauty of it is, much of it is localized information pertaining to LSD (Wickenberg) and the Bradshaw mountain area.
  6. 2 points
    VERY FUNNY!!! not yet, I am waiting for a warm and sunny day to massage my coil cover... fred
  7. 2 points
    So Fred, how did it go? I picture you sitting on the floor with a jar of coconut oil and a hair dryer. Did it work? More importantly, did you get video?
  8. 2 points
    I felt like I was being watched, now you know what wash I dropped into. lol!
  9. 2 points
    Hi garikfox, I've read this post with interest the last couple of days and there is a lot of really good advice in it from very experienced people. I want to add my thoughts but please keep in mind I've only been at this for a little over a year now, so I am still very new to it. I just recently purchased a new VLF gold detector. I did my research and it came down to either the 24k or Gold Monster 1000, I believe they are both excellent VLF gold machines and you can't go wrong with either one. I ended up with the GM since my local dealer sells Minelab detectors and he helped me sell an AT Gold to partially fund the purchase. Last summer I picked up a TDI SL SE, to answer your question about it vs a GPX....there is no comparison! I'm basing that off using a GPX 5000 and TDI SL side by side, the 5000 saw both smaller and deeper targets. My understanding is the only difference between the 4500 and 5000 are a couple of added timings for the 5000 so results should be very comparable. Knowing that though the TDI is still my go to prospecting machine, being as lightweight as it is I find it way more comfortable to swing than the GPX. I hopes this helps sir.
  10. 2 points
    So I thought I'd post an update on what's been found since "The Best Day Ever". I've been back to this location a few times now and there's still gold there, but it's getting much harder to find. I went out there yesterday with the modded 4000 and the 11" Commander and picked up a couple more for just over half a gram. Happy Hunting !! Luke
  11. 2 points
    Sorry to hear the news. Thank you Sir for sharing all your knowledge. Dear Lord, Please take care of the wonderful and thoughtful man we in the prospecting community were so blessed to have and please ease the pain in the hearts of his family and friends. In Jesus name -Amen.
  12. 2 points
    Took the rig out on my first long trip to Southern Oregon and joined my friend on his turkey hunt. Reallly impressed on how she ran... Can't wait till I can't try her out in the desert... if it ever quits raining here. Took the oppurtunity for a photo on a gas stop. That's Mt Shasta in the background.
  13. 1 point
    Managed to get down into the lower desert today after a lengthy period of painting my house and doing other catch-up projects. Ran across this fist'y dude crossing the dirt road ahead of me. By the time I fumbled around and found my camera it was up starting into the brush and dry grass. Once it caught site of me it coiled up and was ready for some serious business. Attitude-wise, it wasn't taking any S@#?!! from anyone, nor anything. It's a little hard to see in the photo's, as it is blending into the background very well. I let it be it's cantankerous-self and drove on over to a new( to me anyway) wash where I did manage to find this 1.02 Gram flat-pancake-shaped nugget. I was using my 14" Evo coil, which I haven't been using much of. Also managed to pull out about 15 chunks of old lead bullets;...a good sign that no one has been detecting up this particular wash.
  14. 1 point
    The desert in summertime is a killer if you're not well prepared and even then it can still be deadly, I agree that night time hunting is a very good idea if you're detecting in the summertime. One thing no one has mentioned is SNAKES, be sure to get a good pair of snake gaiters and or snake boots and wear them day or night in the desert, this is even more important when hunting at night, snakes are very active in the summer at night and are much harder to spot as well, also never stick your hands anywhere you can't see everything extremely clearly, better to stick the coil, your pick or a stick into an area when you can't see what's there than to get bitten on the hand by a snake trying to defend itself and never kill any snakes, you're in their home out there.
  15. 1 point
    Always nice to see a thank you post...
  16. 1 point
    Or, you could just wait awhile 'til the weather heats up a bit and leave it out in the sun for about 30 seconds with a raw egg, hash browns and bacon on top of it. Then finger it with a little bacon grease, slip it over the coil and have breakfast!
  17. 1 point
    Fred, I would bet that the cover is PVC thermoplastic. PVC is easily reshaped at about 175 degrees. It will start losing form at about 220. Any PVC (or other thermoplastic) has a "sweet spot" as far as heat goes and that is when the inside of the piece reaches the optimum forming temperature. The surface is often much hotter and you need to be careful not to overheat the surface and small projections trying to get the core temp right. . Slowly preheat the item in the oven to about 160 degrees and then take it the rest of the way with a heat gun (not a blow dryer. A blow dryer does not get hot enough to form thermoplastic). A round object like that could be placed on a lazy susan or some other spinning device so you could spin it and evenly heat up those fingers without taking it out of the oven. The trick is to get the core temps into the thermoforming range without overheating the surface and this takes patience. Most guys get in too big a hurry and overheat the items in one spot and warp things. That big flat surface would be easy to tweak if the heat was uneven. I have made a bunch of PVC items like knife sheaths (Kydex), handgun holsters (Kydex), detector poles (PVC) and all sorts of mounting brackets. I have also done a pantload of plastic welding on HDPE, LDPE and ABS items. Kayaks are rotomolded thermoplastic HDPE and they are easy to re-shape, weld and modify. It is all the same with any thermoplastic as long as you know the exact temperature range you need to shape, bend or weld. I use a laser surface thermometer and my kitchen oven to preheat the item to the proper temps for forming and then take it the rest of the way with a heat gun. I know the output temp of the heat gun because I checked it with a mercury thermometer on the various settings. Since you don't need to weld or reshape anything all you really need to do is get the piece above 160 degrees all the way to the core without overheating. I would simply pop it in the oven with a pizza pan under it and foil over it to keep an even temp. Let it sit in the heat for ten minutes or so to insure the core temps are the same as the surface temps and then push it down on the coil. It will go below the forming temps really quick and get solid fast as long as you don't get it way too hot. There are lots of HDPE and PVC items that you could make your own covers out of for pennies. I make all sorts of stuff out of "Playskool" kids toys which are HDPE thermoplastic. Pieces big enough to form coil covers are readily available and you could form one as easily as you could fit the factory cover on your coil. I make awesome shake guards, metatarsal guards and all sorts of cool items from old kids toys. Old milk jugs, water cans and 5 gallon buckets can be easily re-shaped into almost anything you need. All it takes is knowing what type of plastic you have and the proper temperatures to form it. You can easily weld a new bottom on a coil cover getting thin, repair a hole in a kayak or make a holster for your Glock out of a kid's toy. All it takes is the proper temperature range and filler material.
  18. 1 point
    Thanks for the comments "ALL"'.... Well adam I don't know that I would consider the foxtail grasses to be the "most dangerous" in my photo's, but I do agree that they not only hide a rattler "all-to-"Well"" when ya walk thru them; but I also do hate it when they hitch a ride in my socks, boots, and,... the cursed things really stick to my shoe laces .....And you sure don't want to just pluck them off when you get home and just let them fly in the wind outside your door step, as they will start growing on your property As for ruining my detecting day,....that "I" did myself by not taking a backup battery for my detector that day. UGH I usually keep my batteries well charged after each days usage, but it is hard to tell when they start "not holding" that charge, or when they start loosing their charge too fast during detector usage. So, thinking that I had a fully charged battery, I was working my way slowly up the wash, and had only use the battery about 2-hours when I began hearing that dreaded warning sound that the battery makes when it is almost dead, on it's last leg, and/or is dying, ...or about to die. So, if I hear that sound (which I have heard once or twice in the past), the next sound that I hear would be from me saying:..."Oh Crap!!!" I was glad though that the very first spot that morning that gave me the very first signal was the one nugget that I found (the 15-20 other signals where all lead slugs). It was kind of cool (and not-usually-of-the-norm) to just turn the detector on, ground balance it and then the first spot I put the coil over gave me the signal of that nugget!!!,.........What a way to start a day. So, Yes, I will be packing an extra (newer and charged) battery with me as backup from now on. Gary
  19. 1 point
    fredmason, Thanks. Yeah it is kind of , i'm trying to figure out what would be best for me. I think i got it narrowed down. 24k or GM1000
  20. 1 point
    Nailed that one Adam. Frigging fox tails fill up the socks then you spend all of lunch plucking them out. Then again at home.
  21. 1 point
    Yeah, then you spend an hour when you get home picking them out of your socks and boot laces. Nice nugget Gary!
  22. 1 point
    Nothing stops those foxtails Frank. Don't mess with mother nature!!! Excellent nugget you found there. A very successful day.
  23. 1 point
    Enjoyed the many nugget shooting articles, RIP Jim!
  24. 1 point
    WLTDWIZ, Thanks for your feedback
  25. 1 point
    R.I.P. Jim Straight, your legend lives on...
  26. 1 point
    Sorry to hear about his passing . He had a presentation at our club meeting about a year ago . Was glad to meet the living legend at that time .
  27. 1 point
    Jim's interest in gold mining came about due to the stories told him by his grandfather, Joseph Vietti. "Grandpa Joe" frequently regaled young Jim with stories about the wild and wooly mining camps in "the old days" 50 (and more) years before Jim was born. I collect gold mining camp ghost town tokens, and when I learned that Joe turned from being a gold miner to being a saloon keeper in Delamar Nevada (The Pioneer Saloon} I put forth a considerable effort to locate a Pioneer Saloon token. When I presented it to Jim as a gift his gratitude was so great that you would have thought I had given him the Hope Diamond. As seen from the comments in this and other forums, Jim touched many lives. The Midas touch. HH Jim
  28. 1 point
    R.I.P. Mr. Straight, I'll see ya on the other side.
  29. 1 point
    RIP Jim..... loved talking gold with you... Dave
  30. 1 point
    Rest in Peace Jim ... Sorry we never got to meet in person but so glad for our electronic com and our phone chat. You will be missed by many and you leave such a huge void in our community by your passing. I will be forever grateful for having known you!
  31. 1 point
    I never knew you Jim, but have heard many great things about you. Thank you for passing on such great knowledge. Bill has passed your knowledge along to so many including myself. I am so grateful and blessed to be a part of this gold prospecting community. RIP Jim Straight.
  32. 1 point
    My Mentor has left..... It is not that I am selfish, but I feel a loss like no other over this. I dealt with the pain of knowing a month or two back of this day coming. I am sad and proud to have known this man so well for so long.
  33. 1 point
    Here is a promotional image and logo my graphic artist came up with for the book and the website.
  34. 1 point
    Oh the stories I have to remember him by, so sad...... RIP dear friend.
  35. 1 point
    Jim was a good friend and mentor to many of us, especially those of us who got involved in nuggetshooting in the pre-1990 era. In the late 1980's he would frequently visit us at the editorial offices of "Treasure" Magazine, where many happy hours were spent "talking gold.". He was rarely absent from GPAA Gold Shows in Southern California, Las Vegas, or Phoenix/Mesa. At one such Show he approached my booth, handed me a spectacular specimen of auriferous quartz, and asked me "Where do you think this was found in Southern California?. Studying it, I answered "[site A]". "Nope." "[site B?]." "Nope." "[site c?]" "Nope." I then asked, as he turning away "So where?" "Ain't tellin'" was his response. Then he added, "but I now know of 3 new places to try!" ,
  36. 1 point
    Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. May you rest in peace Brother in Christ. Old Tom
  37. 1 point
    Thanks for posting Chris, RIP Jim, we'll never be the same without you among us and sharing your knowledge, such a great loss to our community!
  38. 1 point
    Sorry to hear of Jim's Passing,rest in peace Jim
  39. 1 point
    I'm really sad to hear that as well. We corresponded vis email a number of times and have an autographed book from Jim. Jim and I knew some of the same people and hunted in the same areas but we never met. What a loss. RIP Jim
  40. 1 point
    Very sad to hear. I wish i could have met him. Thanks for the update Chris. Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge with us that learned from your writing's/books Mr Straight. Rest peacefully. Dan
  41. 1 point
    The word is out that Jim has passed away. I last saw and spoke with Jim a bit over a year ago. He spent several hours on both Saturday and Sunday in the ICMJ booth with me at the Pomona GPAA show. He was a good man and wrote many books on prospecting as well as many articles for the ICMJ. It is sad to see him go. I know I posted this picture before, but its my last one with Jim.
  42. 1 point
    Hi Chris, I bought the complete new trays with upgraded riffles along with the Keene boxes...I liked the older Keene 151 as the trays were easy to put in and take out for clean ups. Nothing I can do about it now but warn others about it...as far as the gold recovery..here s a pic ..a few of them on top were detected near bedrock that was exposed.
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