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  1. 9 points
    Not going to make it to this one Bill, but I'm sending you this for the raffle.
  2. 7 points
    Did a short hunt up one of my old washes that I knew got hit hard with the rains a few weeks ago. (owl wash) Wow...was it different. Bedrock ive not seen before and piles of blow sand. Got a little goober as soon as I turned on the 5000. Not much after that. It was one of those days when you just decide to take it easy/enjoy the county and look around......not focusing so much on finding gold. I had my headphones off on one target and heard some crunching off to the side. Investigated it and it was a big ol desert tortoise up on the bank. Got some good pics of it. The main wash to (owl wash) got hammered hard with the rains. Lots of Palo verde trees that were in the middle of the wash are gone along with the islands they stood on. Looks like about 6 ft high water in the main wash and about 15 ft high when it hit the main road/culvert. Tom H.
  3. 5 points
    They got a good score today without me but my legs and lungs are getting a lot stronger. Soon I'll be able to go with Tom and pick up what he misses. I'll be at the outing to do some beeping and eating. I miss getting out a lot and it's sure better than that dang hospital. That wash has produced a lot of gold for us in the past and I am anxious to get in there and dig a little. Glad to see that it is still producing. Old Tom
  4. 5 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.
  5. 4 points
    Look out for this guy in October. He is a claim jumping mad man
  6. 4 points
    It was a really great day out with you Luke. Both of us got some gold!!!! Wanted to do a Vid. of the little one I was chipping out of bedrock as I knew it was gold...but alas...I forgot my camera. Grrrr. Mine came in at 1.9 gram. Great weather and good times. Tks for going. Tom
  7. 4 points
    Swing by and pick me up next time.
  8. 4 points
    A rock with hot pink survey paint sprayed on it.
  9. 3 points
    Mike my version of Chili Verde May not satisfy the purists.... a small batch: three pounds bbq pork ribs- boneless one large can of chopped green chili several garlic cloves one or two tablespoons of ground Red Pepper Two chopped serrano peppers and 3 to 5 whole, how hot do you want it? chop the meat, dump the rest in, cover with a beer and water, bring to a boil, simmer to your hearts delight! I like to thicken with cornstarch . I won,t be there...have fun! fred salt to taste
  10. 3 points
    I'll be there attending the potluck on Saturday with my friend Linda. Just the two of us and I clicked the head counter up above. Likely we will be wearing shirts with our names on them and hopefully meet some of you guys and ladies. Our flight, car and housing reservations are already booked and confirmed. We will be staying in Wickenburg and will be there on the 10th through the 20th. Linda will be using my old Gold Striker and I will be using - learning my new GPX 5000... Likely I'll be back in the spring for a couple of months and R-V camping in Stanton. I'm thinking about making a southern potato salad to bring since we're coming from Georgia and staying in a place where we can cook.... We're both looking forward to our visit!
  11. 2 points
    Yeah. I make him nervous. I have a few of these guys all wrapped around the axle and poor Skip has to deal with it. He thinks he has to keep guys from kicking up too much dirt. Skip is a good guy though. It's that foul tempered and aggravating Mike Furness that is the granny of the bunch. I think his serotonin and dopamine levels are outta whack from snorting that dimple dust for so many years. Don't get me started on that Swellbelly Hillbeaver rascal. He's as curly as a boar's noodle and twice as slippery. He babbles on about crap in some strange language. He actually blurts out stuff on his keyboard. He e-blurts. It's like he has Tourette's and then hits the enter key. It's freaking shocking sometimes. There are a bunch of other three legged post hole diggers in this joint as well. So it would be wise to be wary. Skip knows the dangers and he just didn't want your post to get out of hand.
  12. 2 points
    I was poking around the net and found your forum to be great. Lots of knowledge here. I will most likely overwhelm with questions. I am a disabled retired Army vet of 24 years. I am now doing the snowbird thing from Wi to Three points AZ .
  13. 2 points
    Nice nuggets Luke and Tom! I appreciate y'all teasing and getting me ready for my trip next month during Bills outing. Oh by the way... I like the shirt too
  14. 2 points
    That owl wash sure has been kind over the years. Glad you found something Tom.
  15. 2 points
    Dang Guys , thats a great day !!! Way to go
  16. 2 points
    Thanks! You always make me smile.
  17. 2 points
    There's so many things the metal flakes could be besides metal. The easiest to eliminate is mica. I don't see metal in the pic. Native metals are very rare in rocks, mostly because they react over the years and turn into compounds. Billpeters is a good authority, and he says no characteristics.
  18. 2 points
    The two .7g nuggets at the top of the scale were at 7-8 inches. The little .12g nugget was about 5 inches. Those 3 were found on the first afternoon after my 10 hours of driving. The next day the 1.5g was in rock at about 6" and the final nugget on the next day at the bottom was just a scrape or two down at 3-4 inches.
  19. 2 points
    Survived summer and hitting Gold Basin hard again! Gotta love the Gold Monster.....
  20. 1 point
    I'm back everyone, I didn't find anything because i didn't even make it to the destination. But close. I enjoyed myself nonetheless. My girlfriend hated every bit of it, lol. She also slipped and fell on the GM1000, scraped herself up and now the GM1000 wobbles a hair. I wont even go into the complaining I heard about walking up the hills. 🙂 I got there at about 11:30am temp was about 75F. It was VERY close to highway 87. Decent dirt road to the place where we parked. Continuation to the destination needed a ATV which i didn't have. The walk to the destination is about 3750ft. The area seemed not so touched by man sorta speak. was quiet, saw a prospector come out on a ATV and rode past us. I started at the purple box. I ended up at the light blue box. (notice the white turn in the wash, i have a picture) The red box was my actual destination. I think i'm going to get a Honda Pioneer 500. I can't be spending my whole time walking to these claims. 🙂 Here below is what the new area looks like. I'm to new to determine if this location looks good, but i'm guessing it looks good.
  21. 1 point
    We did the gas chamber in boot camp, then every year, never had my brain destroyed, still empathetic. Afterward, trying to recover, deal with the irritation, but all faculties still functioning. Didn't see any zombies, just guys with red watery eyes blowing their noses and hitting the showers-cold water felt great.
  22. 1 point
    All I will add to the advice above, is that with the three claims you mentioned, I'd look them up in the online county recorder records by the PLSS township, range and section in Yavapai County, and in Maricopa county by the filer's last name. That will give a map of what the claim looks like. That's how I narrow down the 640 acres total and subtract from it the open claims. Using My Land Matters to further make sure its available, I check to make sure it is BLM or National Forest land. There's certain areas where prospecting is not allowed that can fall on those lands like designated Wilderness Areas, National Monuments, (I think) scenic riverways, and probably a couple I can't remember. There's a way to turn those layers on mylandmatters. I was surprised to find out how many of those mining restricted areas exist. Can't remember if it is the mining claims section or elsewhere. Once I narrow down the place I want to go, I will bring up county records to look for filings within the last couple of weeks. Land Matters does not update daily, but updates every couple of weeks. They also pull from the BLM database, and not the hundreds of counties. Someone needs to file with the county to make the claim official and can delay the filing with the BLM. That way I can know the land I'm going to is open. Once on site, I also do a due diligence look that the area is not claimed. It takes up to two weeks for a claim to appear in the recorders office when I file with the county, so boots on the ground can show someone just barely beat you there. When I do this, I have confidence that this area I'm going to is open. The only time I didn't do this and let someone else do my work, I showed up and someone told me the area I was looking at was claimed. Since I could not back up me being there, I left, and later found out that 20 acres was actually still open. Doing it right, I'll spend 40 hours of time researching the section I will be prospecting before putting boots on ground. Planned development can interfere with a claim. For example, somewhere West of the White tanks mountains, a 2,000' wide I-11 corridor will be built which will go by Aguilla and somewhat close to the vulture mine. There's no real decision on the route yet. Another thing is to research the BLM's local district travel plans. Over the next few years, the BLM will restrict motorized vehicle usage in 60% of its lands. I found this out after going to the Hassunyumpa district and finding I could not drive as far to the potential claim as I wanted because I saw a "Road Closed to Motorized Vehicles." Ended up getting there, but had to walk a mile and a half further than I planned. I found that particular area valueless, but a lithium company went through and claimed that section. Still can't find the Hassunyumpa TMP, so I don't know what roads are open until I get out there. Sucks when road closures ruin a week of planning. There's some things I'm not that smart on like the BLM plats and the decades of looking through federal registers that will show land withdrawn from prospecting. I like what Bob said about finding areas that are claimed up, and finding an open 10 or 20 acres in that section to look at. I will only caution in the LSD area local to me, on the fringe of the gold bearing zones, I think there's clusters of areas claimed that I feel are worthless, that are only claimed because that section has 19 claims in it compared to much fewer for the surrounding sections, so "it must be good."
  23. 1 point
    Thought I would share this cool looking chunk. When it is wet, the areas with quartz are very transparent, and I can see bits of opal reflecting in the interior. Any idea on what it used to be? To me it looks like a small group of coral, or maybe a larger shell.
  24. 1 point
    Gotta love those bakers, wish my first was that big!
  25. 1 point
    Thats some fine detecting right there! Way to go guys.
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    Tom, Thanks for sharing your experience with the 5000 and coils. I've been working with the DD only and plan to learn it before I put the mono on. I'll get my hands on instruction in November with Bill or Mike when I get there. I live in Georgia, 50 miles from Dahlonega and have been out 2-3 times so far and will be out again later this week a couple of times. It's different here than the desert.... Thanks again for the advice! Aaron
  28. 1 point
    Looks like the wood we find up in Virgin Valley hunting for opal. In that area we have been told by the guys running the mines that this is premineralized wood and not fully petrified yet. If your near a volcanic area could be some opal under your feet. Nice find. ht
  29. 1 point
    OK ... Here ya go ... my no dicker sticker bottom line price ... all cash sales ... NO TRADES ... all pick up locally in Prescott Valley AZ. Or I can deliver at the Nugget Shooter Outing in November. If you need shipping it is on you! Minelab SDC 2300 ... stock equipment plus 3 sets of rechargeable batteries .... $2200.00 Fisher Gold Bug Pro ... two coils: 5" round DD, 10" elliptical DD included ... $300.00
  30. 1 point
    I'm no expert on rocks but I have laid miles of spray paint down locating underground cables for 25 years. It sure looks like spray to me with the rough spots peaking through and the pooling in the valleys. See if it scratches off easily. Old Tom
  31. 1 point
    If you would stay in one spot for more than 3 days we would Tom H.
  32. 1 point
    Nice nuggets you guys.... Good job!!!
  33. 1 point
  34. 1 point
    Gold in the big curve starting at the patch of trees in the lower right of picture.Been there. Good luck!
  35. 1 point
    We plan on getting there Wed. and stay till Monday. Cowboy beans for the pot luck. Can't wait.
  36. 1 point
    There are epoxies that adhere to plastic quite well- just look for it on the label. Always, but always, I cross hatch the area to be glued with a razor knife, then coarse sandpaper, and then acetone or non lubricant ether(starting fluid). I have even used brake cleaner in a pinch.
  37. 1 point
    Both PC7 and JB Weld are the same stuff. Duro 1000 is even better. But none of it will stick to plastic. You might build it up enough for a repair but don't expect it to adhere to the surface. Wipe it good with acetone and then rough it all up with 80 grit paper and the epoxy might adhere a bit better. But the takeaway here is epoxy won't adhere to plastic. The best you can do with epoxy is build a "cast" around the break and hope it holds for a while. Sooner or later the glue will pop loose from the plastic. The shafts are some type of thermoplastic. Probably nylon or pvc. If it softens when you get it hot it can be welded. Just use a like material for filler rod and get it just hot enough for the filler to coalesce with the part. PVC and ldpe will soften with acetone. HDPE and Nylon won't. So you can narrow down what type of filler you need by rubbing a spot with a solvent rag. You can get a cheap welding kit from harbor freight with an assortment of rods and it is worth the pittance you will pay. A heat gun and a wood burner will get you there though. If it is PVC it can be solvent welded. It is tricky to get a strong joint unless you use a sleeve or coupling. All my detector poles are PVC pipe. When I break one I just replace it with a home made one. It is better than trying to fix a snapped piece. I have never broken a home made one and have broken a few factory ones. So there is that. Just my two cents.
  38. 1 point
    Grubby is right on about PC7 can't beat it. I use a pieced of plastic from a laundry detergent bottle to mix the PC7 on and I weigh both A and B on my gold scales so I have the exact right amount of each. Don't be stingy put plenty on the pieces and for sure don't touch for 24 hours.
  39. 1 point
    Chris, There is gold in and around Aiken, albeit a little fine gold in the local streams, you'll find more northward, northwestward and northeastward from there, the closer you get to North Carolina and the better the gold, also there gold in north Georgia, you most likely will not find much if any detectable gold but you may get lucky since the gold detectors now-a-days can detect much smaller gold. Here are some images of the southern gold belts, I had more of these maps on my old computer but it died and I haven't tried to retrieve any of the images yet, and I can't find some of the ones now on the internet that I had on the old computer, if I find any more I'll post them. Georgia gold deposits map from 1909
  40. 1 point
    Because they are both ID sections, why start arguments on others threads?
  41. 1 point
    Then why aren't you posting your hematite-magnetite finds in this section where they belong instead of the meteorite section?
  42. 1 point
    I will be bringing my Chili if I can figure a way to keep it cool from Wednesday to Saturday. May have to freeze it and keep on ice and reheat Saturday.
  43. 1 point
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  45. 1 point
    Sloppy joes and corn bread for dad and I. Tom
  46. 1 point
    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.
  47. 1 point
    Good post thanks for sharing
  48. 1 point
    I happened to run across a news article from the '50s that mentioned a remote picnic site that was popular for weekend and holiday gatherings. A faded black and white photograph showed several concrete tables, benches, and stone bar-b-que pits on a secluded hilltop outside of town. I couldn't find anything else to go on and everyone I talked to had never heard of it, so I explored the back-roads until I located it by a process of elimination. There was nothing left of the concrete and stone that was functionally intact, and the (4x4 only), inaccessibility of the rocky washed out road made the location an ideal lover's lane, beer drinking - high school hideaway. After several trips to the site and a modest clean-up effort, I managed to unearth a few nice surprises: Wheaties, rosies, jeffersons, one buffalo/Indian head, a girls10k gold ring with a tiny "diamond" setting, and a singed 1961 Ben Franklin half dollar. The biggest surprise though, was the improvised "black-jack" made from a gym sock filled with (217) clad pennies, hidden under a pile of rocks. That's what makes detecting so head shaking interesting. You just never know what you might find next!
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  50. 0 points
    Nice little picker. Don't know how many times that's happened to me. You hit on one within the first five minutes and thinking this is going to be a great day...only to get skunked from then on.
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