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  1. 9 hours ago, Old Tom said:

    Yeah, I remember that one it moves about a couple hundred yards a year.  I wanted to hook a chain to it and pull it aside but Tom wanted to go around.  I got out and took the picture and stayed safe.  He got around it and so did everyone else that went up that wash until the next year when it moved again.  It's the same year Yoto as ours an we got a couple of small parts off it.  Look at the bed rock in the foreground, that wash produced some really good gold for many years.  The overburden is really deep and hard packed, you need some equipment to move it.     :Diggin_a_hole:

      Old Tom

    "Aha",... Does Not look that bad to me,.....I'll bet that if you where to dig down and out about 3-4 ft and follow that juice-looking bedrock you would be in Gold-Heaven.  Give me an invite,...I'll help ya dig it out.....:Diggin_a_hole:This picture is worth a thousand words,..and maybe that many nuggets!?!?  Gary

  2. 12 hours ago, TomH said:

    Interesting....looks like its been there a while as people have used it for target practice. Just never know the story on why................Here is one that has been slowly moving out to the main wash every year after the monsoons.  Swapped a little paint with it getting around it. :) 


    Tom H. 


    Hey Tom,....That's a pretty Tight-Fit there, especially with gravity forcing you right down into it.  Did you ever drag it, or "comealong" it out of the way???  I love the looks of that bedrock.  Gary

  3. Well, .....has anyone out there "Lost" one of these since the last monsoon season????  I was working (literally) my way down a very rouged gorge today that dropped down into the main wash.  About every 50 ft or so the gradient dropped (via rock water falls) down 15-20 ft or so making it very sketchy going to work my way down them.  I had made it down the gorge about a mile and thought a couple of times that I would have to turn around and head back up the wash for not being able to make it any further.  I had just made it past a rough spot and looked down stream to see what I would be facing next, when I spotted something large and metal-looking,...like a camper or something??????  I could not imagine anyone having a camper or any type of vehicle down this far in this rough gorge!?!?   I was a-gas to see this vehicle blocking the wash ;........it was as though someone had airlifted it and just dropped it there, as there are no roads anywhere for a mile or so in any direction, the wash continues to drop extremely even down stream of it, and there was no way of driving it upstream to where it was lodged.????  All four tires and the spare (All teran's) where on the vehicle, the engine and drive train where there too.  Ya never know what you might run across when your hiking out in the desert!?!!?  Gary   









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  4. 8 hours ago, Trailertrash said:

    Very true. I keep forgetting that until recently, gold machines had no screen at all. 

    Gold machines have screens???:89:????  .....Since When??:00000067:????....Neither one of my gold machines have screens?!?:confused0089[1]:!?!!?..............How come my gold machines don't have screens???:barnie:????         I know,..... because I have learned to listen to the signal tones,.:yesss::ya:..........I don't need no "stink'n":nono: screen on my machine to find gold.....  Didn't have, nor need a screen on my machine to find these:....:yesss:.............................Duck Tape over and Get away from that screen and become familiar with the signal-tones that your detector is sending you.  Gary





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  5. 18 minutes ago, Trailertrash said:

    Gary, I'm onboard with the crow theory, at this point! I am moving on to new areas, for now. Like you mentioned, if I get a PI detector, I'll go over the area again. I feel like 20 hours is a solid effort, and I can move on, for now. Gonna file it in the "someday" pile, while looking for greener pastures...

    Tom, thanks for the reply. I had a blast chasing theories, and what-if scenarios, all over that hillside. All except the feet-ass-sky pirouette move. Gonna skip that next time.

    I know next to zero about geology, or prospecting, in general. I am cramming knowledge down as fast as I can. One nugget was a lucky break, but I never want to quit anything early, and wonder later if I failed to try hard enough.

    I drove my Dad nuts, when he took me fishing as a little kid. I was SURE that "next cast" had a fish for me, and I would be casting over my shoulder, as he drug me back to the truck...

    I'm shy on skill and education at this point, but I'm a bit like a pitbull on a pants cuff, as far as determination goes. Just ask my Wife. I drive her nuts! Haha.

    Regards, Kyle

    Kyle, as an example of my "crow theory" I was hiking up on one of three extinct volcano's over here in northern Arizona searching for an old Indian ruin that I had found when I was a kid many years before.  I was almost to the top of the middle volcano, way up in the thick pines when I stopped to catch my breath for the remaining hike uphill when I looked down and saw something "pink" in a small bush just uphill from where I had stopped????  I thought: "what-the-heck-is-that"????   Upon reaching it I discovered that it was a "pink women's pro golf ball"??????????  What the heck was it doing way up on the side of an extinct volcano out in the thick forest?????  It baffled me for some time, until I mentioned it to a friend who said that he had seen crows pick up golf balls and fly off with them.  So, I think some crow determined that that pink golf ball was food and was taking it back to it's nest.  There are "other" birds that collect bright, sparkly objects to adorn their nests to impress a prospective female mate as well.  I look on the "One nugget spot" as a geological mishap more than a crow incident.  Gary 

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  6. WOW Bill,.... Now that's COOOOOOL !!!  Out of all of the washes that I have hunted over the years that where heavy in magnetite I have yet to find a clump of magnetite with gold within it.  I have found many gold nuggets that contain magnetite granules (and stained quartz) within the crevices of those nuggets though.  A wash that is heavily laden'd  with magnetite has always been a good indicator (for me anyway).

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  7. Hello Kyle,.......Not trying to rain on your parade or anything, BUT, over the years of detecting I have come across "More-than-One" area where I have gotten excited after finding One Nugget,...gone back time and time again searching for more, but was only able to snag that ONE NUGGET,....JUST ONE-NUGGET-ONLY?????!!!!!  These "ONE-NUGGET-SPOTS" are hard to explain (or Reason why???) yet they do exist.  I have gone back to these spots over the years using different detectors, ..different-sized coils,..different reasoning and logic as to where that One Nugget came from, and WHY where there no others around??....I have searched up on a hillside, on a slope, .upstream, etc., etc., etc. you name it.  Did it come from out of a quartz stringer?,.. out of an outcrop of exposed bedrock?,... out of an outcropping of boulders???................"OR",... maybe a crow flew over at some time in the past and pooped that one nugget out, right where you found it ..(ya know crows are attracted to bright and shiney objects).  At any rate, these spots do exist to confound us, and sometimes the geology is such that just one nugget is uncovered ,................maybe the others are 20 ft. deep right under where you found that one??????????????  Happy Hunting.  Gary     

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  8. 10 hours ago, Alwaysdirty said:

    Nice first gold! Hillside to boot, even better. Try taking a rake and clearing the rocks where you found that nugget to get a little deeper with your beeper.

    "Rake" ? !?,...Rake you say!!, :89:...I don't use no "stink'n rake"???:5bat:??  Lets see ya "rake" these ....:laught16: :25r30wi::confused0089[1]:



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  9. "WOW" Luke,....  That was quite the day Indeed!!  I like the looks of the bedrock too; ...a bit smoothed, ...but deep enough crevices to catch and stop the gold.  Kind of makes your imagination wonder as to what might be down under the overburdened areas as well....:89:  :inocent:

    As rough as those specimens are, you got to be fairly close to the source :brows:    That aught to keep you busy going into next year.  Gary

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  10. Do any of you on this forum that know him have a contact phone number for him???  Have any of you gone detecting with him in the past who may have a phone number to reach him by???  Hey Bill,..or Rob Allison,.. or Chris Gholson>>>>> have any of you sold him a coil, or detector in the past where you may have a record of the sale, which may have his mail address and phone number, or email address??????  There should be "Someone" out there who has communicated with him (PM'D) him in the past who may have gotten his phone number to meet up with him for some reason??????????????  Gary

  11. On 12/8/2018 at 8:56 PM, adam said:

    The GP3000 is so hot , you need oven mitts to use it!

    Heres a vid of some dude finding a one ounce slab of gold with a GP3K :brows::head:


    "I will Most Definitely AGREE with adam's statement above!!!"  I wouldn't sell mine even for the price that I paid for it (brand New) back in 2005, as it has paid for itself in Gold at least 3-times over,.... and continues to.  Good Choice,....You won't be sorry.  Gary

  12. 8 minutes ago, Bedrock Bob said:

    That number is the result of a very large calculation that assumes a whole lot of variables. It keeps you from having to take into consideration a lot of things in a calculation. Without the constant the calculation you would need to do would be too long and too time consuming. It would demand that you be adept at higher math.

    The constant represents a whole bunch of math that enables a simple equation. All you have to do is plug in a couple of numbers and a simple equation spits out a pretty good estimate.

    They don't just pick it out of the air. The constant is the product of a much larger equation.

    Just as π wont work if you round to 3. Or why Euler's Constant  is 2.71828182845904523536028747135. A constant represents math that has already been done for you.

    "THANKS" Mitchel, Swamp, and Bedrock Bob for your research and explanations regarding this constant.  I think you all arrived at pretty much the same conclusion when you said that it was: a percentage that allows for other metals ( percent of purity, or "approximate percentage of gold") ,  and / or a "pretty good estimate" to use in place of doing more specific, yet more labor intensive math calculations.  I now am "ENLIGHTENED" regarding  the constant, 25.97 and it's significance in the calculation.  Although I don't know when I would ever use this calculation as none of the nuggets that I have ever found are specimens from where I hunt.  And when I price and sell my nuggets I usually sell above spot,....or I don't sell at all.  Thanks Again,  Gary

  13. 3 hours ago, mn90403 said:

    That is not a subtraction sign.  That is a division sign.

    UUUPPPSSSS,  You are Right,.......................But Why is there a "constant" of 25.97 ..."DIVIDED".... into 30.1??????   Where did that number come from, ...why isn't it 25.98, 99, or 26.00 etc., etc, etc?????  Is this a grab-bag number for the day?????  

  14. Nice little nugget there;........"Gold-is-Gold !!",.........it's just too bad that we who swing a detector have to clean up the hills from all the "irresponsible-"Yahoos"" who take it upon themselves to shoot at everything that "is visible" to them (moving or non).  It is definitely a cherished-wash (location) that has no metal trash, lead, buckshot, birdshot, etc., and where any signal that you do get is a nugget,.... and you know it.   Gary

  15. 6 hours ago, LukeJ said:

    Thanks guys !!

    I went out yesterday and found 4 !!  They're small, but better than the skunk.  :thumbsupanim

    I found three with the SDC and one with the Goldmaster V/sat in a thrashed patch known as 'the Birthday nugget spot'.  The pickin's are getting slim around those parts, I hope I can keep the tradition going next year.

    I'll also take this moment to wish everyone who had a birthday this year....   Happy Birthday !!  We all made it around the sun again !!  :yesss:



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    Alright Luke!!!!!!......Happy Birthday Nuggets..:ya:...  Glad you are still able to find some on a few of your old patches.  I have resorted to hitting new grounds of-late.  It's just a darn shame that a given patch can't produce and reproduce like a fruit tree each and every year;... with a "bonus-bumper-crop" on occasion.........I think I remember finding that same shot gun shell while I was out a few weeks ago and decided to leave it and those nuggets out there, as I figured you must have a birthday coming up eventually!?! :89::200:  :inocent:   Gary

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  16. WELL,..  "THANKS" for all you're comments "fellow-detector-dudes:4chsmu1: !!"  I consider any day a Great Day when I can walk away with at least one one-gram-nugget for my efforts that day, as they appear to be becoming few and far between these days.  So I was delighted:ya::ROFL: to say the least to get just under 5 grams with those three larger nuggets that day.  "So the Hunt Continues,....."   

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  17. I went out this morning to a spot in a wash that I had walked thru about a 100 times or more over the years.  As I recall, each time that I had walked thru it I had thought that this spot would be a good spot for gold, but had not dug any of it because of the extensive amount of overburden, large rocks and boulders strewn through out it.  And once when I had tried to dig down to bedrock the material was compacted like concrete,.:grr01:.UGH!!! ........... I had actually not even had any plans of going out this morning, as I laid in bed half asleep waiting for the alarm to go off at 8 am.  But my mind started working, and for some reason narrowed-in on this particular wash location causing me to picture in my mind just where any gold would be.  I had in the past found a few nuggets upstream, and a number of them downstream, so I knew gold was there, but this stretch would be a challenge physically.  

    When I got to the wash I first detected underneath a small waterfall just upstream of the stretch of wash, and got a very mixed signal.  It was kind of weird and wavy.  After about 5-minutes of pulling  about 12 chunks of black ironstone hot rocks (thus the weird-wavy sounds) out of the bottom, a very strong signal was still down there.  The signal turned out to be a 1.69 gram nugget (the round one in the photo).  It was just after that when my "Digg'n-Mood" kicked in, and I was determined to dig that stretch of wash out, Once-and-for-all"....About 15 ft. further downstream I got a very strong signal right about the crest of where the wash was transitioning-downward in grade.  It was a nice flat and smooth 2.20 gram'r that had been hiding just under the lip of a down-drop-shelf.  It was about that time that I decided to "see what the wash was doing" downstream of where I was digging.  The center and whole right side of the wash was exposed and open with good looking bedrock, but I had not found any nuggets there in the past????.."strange"..:89:..  But standing back and looking upstream toward where I had stopped digging I could see that all of the rocks and material had collected on the left side, "and" the bedrock was sloping downward toward that left side underneath all of this material.  So I moved just out of center and started removing large rocks, etc. off of the left bank.  It was about 4 ft further downstream when I got another strong signal, which turned out to be the "spike-shaped" 1.03 gram nugget, and then the other smaller one ( .12 of-a-gram) almost in the same hole.  So, the total for the day was 5.04 grams,.................Not bad for not even planning on going out at all today.  ..........Gary............I don't know why those 2 photos turned out green?????  I was using a new phone

    The 3-small nuggets ( .61 of-a-gram) just below the dime I had found last Friday in a different wash.       









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  18. Boy does this photo bring back a painful :ROFL:memory for me!!  When I was about 10 while spending the summer months down at my grandparents ranch in Skull Valley I got the bright idea :nutty: to go up on the mesa above the house and fly a kite ( best wind up there ya know).  I was dressed all-summery,..(for back in those days) levy pants cut down as cutoffs, short sleeve T shirt, and ratty-thin-soled tennis shoes.   Well, up on that mesa where small patches of about a foot-high cactus somewhat like the one pictured;..some where closer to the ground than others.  I got the kite up a ways and then made a run for it (forward) to get it even higher, skipping and dodging the cactus plants and ground-level cactus patches as I ran.  I was doing just great,:yesss: and even got the kite high enough up to run thru a whole ball of string.  I tied on the start of another ball of string and started letting it out as I (without thinking) began to back up.  I hadn't made more than a step or two backward and something stumbled me; upon which I fell backward onto the ground and smack dab in the middle of one of those cactus patches.:yikes: It was made up of both green and dead cactus joints or fingers (like jumping cactus) each being from 1" to 3" long, and just full of daggers.  My entire back, back of my arms and shoulders, and the back of both of my legs where just covered about like the dude pictured.  As I recall for a young and energetic 10 year old I was in extreme pain. :th_panic: I managed to painfully-struggle-my-way down off of the mesa (cactus-hitch hikers and all), where my grandmother and my mom had me lay flat on my stomach while they both took plyers, and even tweezers to pull all of them out,.....one-at-a-time.  I think that the worst pain came from the backs of my tender legs,........................"YEP", that's a memory you will never forget!!             "AND" definitely keep dogs away from these patches, as their first instinct is to pull the cactus finger out (from where ever) with their mouth; so it is now stuck in their mouth,.........."or" they try to shake one off of their feet and the thing flies thru the air, and if you are within it's path of travel,..you now have one jabbed in you,......:grr01:.........."YEP,.. been-there,.....-it-done-it-to-me" 

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