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  1. As I have already posted, I like to prospect with the use of chemicals, it's quick (but not cheap,), and takes all the guess work out of the process ( at least most of it ), and ( at least to me ) its fun. And in the process of buying some new lab equipment from a new to me supplier, I was informed by them that, there was some equipment that due to Texas law, they could not sell to me ! Now I have some lab glassware that I have had for years, but I'm wanting to try some of the newer ( at least to me, because some of these tests have be in use for 20 or 30 years ) tests and I don't have the
  2. Now I know most prospectors don't go looking for trouble of any kind they just want to go looking for Gold or Silver or what ever, I'am the same way except I look for them a little bit different than most of you. I try to learn from the big mining companys and the U.S.G.S. by using chemical tests to tell me what 's in the soil or rock instead of me just looking and guessing whats there, They don't and I won't ever again. There are a number of tests the a prospector can do on there own with chemicals to help locate ore bodys and such.Want to know if that heavy dark looking rock you picked up an
  3. darn Jim; That sure puts a new meaning to swinging " LOW AND SLOW " !!!! Hope you get up and out soon.
  4. If you are finding that much black sands and that little of gold you need to find a better spot to work! The time you waste with all that black sand can't be paying off, spend that time looking for better paying ground. Rule one of mining,never fall in love with a hole-in- the ground thats not worth it! If the gold is'ent there all your wishing it was is not going to make it so!
  5. Glad you found the book it's a good read. Try to find the other one it has some information in it that Tom did'ent inglud in his; its not much but every littlt bit of information is a big help. You can also find some more information in I.C.M.J. back issues if you did a little. Look at September 2004 March 2004 and if you look hard enough there is some others that I can't remember right now. Just scan the contents of all the back issues and you'll find a lot of information.
  6. If you really want to learn about hunting fo pocket gold you need to get on line and find " The Elusive POCKET GOLD of South Western Oregon " by Tom Bohmker and How to Prospect for Pocket Gold by Vern H. Ballantyne These two books will tell you all you ever need to know on the subject. Pocket gold can and is found anywhere gold in quartz is found just hunt those areas. First you have to learn what to look for ! HH
  7. Don't think they make sec.80 only up to sec,40 you might try Google an see what it turns up
  8. Nice looking rocks you got there! Can't help but wonder thou, why use a detector if you don't dig up what it's telling you is there? If it makes noise there is a reason, an yes it might be junk, or mineralization, or gold, but if you don't stay in that hole untill you know for sure what it was trying to tell you then you might as well leave it at home. Low and slow and dig tell you know !!!!! ( not a rant, just my take on it ) HH
  9. Those flakes that won't wash out may contain heavey minerals that are so fine you won't see them. If you can pick them out you might try crushing them and rerunning them without anything else in the bowl just to see if there is any. No telling what you might find.
  10. Hello Bigrex, I have and sometime use a xt18000 which is basicly the same detector as yours without that problem so it is my guess that it has a problem of some sort. I'd send it in and have it checked. There a good detector, not as deep as an SD or any of the newer one's but still a good detector.
  11. Nice looking nuggets !!!!!! Hope you can find enough to start your own zoo!
  12. Seen it on the news last night! This 50# nugget is suppose to tour the U.S. It was found by to guys in the land down under with a detector. Keep look out for when / if it comes to your town. 50#s HOT darn !!!!!!!!!! One of the largest nuggets ever found anywhere in the world !
  13. Where you at in ID ? You detect only ? Welcome to the forum. Whats wrong with ID gold, still lots of it there. Yea I know about the cold and the snow, so what else is stoping you ? Ever try the Bitterroots ? I know there's lot's of claims but there's still a lot of open ground to.
  14. darn Bob you sound like you need a cup of joe or did you have one and someone piss in it when you wern't looking ? In anycase your right on as usual, now take a deep breath and say MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
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