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  1. 3 hours ago, TomH said:

    .Here is one that has been slowly moving out to the main wash every year after the monsoons.  Swapped a little paint with it getting around it. :) 

    Yeah, I remember that one it moves about a couple hundred yards a year.  I wanted to hook a chain to it and pull it aside but Tom wanted to go around.  I got out and took the picture and stayed safe.  He got around it and so did everyone else that went up that wash until the next year when it moved again.  It's the same year Yoto as ours an we got a couple of small parts off it.  Look at the bed rock in the foreground, that wash produced some really good gold for many years.  The overburden is really deep and hard packed, you need some equipment to move it.     :Diggin_a_hole:

      Old Tom

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  2. 4 hours ago, Trailertrash said:

    All except the feet-ass-sky pirouette move. Gonna skip that next time.

    I never had heard it expressed quite like that before, but it doesn't make it less painful.  I have done a few of them in the last couple of years being that I'm 85 now.  You really have to train yourself how to fall at my age.  First thing I do is throw everything as far as I can away from my body and roll to the side in a fetal position.  It's worked for me so far not to mention a few cuts and bruises along the way.  

    You know everyone has to start somewhere so don't get discouraged and take your time.  I takes time to learn what's needed to become as successful nugget beeper.  Finding something of value is becoming more difficult every day with all the more folks coming into the hobby.  I relate to your exuberance of when you were a kid and your father had to drag you away from the 'Old Fishing Hole'.  That' exactly how I was and it's not a bad thing.  Loose that and I would feel sorry for you.  Keep up the interest with wifey and have a good time.  :black_knight_standing:

       Old Tom 

     

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  3. 3 hours ago, Caliche Chris said:

    Speaking of rakers...one thing I noticed when filing them, is that most of them file pretty easy. Every once in a while on a chain I’ll start on a raker and it feels super hard. Some of them take one stroke of the file. Then I’ll hit a “hard” one and have to use a lot of pressure and several passes before the metal even starts to grind away. I don’t know what’s causing that. 

    Make sure that your file is absolutely flat on your raker.  If you catch an edge sometimes It will dig in for a while until it flattens out.  

    As far as masks, I use the hard formed ones and get good service but then I don't cut as much as you do.  

       Old Tom  

     


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    2 hours ago, Caliche Chris said:

    The next sharpener I tried was the timber tuff electric sharpener. It mounts on a table, and uses a grinding disc to sharpen the cutters. For this one you must remove the chain and place it in the guide on the sharpener.

    Harbor Freight has one similar to the timber Tuff Sharpener.  I have been using it for a few years and hav been served well by it.  It does have the same WEAKNESS THAT YOU STATED ABOUT HOW MUCH PRESSURE YOU PUT ON THE DOWNWARD STROKE.( sorry)  You can get used to that very easy and adapt.  You still have to file by hand your rakers though, just a little at a time.

       Old Tom  

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  5. 5 hours ago, ArcticDave said:

    Old Tom...that old laminated Bear may be tougher than you think! I have my late brothers 50's era Pearson Super Jet that we have been shooting and it is all fiberglass. Dang thing is as ugly as a pan of hot guts. It looks like it was carved out of a bar of brown Irish Spring soap:25r30wi:

    Yeah Dave, that was the first bow that I owned myself.  It was ugly and shook you when you shot it, no smooth release.  Got my first kill (six pointer) with it at age 17.  There were really no one in the woods back then to contend with.  Archery hunting was in it infancy in the 40ty's and 50ty's.  We would hide in the tall grass along side of the wood line and wait for a white tail to come out to eat breakfast.  They were a creature of habit unlike the muley out here.  

       Old Tom

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  6. Hey Unc, being of that age it is probably not a glass laminated bow and is straight lemon wood or something.  More likely a Howard Hill bow if store bought.  Don't draw that thing all the way back because I have seen them shatter and it's not nice.  The bow string if not waxed through the years will get dry rot and 'boom'.  Be very careful, I have a Bear glass lam recurve that I bought back in 1951 and wouldn't think of stringing it up.  

       Old Tom

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  7. Beats the skunk my boy.  I thought you liked the snow.  I remember when you woke up one morning in the back of your pick-up the only thing you left behind was your outline in the snow and your side arm.  :brows:

       Old Tom

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  8. I read it and am sick at heart about it.  Being originally a refugee from the East I have seen all this before.  I always tell the young folks to enjoy and make use of what we have now because the developers will come in and snatch it all away soon.  I have seen my hunting and fishing areas as a youth taken away from us and left nowhere to go to recreate unless you paid a large fee.  Sort of like having to pay a fee to go on Tribal land.  

    When we came to Arizona in 1966 you could go into Lake Pleasant whenever you wanted unmolested and without fee.  Then they set up entrance booths and charged a fee of .25 cents and said that it's such a little amount why complain.  Well things don't stay the same and it escalated like I knew it would.  One even has to pay to get to the chain lakes anymore.  Some day the backcountry and outdoor sports will be only for the well to do and privileged. (Sort of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forrest.)  

    When some of you are my age you will look back and say the same thing that I have just said.  Get out and use what God has give us while we have it. ( Shades of Soilent Green!!)    

       Old Tom

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