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  1. It does. Wonder if they found both the male and female pieces? Once they finish sifting, sorting, identifying, and testing; maybe we will find out.
  2. Very Nice Gold lucidfind! BMc Uncle Ron: "I had a claim in the Klamath Mountains for 25 years...The last four or 5 years I set up a gravity dredge by hauling in a bunch of 2.5" PVC and running it up the creek about 400 ft. ... I had a drop of about 60+ ft. which gave me around 30 pounds of head ... I used a suction nozzle and my Gold King dredge sluice box and about 50 feet of fire hose .... It sucked as well or better than my 2.5" dredge...I didn't to it to hide...I did it so I could enjoy the silence while not having to mess with a motor or gas, etc. ....I did just as well or better than using a motorized dredge and it was much more pleasurable...It's a technique that is easier than the motorized dredge ... If your situation has the drop I recommend going through the hassle of setting up the PVC line... Cheers, Unc" Hey Unc, I saw a few of those gravity feed set ups while I was prospecting up that way a few years back. I don't think the ones I saw were intended for that type of gold though . . . just sayin'
  3. VIET NAM FISHING TRIP: After being there all day, Papa San had barely caught enough fish to make Nuoc Mam sauce . We helped him out by tossing a frag into the canal and up rolls this good sized Asian Catfish. Enough to make fish paste and flavor his rice bowl; provide protein for his family for several days. Papa San beaucoup happy !
  4. Dakota Slim, Is that the same box of popcorn you've been eating for the last 21 days?
  5. The photograph of the "dog" appears to be two gun parts mated together. An older corroded part, and a part that doesn't seem to have signs of corrosion. Older/newer possibility . . .?
  6. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/respect Respect: noun. an attitude of deference, admiration, or esteem; regard. the state of being honored or esteemed . . . https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/respect respect meaning: 1. admiration felt or shown for someone or something that you believe has good ideas or qualities: 2. politeness, honor, and care shown ...
  7. A Taco or Burrito would be good, only watch out for the arsenic and ground glass . . . Why does it have to degenerate into personal name calling and King of the Roost? Talk about finding a happy place . . . Ding, ding, corners please! Socrates will come through for us eventually, as he usually does.
  8. Nice One LipCa! Be good to see how it all shakes out. Maybe Clay has some thoughts on the matter . . . ?
  9. The dimensions of the side plate are: 3.7/16 inches in length and 2.7/16 inches in height (measured to top of hammer) I guess that probably makes it a Pistol? Sounds pretty small to be a rifle, I would think. Thanks Au Seeker!
  10. Way back in the day, before Byron W. Dalrymple convinced me to try the .243 for deer, my Dad and I packed into the Mogollon Mts. for a week on my first deer hunt. I was 9 yrs old and had just starting learning to shoot a "big bore" rifle. I had shot my Dad's Winchester 30-30 and his 32 Special, and I pretty much hated both of them, mostly because of the hard butt plate and the recoil. He could see that I was being a IIoron, and had started "bucking" the shot, (anticipating the recoil), so he uncharacteristically took pity on me (I learned later that he had bought a bar raffle ticket that paid about $100.00, and he wanted me along in case I didn't get a deer, he would have an extra tag to fill and have two chances at winning the raffle) So he let me use the 25/35 Winchester that my Mom hunted with. I loved it! The recoil was negligible, and I learned to place the 117 gr bullet on target consistently at 100 yards. I learned about range estimation, bullet and caliber capability, windage, elevation, trajectory, sight picture, breath control and all the myriad factors that go into rifle shooting and hunting, including cutting sign, tracking, finding and stalking, and the highly emphasized, "One Shot, One Kill" That meant getting as close as possible, being able to properly place the bullet, and making the first shot count. I lucked out and tagged a Forky at point blank range, after he hid behind a small bush, with his ears laid back hoping we would ride on by. In later years, after I had really bought into the lighter bullet, high velocity argument for deer rifles, I had quite a few .243's including, several Remington ADLs, BDL's, One Remington Mountain Rifle, a Remington 600, and a couple of Sakos, a BSA, a Browning BLR, and a couple of Savage 110's, )a 110C and a 110CL) and one Savage 99E lever action. The Savage 110CL stock could been mistaken for a Weatherby, but I wouldn't have traded it for one. The longer barrel Remington's became my favorites because the bolt throw was shorter than the long throw of the Savage 110, and I could also work the bolt faster and more smoothly. All were fine rifles, but I couldn't shoot offhand with the BLR or the 600 worth a darn. They were handy to carry but the barrels were just too short and didn't "hang there" with the right heft and balance while you were aiming and squeezing.
  11. I heard that, Grubstake, the awards process is tough in the Corps. They almost always step on and reduce whatever your C/O puts you in for. The recommendation usually goes through your Platoon Commander (LT.), up to the Company Commander (CPT.), to the Battalion Commander (COL), then last stop is a Field Grade Officer, (General) and even if all the other officers who may even have witnessed the combat action that the award is based on approved it wholeheartedly, it is still commonly reduced by the General who feels that ordinary heroism is not enough to avoid a reduction in the award. To avoid a reduction of an award, EXTRAORDINARY heroism is required. (Excuse me?) That's exactly what the Fleet Marine Force Pacific, put on my Navy Achievement Medal after reducing it down from a NCM. At least he didn't take away the "Combat Distinguishing Device" (V) and your uncle also has a Combat "V" on his NCM. That tells the story . . . And I also know what you mean with the go where and do what the Corps orders you to. It probably has nothing to do with your MOS or what you were trained to do, it's where they need a warm body at the time.
  12. SAVAGE 110CL: In regards to the use, capability and accuracy of the venerable Savage 110 Rifle: In 1971 dollars, I found it to be one of the best and most accurate rifles (for the money) available at the time. I owned and shot several in various calibers, but my all time favorite was the 110CL in .243 caliber with roll over cheek piece. It was sub-M.O.A. capable with hot hand loads, and would group at 1.5 inches using factory ammo, which as old timers may remember; factory ammo was not considered all that great in those days. This 5 point (Western count), 9 year old buck was taken in the Bridger National Forest West of Big Piney/Pinedale, WY in Nov. 1971, using 100 gr Nosler bullets and either IMR 4831 or 4350 powder, don't remember which now. He had one tooth left, which meant it would probably have been his last winter, according to the F&G warden at the check point. The antler spread was 34 inches inside to inside and although I don't consider myself a "Horn Hunter", I find it kinda hard not to drool at a nice, big rack!
  13. $2.50 GOLD PIECE, RIFLE/PISTOL SIDE PLATE. UNFIRED HAND CAST BALL SHOT, PRIMER CAPS ETC: Found at the same location of the nickle 3 cent piece and the "bronze" cabinet handle, along with numerous other items posted under forum relic section. The ball shot appears to possibly be .36 caliber? Anyone venture a guess as to whether the side plate is from a rifle or pistol? Thanks, Mac
  14. AZNuggetBob, I will try to respond to your comments, but in certain areas I'm afraid that I'm at a loss to understand exactly what you mean, and what you are asking. In my reply, if I have misunderstood or misinterpreted anything, please clarify, if possible, and let me know what the issue is. Your comments are enumerated and shown below in quotes: 1) " I"ll go along with the mid 1800's on your door handle, in fact it appears to me It looks to be of English origin.but when you keep throwing the term "Bronze" around it would seem your implying something of much older age" By using the term Bronze, I was only referring to a type of metal. "An alloy, primarily of copper and tin" I did not mean to imply or suggest that it was from The "Bronze Age" I called it that simply because the metal hand and baton did not look like brass to me. It was not tarnished like a Brass object tends to get over time and exposure to the elements, and although the lighting in the photo of the object doesn't show its true tone, when examined in natural light, the metal surface appears to me to be similar to attached photo 1, (of a French Antique Bronze Door Knocker) 2) "Like many treasure hunter story writers" Bob, It's not a treasure story at all! Maybe you didn't get the memo, but as I explained, I had been nugget shooting an eroded quartz outcrop that looked promising, and having no luck, I ventured out into the sagebrush a little, kind of like Smokey did when he found the 6 oz nugget right off the road there in the sagebrush, or when Okie Jim first wandered up that gully in the Eugene's and started finding big gold ( and as many other gold hunters have done in Humboldt and Pershing County and still do, to some extent) You never know what you are going to find! You of all people Bob, know that better than most. So when I started getting a lot of signals, I decided to see what was hiding under/among the sagebrush. Maybe even sunbakers. (It's been known to happen, (Smoky Baird) et. al.) Like Jim Straight said, and wrote: It's a Magnificent Quest" To me sir, that's not the definition of treasure hunting. 3) "Based on almost everything you say you found in your description I find almost everywhere I go nugget hunting old mining ghost towns?" Good for you Bob! I'm glad you're finding lots of stuff. To many of us, it's fun and even exciting to run across something we find interesting or unusual to break the monotony of digging up bullets, trash and "miscellaneous mystery metal" as Darryl Nelson of Reno Prospector's Supply was fond of calling it. RIP Darryl. And Bob, sincerely, I would love to see photos of anything that you find in the future, or have found in the past (and I have muchly enjoyed your stories and gold photos for a long time) 4) "and it doesn't sound like you found anything other than an old settlement. I know, that can be crushing to some people. almost like telling them their meteorite is leaverite or or an Az.sex stone.AKA(just another frickin hot rock)" Again, Bob, I never said, or claimed or implied that I had found anything other than an old settlement; actually, I think, based on the finds, that it was a just a wagon stop or camp site from the mid-1800's, but what's wrong with that? It's a link to history! And, after all, doesn't that have a a lot to do with why many of us enjoy metal detecting, and pursue the activity? And in reference to, "some people", Why you think telling me I hadn't found anything other than an old settlement would be "crushing", frankly, baffles me. And why in the world would you imagine that I'd care one way or another, anyway? If you want to call it a settlement, have at it! Why should it matter to me? It doesn't! 5) "a particular tabloid comes to mind but I'm not going to mention names,and they are about as reliable as undocumented U.F.O. sightings anyway. But I have wonder, (sic) do you have anything to back up your story? you know, photo's,wittiness's etc. and when you put things like "reliable U.F.O.sightings" in your avatar" 6) Credible U.F.O sightings would be the accurate quote sir. That happens to be one of my interests, and I included it because the question was asked. I won't go into the subject here due to a concern about topic restrictions. We can discuss it on another topic section, if you wish. And since you asked, I had planned to post more photos of the found items but due to the photos having JPEG extensions, I wasn't sure they could be opened. There seemed to be a problem with some of the previous photos I posted that were JPEGs and they did not consistently open. But as a result of your kind encouragement, I will give it a try. If it doesn't work, I will convert them to PNG ex. and try again later. 7) "I don't want you to get the wrong idea but some of the best treasure hunters I've ever met don't write stories about what they have found or what they are looking for unless they are fishing." Bob, With Respect Sir: These late night/early morning high octane sounding renditions may appear to you to be models of clarity at the time, but at least for me, the next day, in the cold harsh light of sobriety, as I'm trying not to get the wrong idea, I must admit I have no idea; wrong or right, just what the heck you're talking about. I don't know what treasure hunters write about or why, and really don't want to know. I posted the photo of the "Bronze" or brass pull handle, as a curiosity, to see if anyone could help identify it. If you metal detect, sooner or later, you WILL, most likely, find this kind of stuff. I included the rest of the information with the posting of the gold nugget photo that was found in the same general area, in an attempt to: Add to the discourse and vitality of the forum. Contribute to the general sense of excitement and anticipation of the upcoming Outing at LSD in November. And To share the location of the finds, in the event that anyone might be interested in travelling to the area looking for Gold, Adventure, . . . and Whatever comes their way!
  15. Good response and nice presentation Clay! I believe the pointed heads could use your services up there. I wonder how much grant money is up for grabs . . . Maybe they will release more detailed information down the line.
  16. FANTASY OR FACT? Is it possible that Spanish explorers ventured further into certain western states than recorded history has indicated? This news story seems to bear out that possibility. You decide. Spanish Artifact Confirmed To Be From 16th Century. Television News Story: By Megan McNeil |Fri 6:32 PM, Feb 23, 2018 | KKCO News Channel 11 News Grand Junction, Colo. GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A Spanish artifact found on the Western Slope a few weeks ago had potential to rewrite history.Now, we have some answers. Staff at the Museum of the West found what's called a 'dog.' It's a small part of a Spanish pistol. Nothing like it had been found this far north before, and the discovery could change what we know about Spanish colonization in the US. The museum sent the part off for testing and just got the results. "The metallurgical testing is telling us how old the metal is and it's telling us a little about the composition of the metal and by knowledge of what the different smelting processes are, it's going to give us an idea of a date range," said Peter Booth, Executive Director, Museums of the West. The testing shows the pistol was from the 16th or 17th centuries. Spanish pieces this old are normally found in Texas or New Mexico, not in Colorado this far north. (Ed Note: And certainly not far down South in the Bradshaw Mts. of Arizona)
  17. For Your Consideration: These photos were taken in the Colorado River/Utah border area. The first photo depicts a rock formation that resembles the shape of an Eagle. The head of the "Eagle" points in the direction of the object in the second photo. The second photo, somewhat faded, is of a flat, square/rectangle rock which, from field inspection, appears to have been inserted by hand and secured in the bottom of the cliff face and re-enforced by additional rocks to hold it in place. The square rock, which looked like it might weigh a few hundred pounds, easily swings back and forth when frontal pressure is applied to it. If you push on it, it goes in, then returns to it's original position. It moves like it's on hinges! The Eagle rock may have been caused by natural erosion but of course, may not have been. The "swinging rock" has much detail, (possible use of mortar, variation in rock color, unusual rock arrangement etc. and appears to possibly be of human construct, which incorporates a mechanical design. I found both of them interesting and worth viewing.
  18. I'm good with it Grubstake. I was just giving you a little time honored inter-service rivalry grief. Anyone that served in that green hell, was not safe, whether they were in the rear with the gear or had their tush in the bush . . . I had a special respect for those cocky and fearless young Army warrant Officers who were the Huey Medivac Dust off pilots. They would swoop in hard and fast and land in a hot LZ, scoop up a wounded Marine and be on their way to 1st Med, in Da Nang while our Marine CH-46's were still up there doing a slow rotational decent, worried about loosing an aircraft due to ground fire. The Army didn't seem to care, since they had plenty more to replace their combat losses, unlike the Marine Corps.
  19. Hey Grubstake, Thank you for your service, welcome home, Semper Fi etc. Not to suggest that you are a slow learner or anything like that, but two tours? Where were you stationed, and what's a 91B20 MOS? You don't have to tell me if you don't want to. I'm not trying to out you as a Motor T. guy or anything like that . . . "Doggies and Jar Heads"
  20. Well, there you go. Thanks Tom!
  21. Hey Rick, That should be a real Bass getter in the reeds and cat tails, especially using top water lures by moonlight . . . Just be careful with it and don't get too close to the water . . . Just Kidding! Should be fine in the bath tub . . . I said I was just kidding!
  22. When I was a kid. growing up in rural NM, my dad, an army veteran who served in the South Pacific during WW-2, wouldn't allow toy guns in the house, nor would he buy me a BB gun when I asked for one at age 9 ( although he had taught me to shoot a .22 rifle at age six, under close supervision, of course.) My mom relented, (her friends son my age had one), and she snuck me a BB gun the side because she knew how much I wanted one. It helped cut down on the loss of chicken feed to the Sparrows and I I got pretty good with it. After awhile shooting Sparrows became boring and I starting looking for more of a challenge. I then stupidly committed the Cardinal Sin of shooting at a Humming Bird - or any "Tweety Bird" for that matter, (just to see how close I could get to it without hitting it) Oh Boy, bad decision! The little bird had landed facing away from me, on mom's clothes line at about 30' distance. I took a fine bead on it's head and pulled off sightly to the left, then squeezed one off. The bird flipped upside down on the line and it's lifeless body just hung there, eyes closed and not moving. I realized I'd screwed up big time, and tears of sadness and regret welled up in my eyes. I walked over to the bird still hanging upside down at eye level from me and hummed "Taps" for it, as tears ran down my cheeks. Suddenly, the bird's eyes opened, and both of us were startled for a split second, before he zoomed off out of sight, apparently no worse for wear. It was a joyful moment for both of us, and for me, A Life's Lesson Learned.
  23. You guys talking about 7x62 ammo gave me a flashback of incoming green tracer rounds . . . And, I swear, when they're arching in, everyone of them looks like they're coming straight at you. Fortunately, there were usually more red tracers outgoing, than green ones incoming.
  24. Nice find Terry! Minted with a totally different design and appearance. Wonder why they used different metals? Three cents face value in those days for both coins, no? Interesting. Good info. and visual, Au Seeker.
  25. It might be worth taking a look at up close to see if there are any rocks that appear to have been cemented in place, or any tool marks, scraping, or scratches that appear out of place. A small hole bored in the rock that you can see light through is commonly used to prove authenticity, according to Kenworthy. May just be natural erosion, hard to say.
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