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  1. 14 points
    I was out on another one of Arizona's (of-late) gloomy-overcast days down in the lower desert today. It wasn't bad, I'm just used to our Arizona sunshine out there. Anyway, I have never claimed to be, nor do I even desire to be a hard rock miner having to do all that heavy pick'n and hammering etc., etc.,etc., but lately have been forced into it. These three nuggets that I got today forced me to dig deep into my arsenal of angled-screwdrivers, prying devices; and then finally I resort to using my heavy duty pick and spade to get the final nugget out from it's deeply-embedded hiding spot within the bedrock itself. All three nuggets came from different spots; the first two were deep (down 5" or-so) down in riffle cracks and encased within a grey colored clay. And if I hadn't had my long-slender angled screwdriver I'd of never gotten down to either one of them. The initial signals were very week to almost nothing at all, but the signal was there, and repeatable. I really had to work and pry away the sides of the bedrock crack just to get them out. The round nugget has a very small-natural hole right thru it. Now the last nugget of the day (the very bottom one) freaked-me-out with it's very-week, and confusing signal . And, on top of that I come to find out that it was lodged way down and within the fractured bedrock itself,...it hadn't traveled there and then become lodged,....it was part of the bedrock!! When I swung my coil over the spot I got an-"O-so-faint" signal, just barley there. It was confusing in that I only got the signal from one direction(?) of my coil swing. I almost wrote it off as being a mineralized spot;... but there was just something there that was trying to tell me otherwise. So I commenced to use all of my angled and pry(and poke) screwdrivers to remove as much of the bedrock as possible. The bedrock was of a semi-fractured schist-type of rock, but it was "Hard-as_a-Rock-"Solid."" I scraped and pry'd and loosened as much as I could, segregating the loose material, and then swung my coil over the two areas. But the almost-nothing-signal was still at the hardest part of the bedrock???? I went thru this process over and over again for "what felt like an hour!" And, even as much splintered bedrock that I had removed from the spot, the signal had "not-gotten" louder (which would indicate that I was getting closer to it),....What-is-going-on-here???? So, at that point I decided to take out my heavy duty pick with the spade on one end (the big gun) and beat it to a pulp . I was finally able to penetrate the "Hard-as-a-Rock" bedrock, fracturing it down to about 8", scraped all the piece aside and cleared the area as best as I could, and then swung my coil over both spots. Finally,..there was no signal at-all where it had been all this time,........the signal was in the pile of splintered bedrock,......."YaHooooooooooo". The nugget ain't big, but there was a signal (of-sorts) there. Looks like I got to start "Pack'n" a CHISEL!!! Gary
  2. 13 points
    I finally made it back to the Big Az the weekend of the 18th! This time we were in prospecting mode for new areas and as usual, we hit it hard and took advantage of the time I was there. We did drop in on one of the Big Bug Mining District claims and that’s where I pulled these three from ‘eddy spots’ where bedrock crosses the wash. These came from places that started with no signal whatsoever, I just felt that gold would stop there when the wash was flowing, so I dug a bit with my pick, then detected again with my 2300 and was rewarded!
  3. 4 points
    This is an old thread, but to me the GPX 4500 is new thanks to Rob ..... Took it out today for the first time and found a little small .30g nugget under some tree roots in an old wash with ancient river beds and coming fron an SD 2200D and a GP3500 I can say today I dug holes I never had dug in the past, mostly lead, but I swear I never dug (2 feet) deep holes before to find lead .......
  4. 3 points
    "Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm "Hand Stacking"" .......And look what they missed. Gary
  5. 2 points
    No free metal. No chondrules. No fusion crust. No meteorite. You don't need "testing". It is obviously terrestrial mineral iron. Sometimes it is easier to identify meteorites than it is guys who pretend to know about them. Be very careful of the information you get on this forum because much of it is complete nonsense.
  6. 2 points
    OT I turned 32... And woke up with a sore back. It's all down hill from here lol
  7. 2 points
    Almost as good as the Wishstick 2000.
  8. 2 points
    These are nothing but scams and have no scientific basis for working as advertised. Don't waste your money. Remember what a very famous american once said about suckers being born every minute.
  9. 2 points
    It is a mineral. It is also a metal. It is also an element. Any of these descriptions is appropriate for naturally occurring gold. They are all different classifications that indicate different physical groups. Gold is a member of all of them. Just like humans are animals, mammals and primates. So is gold a mineral, a metal and an element. It is the same way of classification only with chemistry and physics of inanimate material rather than taxonomy of living organisms.
  10. 2 points
    Hey y'all, who's going to the Tucson G& M show and when... ??? ,,, Dodacious and I are thinking about finally going down to it...Who else? John B.? Mayhaps we should have a Nugget Shooter newtimers and old timers gig there? Cheers, Unc
  11. 2 points
    I think the pink part is feldspar and the clear part is quartz. Diamond testers are not reliable.
  12. 2 points
    Nice ride ! Cant go wrong with a Honda !!
  13. 1 point
    I'll get rid of what I have and start hunting fresh. It would be awesome to travel on day and tag along with people who have experience in what to hunt for. I have access to small beaches that people dont have access to lots of forests ,slopes and creeks in the same area. BC gold hunters are getting lucky now days, I think I'm in the wrong hobby for this area. thank you all so much for your patiencpatience and I'll do alot more research. none of my rocks have the definition or the texture like the one in your pictures, its beautiful. cheers
  14. 1 point
    I would get it in front of someone that knows fire agates. You can waste a lot of time for no reason or destroy a great stone. Anyone that has carved fire agate will be able to let you know if it has potential. It is very uncommon to know how much potential without starting to grind it with diamond bits. Without being specific can you let us know the general region you found the stones. True fire agate is not very common and I don't know of any of the areas that are associated with gold however there are lots of areas with brown chalcedony.
  15. 1 point
    Thanks Mike, attempting to use the data now. Might take some time to learn the times / elevation / filters.
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    Well, Jan 9th makes one year of nugget hunting for me. I've had a blast, learned a lot, and gotten myself in decent shape. If I live another 30 years, I just might be able to absorb something from my pile of geology books. I spend summers in Wa. State, but spend half my time up there wishing I was down south. Here's my haul for my first year. Wifey has claimed the largest specimen as her own. I have been informed it will be a pendant hanging around her neck. Makes up for all the flowers I never get her, I suppose! Thanks for all the good advice and entertaining stories you guys post. I've learned a lot, with a helluva lot more to go! Regards, Kyle
  18. 1 point
    Sorry..... neither are meteorites. A famous meteorite hunter and dealer once stated there's an average of 7 to 10 meteorites per SQUARE MILE with most the size of a pea. The chances of finding one on your property is almost nil. If you're really serious about finding a meteorite, go visit a meteorite strewn field like Gold Basin or Franconia and bring a metal detector with you. The odds are much better. Or depending on where you live, take long hikes to look for unusual rocks that don't seem to belong and have meteorite characteristics. Again....the chances are slim but you never know. There's a member of this forum who became interested in meteorites and was successful.in finding one. Originally he wanted to travel out to Arizona to look for one but instead found one while taking a hike with his wife not far from his house.
  19. 1 point
    Slag has gases escape too but they push the hole out, leaving a lipped rim around the hole. A meteorite expands while under atmospheric pressure, so the holes are pressed down by the air. Slag will have holes with rims and meteorites always have flat holes.
  20. 1 point
    The flat side suggests it broke up in the atmosphere and the edges rounded off. This is a good specimen to send for further science, the most meteorite like rock you have posted. It looks pitted but the only way to know for sure is more testing. You might have an expert say it isn't one but always get a second opinion. With chemical data you can rule it out for sure. What is the density? It looks dense.
  21. 1 point
    Or if you know Marc Fries or Rob Matson, reach out to them directly
  22. 1 point
    https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/report/189691 Dont know about radar, but is this the one? Date of fall?
  23. 1 point
    Garikfox That's about a normal day in detecting. I think your a hoot! and have all of the drive and desire to be successful. Keep at it!
  24. 1 point
    It is hematite replacement. Sandstone that has undergone iron enrichment by a chemical process. It gets waterlogged easy. A specific gravity can only be done accurately by extracting the water with vacuum and then wighing dry. Then weigh in water. It's terrestrial iron.
  25. 1 point
    That is so small that I would think getting density would be difficult. Especially as porous as that rock is. I bet most stuff on earth has a density of 3.0 give or take .5,
  26. 1 point
    Most meteorites are 3.0 density+ because of the heavy metal.This does not appear meteoric to me. That bring said there is another type of meteorite called a planetary meteorite. Does it have holes where gas escaped? It appears to be man made but it could be planetary.
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  28. 1 point
    RAIN, RAIN, RAIN, had to dig out an old pic so I won't forget what gold looks like......
  29. 1 point
    This is all very interesting to me. I have always detected for gold but never really paid much attention to the rocks. I am not sure what I will do with them. Really don't know how or what to do with them. Now these rocks I understand a little bit.
  30. 1 point
    Here's some of the Wickenburg meteorites I've found...Cheers, Unc
  31. 1 point
    From the pictures I cannot tell, it does not appear to have aerodynamic flow features. It could be a congomerate though you would probably want a comprehensive chemical analysis, for minerals and elements. So from the pictures I would say no. Otherwise you can send it to a testing institution, or service or college that recently tested new meteorites that have official names. If it is one, I would not know what type.
  32. 1 point
    Gotta hand it to you RD, your doing a great job researching those pics. From what little I've been able to find is the name Ahnawake Clinch is Cherokee. My first wifes grandparents could just barely speak English. They had a church about six miles East of Hartshorne,OK. I went there with her one Sunday and that was a different experience for sure. All of the church service was in the Cherokee language.
  33. 1 point
    Thanks Edge. I was looking for a friend. Frank C. is back in business building sample drywashers. Got a couple coming my way soon.
  34. 1 point
    .....crap After proof reading my first post on this site, I realized I screwed up and called gold a mineral. Pardon my brain fart. Gold is a metal. Duh.
  35. 1 point
    Hope you had a Happy Birthday!
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    I keep the 18" gad bar chisel and a small sledge in my truck in case I need to start hard rock mining for a nugget.
  38. 1 point
    Looks like sedimentary river cobble, I don't see anything to indicate meteorite.
  39. 1 point
    Yea, I sorta overlooked mentioning that a hammer would also come in handy,...........well, I now have two hammers and two chisels ready to go ,.....I have two different backpacks that I use, depending if I also carry a shovel or not. Gary
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    No worries, I'll keep the secret in my trunk, right next to the spare tires and bodies.... Regards, Kyle
  42. 1 point
    Quartz and Rhyolite, wasted your money on a diamond detector.
  43. 1 point
    Way to go Gary !! When you're experienced, you don't walk away from signals like that. Nice nugs. Luke
  44. 1 point
    I use as much plastic beads as stones in the final polish. And lots of soap. I re use my slurry sometimes to thicken the mix. They get damaged in the final polish the easiest. And that is where seperating your stones by hardness really makes a difference. I generally rinse well and burnish for a few hours between each grit. The final burnish can beat things up if you leave them too long. I use a lot of plastic beads and powdered soap. Obsidian and quartz really beat up around the edges easy. I get really good results in just a few hours but sometimes if I leave them too long they get hammered. The thicker the slurry and the more plastic beads I use the less this happens. I also try to keep the drum above half full. The closer it gets to half the more trouble I have with scuffing the edges. Also my big 15lb. Tumbler will beat them up quicker than my little 3 and 4 lb. Barrels. Maybe because it handles bigger rocks. Maybe because they have farther to fall in the big barrel. Whatever the reason the big drum will scuff them up easier it seems.
  45. 1 point
    Dang, That is a really clean 5k.
  46. 1 point
    Thanks I did add a windshield and a roof. The girlfriend will have to tuff it out lol.
  47. 1 point
    I'm back everyone 🙂. Took me awhile to heal from my last endeavor 8 days ago. But i'm back ready to go. Note too self don't mess with neck muscles. My next Expedition will be on the 11th, Monday. I have some very good news and since i don't really have any friends to share my excitement with i'd like to share my excitement with you all! I got my BUGGY!!! 2020 Honda Pioneer 700 I got it today from Ride Now Powersports Chandler. I financed it with 4K down. Super awesome, me happy! 🙂
  48. 1 point
    Thanks and i'll keep trying
  49. 1 point
    JFYI, anyone with a Minelab modified detector with a problem. Always told Minelab wouldn’t service a modified unit. Last month my Woody modded 4500 started having problems with a failing function switch. I contacted Detector Center in PA (814.283.4270) or Service@minelabamericas.com and got a RMA#. Sent it off last Wednesday. They called this morning, they replaced both switches as other one was a bit slow. 2 switches and ½ hour labor paid and it’s in return mail. Does not get any better than that!
  50. 1 point
    The Picture is aweful, I`m sorry. But you certainly get the idea. One of the most cubed pieces I ever found. Sold long ago...
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