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  1. 37 points
    ….well, so far. So I went out the other day on a last minute hunt. During this busy time of year, it's a real relief to get out and go to my 'happy place'. I'd been looking at this 'new' area for a while now. I can actually almost see it from the other side of the 'canyon' and I finally made it over there to check it out. So glad I did. I found the large specimen within the first 10 minutes of turning the detector on. Right after I found a 'large' chunk of iron. After that, about every 30 minutes or so, I dug a piece of gold. The gully I was in, was just narrow enough to be able to detect it fully while standing in the middle. All of the pieces except for two were found in the gut, right where you'd expect to find gold. The large 'solid' nugget was found on a bench where the gully made a 90 degree turn. It was on the surface..... Obviously, I'll be going back in the near future. I'm curious to see what I left behind. Here's some pics. All of the day's finds, including trash targets, are pictured. I didn't find the coin. Hope y'all had a Merry Christmas !! Good Luck out there !! Luke
  2. 28 points
    Well, it's that time of year, again. It's starting to get nice out during the day, but I thought I would get in one more nighttime hunt. And this last night hunt treated me well. I explored a new area about a mile from where I had found gold before. The rain really has changed the roads and washes in this area. Many areas were nearly unpassable. But I managed to get there with my trusty 4x4 and went out into the night feeling a little crazy (by myself) as I am many times. And the only thing that makes that crazy feeling fade away, is when you find that first piece of gold. And then the stars align and everything seems normal, again. Friday night's total came out to 7.25 grams. Some pictures didn't come out so well. Photography just doesn't work too well at night.
  3. 26 points
    I enjoy trying to find new ground and get fairly lucky from time to time. Of course, that can mean you get a few skunks in between. Heck, sometimes more than a few. But this trip is what makes up for those times. The day started out normal enough. Way out in the desert away from the city. Away from the stress, away from the noise. Just me and my truck scrambling to get to a place I had just detected a couple weeks earlier. On a previous trip, I had found a couple dinks in this shallow wash. It was a little strange because there were no rocks thrown out of the wash or hand stacks or dry wash tailings. It just looked good to me. Basically, earlier prospectors either missed the area or it just didn’t show worth it in their gold pan. And it had already given up two small pieces of gold to me, which did not even add up to a gram. And after finding these pieces I had continued a couple hundred feet up the wash and the ground just got ugly. Me, being the expert geologist (sarcasm) I decided to jump to the next wash and search there instead of finishing the entire wash Of course nothing else was found in this second wash. But on this trip, I wanted to finish that wash. Simply because it was the right thing to do … and as my friends always say … Beep It All!! And so I did. Only 50 feet or so where I left the wash previously, I hit nugget after nugget after nugget, until I had reached a new GPZ record of 11 pcs. Even with my GM1000, my record was only 10pcs. So this turned out to be a great day. The largest piece was 5.5 grams. Most of the others pieces were over a gram but a couple were smaller. Total weight was ½ ounce. Here is the quartz stringer I believe most of the gold likely eroded from. It was in the bottom of the wash and ran right down the center. Note the red hematite along with it. And here are a couple gold pics It's still out there!
  4. 22 points
    Was able to get out with Luke today and get some hunting in at one of my old spots. Boy, the rains really moved some material. After and arduous 5 mile hike in (well, it seemed like it.) Within 5 min. starting to hunt, I found the small one on the right with the 5000. Had to chase it around a little as it was tiny. About 5 min. after mine, Luke comes back to me and he had found the larger one. Its really flat. After 4 hrs of detecting and no gold, Luke found the little chunky one next to the flat one on the hillside. Great weather out today and gold was found. Nice thing about this wash is I park on the side of a paved road and walk in. Easy peasy! Tom H.
  5. 22 points
    Leverite and I got some color today near Arivaca, AZ. The one on the right was detected with my new ebay "used" Joey Coil that was pratically brand new and the GPX 5K. The others were sniffed out by the GM 1000...
  6. 19 points
    Heres the photo . Well done dude !!
  7. 19 points
    Got out today with Chris (bsumbdy). Most of the day was partly cloudy, and gave us a little break from hot weather. Chris, gave me a pointy finger today, while he hiked over the hill to hunt. We both left today with some gold. Chris got 6.4 grams, I got 5.8 grams. Also came across two young desert tortoises today. Dave
  8. 19 points
    Here are 15 nuggets that I snagged from a club claim last week. This is a great time of the year in the high desert of SoCal.
  9. 18 points
    I made it out to the desert for a hunt before the rain fell and managed a 1.5 gram nugget, lots of lead too. My battery didn’t last very long either, gave it a half hr charge on the car charger and was good for a while longer. I will need to make something up to drain it down and cycle it a few times to see if it comes back to a full day of hunting.
  10. 17 points
    I was out the other day and after 4 hours of hunting I ran acrossed this when I moved some dirt. I moved four inches off the top and got a very faint signal. After 18 inches of digging I got this. Found with a GPX 5000 with 16 inch nuggetfinder advantage.
  11. 16 points
    I mentioned finding gold in the meteor forum so here it is. My brother and I hiked into an area that both of us had marked on our GPS. We covered lots of ground and I gave up on the area and was heading to the truck. I met up with my brother and he showed me a small nugget he had found. I guess the brought my motivation back up and I detected every little gully on the way out. My first nugget was the big one and the rest were within 100 feet. This was an excellent day in the hills and might have even have two more meteorites for the collection. I said might because I still have my doubts. AJ
  12. 16 points
    I could have swore that it had been a Gold Forum (at one time),....ya know where you post pictures of real gold nuggets that you have actually found,....and not you tube crap. Guess no one likes posting any more, so I'll throw these on just for kicks-n-giggles. Had to move a few boulders "down-deep" on bedrock to get these. Gary
  13. 16 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!!
  14. 16 points
    Well it was another spectacular outing! LOTS of great food, nice days for detecting, cloudy and clear days. Gold was found I personally found some every day. Met new people and had fun catching up with old friends. There was more gold found but I was not able to get pics of everyones. Special thanks to Bill for putting these on and Kevin and another guy for dishing out the meat so everyone got plenty of the awesome brisket and pork. Thanks to Minelab Debbie for coming out and addressing the coil issue and doing a demo with the Equnox. I saw some cool wildlife and a spike or two point buck. Enjoy! Tom H.
  15. 16 points
    Great day out. Dad and I went back to a old area and I was able to score this little guy. Found a lot of whole bullet drop ins and when I heard this I kind of knew it wasnt a lead fragment. Gave me the sweet soft high/low. Dug it out of the bedrock and YEEEEEHAAH!!!! Yellow stuff Good Lord blessed us with some gold. It was down about 5 inches. Was using the 9x14 coiltek as I knew I was going to be doing some walking today. Really great day out today. Kind of cool, with some cloud cover. Tom H.
  16. 15 points
    Got out while it was cool cloudy Tuesday and Wednesday.... They were biting..... Chunky 3 with SDC AND 3 smaller ones same spot missed by SDC and nabbed with Gold Monster
  17. 15 points
    Got back in one piece from a great camp out up around LSD. Perfect detecting weather! Saw some cool things.....Wire/wood ladder for a mineshaft, doubledecker cacti, old handstack, 90+ miles of dirt road! Dad and James scored a couple of dinksters, I got skunked. Found some cool things though, 45 cal. and a 10 guage shotgun shell base in some tribs that I need to go back to. Got some more trash from them so they have not been hit Hard to find washes like that in the LSD area. Found a seed pod that had to make a bird out of Great food and friends. Had a blast. Tom H.
  18. 15 points
    I found 3 nuggets today! My first time finding more than one!😊
  19. 15 points
    Sunday , I snuck out, and climbed around the hills looking for hillside patches. With all the damp ground, it is a great opportunity to get the most out of a coil. Scored this nice half grammer with the o`l SD2200V2
  20. 14 points
    I've had the time to make a couple of Rye Patch trips. I did some swinging and some exploring. All of these nuggets came from near the burn barrel so no one got it all! These are from my last trip. This was the total of two trips. Just shy of 1/4 oz.
  21. 14 points
    I know I totally stole the word "dink/dinkster" from @adam and @boulder dash. It is the perfect adjective to describe the nuggets Ive found though. So here is the pic of the dinkster I found today with Leverite.
  22. 14 points
    Won't fit in a bottle. not all that pretty. Crush it and you have nothing. Guess it just can just sit in safety deposit? I thought it was just another hot rock until it sung back at me.
  23. 14 points
    Its Gold !! Took the Gold Bug II out today , to a favorite little junk filled wash that just keeps on giving 1.4 Grams of these pretty little isometric beauties ...
  24. 14 points
    Hey all... I made it out the other day for a quick hunt before the sun burned off the clouds. I returned to an area I'd been before, and decided to hunt a hillside near "My First Dink Patch". This area has been hunted by many detectors over the years and it took over an hour before I found my first trash target. A little bit later, I found a target signal behind the trunk of a little bush. After some digging and some screwdriver/bedrock action, the target was out. Another little scrap of rusty metal. But wait, there's another target in the hole. Some more bedrock loosened up and scraped out, and this little guy came to the surface. A nice .58g specimen. I was using the 5000 with the 11" mono commander. Fine gold, gain 9, stab 9, very slow.... I knew the ground would be wet, so the EVO stayed home. I doubt it was more than three inches deep. Even when it was in the scoop, it wasn't very loud. Luke
  25. 13 points
    Puttered around in a small wash today I have been driving by for years, shallow bedrock and fairly mild soil. Got hot pretty fast so only hunted a little stretch of it and got these two rough little nuggets. Lot of critters out and about in the desert today and also found a massive bee hive....
  26. 13 points
    Hey everyone, Got out to do some detecting with a buddy Sunday for a few hours in Gold Basin. I came across some really old writing on a rock in a wash, and just happen to see it, because the morning sun was beating down on this large rock in a wash right at the right time. I could barely make out what it said, but I was able to see ORO, then 1871 below that. I usually hunt fast, but this time, I played it low and slow with the ZED. I ended up finding a 1.6 gram and .5 gram nugget in the same wash the rock was in. I used photoshop, and made a negative of the picture of the rock to bring out the words. This is the oldest writings I have come across out there. I have come across some 1915 signatures in the past on a rock, but never anything from the 1800's.... Until the next adventure... Dave
  27. 13 points
    Well I got the GM put it together-very easy I bought this for my wife who has never found any gold with anything-she had tried the 2300 but it was a little to heavy for her so I thought we would try the GM being its liteweight and beginner friendly So I take her to a place where Id found gold before-I turned it on and took it through its paces just to get aquainted with it and it didnt bite me my schooling for her was to find a good target and let her hear it -show her how to pinpoint it and then capture it from the dirt-so we dig a few targets good and bad just to test the accuracy of the meter but none were gold -and it was dead on-so after that she wanted to take it for a spin by herself and within 5-10 minutes she had her first target she calls me over and I rechecked it with the GM meter said good so I scrape off some dirt target still there and reading good the next scrape and target was out of the hole-I had forgot to bring my scoop and my gold container and I was way up on a hill well after a little effort sifting through the dirt and dropping it on the coil one pinch at a time we hear a ping target was now on the coil moved the dirt around a little and there it was her first nugget it was very small and I knew it was under a grain but wouldnt know for sure untill we got home which weighed in at 4/10ths of a Grain found at 1-2 inches in the ground-I ran my 2300 over it and not even a peep GM heard it loud and clear at 1-2 inches in the ground-We were using the 5 inch coil machine set at auto sensitivity plus and set at shallow-it ran real smooth over hot rocks and hot ground-next time out we'll try the other coil-I would like to get some more time on the gold monster but I think my wife is hooked now This is a super sensiitive machine and will give any VLF a run and yes even a GB2 the only difference is the GM will work in ground the others struggle in More to come along with my thoughts on the pro's and cons-Mike C...
  28. 12 points
    Been shopping Craigslist/offer up and Facebook Market place for the last two months for a quad to use for exploring and detecting. Had a guy sell one out from under me when I was going to take a look at it. I was bumming a bit, but looked at Craigslist again and a guy just posted a 2011 Yamaha Grizzly with only 186 miles on it. I got it for 4800$. Heck, its barely broke in and all the other people wanted 45-6000 for quads a lot older and more miles. On the way home I decided to take the surface streets as I knew the tires on the trailer were pretty old....yah, guess what...BLOW OUT! Right in front of Discount tire!!!! Pulled in and they actually had 78x13 tires. The good Lord works in strange and mysterious ways. Had to do a lot of work to the trailer. The newer quads are 2 inches too wide to fit. Made some ramps and it all works great. Thanks to Chris Cartwright for steering me towards the grizzly.
  29. 12 points
    Here you go Tom, the little ones about the same age the big one was when I posted the drywashing picture your probably thinking of. In this pic they are pointing at the same nugget I have "insitu" with the knife. They had to take turns picking the nuggets and putting them in the container, of course, that was a fight at first.
  30. 12 points
    Today's Lesion Boys and Girls is "" DIY Hobanero TEAR GAS"" Someone gave me a double hand full of Lovely Orange Hobanero Peppers. Knowing they would not Last forever I came up with the Wiley E. Coyote (SUPER GENIUS) Idea to dry them out in the Microwave. Placing them in the Microwave I set the timer for TWO minutes and hit Start. At the End of the TWO minutes things were looking promising. Yep, Another TWO Minutes. Things progressing to perfection. Almost Crunchy. Yet another TWO minutes should do it. Again I push start. Turn my back to wash my hands. Wicked Wanda the Wonder Wife yells ""FIRE in the Micro Wave" !!! I turn to see the flames . OHHH CHIT! I pop the door open to extract the now Blackened Crispy Hobanero's dancing in flames. A Billow of White Smoke came rolling out of the Micro Wave. This CHIT was every bit as bad as any CS or Tear Gas I ever experienced in the Military. Eyes Blinded with Tears, Drooling like a Rabid Dog, Coughing having issues taking in breaths. RUN AWAY ! RUN AWAY!!!!!!!! Everyone vacates the house including the two dogs. Well there you have it Boys and Girls . DIY HOBANERO Tear Gas.
  31. 12 points
    Heres just a little gold that boulder dash and I have found on a couple trips.....Enjoy ! 20 Grams below 8 grams below
  32. 12 points
    Hi Here are a few nuggets I found on recent trips. The most recent find was 2.7grams. Thanks to Dolan Dave and Richard Garcia for the tips. Man, this is a lot tougher than meteorite hunting. I spend a lot of time digging holes!
  33. 11 points
    Early this summer I made an important find. I was searching with my Illudium PU-36 Space Modulator in a new spot when I got a strong signal. After digging for hours through 9 feet of corn flakes and Skittles I finally uncovered this baby... When I found it, it was pretty shabby. It was an old snack wagon that the disabled vets took to local functions. It has a popcorn machine, freezer and all the stuff to outfit a snack concession trailer. I was talking to a buddy of mine one day and he mentioned his veterans group wanted to sell it. I checked it out and the deal was too good to be true. It has new tires, a removable tongue, spray insulation inside. A flag holder on every corner. Air conditioner, heater, coffee makers, power cords, jack stands and all sorts of stuff. The popcorn machine and freezer were like new and it was fully stocked with coffee, cups, popcorn and oil, display racks, the whole enchilada. It was dirty and greasy but these old guys had it all up and running and in fairly good shape. It took me about a month and seven gallons of white enamel to restore the fusion crust. I made a window and put a new floor over the rusted steel decking. I put a new wiring harness and connectors on the removable tongue. I'm working on lettering and signage now. It is still a work in progress. I'm selling my art and crafts out of it right now and it is a fantastic sales platform. By the New Year I plan to be licensed to sell food and snacks too and I am going to take this sucker on the road next spring!
  34. 11 points
    Hey guys, I thought these would be worth sharing. I while back I had a lady email me saying that she had boxes and boxes of mining pictures on 35mm slides, several hundred pics in total. She was going to throw them away because she didn't know what to do with them. Luckily she contacted me and asked if I wanted them. Heck yes I do! The pics were taken by her late father, Charles Romanowitz who he worked for the Yuba Dredge Company from 1941 through the mid 1960s. He traveled around to various goldfield around the world. I've got to sort through them and transfer them to digital. There are hundred of pictures, as far as I know they haven't been seen by anyone for decades. Most of the pics from California and Alaska, but also some from Korea, Russia, Indonesia, and the Panama Canal. For a mining nerd like me these are pure gold. Lots of the pics show the internal workings of the dredges, stuff that you don't see very often. I'll share a few here as if people are interested...
  35. 11 points
    The big bird gets me into Sky Harbor around 12:30pm on Thursday the 8th. I've been really looking forward to this. Bill, I want to donate a Knife from my shop. I'll need to mail it to you ahead of time. PM me with the address you want it sent to.
  36. 11 points
    Wow...a friend sent me the pic that he found of me using my rocker box some where on Big Bug in 1982. What the heck happened! I was that young???? Tom H.
  37. 11 points
    Last Sunday , I decided to visit this gully after seeing the equipment left behind. I also wanted to do some detecting! You see, Boulderdash and I have both worked the heck out of this ravine in the past, and still continue to do so from time to time, though 90% of the 1000 foot ravine has been drywashed. Rod is also well aware that we had worked it. That equipment is not ours and the responsible party still is around but did not have a way to access the stuff.. It also used to be covered with a tarp, which is long since decomposed with some remnants. Anyway, I took the initiative to clean it up even though it is not mine. After several trips, and a few trash bags I managed to get the pile of items loaded up and hauled out of there. A few deteriorated buckets remain, and I will get them next time I go detecting over there. There is a neatly stacked group of buckets there that do belong to me which are still in good shape, and I will be using them soon. Problem solved, and the rest of the gold I got is in the "look what I found" thread Before.... After...
  38. 11 points
    Here's another nugget from a very recent trip that a friend and I took We both scored nicely I'm not posting our total take, but you'll appreciate this beauty. Found just a few inches deep with the GPZ, it was a screamer Only a gram and flat. Dropped it in my salad Life is good
  39. 11 points
    Old placer cherry picking. I said I would share more gold indicators, here is more info that has worked well for me. this trick has helped me find a lot of patches and big nuggets. When I find an old placer area worked by the old timers (stacked rocks and classified piles along the banks of the creek/wash) are a good indicator. When I find one the first thing I do Is head to the top of these old placers, in most cases that's where the big nuggets are. where the old timers stopped working the creek or wash. If the area is new to me I dont even bother with the lower end first. too much trash. the old timers often camped on the lower portions of the placers and if your into relics, there you go. Work your way up to the top where the stacked rocks stop. you will probably find that the stacked rocks most the way up were on both sides of the wash and then up toward the top they start to move the stacking to (one side of the wash). They almost always stacked the rocks higher up on one side of the wash than the other and if they did. here is why. They knew by sampling what side of the wash the gold was coming in from and stacked the rocks on the opposite side behind them as they worked up it. they often even pulled down some of the opposite bank testing. Put your back to the stacked rocks highest up in the wash and look up, your probably looking at the source of the gold and a possible hillside patch. There is a good chance you'll also find exploratory test dig holes from the old timers up on the hillside too, they may be covered by brush and hard to see from below. Why didn't they dig up the hillside and run it? because the gold was often too scattered out for hand digging the whole hillside and very little gold showed up in their test digs. Its not concentrated like the wash and they would give up on it. in most cases that's where the big nuggets are and that's were a metal detector really comes in handy. AzNuggetBob
  40. 11 points
    Hey all: Dad and I got out today for a awesome day of detecting. Really nice weather. Hit a couple of new areas. Got some trash in the first one and then drove over to the second one. Got a signal on top of a flat rock.....moved it, detected the rock and it was a hot rock, but.........detected the area it was laying on and got a signal...hmmm...dug down and got this little guy in the bedrock. Weighing in as a massive .4 grams at about 5 inches deep. Spent the next half hour digging bullet fragments in a 10 ft stretch. Least I found the slow spot were everything was dropping out in! Detected up down and all around, but it was just a one nugget wash. At least we beat the skunk! Had 6 of them under our belts as of today. Retirement nugget........its going to be a cheap retirement! Im calling it that cuz I retired last week. Great day out and the good Lord blessed us with some gold! Srry guys...I cant get this new blasted forum to upload my pic. Will work on it... Tom H.
  41. 10 points
    Well done fellers ....!! Theres a season?? You mean I didnt have to detect this summer ?!
  42. 10 points
    I want to thank each and every one of you guys for you prayers and good vibes. They were indeed felt at the time of need. This was a rough one for me as I had no inclination just what was going on. I put it off too long trying to get the family Easter Celebration going. Finally called in the paramedics in and they got me to the hospital. Extreme pain and couldn't breathe. Lungs full of blood clots and wouldn't let oxygenated blood flow through lungs. Clots came from an operation that I had two weeks prior. Had me on a heparin drip for three days and that took most of the pain away and now I have to be on Eliquis the rest of the way, no more blood thinners or aspirin. Life feels good again and I thank God for my 'Return to Life'. Old Guys, Don't try to go too far after feeling something go awry. Get it checked on most times Medicare will take care of it. That's what you worked an paid for your whole life. A very grateful 'OLD TOM'
  43. 10 points
    Found this a few years back nuggethunting...had a nice deep target...after digging down two and half feet I though I may have struck the Big One !!. Than this little beauty came out of the hole, an 1840's- 1850's Naval officers belt buckle. Its one part of a two piece. This is as good as gold as far as I am concerned...the history behind it must be amazing. Imagine a naval officer going awol and leaves San Francisco for the Sierras to mine gold. California just joined the Union, and Mexico lost most of its Northern territories.
  44. 10 points
    I don't mind drywashing. Especially in good ground. I posted this pic when I first joined earlier this year. I'd dug down to bedrock which was about two feet of over burden. Ran all the material through my washer. Then metal detected. I picked three small nuggets out of the hard pack and grabbed all the small gold to boot. It was a 2.8 gram day. I wont complain about that. Also, my detector would have never scanned that deep... its a little guy- Tesoro Lobo. The 3 biggest pieces in the pic were detected.
  45. 10 points
  46. 10 points
    Nice nuggets Gary !! It was a nice day to do some detecting. I'll bet it was a bit warmer where I ended up, but it was still a great day to get out. Hope you don't mind if I post my finds on your topic. Since you titled it "Eclipse Day Nuggets". Hopefully everyone else had a good day and nobody went blind in the process. Luke
  47. 10 points
    The heat has backed off a bit and I managed to bring these home, on two different days of detecting. The nuggets on the green background I found last Friday, and the ones on the black background I got today. I found "non" of these on bedrock, but instead they where embedded within a thick clay-like (hardened) mud between large coble and boulders. This hardened mud gets like concrete in the summer, where you can't even get a pick thru it, but due to the rains in last few weeks it had softened the mud. Just goes to show, not all gold nuggets are embedded within bedrock.
  48. 10 points
    ok, Mitchel. I thought some of my past stories may have been too detailed and drawn out so I was trying to keep it short. But I'll oblige. The sound was a shock when I first heard it. I had just gone through a wash with multiple coils without finding much at all. I had been out all night and it was about 7am and warming up quick. So I decided to go through with the Sadie to snipe around the rocks. I found very little again, and decided to hike to another area. As the heat was rising my spirits were dropping. So as I'm hiking I push the tiny coil ahead of me (with very little care to technique - to be honest) and walk about 5 minutes before hearing a loud target (wee-woo). I back up and find the target. It was clear. Had to be trash. Had to be on the surface. I kicked the top layer to the side in a pile and thought I had it out of the shallow hole. I was still thinking it was trash on the surface (because it was so clear) But I soon realized it was still in the hole and was not surface trash. I dug to a few inches and it was getting louder. Up to 8 inches now and I was getting excited because it was blaring. Then it was overloading my 5000. It took only a few minutes to this point because I had a pretty narrow hole and it really wasn't hard digging. No clay. It looked like a broken down bedrock, which I thought was strange. I wasn't scraping bedrock. Now I spent another few minutes to widen the hole so I could figure out where the target was at. Doing this I realized i had removed it from the hole. I glanced at the magnet on my pick and I didn't see any big nails sticking out. Thank god!! I thought. Can't tell you how many let downs I've had at this point. So now I'm amped. Matter of fact, after pinpointing the target location, I quickly went to sit in front of the pile and sat on a freakin cactus that I had completely forgotten about. No fooling. It took another minute to pull out the cactus from legs and buttocks. (unfortunately I am not exaggerating on this). Anyways, I am soon back onto my knees and get the target in my scoop. I separate it in half, with my hand full of large rocks and the scoop full of dirt and the small stuff. I am ready to throw down the large rocks, but surprisingly, the scoop full of small stuff does not ring out. I throw that down and work through the rocks. I get this big target in my hand. It's heavy and it looks like a piece of caliche. I checked a second time because I thought I made a mistake. I dumped a little water from my camelpack water on it, I saw color come through! Scrubbing it more I see gold all around it. Wow. Let's just say I had a very big smile ear to ear. Really, though, I didn't know how nice of piece I had until I took it out of my jewelry cleaner at home. That reaaallly cleaned it up. And that's the rest of the story ....
  49. 9 points
    I wasn't going to post these because most of them are so small, ...But, I managed to pull this bigger one out today (2.56 Grams)(along with three smaller ones) SOOOOOOOOO. I got these out of 4 different locations over a three day period (6.68 Grams Total). The big one that I got today was hidden down fairly deep under about a 10" round granite boulder (rock) and was stuffed (wedged) along a sheer cutoff bank about 5" deeper within a small narrow crack. The initial signal was but a whisper of a signal, and I almost mistook it for the sound that mineralized ground gives off. But "curiosity killed the cat" , so I just had to dig down to find out if it was a valid signal or not. Sorry, No photo's today....I forgot my camera. "YAHOOO"....Gary
  50. 9 points
    Try swinging with the other hand. The one you're using isn't working. Good luck have a better attitude.
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