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  1. 24 points
    Boulder dash and I got out for a day and he just smoked me ! Lots of hard work in the new spots but it looks like I need to chose a different area Enjoy !! Boulderdash`s is on right Mine on the left ......
  2. 13 points
    Managed to get down into the lower desert today after a lengthy period of painting my house and doing other catch-up projects. Ran across this fist'y dude crossing the dirt road ahead of me. By the time I fumbled around and found my camera it was up starting into the brush and dry grass. Once it caught site of me it coiled up and was ready for some serious business. Attitude-wise, it wasn't taking any S@#?!! from anyone, nor anything. It's a little hard to see in the photo's, as it is blending into the background very well. I let it be it's cantankerous-self and drove on over to a new( to me anyway) wash where I did manage to find this 1.02 Gram flat-pancake-shaped nugget. I was using my 14" Evo coil, which I haven't been using much of. Also managed to pull out about 15 chunks of old lead bullets;...a good sign that no one has been detecting up this particular wash.
  3. 11 points
    So I thought I'd post an update on what's been found since "The Best Day Ever". I've been back to this location a few times now and there's still gold there, but it's getting much harder to find. I went out there yesterday with the modded 4000 and the 11" Commander and picked up a couple more for just over half a gram. Happy Hunting !! Luke
  4. 8 points
    Jim was a good friend and mentor to many of us, especially those of us who got involved in nuggetshooting in the pre-1990 era. In the late 1980's he would frequently visit us at the editorial offices of "Treasure" Magazine, where many happy hours were spent "talking gold.". He was rarely absent from GPAA Gold Shows in Southern California, Las Vegas, or Phoenix/Mesa. At one such Show he approached my booth, handed me a spectacular specimen of auriferous quartz, and asked me "Where do you think this was found in Southern California?. Studying it, I answered "[site A]". "Nope." "[site B?]." "Nope." "[site c?]" "Nope." I then asked, as he turning away "So where?" "Ain't tellin'" was his response. Then he added, "but I now know of 3 new places to try!" ,
  5. 5 points
    Garifox you should be completely confused and befuddled by now. If money is a concern start small... If you must have the newest, brightest toy; go BIG! When I started in 1980 I had visions of big nuggets and great wealth...my first detected nugget came after many vain and false starts...the size of a grain of rice!!! What a thrill, what a memory! I have done moderately well since, learned a lot and made many great friends. There in lies the real gold. good luck fred
  6. 5 points
    Sorry to hear the news. Thank you Sir for sharing all your knowledge. Dear Lord, Please take care of the wonderful and thoughtful man we in the prospecting community were so blessed to have and please ease the pain in the hearts of his family and friends. In Jesus name -Amen.
  7. 5 points
    Took the rig out on my first long trip to Southern Oregon and joined my friend on his turkey hunt. Reallly impressed on how she ran... Can't wait till I can't try her out in the desert... if it ever quits raining here. Took the oppurtunity for a photo on a gas stop. That's Mt Shasta in the background.
  8. 5 points
    I don`t think that the consumer should have to jerry-rig a brand new product for that price. The problem is that there is a large learning curve to drywashing. You can not just buy a new unit, and be successful without delay. I would imagine , most of the purchases are new to the hobby and they wont have a complaint because they do not even know there is a problem. The simplicity of the older boxes are much more user friendly.
  9. 5 points
    Dude I wish you would of posted your question about the new 151s before you purchased.. Or you may have and I just missed it. As a highly experienced drywasher with many pounds of gold recovered with the the gray box 151 ( model before 151s) it was a incredibly reliable and high recovery machine with an average of 90% recovery. I currently own three 151 boxes due to there higher recovery over all other drywashers. Keene was making them right as all 3 machines are about the same when it comes to recovery. It should also be mentioned I do not pre classify ever as it's a huge waist of time, there is a screen on a drywasher for a reason. Now when the 151s came out I was able to use one in the field... The biggest problem for me was the new 151s was loosing high amounts of gold to my tailings as well as the tray not fitting and spilling all over the place. I tried every secret I knew to help recovery and was very disappointed in Keene trying to reinvent the wheel on something that was working so well. I feel like they made it all complex so people would think it was better and spend the extra $... that was not the case as it is junk in my professional opinion. It may be possible I just got a bad 151s box. But seeing how you have 5 trays with problems I'm leaning that 151s is a bust. Here's an option. Send your 5 crap trays back to them and have them send you 5 trays from the original design. And send 5 original design fans with adjustable weights. The 151s had a new fan and weight system in the one I used and I didn't care for it as I couldn't change the weight counter balance.
  10. 5 points
    Your coil must have gained some weight from not being used much Mike C...
  11. 4 points
    Although this video is about 6 months Old, It was (almost) our first nugget found since we got to spend the day with him learning the ropes. Comment on the video, I'm going to start recording more videos as time goes on, so like, and subscribe and hopefully more color will come my way! Thanks A LOT!!!
  12. 4 points
    The most dangerous thing in those photo`s is the foxtail grasses. Those darn things get in my boots, then into my socks, poke my feet etc. They can ruin a whole day of detecting! Nice nugget though !
  13. 4 points
    Garik, Not wanting to bust your bubble...but just keep in mind that there are some people who it took years to find their first nugget, others not so long but still metal detecting for gold is said to be one of the hardest ways to find gold, and then there are people who have been doing this for a very long time and because they know how to do the proper research for new areas and know what to look for out in the field to hunt for gold and those guys are usually the ones who can possibly pay off their detectors, most never do. One of the best ways to find gold in the desert is to do your research find some small and fine gold in the dirt by testing and then bust your ass running all the material down to bedrock through a dry washer, you will still want a metal detector to help out doing this but start slow and get a good detector that will hit on small gold, the Gold Monster, GoldBug or White 24K, the PI detectors are nice for hitting deeper gold and shallow gold but I would work my way up to a PI....if you prove to yourself you can find gold to began with. So again I would start slow get a good VLF detector and if you find metal detecting is not what you hoped it would be you can still sell the detector for good price although it will still be less than what you paid for it and hopefully if you found any gold you will come out OK and not lose any money. I wish you the best of luck but I wanted you to look at the reality of this and go out and enjoy yourself in the beautiful desert more so than to get out there and be disappointed if you don't do as well as you hope you would.
  14. 4 points
    Hi guys, I was in Bendigo that day and have been in the area for over a week now. They allow people to hunt for gold in their parks. Bendigo is a pretty big city and it is like having LSD as part of the greater city. They don't turn their parks into Monuments, National Recreation areas or State Parks which make them off limits to detecting. There is a follow up to that story. When you are in Australia prospecting in the parks or the forests (there is a difference) you need what is called a Miner's Right to keep the gold you find. There is some 'question' if you need to be looking for it or just take it if you weren't looking. The story now goes that they little girl who found the nugget and her dad did not have a Miner's Right (license) which only costs $20 for 10 years. It is unknown what is going to happen to them or the nugget based upon the law. On another story, about the same day up in Wedderburn which is northwest of Bendigo some was walking and found a 7.5 oz nugget. They didn't take it to the papers and they don't have the problem with a Miner's Right! I have a Miner's Right but I only have a couple of little nuggets which total to about 1g. I wish I had their problems! Mitchel
  15. 4 points
    CBD with out THC is legal in all US states now. The only place there's a potential problem is Canada. CBD oil is legal there but only from Canadian suppliers. Technically, the hemp must be grown in Canada, processed into oil in Canada and distributed by Canadians. A licensed Canadian importer/distributor can bring it in with the right license. I know one CBD US company that ignored or didn't research the law that has had big shipments seized at the border and confiscated...Big loss for them. Canada legalized it solely for the benefit of Canadian agriculture and marketers. OK by me because there's a huge US market growing every month. I'm really enjoying helping others feel better and we had two major good results in our own family. My wife's step mom was diagnosed in Fall 2018 with stage 4 cancer throughout her body. Drs. started her on chemo immediately, and at the same time we began providing CBD oil to help her however it might. Six months later she's been given a clean bill of health, no cancer and she's been out of bed since February and doing well. One of Dodie's brothers has major diabetes and was diagnosed several months ago with major Macular Degeneration which apparently is a common effect of long term diabetes. He went back to his doctor very recently who told him there was no evidence of MD. The Doc was amazed, but we never put 2+2 together until we started researching it. Check it out! Cheers, Unc
  16. 3 points
    Boulder Dash strikes again. Tom and I owe our first encounters with the metal detector to Mr. Dash. He has helped so many in the past it's time for a big 'Hurrah' for the guy. Well done my man. Old Tom
  17. 3 points
    Garik, purchase a year's membership first. Also, join the GPAA for year, too. After a year you will know if nuggetshooting is for you. HH jim
  18. 3 points
    The desert in summertime is a killer if you're not well prepared and even then it can still be deadly, I agree that night time hunting is a very good idea if you're detecting in the summertime. One thing no one has mentioned is SNAKES, be sure to get a good pair of snake gaiters and or snake boots and wear them day or night in the desert, this is even more important when hunting at night, snakes are very active in the summer at night and are much harder to spot as well, also never stick your hands anywhere you can't see everything extremely clearly, better to stick the coil, your pick or a stick into an area when you can't see what's there than to get bitten on the hand by a snake trying to defend itself and never kill any snakes, you're in their home out there.
  19. 3 points
    a thing to think about is...If you buy a detector from Bill , you also get instructions too...in my opinion it would be...GLOD monster for just GOLD OR Equinox 800 for general hunting, Talk to Bill about your choice on either machine...can't go wrong buying from a GREAT dealer.....my opinion.
  20. 3 points
    Fred, I would bet that the cover is PVC thermoplastic. PVC is easily reshaped at about 175 degrees. It will start losing form at about 220. Any PVC (or other thermoplastic) has a "sweet spot" as far as heat goes and that is when the inside of the piece reaches the optimum forming temperature. The surface is often much hotter and you need to be careful not to overheat the surface and small projections trying to get the core temp right. . Slowly preheat the item in the oven to about 160 degrees and then take it the rest of the way with a heat gun (not a blow dryer. A blow dryer does not get hot enough to form thermoplastic). A round object like that could be placed on a lazy susan or some other spinning device so you could spin it and evenly heat up those fingers without taking it out of the oven. The trick is to get the core temps into the thermoforming range without overheating the surface and this takes patience. Most guys get in too big a hurry and overheat the items in one spot and warp things. That big flat surface would be easy to tweak if the heat was uneven. I have made a bunch of PVC items like knife sheaths (Kydex), handgun holsters (Kydex), detector poles (PVC) and all sorts of mounting brackets. I have also done a pantload of plastic welding on HDPE, LDPE and ABS items. Kayaks are rotomolded thermoplastic HDPE and they are easy to re-shape, weld and modify. It is all the same with any thermoplastic as long as you know the exact temperature range you need to shape, bend or weld. I use a laser surface thermometer and my kitchen oven to preheat the item to the proper temps for forming and then take it the rest of the way with a heat gun. I know the output temp of the heat gun because I checked it with a mercury thermometer on the various settings. Since you don't need to weld or reshape anything all you really need to do is get the piece above 160 degrees all the way to the core without overheating. I would simply pop it in the oven with a pizza pan under it and foil over it to keep an even temp. Let it sit in the heat for ten minutes or so to insure the core temps are the same as the surface temps and then push it down on the coil. It will go below the forming temps really quick and get solid fast as long as you don't get it way too hot. There are lots of HDPE and PVC items that you could make your own covers out of for pennies. I make all sorts of stuff out of "Playskool" kids toys which are HDPE thermoplastic. Pieces big enough to form coil covers are readily available and you could form one as easily as you could fit the factory cover on your coil. I make awesome shake guards, metatarsal guards and all sorts of cool items from old kids toys. Old milk jugs, water cans and 5 gallon buckets can be easily re-shaped into almost anything you need. All it takes is knowing what type of plastic you have and the proper temperatures to form it. You can easily weld a new bottom on a coil cover getting thin, repair a hole in a kayak or make a holster for your Glock out of a kid's toy. All it takes is the proper temperature range and filler material.
  21. 3 points
    A genuinely helpful person, seriously dedicated to educating and enlightening others about detecting for gold, great guy to talk to, one that will truly be missed. All the best, Lanny
  22. 3 points
    My 5000 has been collecting dust for the last 11 months. The modded detector will run any coil a normal detector will run. I chose the 11" yesterday so I could maneuver in the grasses better than the 15" EVO previously. The gold pictured was found with the 4000 and the 15" EVO, with the exceptions of the 5 smallest (SDC), and the two found with the commander. I really like the EVO, but if I could only choose one coil, it would be the 11" Commander. It has a great combination of depth and sensitivity. I'm very confident with it.
  23. 3 points
    Jim's interest in gold mining came about due to the stories told him by his grandfather, Joseph Vietti. "Grandpa Joe" frequently regaled young Jim with stories about the wild and wooly mining camps in "the old days" 50 (and more) years before Jim was born. I collect gold mining camp ghost town tokens, and when I learned that Joe turned from being a gold miner to being a saloon keeper in Delamar Nevada (The Pioneer Saloon} I put forth a considerable effort to locate a Pioneer Saloon token. When I presented it to Jim as a gift his gratitude was so great that you would have thought I had given him the Hope Diamond. As seen from the comments in this and other forums, Jim touched many lives. The Midas touch. HH Jim
  24. 3 points
    R.I.P. Mr. Straight, I'll see ya on the other side.
  25. 3 points
    The word is out that Jim has passed away. I last saw and spoke with Jim a bit over a year ago. He spent several hours on both Saturday and Sunday in the ICMJ booth with me at the Pomona GPAA show. He was a good man and wrote many books on prospecting as well as many articles for the ICMJ. It is sad to see him go. I know I posted this picture before, but its my last one with Jim.
  26. 3 points
    Goldseeker4K Congratulations on putting your project together, it certainly looks good, at least the front and rear covers do. I know there is a market for high quality stuff with good content and wish you well going forward. Bob has been known to stir a bit, but he does it with style and grace, so all things considered things could be worse. Carry on.
  27. 3 points
    New "Bird" for the North Korean Air Force. Innovative for sure. You can never tell what these guys will come up with next . . . NEW NORTH KOREAN AF JET FIGHTER.mp4
  28. 3 points
    There's an almost new Gold Bug 2 in the classifieds.
  29. 3 points
    Jeff, I sure appreciate you dropping in to leave such a generous and kind note, much appreciated, and I guess I'm one of the lucky ones as I have a spouse that's truly loving to chase the gold as much as I do. When I first started out chasing the gold, she wasn't that interested, but when I was dredging, she and my mother-in-law would pan my dredge concentrates. That was an eye-opener for her! (The mother-in-law got the nickname "gold grabber" as she'd always grab the nuggets and drop them in her jar!) After the dredge-concentrates fun, my wife really got into panning as well as sniping bedrock, and for the last few years, she's been my speed-panning expert (we throw nugget signals in plastic gold pans while we're detecting virgin bedrock exposed by placer mining [50-60 feet of overburden removed to access the ancient channels], as it saves us the time of ID'ing each individual target, and she pans out the nuggets!) Well, that also got her hooked on nuggets, and she's tried swinging the detector a few times over that virgin bedrock, and she's found a few too. (She hates the heavy Minelabs, loves the light VLF's) Because she's got the fever now, that's why she wanted her own detector, and she wanted a light one that would be easy to swing, and a detector that had an easy learning curve, but one with modern electronics that would do the job by handling the ground better than the older VLF's. So, that's why she chose the Minelab Gold Monster, and she had success the first time out!! I told her there's people out there that have had detectors for years, and they still haven't got their coils over gold, lots of trash recovered, but no gold, and she gets two chunks of gold the first outing, remarkable. All the best, and thanks for being so kind as to leave some feedback, Lanny
  30. 2 points
    garikfox: What azdigger said. Starting out, that is very good advice. But whatever detector you decide to buy, I highly recommend that you take the time to make at least one purchase from the Nuggetshooter, even if it's just an accessory of some kind. And go to his storefront in Morristown and pick it up in person. Unless he happens to be extremely busy at the time, you will likely be able to get 20 minutes or more, of the most valuable prospecting/nugget-hunting advice that is available anywhere. (or not available anywhere) This will put you a long ways ahead of what you might be reading on the internet or in generalist type publications. This is the inside scoop. I kid you not. And the beauty of it is, much of it is localized information pertaining to LSD (Wickenberg) and the Bradshaw mountain area.
  31. 2 points
    VERY FUNNY!!! not yet, I am waiting for a warm and sunny day to massage my coil cover... fred
  32. 2 points
    So Fred, how did it go? I picture you sitting on the floor with a jar of coconut oil and a hair dryer. Did it work? More importantly, did you get video?
  33. 2 points
    I felt like I was being watched, now you know what wash I dropped into. lol!
  34. 2 points
    How did I miss this post.... Awesome on the patch... congrats and thanks for sharing the experience. ..Commander 11" one of the most underrated coils today. ...
  35. 2 points
    I didn't even think of a PI detector until down the road. Just remember to invest wisely. Dont spend more than you have to. Also, most people keep their vlf machines when they bump up to a PI. For me , I got the gold bug 2 for myself, the gm1000 came shortly after. Sdc2300 around 1 year later.
  36. 2 points
    Nice looking nuggets sir, congrats.
  37. 2 points
    Got out today around the LSD area, and waved to Bill as we passed each other . The thunderstorms almost bullied me out of this spot , but I stuck it out. Glad I hung around, as I found a very fine piece of wire gold...Enjoy !
  38. 2 points
    It's great to have life long friends!!! My parents were friends with his parent before we were even born. That's a long time to be buddies. I remember the time we even went to hunter safety course together as kids, along with many hunting and fishing trips with our families. Now that we're older.... it's great when the stars and moon align to where we can hook up. They aligned and I was able to head to his cabin in Oregon and join him on his turkey hunt. He was able to fill his turkey tags, getting his last one a couple ours after I left to head home. Here are a couple that he connected with. We did do some swinging of the coils while there and he was able to find an old knozzle from when they washed the banks down on the year round creek behind his cabin back in the day. I did have fun behind the lens of the camera, but next year I think I'll spring for a liscense and tag of my own.
  39. 2 points
    Don't mean to hijack this thread but here's another large nugget from Australia that was found in the traditional way....a metal detector. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-48331769 Always wanted to go to Australia years ago but never did.
  40. 2 points
    Yea was nice finding so many pieces. It was major exhausting hard work . I'm still feeling sore muscles.
  41. 2 points
    I never knew you Jim, but have heard many great things about you. Thank you for passing on such great knowledge. Bill has passed your knowledge along to so many including myself. I am so grateful and blessed to be a part of this gold prospecting community. RIP Jim Straight.
  42. 2 points
    My Mentor has left..... It is not that I am selfish, but I feel a loss like no other over this. I dealt with the pain of knowing a month or two back of this day coming. I am sad and proud to have known this man so well for so long.
  43. 2 points
    That was a good decision. I did not see the Whites GMT 24K in your list . You should consider it. I wish I could get my hands on one for a day. For gold nuggets and you being new user, I would recommend the Gold Monster 1000 , or the Whites GMT 24K .
  44. 2 points
    desert is hard on plastic. gone for six months got back to the cabin, had ten five gallon plastic water jugs store in the shade. the tops of the jugs lifted off at the water line of the jugs which were only about 3/4 full. replaced them with glass jugs. if you don't replace the coil cover soon as you get it. will shrink. coconut oil won't react with plastic so warming with a hair dryer will exspand it enough to slip it on.
  45. 2 points
    I'm really sad to hear that as well. We corresponded vis email a number of times and have an autographed book from Jim. Jim and I knew some of the same people and hunted in the same areas but we never met. What a loss. RIP Jim
  46. 2 points
    Hello. My name is Garik i will be age 45 on June 7th and i live in Queen Creek. I was born in Phoenix but grew up in Mesa. My main hobby has been building computers since i was age 15. I think its time to add a new hobby, gold metal detecting. I finally saved enough money to buy a metal detector. I always wanted to do it since I've always been fascinated with the Lost Dutchman Mine. For the past month I've studied a lot of information about superstition mountains and gold metal detecting here in AZ. From what I've learned i'm assuming the best places for me to go are Wickenburg and Prescott areas. Black Canyon i hear has some good spots as well. I will also be joining the Roadrunners, from my perspective this would be a wise decision. Last week I actually bought a Metal Detector, the Garrett AT Gold. I returned it unused a few days later after having a feeling i could probably do better with a Minelab Gold Monster 1000. I'm still debating on what brand to purchase. I'd like to thank "Mr. Nugget Shooter", your videos taught me a lot thank you.
  47. 2 points
    Fred If it is one of the aftermarket covers you can heat some water in a shallow pan. Briefly dip each tab into the water to soften it and with a gloved hand reshape them to allow a looser fit. Have a good day, Chet
  48. 2 points
    I use fumed silica to thicken epoxy resin. I think that is exactly how it is made. They heat up DE and re-crystallize it in a flue. It is like snowflakes.
  49. 2 points
    The food grade DE is sold for human consumption and used to rebuild joint cartilage and connective tissue, among other things. Deadly on fleas and parasites when used as a dusting agent for pets and their bedding. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjbnJGXiJ_iAhUMi6wKHai2CAUQFjAAegQIABAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fdraxe.com%2Fdiatomaceous-earth%2F&usg=AOvVaw0qK2qdgbXy-tBcsHe50tXD
  50. 2 points
    Bob mentioned diatomaceous earth (DE). I’d like to point out that there are two types. There is the type Bob was talking about, which can be used to kill insects, is often used as a feed additive for livestock, and is totally safe for just about anything you can think of. Then there is the type used for pool filters. DE for pool filters has undergone heating to very high temperatures which changes its structure. This type of DE is an inhalation hazard and does cause silicosis.
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