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Everything posted by Jerico

  1. A good tip would be to get a good earth magnet which is very strong. Helps weed out a lot of targets that are iron. Cant tell you how much this has helped. I just screwed it into the top of my lowes pick I bought years ago. My mining buddy worked an area I left because of all the pieces of nails. He must of pulled out 200 pieces of nail. No one would of stayed in that hole but with his magnet he cleaned out all the iron easily and found some nice pieces of gold I would have never got inbetween all that iron. Just keep digging targets. Also I\on my goldmaster2 there is a setting that says x ground salt. this really cleans up the sound in the hot areas but you will loose some depth and I only use this setting on suspicious hot bedrock that hits good, on xground salt if the target disappears you no it was just a hot piece of bedrock. not sure if the vsat has that setting though. good luck!! jerry
  2. I agree join the Auburn goldhounds as I am also a member. We have a few outings a year. The last outing a few months ago some guys found 2 3 pennyweight nuggets on shirttail creek metal detecting as well a a few pennyweighters but I wasn`t able to go. Hydralic pits are good but it gets more difficult to find pieces even for an experienced metal detectorist. Need to get off the beating track and research new places as we have been trying to do. Its hard but a great hobby and when you find your first nugget you will be happy, patience. In Foresthill theres a hydraulic pit behind the refuse dump where locals take there trash. Have found ounces here and easy to work for the beginner. Gold is mostly small and lots of shotgun shot so expect lots of lead . I wont lie to you, it has been hammered to death by lots of people but I still seem to sqeak out a piece every trip. Some pretty decent. You have to dig or move rock piles to expose new ground. Surface hunting is difficult. Just look for a place that someone was digging and continue digging. Have found nice pockets of gold here also including 1/3 ounce pockets more than once. Once again that was a while ago but there still must be lots of gold there, it just isn't easy like it used to be to find. Also Google earth is your friend look for white areas on the maps in the foothills around the forest as they may be hydraulic areas but a lot are private so be cool.
  3. Well I have the Goldmaster2 which was just before the Vsat I believe and still use it to this day. I have no need for the GMT which is basically the same detector but with a meter attached to it. Never seen a reason for a meter as its all about the sound. Anyway after about 7 ounces with this machine it is still producing gold. No need to buy another vlf detector. This thing finds micro gold pieces , I mean how small do you want to go because these machines find ultra small pieces as well as big ones also. 150.00 would be good price. I paid 475. 00 new about 18 years ago so 300.00 is a bit pricey. They don't like hot ground but are workable on it if you get to know the machine. This is a great detector in my opinion......get one on the cheap. 300 is to much for such an old detector. Goldbug 2 is also great detector, never owned one but seen them perform just as well if not better with the little guys on that 6 inch coil.
  4. nice nuggets, thanks for sharing the pics.
  5. nicely done GeoJack. Thats a beauty. Ya they seem to be taking a lot of time on the one side of the bridge. The other spot i didn`t know so many fatalitys there. I always have people riding me to go faster on the way home from foresthill, I mean pushing me hard, i just pull over and let em pass.
  6. Yes El Dorado your backyard still gives something but usually the efforts great to find a few. Whats up with all the road construction going to Foresthill, cops be thick in there too!!
  7. Hey Guys, thought I would post my finds of yesterday from Foresthill. Total weight was 47.8 grains. Found with my trusty Goldmaster 2. Thing keeps producing nuggets! Not a bad day I like to see what people find so I thought I would post my finds!
  8. I personally dont think you need a meter for a gold machine. Its all about the sound to me.Never understood why they added one and almost everybody I know who has the gmt has broken the meter loose from the stock ( getting snaged on manzanita ) but if it is anything like the GM2 , which is what I still use to this day, I would go with the Whites. Personal preference is all. I like finding sub grain pieces and will do it all day long if I can. Just went detecting today at foresthill and that place has been hammered and came out with about 40 grains, including two 12 grainers. I guess the Tesoro is a good machine though, I just dont see anybody using it is all.
  9. I am guessing 183.4 grams hope i didnt copy anybody
  10. No problem Eldorado, would love to buy you a beer sometime soon. Kind a looking at property up there to buy for rental.. bonus if its gold bearing land :cool: It would be interesting to have a few with you and BS about goldmining.... thats always fun!!! Jerry
  11. Update..... I went with AAA metals and could not be more happy. These guys more than exceeded my expectations as far as price. They will be my go to guys in selling my gold, absolutely. Highly recommend them. Thanks El Dorado for the link...owe you a beer! Jerry
  12. I absolutely love this California heat in Sacramento.........105 degrees..... yessssssss Of course I fix Air Conditioning so ya .....life is good right now....hot but good
  13. I have one. Its a decent detector but you cant compare it to a 5000 minelab like a lot of guys tend to. Its a cheaper pulse machine that will find gold...you just have to use it and learn the machine.
  14. Thanks Allen, I will have to compare maybe. It is 10 karat but has some stones all over it but the coin shop didn`t care about the stones as they are not worth anything so he said. Thanks for the link too!!
  15. Thanks for the link El Dorado..... as always your extremely helpful.. Thanks again and I will call them tommorrow.
  16. Hi, I wasn`t sure where to ask this so I am asking here I have a piece of huge 10k gold jewelry that weighs approx 6.5 troy ounces. Online value calculators say its worth around 4200 spot. I was offered 2850.00 at a local coin shop. Obviously I would like more than that Is there a place you can ship it to or somewhere else to get max value closest to 10 k spot? It is 6.5 ounces so I think i can do better. I not hurting for cash but they are saying gold is in for a downturn soon and I might want to let this go. Any suggestions would be helpful...... Thanks Jerry
  17. I use CRC QD electronic cleaner on my goldmaster2 and my friends GM2. works great and didnt harm anything. Now my knobs turn smoother and it definately cleans the pc boards well. Got it from Autozone i believe.
  18. Good advice.... Now that I am older I try to never hurt or kill these things I come across, especially scorpions this year. i just flick them in a diffeent direction. Nice pics!!!! Jerry
  19. Sweet operation you have going on there. That would be my retirement dream come true
  20. I have a regular TDI and my buddy uses the TDI SL. Both work great but unfortunately you are going to have to dig those little pieces of iron, no way around it from what I can tell. You do get to learn the different beeps on iron and good targets in all mode. The little pieces of flat iron drive you nuts but they register good so you dig them up. Just get a good pick with a great magnet. Saves a lot of digging and most pieces of that little iron are on top of the ground so the magnet picks them up pretty quick. The guy in the video is Jason, hes a good guy, met him once and on other forums. On my TDI the machine seems to eliminate old nails better than the SL model but they both work fine. if i use the low tone mode for good metal and tweek the settings you eliminate enough metal that digging a few pieces is acceptable IMO. Most places you detect have been hit to death so just grin and bear it........ dig everything up. Cant tell you how many pieces of gold I have found under old nails. This is what you have to do unless you are on private property or something that has not been hammered to death.
  21. I have worked all over the surrounding area of those piles in Folsom. many big nuggets were and still are found here. I found one over an ounce here. Best detecting i have ever done is there, about 15 minutes away from home. Its tough to work now but i know of a few guys who still find big ones out there with the minelabs. There is trash here but just like everywhere else. i have first hand knowledge of nice pieces from here, including stashs as well as gold coins. I found a deringer pistol there years ago but it was pretty rusty. Jerry
  22. Ya I am a member. I had to work friday night so i could not make it but usually go all the time. You will like this club, lots of people to meet and see what people are finding out there to pump you up!!! Club hunts etc... good times hanging out with fellow prospectors. Jerry
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