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  1. Hey everyone... Now weather is getting much better, I got a chance to visit a place I havent been to in a while. Franconia, AZ meteorite strewn field. I met up Saturday morning with a buddy Greg. Greg ended up getting the large complete crusted Chondrite and large iron meteorite on the right, I found the smaller 3 chondrites and irons on the left.... Franconia's always a fun place to visit. A lot of large basalt (hot rocks), .50 cal bullets, .30 cal bullets, wire, ect out there, but after an hour or 2 of adjusting my hearing to the tones, you start to hear the differences between trash
    11 points
  2. As the seasons change here in Arizona, the temps have finally come down enough to get out and find some gold. I met up with a good friend this morning and we drove out to a place called "Owl Wash". Although I forgot to mention it at the time, I did see the owl today. After a couple hours and a half a dozen trashy targets, I moved my coil up the side of the gully and got a distinct signal. After scraping away all the loose material, I started to see darker clay and the bedrock. I slowed down and worked to pinpoint the target so I could hopefully 'see it' without disturbing it. I blew
    11 points
  3. This Saturday I was out in ridgecrest with friends they were under a easy up roto tilling and Jack hammering for dry wash material. I was going up a close by hill beeping with my GM 1000 .8:30 am I had a lite cotton dark blue long sleeve shirt wearing Brute deodorant with no headphones on and the detector was screaming at full volume. I was about 250 feet from my Ford pickup when the attack started. With one bee on the back of each ear one on the back of my neck one on my shoulder and 2 circling the front of my face I pulled off my hat and started swatting these killers . To no avail they
    8 points
  4. I live in Sonora Ca and was at a friends house today and he pulls out this 3 gram nugget and says look what I found on the ground by my chicken coup. His house is on the side of a pretty steep hill and he had to dig out the hill to make a flat spot for the coups and a garden area and thats where he saw the nugget. soil is typical reddish dirt with rocks and some quarts, he did say he dug through a vein of what looked like crushed quartz running through the dirt. needless to say I'm going back tomorrow to pan some samples in the spot where he dug out and I've been thinking of buyin
    8 points
  5. I found this 57 gram nugget with a Gold Bug 2.
    8 points
  6. Wow!!! You must have had some bad experiences huh??? As for my own personal experience, i have had 95 percent of the other prospectors i have met, help and show areas and give advice. I know i do it, and i know several others that do too. You have a very small percentage of people out there that think they are going to get every single spec of gold, but most times they are the folks trying to make a living off of it. Personally, you grouping everyone here in just 1 group as being greedy and non-helpful is kind of an insult.
    6 points
  7. Yup...it was a great day just to get out and forget about everything!.......I got a couple of dinks out of the gut of that area in the past...but did not hit the sides, so you win! Hard to hit a lot of ground with the little monster though. Must have walked past that nug 10 times in the past. But, hey! the area above it (backwards wash) was kind to me Good time out...will hit it again! Tom H. P.S. that second photo looks like a gold monster hanging on to the quartz .Head to the left, arms in the middle and legs to the right. I may need to put the whiskey away for tonight
    5 points
  8. J. Anderson of kellycodetectors, You are more than welcome to include the rest of your story here but I can't let you redirect our members to your website to read the rest of the story! I have removed the link to your website....the owner of these forums doesn't allow links to metal detecting supplies websites because he sells metal detecting supplies and metal detectors.
    5 points
  9. It's been about 15 or-so years ago when I had a run in with some bees that I will never forget. I was an outside sales rep for an industrial products company in Tucson and was up promoting our products at the copper mine not far from Mammoth, Arizona. I had just left the ball mill and was heading back to Tucson in the afternoon when I decided that I needed to take a leak,.."Bad". I was just coming up to a couple of abandoned buildings, so I thought I'd cruise in behind and do my duty. So, without paying much attention to the surroundings (due to my urgency) I whipped around the corner of t
    4 points
  10. yup thats a winner hard to beat a goldbug 2 im gonna go out tomorrow & give her a good workout
    4 points
  11. Good man. $250 was way too low. 586 gm specimen found with GB 2.
    4 points
  12. I found one last Sunday on a beat up patch with the Gold Bug 2. Can't believe people walked past this one for a 100 years
    4 points
  13. A couple of weeks soaking in Acid Etch Cream.
    4 points
  14. Recovering from elbow surgery and I was getting bored walking around my neighborhood. I decided to go out to Willcox Playa and walk around there for a several hours. The weather was perfect today. When I first got there I did about a 1 1/2 mile circle around my truck and as I was just getting back to my truck...Space Rock! 18.6 grams.
    3 points
  15. Sweeeeeet! I've been to Owl Wash with Tom, and I probably walked past that fine nugget too. Good job Luke. I bet you could find gold in a Basha's parking lot!
    3 points
  16. It's not about what I say, it's what the law says. Each valid mining claim location grants ALL the valuable minerals to the claim owner. If there is ore on the ground on a valid mining claim the ore belongs to the claim owner. It doesn't matter if the claim is a lode or placer there are no exceptions to that law. Taking gold from a mining claim you don't own or have permission to mine is theft in every state.
    3 points
  17. Russia to open WORLD’S LARGEST gold mine in Siberia estimated reserves of 540 million tons of ore, containing 40 million troy ounces of gold. 2.3 grams per ton https://www.rt.com/business/504239-russia-worlds-largest-gold-mine/
    3 points
  18. It has to do with the 1872 mining laws. Since Grant was president, supposedly the laws really haven't changed. The article i read did say that the gold,silver and copper mines have only produced a little over $300 billion dollars since then. Dont know how true that is, but that last post i posted said $82 billion for 2019 for ALL mineral mining. So maybe?
    3 points
  19. Since the Gov. here owns all the minerals in the ground, that includes gold, if I'm breaking the law when I dig a nugget. Most people here say yes. It's also against the law to sell gold nuggets, especially out of the country. If I ever find another nugget and the Feds tag me I hope I can convince them it's a meteorite!
    3 points
  20. I'm hiding this post and Bob's reply/question because it's off topic, has nothing to do with mining royalties!
    3 points
  21. Here is a little experiment with resin. I'm trying to simulate a bug in amber. The color came out darker on the deeper pour but I like these little cabochons. I think I will use a few more drops of dye and pour a couple more a little darker. The black light still works great on them even after they are dried and cast in resin. The rascals light right up!
    3 points
  22. I herd someone has been out in the hot sun to long
    3 points
  23. do you all know what dust devils are ? there heards of nugglets on the move i thought some of the newbes may want to know this valuable info
    3 points
  24. When a miner takes the risk and pays the fees for a claim, they "own" the mineral rights. Those claim fees are revenue for the government and they have been getting larger and larger. In other words, the government gets their cut up front. Then, IF the miner decides to risk more his or her capital to obtain the necessary permit and pay the required deposit (if required) in order to actually extract the minerals, the miner can risk more capital to do so. That's the way capitalism works Bob. Then, IF the miner makes a profit, the miner pays taxes on the income. As this post suggests,
    3 points
  25. Its Goethite after pyrite. I remember there being a post about this a long time ago. The specimens posted are just heavily weathered, they had sharp crystal faces at one time.
    3 points
  26. " AGGRESSIVE WASPS AND 'MEAT BEES' HIT WEST COAST" LOS ANGELES, SEPT. 12 --" Unusually large squadrons of hostile yellow jacket wasps, joined by an aggressive new species, are sending people to hospitals along the West Coast. "Those suckers are eating us alive," said Ruth Budesa of the northern California town of Sonora. At least one horse died after disturbing a nest of the meat-eating yellow jacket, also known as the meat bee. "One sting is enough to kill a hypersensitive human," said George Poinar, an entomologist at the University of California, Berkeley. "Fifty to 75 stings are en
    3 points
  27. Hello all thank you for allowing me to join your group! In the Prescott area.
    3 points
  28. Making a new thread doesn't change what it is.
    3 points
  29. Can’t believe I have service. I just came across a pick. Handle is slightly splintered. Pretty sure it wasn’t there a year ago. Give me the location, type of pick and there’s a pretty unique magnet set. The correct answers get you the pick back if you like. Brownie
    3 points
  30. Funny that another member posted the photos of the garnet ball, as I have garnet photos to post. I was walking a wash on the North side of Tucson today, when I came on some quartz and feldspar fragments that had been transported down from Mt Lemon. I picked up several pieces, planning to cut these into squares and turn into thin sections to use with my new polarize microscope. After cleaning the samples I had a look under my 20X/40X bino microscope. I first had a look at a plagioclase feldspar sample. To my surprise I saw all these beautiful, small, honey-orange garnets. They are the
    3 points
  31. detector is on the way, we are going to hit a pile of rocks with pressure washer to blow the red dirt off and see if there is any visible gold and then hit it hard when detector arrives in couple days his house is almost at the top of the hill so Im thinking the source is likely in his yard and hopefully not under his house LOL
    3 points
  32. I agree, a simple small cast iron mortise and pestle will allow you to crush any small pieces so you can pan out the small "gold" you're seeing to be sure it is gold and not pyrite. You can make a simple crusher out of iron pipe with a end cap and another smaller but longer pipe and cap that fits inside the larger one, drop small pieces of ore inside the larger pipe and then use the smaller one and a ram to crush the ore.
    3 points
  33. I had a swarm fly about 30' over my head once. I heard it coming and I thought it was a plane coming down. It was the size of a VW Bug in a tear drop shape. I just knelt down and thankfully they buzzed on by. I also had a nice sounding target in some rocky ground and when I knelt down and hit the ground with my pick . . . bee's started coming out of a crack in the ground near by. I quickly got out of there before they got too irritated. Hind-site... I should of GPS'd the location for a winter time hunt. You got lucky! Like you said, if there were more and your rig was farther away..
    3 points
  34. I don't think they have killer bees in the ridgecrest area. You could have just gotten too close to a hive or been in the bees path flying back to the hive. Once the bees scent mark you as a threat they will come at you like that. Have my own hives, once putting mite strips in the hive with no protection on I got stung and marked on the neck with pheromone My nice little domestic bees came at me and chased me into the house. while in the upstairs bath they kept fly at the screen trying to get me. Even the next day had to stay away from them or they would go at me.
    3 points
  35. Lucky you. I came within 20 feet of a swarm once and slowly backed off without any issue but things would have been different if I hadn't seen them. They were in a collapsed wooden shed near Rich Hill and I was a long way from my Samurai.
    3 points
  36. well you all have convinced me to keep her i guess her & the gold monster will have to just get along lol
    3 points
  37. Beautiful piece of gold. I'd go back there too... But with a detector first!! I use to live in Columbia... Loved it there. My friend was remodeling a store on main street in Sonora years ago and another friend took lunch break in the creek that runs right under main street. He came up with a nice nugget laying right on top of exposed bed rock in the creek. Good luck!!
    3 points
  38. well as long as were playing show & tell heres 1 i found in someones digs with the goldbug 2 im selling last week
    3 points
  39. Walked over 8 mi today and dug up 18 pieces of trash just for one nugget. A fair trade I'd say!!! 5.5dwt
    3 points
  40. Thanks Old Tom.. I got to playing with my phone camera this morning. Here some I don't believe I've posted before.
    3 points
  41. I thought you wanted to talk about the lawsuit Slim. You know, the one they filed against the NSF for allowing hunting on wildlife refuges? It does not really matter who created them or how much of this land was donated. Each refuge has its own story about how it came to be. But that is irrelevant. It is also off topic. The refuges in question were protected from hunting because they are nesting or breeding areas. Or because a bunch of a certain species gathered there. They figured sport hunters had plenty of other land to hunt and didnt need to be disrupting a nesting grounds or hat
    2 points
  42. You probably don’t think of North Carolina as a hotbed of gold mining, despite the mascot of the University of North Carolina being a gold prospector. In fact, those unfamiliar with the history of the region might be confused as to why UNC chose this, of all things, as their mascot. However, once upon a time, it was the second biggest industry in the Tarheel State after agriculture which led to what is known as The Carolina Gold Rush. And it all began with a 12-year-old boy happening upon a gold nugget in gold nuggetsCabarrus County, 50 years before anyone dreamed of finding any gold in the “
    2 points
  43. Hey Jimale. I apologize. I wasn't trying to insult you. Where I am from we speak Spanish and English. That suffix is a term of endearment. It is used when you are familiar with someone. Like Miguelito says, it means "little one". I could be "Betito". Or "Wodito" if you prefer. It is just how you greet someone you know and maybe haven't spoken to in a while... "Orale Chavalito! How they hangin' bro?" I won't call you Jimalito any more now that I know it is disrespectful in your culture. I didn't mean to do that and I apologize Jimale. That does not mean im not going to rake you o
    2 points
  44. One thing that my father taught me when I was growing up working in his business. He said "Corporations don't pay taxes, people pay taxes". No matter what tax is rendered on a business or corporation it will eventually be filtered on down to the consumer in one form or another. A business must stay above the bottom line if it wants to stay in business. If a tax is levied on a hamburger joint the cost of your burger goes up. There are many ways that a corporation can redirect that tax where it winds up in the consumers lap. Old Tom
    2 points
  45. I started working more hours and haven't had much time for the Bug lately, but I finished the front winch bumper yesterday. I also got all 5 tires mounted in preparation for rolling it outside, and turning it around to start work on the back. The bumper turned out well. Nice and strong and will hold the 5000lb winch perfectly. I added a ring to the bottom of the skid for either an anchor point, or a place to clip the cable in double line winching. It's a strong enough winch I shouldn't have to resort to that very often. I pressed out all the ball joints and pressed in the n
    2 points
  46. That was a nice piece. If that was me who said they walked 8 miles everyone would say I walked too far. How many miles did you walk after you found that piece? Mitchel
    2 points
  47. Up to 2016, rain barrels were outlawed...in Colorado Now they're just highly regulated. Max of 110gallons , a pittance when you consider roof area and the amount of some downpours. No underground cistern for you!
    2 points
  48. Actually Bob, this is the MINER'S RIGHTS and LAND USE section and you have posted plenty from biased sources. Mining is mining whether it be gold, silver, lead, iron etc. etc. and I'm pretty sure I previously mentioned taconite. Maybe even Minnesota and the iron range that Obama and Biden decimated. Are you sure you haven't posted any political crap here? It is about lawmakers.
    2 points
  49. I walked all over an area where I found 4 pieces last year and even hiked up higher.. thinking bigger pieces got hung up .. nah .. it didn't happen. heading back to the rig, my wife walked out to meet me... and there.. 30yrds from the rig I got a faint signal. Once I got down a bit .. I knew it had to be gold... I even broke out the carrot to check the sides of the hole .. but it was still at the bottom of the hole. The best part about it was having my better-half right there.
    2 points
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