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  1. Went out today for the first time in about 5 months. WOW! What a awesome day! Just under 9 grams in 3 hrs. I hiked 3/4 mile up pizza wash and within 5 min I got the big one. It kept reversing the signal so I was not sure. I guess its just so solid it does that. The big one is 5 grams. Got the other two a little farther down the wash. Its always a good feeling when your digging and you get down to the red hardpack and then hit bedrock and the signal is still there. Good Lord really blessed me today But, my legs are shot! Need to get back in shape from the summer hibernation.
    19 points
  2. 8 and a half hours work. Minelab 4500 Nuggetfinder 13x17 Mono. About 55-60 miles off road on quads. Nothin is EZ if it were Everybody would do it 😂🎯🤠 2 tenths of a gram sounded like an echoing 💥 explosion on twin speakers backpack harness, almost as loud as the rusted nails and other lead an debris detected Saturday. Ol' Roosevelt got a Califlower ear ! 😂🤣😂🤣💰💰💰💰💰Beat that skunk away anyhow 😁🤠 Happy Huntn
    16 points
  3. Just got done cleaning up my find today. I knew it had to be gold.
    15 points
  4. Nice and cool for detecting
    12 points
  5. Yesterday I gave my daughter's hand in marriage to a fine young man, it was a beautiful and moving ceremony!!
    10 points
  6. I didn't have anyone to teach me either, but I read and learned, practiced out in the field and gradually my skills increased. Prospecting is a skill like being a plumber or an electrician. Owning a pipe wrench does not make one a plumber. The journeyman plumber is what he is because he knows plumbing. He has learned a skill. His knowledge makes him a plumber. He worked to gain that knowledge. Owning a metal detector does not make one a skilled prospector, but learning and experience do. Clubs are made of folks like you and me. A new guy comes in and it takes a while to get to know folks. Very rarely will someone rush over to greet you. You have to go out of your way to be friendly and become a part of the group. Volunteer to help with anything you can to get to know people - clubs are always looking for volunteers. Relationships take time to establish. One or two meetings aint going to cut it. Make some friends by reaching out yourself repeatedly. Lots of guys give up quickly when they learn its work learn how to become a successful prospector. Hang in there, have patience and persevere. You will get out of it what you put into it.
    10 points
  7. Found a 1.25 oz flat piece initially in that wash. Looked like a pizza to me! After that close to 5 oz in that wash. Just seems to never keep giving it up! All of them have some hematite on them. Wash is LOADED with banded ironstone so you are digging a lot of that also. But, when you know there is gold in it you just dig. Another nice thing is there is hardly any trash in it. Its a dream wash for sure. I can drive right up to the mouth of it and head in. Lots of people just drive right by it. I think once they start hitting the ironstone they give up.
    9 points
  8. I rarely coinshoot in the summer because it's just too hot and the ground is too hard here in the valley for it to be any fun for me. Well, after a week of rain the temps are just right and the ground is nice and soft. Today, in a light rain, I popped this beauty out across the street from an old school here in town. Found it in the city easement in front of an old house. I used my trusty 15 year old Minelab Safari. Can't tell you how many silver coins and rings this thing has found for me. It's a silver magnet for sure. Oh, and I got three old wheaties to boot. Not sure of the dates yet, but the Franklin half was a 1951.
    8 points
  9. This reminds me of a feller that came to an outing years ago with something similar, Shep had 2 huge nuggets and when the guy couldn't find them he said they were to close and to big BWAHAHAHA
    8 points
  10. A great Buddy Of mine an avid Detectorist and Meteorite Hunter many of you out there may know has been hit hard with Covid/Pneumonia and has been Hospitalized. I'm asking for some Spiritual power here in his direction that he strengthens up and walks out of there very soon. Many Thanks 🙏🤠
    7 points
  11. Big Thank You to all the GOOD PEOPLE on this forum my buddy's being released today ! It's a great thing it did not go the other direction of a ventilator Stay Safe an Happy Huntn you-all !
    6 points
  12. It dices it chops, it'll even make string beans outta string beans 🤣
    6 points
  13. Ok i have a question...... Slim, why do you even post stuff like this?? I love talking with you about gold and outdoor stuff, but dude, every time you post this kind of stuff, the topic ends up where it is now and poor Skip cant get any sleep! How about we just post prospecting, relics, outdoor and metal detecting stuff here, then us that dont usually respond to these types of posts dont have to worry about picking through these to try to find the Gold and Relic conversations. Bob....... I get it you and Slim cant stand each other. Actually, we all get it every time he posts something that you know if you respond to, you can get him going. Does he post stuff to get a rise out of you?? Maybe but we dont know. Do you respond to his posts just to get him going?? Maybe but we don't know that either. All im saying guys, is you aren't the only 2 folks on here! The arguments need to stop so we can all enjoy this site for what it was intended for.........GOLD AND OTHER FUN, FAMILY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. Hopefully i dont make you guys mad, but dang fellers!
    5 points
  14. So there are several studies done on why radios and other electronic devices experience instability at sunrise and yes this includes metal detectors... http://solar-center.stanford.edu/SID/StudentWork/LeandraMerola.pdf Very interesting stuff and explains why most PI detectors and even VLF are a bit unstable at sunrise.
    5 points
  15. I was in a area that had several old mining tunnels at several different points. The first one I came across I found that on top of the tailings pile about a inch down. My gold monster said it was gold tho by looking at it you not of thought so. I picked up and was not till later that evening when I got home I cleaned it up to see all the flakes of gold on the quartz crystal. My best find so far.
    5 points
  16. Absolutely Beautimus ❤️ DAY ! Great Beepin ! Happy Huntn
    4 points
  17. I do think the rains helped. I could tell material was moved by a storm we had about 3 weeks ago. Not as much as one we had 2 yrs ago....that one blew out everything! So, if it moved 6 inches of gravel and put it somewhere else...it helped. Im using the 5000 in Fine gold with a 9x14 EVO coil. A VLF would be worthless in this wash with all the banded iron stone. I know there is more gold in there in the deeper areas. Im just not too into placering it out. Tom H.
    4 points
  18. A few samples I found during hunting season near the edge of a known gold district. Found three spots I'd like to go back to next year and look around more.
    4 points
  19. We seem to have everyone doubting this device works as advertised, they clearly showed that there was a buried pot of gold that this device detected in the cartoons and still ya'll doubt it will work, shame on ya'll!!! The only problem I have with this device is now is I have learn to how to properly pronounce words that I thought I knew how to pronounce!!
    4 points
  20. Sleeping Canadian woman has close call with meteorite that lands on bed. https://nypost.com/2021/10/11/sleeping-canadian-woman-has-close-call-with-meteorite/
    4 points
  21. Here are a couple pics of the old foundation and chimney. I've been on that property 3 times. The grass is starting to kind of die off, but still too tall to detect. Chris and I are going out in a bit, try a new spot. I'm confident, we'll find some junk.
    4 points
  22. "Confirmation bias, the tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs. People are especially likely to process information to support their own beliefs when the issue is highly important or self-relevant. Confirmation bias is one example of how humans sometimes process information in an illogical, biased manner. Many factors of which people are unaware can influence information processing. Philosophers note that humans have difficulty processing information in a rational, unbiased manner once they have developed an opinion about the issue, or when having a vested interest"
    4 points
  23. There are plenty. They’re just tired. They get real tired of answering questions for people that refuse to listen. There seems to be two types of people that ask for a stone to be identified. There are those that are genuinely looking for help, and those that are looking for confirmation—those that have already decided what it is but want someone to confirm. That second type, they won’t listen to anyone that says their stone is something other than what they want it to be, no matter what credentials the person trying to help them has. Imagine if I posted a picture of a baseball, and asked if it was a billiard ball. Obviously it’s not. Now imagine you answered that person and told them it was actually a baseball. Imagine 10 or 15 other people also said it was a baseball. What if those 10 or 15 people played baseball in college? That would give them enough experience to know what a baseball is despite baseball not being their career. Now imagine that I say everyone is wrong, it MUST be a billiard ball because it’s round like a billiard ball. I’d look pretty silly to everyone, and everyone would probably just stop answering my questions, right?
    4 points
  24. I've seen a lot of ore samples that look similar to what you picture here. It looks like a rich, complex, metallic copper ore. The Shasta region has a lot of interesting minerals and mines. Besides copper and gold bismuth and zinc have been mined there as well. The Iron Mountain group of mines have shown some really interesting mineral deposits. The iridescent mineral is Bornite - an ore of copper. It does somewhat resemble Bismuth but Bornite and Bismuth have different crystal structures. Also Bismuth is a rare metallic element and Bornite is a common copper mineral. Bornite, when it weathers, rather rapidly breaks down into Chalcopyrite - a very common ore of copper. These copper ores are often closely associated with minerals of Arsenic and/or Zinc. Those metal combinations are known to create beautiful minerals and it does look like that might be the case here. It looks like everybody that took a whack at this challenge contributed to the ID. It's pretty easy to tell if this ore contains Arsenic. Run your fingernail across the ore and see if any of it is so soft it breaks up or turns to powder. Most, but not all, of the Arsenic minerals are very soft - around 1 or 2 on the Mohs scale. Copper minerals are typically much harder in the 3 to 5 range on the Mohs scale. With Arsenic minerals you should not lick the soft dust off the ore or add it to your drink - that stuff is seriously poisonous. If you do lick Arsenic minerals there will be no taste initially but afterwards you will have the lingering smell of garlic on your breath. If you don't want to end up being the kind of person that goes around saying "hold my beer" "smell my breath" then don't consume Arsenic. Generally Arsenic ores and minerals are not put on public display due to the possibility of viewers breathing the dust or touching the minerals. It is not advisable to handle Arsenic minerals or ore. The dirty little secret of some copper mines is the amount of Arsenic that's chemically bound into the copper ore. With the limited uses and demand for Arsenic today it's becoming a problem as to where to store the refined Arsenic products. With pure refined Arsenic metal selling for around 75 cents a pound these smelter products don't even come close to paying for the mining, processing, storage, marketing and transportation costs involved in extracting them.
    4 points
  25. Sulfides with realgar (arsenic sulfide) can make wild colors like that - and there also may be some copper in that blue staining part (chrysocolla) Beautiful specimen, whatever you do, don’t eat it!
    4 points
  26. That is Paul and Jim's website. They can be trusted 100%.
    4 points
  27. These two pieces of iron really got my hopes up when I picked them out of the scoop. Thought they were nuggets as small as they are lol.
    4 points
  28. Hammered area after hammered area at the LSD the 6000 keeps them coming
    4 points
  29. 3 points
  30. The skeletal remains of nearly 80 dinosaurs and 100 eggs were uncovered at a fossil site in Argentina. https://gizmodo.com/stunning-trove-of-jurassic-fossils-is-earliest-evidence-1847907820
    3 points
  31. Well, thanks. One of those things, everytime that I'd cut her in the wind, I was taking a chance. Sundance was built to run, and she'd cover a lot of ground in an hour. As we got older, she didn't range out as far. But a mile is only 15 minutes for her. But, I had her in what I'd consider a "safe zone." We've spent a lot of time together and I will miss the little girl. Already do. But I'm puppy shopping. Here she is at my "Spring Camera".
    3 points
  32. Pictures of scat will tell you less than pictures of rocks. Smell and taste. Everything else is just guessing.
    3 points
  33. i want to say something about these types of so called detectors but i will keep it to myself
    3 points
  34. Frank, It gets better as time goes on, believe me. I had shingles about 25 years ago, it was of the head and right eye. It left my eye with significant loss of sight in that eye. Only worse pain I ever had was a kidney stone. Welcome to the fun times of life, some call them the 'Golden Years', I call them the 'Rusty Years'. Old Tom
    3 points
  35. I wouldn't throw it away. Keep it as a specimen. Even if there's a tiny bit of arsenic in it, as long as you don't lick it or anything like that.. it's harmless.
    3 points
  36. Not a bad idea, its perfectly ok to buy a test nugget. Also a small lead fishing weight or shotgun pellet smashed flat with a hammer will sound just like gold
    3 points
  37. Due to lack of nearby water, I'm guessing it was a shaker operation of some sort. Could have been hooked up to a gas generated conveyor belt and fed into a trommel or any number of other configurations, including using a front loader or whatever was used to feed the hopper with. It's hard to say really. Part of the fun of travelling the outback in gold country is seeing all of the hand made gold recovery mechanisms that people come up with. I was driving along a unimproved backroad in far Northern Calif. one day and ran into one old timer that had built a 2-story, 40 ft long combination belt-fed gold recovery machine consisting of a hopper (similar size to the one in your pic), which screened onto a conveyor belt, that fed into a long tom sluice box water washed recovery system. He had it fine tuned and running like a top. Very impressive. He lived off the grid next to a creek and had a good producing claim right next to it. He installed propane or natural gas heating and lighting , water heater, shower etc, and all the comforts of home in a nice house that he had built himself. He invited me to stay and detect his "diggings", which was a 10' deep X 50' wide pit that he drove his skip loader down into and had been scraping a pay layer off of bedrock. Turns out the man had been a construction foreman some years back down in the central San Joaquin valley and doing well except he had a serious drinking, (until he blacked out problem) When he got his 9th DUI arrest, he lost his driver's license, lost his job and his wife kicked him out, so he went to the mountains and promised to quit drinking. He was on probation with his wife and she visited him every couple of weeks to check on him and bring him groceries and a newspaper. She just happened to drive up while we were talking and they invited me to stay for dinner and tell them how metal detectors worked since they didn't know anything about them and were quite interested. During the conversation over coffee, I noticed a glass sugar shaker sitting on the table 2/3 full of good sized nuggets which had come from his claim. The next morning his wife and I went into the pit and detected for a couple of hours. I let her use my Minelab XT-18000 and I was using a GB-2. Neither one of us found any gold. I detected a few steel shavings where the mostly smooth bedrock had been cut into, but that was it. The man thanked me and was happy and smiling when he found out the results, since what he had wanted to know was how much gold he had been missing. Apparently none.
    3 points
  38. 28.1 grams and many or most of them are in the videos I share, but some are not as it is nice to get out without the camera and all the hub bub
    3 points
  39. Hit some really hammered patches at several locations, and the GPX 6000 was able to sniff out almost 6 grams for me! No regrets trading in my 7000 for this machine.⛏👍😊
    3 points
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