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Reno Chris

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  1. Fred, if you had it within you, then you would be most welcome.
  2. Hey I went back to the spot where I got some nuggets the other day and had a pretty good afternoon - even though I didn't get there until after lunch. I decided to shoot some YouTube video, and it worked out pretty good as I was finding good gold. It was a lot of fun.
  3. Matt -send me an email, as I cant send you a message through this board. Let's figure out a time. Sorry Bill. Maybe early September? or if not, then next year.
  4. Hey Bill Southern and the rest of you gents roasting in the AZ heat - I have a question for you: Is it normal for you folks to have snow drifts among the trees in your prospecting areas in mid-July? Well, when they have a big snow year in the Sierra, its not that strange. This was just a little tiny drift, but there were ones a lot larger, including one blocking one of the roads I wanted to go down. This little guy was just the only one I photographed. Wait a minute - I forgot, you guys dont have trees, let alone snow among the trees. Sorry you didn't make it up this way Bill, we could have had a snowball fight in July. While I was up there, I didn't just make summertime snowmen. I filmed a few videos for my youtube channel and detected 10 nuggets for a total of 2.5 grams of the good stuff. I was using the SDC 2300, and working around some old spots and doing a bit of digging. Because I am digging into an old patch location, I am also dry washing the dirt I dig, and I have about 2 grams of additional fine gold in the DW concentrates as well. The high temps for the couple days I was over there were around 80 - very comfortable.
  5. There is no tourmaline visible in the original photo - the dark mineral is Biotite mica. Tourmaline has no perfect cleavage like mica - like the minerals in the original photo. Biotite is dark colored and may be nearly black. If you cleaved off a thin flake of it, it likely would be dark brown.
  6. We get a lot of questions about different types of rock that might be gold ore and what this might look like. I did a video in which I show a wide variety of gold ores from around the world that vary from super rich to low grade open pit type ore. Its a long video, but there are a lot of slides of different types of gold ore. If you've ever wondered what gold ore looks like, this is the video you want to watch.
  7. A sedimentary rock, maybe sandstone, with some layers a bit richer in iron that others.
  8. As fine a specimen of leaverite as one could find. Looks like a good pond skipping rock. Nothing of any value.
  9. Ooooh - square nails = old diggings.
  10. I second the motion to read Chris Ralph's book. (since that's me). Its available on Amazon - Fists Full of Gold is the title. Perhaps the best area to detect in southern California is the El Paso Mountains area. (Goler Gulch, etc.) Yes, its a fair ways up 395 from Dana point, but people do find gold there. Another location is in the area of the Dale district. Farther out is the Chocolate Mtns / Cargo Muchacho / Potholes area, and people find gold there too. All these areas have plenty of existing claims. Join some clubs to get access. The trash and bullets are a product of people being there. You live in a highly populated area, and places where a lot of people have been over the years will be shot up and trashy. After reading my book, your second book should be California mineral resources bulletin 193 - gold districts of California. You can buy a paper copy or if you search the internet you will find a downloadable copy for free. Read this and you will learn loads on the gold districts of California. A couple more things that new guys need to know - 1) Gold sells for more than $1400 an ounce because its rare. Its hard to find. Be patient and dont set your expectations super high. 2) Gold prospecting is a skill - one that is learned by working at it, just like learning to be a plumber or an electrician are skills that require work and effort to learn. You wont become a successful prospector merely from owning a good detector any more than buying a pipe wrench will make you a journeyman plumber. Learning a new skill takes time.
  11. 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.
  12. I like that cover. It looks good and I wish you the best of luck with your book project.
  13. Looks good. I request you do a capture on your laptop or desktop and post a version that is large enough for the forum members to read the sales print on the back. I tried blowing it up and everything just gets blurry.
  14. Great stuff and you know well how to trace a lead up to its source, that's for sure.
  15. In a very simplistic way, you can roughly estimate the percent silver by color - here is a chart of the colors of gold/silver/copper alloys.
  16. Glad you guys are enjoying these videos. I have part 3 up on YouTube now. Its at:
  17. Thanks for the kind words. The second part is up on Youtube.
  18. Hey I just put up another video, The Geology of Placer Deposits, Part 1 (it will be part 1 of 3) This one focuses on different types of placer deposits and how the gold concentrates naturally - then also about finding those natural concentration spots. I do think it has a lot of hints, information and secrets that will be useful to most prospectors. I promise not to continually do this, putting up video notice when I throw something on Youtube. That would be kind of lame of me. So if you want to see parts 2 and 3 also, be sure to subscribe and tick the notification bell. The other two parts will be out shortly. They are geology and doing research, and then also on recognizing rocks and minerals.
  19. Hey I have been meaning to do up some Youtube videos for a while and this last weekend I was talking with Shannon Poe of AMRA at the Portland Oregon GPAA Gold Show and he suggested I video the whole presentation. Well, I had no video stuff with me, but I figured I could do the same presentation on a screen capture at home. In fact I’ve decided to do up all the presentations I give to various prospecting and rock hound clubs as well as the ones I do for the GPAA. I’ve got four done so far but more are coming and as soon as the weather improves I am going to do some live action instructional videos as well on all sorts of prospecting topics. In fact the plan is that Bill Southern and Tammy are going to come up this way to the California gold country sometime this summer and we will do together a series of prospecting videos. Most of them will be on Bill’s channel, but I’m hoping to talk Bill into doing a few for my channel as well. So if you want to see all of what I have coming, be sure to subscribe to my channel and hit the notification bell and YouTube will let you know when I publish something. In the mean time as I have 4 new ones for you to take a look at: How To Find Gold – Improving Your Prospecting Skills Nugget Detecting Success How To Stake Your Own Mining Claim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OSzRh1Da74&t=2s Dry Washing For Gold
  20. The discriminator bar is plenty useful, but you have to understand some things. 1. All discrimination systems on ALL metal detectors only works properly only when centered over the target (and have a signal strong enough to analyze). I can make any detector discrimination indicate wrong by putting the coil near the target but not over it. While you are pinpointing and moving the coil around in and near the target to determine where it is, the discrimination means nothing. Only when you know where it is in the ground, then swing right over the top of it and take readings. A lot of new guys pinpoint poorly and this is responsible for a lot of the flipping back and forth. Coil control is important. 2. Sometimes even when pinpointing properly the discriminator will flip back and forth. This just shows the detector is unsure. You must dig to see. 3. If you go over the target 6 times and get 6 iron indications, its iron or a hot rock. If you get 6 of 6 non-ferrous, its likely non-ferrous. Its pretty accurate and helpful if you understand how to use it properly.
  21. Congrats Adam - that looks like a great place for detecting and dry washing this summer - or at least when things dry out. Maybe an article later for the ICMJ or a video for you tube or both. Nuggets can be born smooth, but if you look at the surface closely with a jewelers loupe, you can tell the polished surface of the water worn nugget from the etched surface of the naturally round nugget that was just formed that way. On Brownnugget's "molded" gold - yep, it can happen that way. I have a spot that gives sparkly shiny gold as its formed against the smooth sides if individual quartz crystals. We've all heard of the old saw that "all that glitters isn't gold" - well this stuff is the exception. Its gold and it sparkles like glitter. The quartz veins here are like gobs of little individual quartz crystals pressed together rather than the usual waxy massive quartz veins.
  22. I find lead that old in the mother lode country with the same deep white coat - desert lead normally isnt so deeply coated. So your first guess of lead is correct. Could be some sort of poured babbit material which is mostly lead anyway. By the price from Kitco, your 9.4 grams of lead is worth almost two cents. I actually save all my lead and every couple years cast fresh bullets with it - a friend of mine has the set up to do that. No way is silver - silver tarnishes to black, not white. I've dug plenty of electrum as well, its not electrum either. Only stuff with a high percentage lead gives that white lead oxide-carbonate coating. Did you know way back in the dark ages when Doc was a boy they manufactured that white lead coating on purpose by the ton? That is what they used as pigment to make white paint from, hence the old lead based paint from the early 1950s and older. Now you know.......
  23. That happens with the GPZ700 because of that big 14 inch coil with the double signal across it. Together those make it really tough to pinpoint tiny targets. You just end up chasing it around and around. Very careful pinpointing, patience and determination are required. That or another metal detector with a smaller coil.
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