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About DustyRoundup

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    S.W. Montana
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    Rockhounding, Gold Prospecting, Metal detecting,
    My family, and Horses.
    Oh yeah, Good "strong" Coffee, and Mountain air.
  1. Howdy Jeremiah. Dang , I shod alot of horses up in Libby and Troy. I lived in Libby for 6 or 7 years. Anyhow, do you know Nevin Zugg,? he's an outfitter in Libby. I do believe he was raised out in that part of the country. And he likes to B.S. he might have a few ideas of places to hunt. I just wanted to add, as montana matt knows, but any other fellow Montanians that do not. that I am putting together an outing, this what I have so far, with the help of people interested A 2 day Outing in June location; Big Hole Valley MT Old Stage Stop on private land, with permission in writing of course camping availiable , at Pintlar Lk.campground, NO FEE BBQ Sat eve, as a get together to discuss starting a club in MT. Sun morning Competition coin hunt in open meadow, for those interested Then back out to the Stage stop. It seems as if theres some interest, but we are all so spread out in the state. So, working with a few others, it seemed like a 2 day event, with camping close by, would make it more do able. If this thing kicks off, theres alot of possibilities as to other hunts of this sort happening around the state. So, if you are at all interested, I will keep you posted. I should have everything finalized ,and in writing , by the end of March. And Good Luck to you out there Dusty
  2. Yep, thats the one . I have looked at maps concerning claims in the area, and I have friends that live on Cable crk.at the lower end . But, I cant seem to find info on that huge nugget,that was found in 1889. Its not a big deal, just curious as to the actual size, and how deep etc Thanks dusty
  3. Howdy Allen, I did find the "Highland Centennial Nugget" it was 27 1/2 oz's, but it was found in 1989 south of Butte. beleived to be the 7th largest found in Montana. i'm looking west of Butte,, the " Cable Mountain Mine" Nugget, that was found in 1889 Know anything about that area? or that nugget? Dusty
  4. Howdy again, When I first got my Mxt, I ran up into the Garnet area, scouting. I bumped into a claim owner ,that had a jar with quite a bit of fine gold, and he wanted to see how my Mxt responded. I didnt have the "EDGE" book yet, and I really didnt know that much about my detector. Anyhow , it didnt respond at all. That sorta stuck with me, I never thought twice about it. but lately Ive been reading that alot of people "Air test" to get to know theyre machine. So I figured , I'd start doing just that. And yesterday, I pulled out a vial, with just a few specks of fine gold. The largest being about as big as a comma > , < but its a roller, (it'll roll around the pan) And I'll be , now , a year later, after learning my machine a bit more It will definitely sound off in Hyper SAT, with the ground locked at 83vdi/ the gold speck coming in at 0 to 4 vdi I'm pretty excited about my machine again. I decided , I have to do alot of air tests, to learn how to balance everything, i.e. Gain, SAT, threshold etc. So I'll be able to adjust ,in the field to the ground I'm in. But at least, Wooohoo, I can actually see the posibilties. Thanks for readin , Dusty. P.S. Think that spammer will be on this post today?
  5. Yeah, Thanks Allen, I will use your advice. I havent heard of a name for it, so far, but I will research "Highland Nugget" Do you know the feller in Deer lodge that runs that Prosp. supply shop? He told me a while back, that I oughta try detecting the ridges in that country. That maybe after some years of decay, I might find some exposed gold. And Yeah, SPAM? is that guy following my posts? And how the heck do we get him off of here? LOL, it bothers me. Thanks Dusty
  6. Howdy, Here I go with another question for you guys. In my research , for my local area, I came across this. Ok, I cant copy and paste it, dangit. So, it says. In 1880 ,this mine had a 500 foot piece of ground that yielded $6,500,000. in gold. In 1889 , it produced the largest gold nugget ever found, and was later purchased by a Mr.Clark for $10,000. So, they used the word "nugget", and there are placer and lode gold deposits all over that area. Anyhow, could it have been a lode specimen? and the writer used the word nugget,? This mine is still owned and possibly operated, so that area is out of the question. But the drainage area, aand surrounding area has some possibilities. Any hints on more research into the exact type of gold found? Placer vs. Lode? Thanks Dusty
  7. Thanks , for the input, You all. I do agree, I need to "learn" and practice, practice , practice, is what its going to take. And I do have a good machine to start with. i just got a little worried , as I hadnt seen anyone talking about actually using my model. but , like I said , I bet theres a Gold specific machine in my future. I think I better prove , to my better half , that its possible "FOR US" to find gold with a MD er. Well, Thanks again Happy prospecting, Dusty
  8. Howdy All, I am new here , but heres a question , that I've been pondering. A year and a half ago, I started researching detectors. I was looking for a detector to fit my needs and wants . (At that time) I figured, realistically, I would use a detector for; Relics- 50% of the time Coins - 30% of the time and Prospecting 20% of the time I chose , through research , a Whites MXT and a 6x10 DD, as my entry level Detector.with the book "The Edge" It has the Prosp. mode, and was based off of the GMT. Anyhow, I didnt use the Prosp. mode very much this past year, actually. And actually, My original plan was to use it to find heavy mineralized sands, and run them through the Sluice. It didnt work out that way. So,, I started posting on numerous forums , with the title, "Anyone use an MXT for Gold Prospecting?" Dang, No replys. One feller said the MXT had 80% of the capabilities of the GMT..thatss all I got for feedback really. I know theres a better gold machine in my future , someday , but not too soon, But for now, as my learning machine, whats the census? on my MXT? LOL, you know I want to hear all good stuff! But the truth is what I need. Am I wasting time trying to Prospect with my MXT? Thanks for your time, All insight will be greatly apreciatted. Dusty
  9. Howdy,

    I have dredged with a 2 1/2 inch in Wyo.

    I moved rocks under an 8 inch dredge in Wa.

    Ive highbanked in the Sierras in Cali.

    LOL, i ran a sluice in downtown Denver, Co.

    Now I have a Whites Mxt,and a Keene A25 sluice, and I live in Montana.

    This state is awesome , for a Rockhound !

    So far, thats the hobby I fall back on , as I always come home wit...

  10. ,,Lol, Terry, WOW, gold season starts in SEPT and ends in June ? i checked out the AGA Dang, it'll be june before my favorite spot melts off. Howdy Allen, I'm down in Butte, I have been to Kalispell a number of times, as I lived in Troy for 7 years . Nice to meet another Montana'n. You ever get down around the Phillipsburg or Garnet country? it seems those are the claimed up areas. I tend to run around the Warm springs crk/Cable mtn area. Theres alot of good areas down here it seems, and quite a bit of open ground. Thanks for the welcoming, Dusty
  11. Howdy All, I am new to the site. I live in Montana, and am sort of new to detecting. I have been an avid rockhound forever it seems. And, I've spent some time prospecting. One of my favorite memories , was when I was rockman, for a buddy , for 2 months. We were 18 feet under water, using an 8 inch dredge. I'll never forget , watching him slowly uncover a stringer, on bedrock, and exposing ,what turned out to be a 1 1/4 oz Nugget ! My biggest Nugget , being 2nd in the split, was a 3/4 oz nug. That was back when gold was in the $300. range Nowadays, I Rockhound ALOT, I Metal Detect a bit, and Prospect a little less than I should. Thats all based on how much interest our 2 kids have in above mentioned hobbies. . I plan on spending more time Nugget shooting next year, as the teen girl is getting busy with her life, and the 8 yr old boy, well, he's game for anything still. I try to take advantage of that , before he (grows up) and gets (girls )in his head. LOL Well, thanks for readin, This looks like the site I have been looking for. I found it , as a link , on ," thebeepgoeson" site Thanks Again, Dusty
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