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  1. 30 points
    Been looking at an extremely remote creek on Google Earth for a while. Teamed up with boulder dash for what we already knew, would be a challenging day. The detour around the waterfall was by far, the most physical of all I have come across. Once we arrived my first 10 targets were gold. Boulder dash followed suit with his gold soon enough. A search for the source will likely be on the horizon early summer. Detectors used : GP3K, SD2200, GM1K, GBII Here, boulder dash hunts a bench. A fine coarse nugget as it was found: Almost all the gold found yesterday. Mine on left, Bd`s on right
  2. 23 points
    Found my second half gram nugget! Last one was 7 months ago!😁
  3. 22 points
    So Bill was hunting with the GPZ 7000 today. He found a target and after digging it up some lost the target and got frustrated and gave the target to me and I dug this up. I call it the teamwork nugget!😄
  4. 19 points
    So a customer called me today all excited, and with good reason. I'll call him DJ. DJ has been chasing those elusive nuggets for 15 years without success. Now in his defense he has owned every crappy $200 detector ever made, and he does not live in gold country. He lives way up in the NorthWest. His brother JJ who is also my customer lives in Utah. So twice a year, DJ flies to his brother's house and they travel down to Gold Basin for a week of fun. A year ago, DJ finally had saved enough money to invest in a Gold Monster 1000 that he purchased from me, and his brother's prompting. I met he and his brother at Gold Basin for training. I gave him all of the sage advice on what to look for, and the typical advice, keep your coil on the deck. Take your time etc. Today he calls, and he is over the moon. "Doc, you'll never guess what I found while looking for meteorites in Gold Basin, with my brother. I'll send you pictures." DJ said he got a target sound, and dug down about three inches and unearthed a pull tab. "But Doc I remember what you told me and I checked the shallow hole before I filled it in. And there was another target so I kept digging." At a depth of 8 inches DJ got the find of his life so far. A 1852 gold dollar. And it is a beauty. Still no gold nugget, but I don't think any of us would be disappointed to find this ripper in our scoop. Congratulations DJ. I told him I wanted to enter him into some FIND OF THE MONTH contests, because that find is a winner. Doc
  5. 15 points
    Guys I know I have been vacant for a while. After engaging in the topic with many of y’all about a rock I found that seemed to turn to a fruitless debate of witty fun. This outcome pushed me to try to produce proof. After Posting terminated I contacted Alan Rubin and he agreed to except a sample to visually inspect, then if satisfactory observations were made he would thin section and microprobe this material to analyze the composition. Well my friends it turns out that IT’S A METEORITE!!!! Not only was it a meteorite but I continued to hunt vigorously for more fragment with much success!!! Originally I didn’t note the location of the original fragment because I was hiking with the wife and kid and just picked the fragment up and threw it in my wife’s backpack where it sat in the corner of my living room for a couple of weeks till I examined!! So I hit the dusty trail and locked on to the first fragment a tiny 5~ gram fragment !!! So I knew I had found the honey pot so I returned on multiple trips producing more and larger fragments none exceeding the original 1113 gram fragment till one day I was out there with my metal detector digging deeper larger 3-4-500~ gram fragments !!! Literally on my knees metal detector in my left hand pic axe in the right excavation those larger fragments I look over to the left and I see a large stone, so large I dismissed it at first site because I thought ehhh it’s just a brown rusty rock but my detector on the left still fired up still digging targets in the right I took a swing over it with the detector and it lit up like a darn Christmas tree over this mass !!!!!! This mass turned out to be a huge meteorite , the main mass at a whopping 24.4lbs!!!!!!!! I kept Alan Rubin in the loop the entire time and he agreed to classifying my meteorite!!! It’s been a wild ride and believe me all up and downs along the way but 2 days ago my meteorite and meteorite name were finally accepted, approved and published into the Metbul database. It is the second meteorite classified and the largest meteorite classified in Massachusetts at a over 31lbs currently!!! I want to introduce to you all Barnstable Meteorite!!! H4 S1 W5 !!! Alan Rubin and another scientist did such a wonder and amazing petrography write up I’m speechless and honored!!! So with out further adu here are few originals from my original post to you guys and the updates as well!!! You guys saw it first here. I love this forum and I plan on being active again but I’ve just been super busy in life plus new meteorite!!!!https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=Barnstable&sfor=names&ants=&nwas=&falls=&valids=&stype=contains&lrec=50&map=ge&browse=&country=All&srt=name&categ=All&mblist=All&rect=&phot=&strewn=&snew=0&pnt=Normal table&code=68720 BTW I’m Space Matter, I’m on Facebook, I’m a member of the International Meteorite Collectors Association #7312. I will be in AZ for the gem and mineral show from the Feb 6th-10th If anyone wants to say hi!!
  6. 14 points
    I went out to a spot i have been eyeballing for a while. I found out the ground is hot, almost too hot. I have a mind to just fart around and go from bench to belly to bench. I only had the gold bug 2 and a screwdriver. Here is the result. 0.3 grammer. Tom, you need to get out here.
  7. 10 points
    JFYI, anyone with a Minelab modified detector with a problem. Always told Minelab wouldn’t service a modified unit. Last month my Woody modded 4500 started having problems with a failing function switch. I contacted Detector Center in PA (814.283.4270) or Service@minelabamericas.com and got a RMA#. Sent it off last Wednesday. They called this morning, they replaced both switches as other one was a bit slow. 2 switches and ½ hour labor paid and it’s in return mail. Does not get any better than that!
  8. 8 points
    Got tired of not getting out , so I went to Bullhead City with the excuse of getting cheap gas...2.08 a gal , then I went to the fresh water beach. Looking at the tracks I could tell I was not the only person to have been there, the water was high so I went to the swimming area. First target...bottle cap... 2nd target , newer penny , hit a strong solid 21 on the Equinox....third target , showed it was deep , I dug , about 4 inches down I still got good reading, kept digging . Out popped my target....did not look right , washed it off in river....1943 D steel wheat penny....made my whole day...pics to follow.
  9. 8 points
    Not compared to Adam and your haul... but i was jumping around pretty hard because i put a 3 month old skunk to sleep. What a great feeling it is....
  10. 8 points
    Interesting....looks like its been there a while as people have used it for target practice. Just never know the story on why................Here is one that has been slowly moving out to the main wash every year after the monsoons. Swapped a little paint with it getting around it. Tom H.
  11. 8 points
    Heres a spot boulder dash and I worked 6 years ago . Note the large 151 tailings pile in the background. Heres just about the same angle today......Things can sure change, even in small desert washes...
  12. 8 points
    Yes I did the editing and at no one's request, now I think enough has been said in this topic so I'm locking it. We can now all go back to our regularly scheduled programming!
  13. 7 points
    Hahahahaha......Haha, yep We said snake> (too cold) then Nugget lol
  14. 7 points
    Great job Tammy! You should heard the racket down in the wash when she found that! I think they heard her in Wickenburg.
  15. 7 points
    I went with a friend of mine to a permission location in the middle of suburbia at a early 1900’s dairy farm surrounded by cookie cutter houses. We did a two day hunt and one the first day, my friend found 2 pieces of a silver coin purse and I found 2 wheat cents. The first wheat cent is a 1929-S and the second one we can’t get a date due to the condition of the coin, but we think it might be 1929 or 1939. One the second day my friend wanted to find more of the silver coin purse which she did and continued where she left off at from the day before. I continued around the trees next to the foundation of the second house to see if I could find more coins. Moving away from the trees into the iron infested, dug up hole everywhere field. I moved a large metal bumper (probably from the 60’s) and got a really nice tone. I was using my sniper coil the day before and switched over to my 15” flying saucer when I got this nice signal. There is so much iron trash such as nuts, bolts, nails of all shapes and sizes and not including car & truck parts scattered throughout the property it was driving me bonkers. Then I dug out the plug and out came a lid that looked like a ceramic mason jar style lid. I flipped it over and saw some weird looking mechanism caked in dirt and it clicked right away. I found a old pocket watch and from my sources it is to believe that it’s the great depression era style “dollar pocket watch”. Jumping up and down with joy and I ran over to my friend to share her my find. I think she was having some jealously feelings after finding this watch. About 10 feet away as we were getting ready to wrap up the day I got another nice tone. I switched back over to my sniper coil with the large concentration of iron. I’ve already scoured that area where I found the pocket watch to see if there were anymore parts or pieces and nodda. As I was pulling away the dirt I saw a glimpse of something brownish and reached in and pulled it out. While grasping the item I got excited and knew in an instant what I found. I started running over to my friend to show her my second cool find of the day and sure it was awesome to get some relics under my belt for the beginning of the 2019. The second item is what we believe to be a blues style harmonica reed from around the Great Depression as with the pocket watch. I cant wait to get back out to that property in the near future to hunt for more relics. This property has some issues and there has been problems in the past of other metal detectorists going out onto the property without permission digging up targets and leaving them next to their unfilled holes. The other problems which we did not in counter was the possibility of running into some homeless people as where the best and oldest tree sits on the property is the sits a homeless camp. The homeless camp is so filthy with human waste, spoiled food, plastic food containers, clothing, beer & liquor bottles spread out all over and not to mention a headstone near the tree and a the remains exposed. Don’t worry it wasn’t human but some pet dog. The headstone was a plain rock with writing on it in permanent marker. It’s just sad to see other people having no respect of other people’s property and living like slobs without a care in the world. Other than that it was a fun hunt and like I said I can’t wait to get back out their soon. Pocket Watch Harmonica Reed Wheat Cents
  16. 7 points
    In short Adam is right. My opinion is discrimination nugget hunting only complicates things. Don't use it! Cover it with tape, learn the sounds, after lots of practice and digging MANY targets you will be able to tell the difference in sounds between target types. Be very patient during this learning process. You will have many trashy/hot rock days before you get the hang of it, just accept that fact, use your first nugget as practice. Watching the disc screen will keep your hearing distracted from listening carefully. Our brains are much better at focusing on one thing at a time.
  17. 7 points
    I am a professional overthinker. You should see me with a box of Chinese finger puzzles. It gets technical... Kyle
  18. 7 points
    I dig all targets when nugget shooting unless I am "cherry picking" a super trashy area....
  19. 7 points
    To be honest, im pretty sure it goes back and forth between 2 folks. Ive seen both parties comment on posts the other has made. Im pretty sure it started with the shooting of bottles. Im sure we can all get along here and enjoy each other's company. Just a thought.
  20. 6 points
    It looks like everyone around here is either too shy...or they have warrants. It sounds like a fun project, but Momma used to say I had a face made for radio. You should talk Adam and Boulderdash into it. Of course... they would steal the show by finding the treasure within 5 minutes of arrival!
  21. 6 points
    Well, .....has anyone out there "Lost" one of these since the last monsoon season???? I was working (literally) my way down a very rouged gorge today that dropped down into the main wash. About every 50 ft or so the gradient dropped (via rock water falls) down 15-20 ft or so making it very sketchy going to work my way down them. I had made it down the gorge about a mile and thought a couple of times that I would have to turn around and head back up the wash for not being able to make it any further. I had just made it past a rough spot and looked down stream to see what I would be facing next, when I spotted something large and metal-looking,...like a camper or something?????? I could not imagine anyone having a camper or any type of vehicle down this far in this rough gorge!?!? I was a-gas to see this vehicle blocking the wash ;........it was as though someone had airlifted it and just dropped it there, as there are no roads anywhere for a mile or so in any direction, the wash continues to drop extremely even down stream of it, and there was no way of driving it upstream to where it was lodged.???? All four tires and the spare (All teran's) where on the vehicle, the engine and drive train where there too. Ya never know what you might run across when your hiking out in the desert!?!!? Gary
  22. 6 points
    Thanks y'all! It made my day!😁
  23. 6 points
    I know a fellow in Virginia that found some pocket gold there, he followed much the same as described in that report to track down a lot more gold in and around the first pocket he found, he ended up with a few pounds after it was all said and done, many of the pockets were eroded out and leaving up to 1+ ounce nuggets scattered around the hillside he was working. Mostly such finds are very rare here on the east coast, but they do happen from time to time, it helped that the area he found this on was private property and has been for 100s of years and was never worked commercially.
  24. 6 points
    My best non nugget find was more of a load. During a drought in central TX a popular local swimming area went dry. It's an old low water crossing through the river bed. I detected 4 days straight probably 6 to 8 hrs a day. There was no water flow and the water that was there was hot and full of dead fish. Yummy! I used my Minlab Excalibur 800, Etrac and AT Gold. I stunk, BAD! I would do it again in a heartbeat.
  25. 5 points
    Funny side on this story, get back from the canyon and had the AU under my microscope, still had some bits stuck to it so I put it in a small tub, shook it around and then drained the water out. As I was tapping the tub against my hand for the piece to drop out it came down bounced against the fatty area below my thumb and right down the drain in the sink. The look on his face was priceless. I was laughing and said I'll get it out tomorrow because right now I'm going to go take a shower and eat dinner. He looked like a whupped pup. I saw my big green gold pan on the deck so I went out and grabbed it, put it under the sink and popped the P trap off and recovered the piece and sent him home. His dad says, "you spent all that time to get that?" lol