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About mineralcreekmike

  • Birthday 01/10/1951

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    Grants Pass, Oregon
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    Gold prospecting, metal detecting, flying, photography, camping, fishing, hunting, geneology

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  1. My advice is to go with the Goldbug. I have a new GMT and is DOES NOT have any pinpointing capabilities! Couldn't believe it until I contacted Whites and they confirmed there is no pinpointing circuit on the GMT. Geeesh......that is like buying an $800 hunting rifle and it not having any sights......lol
  2. I'm having trouble with my new Whites MXT All Pro and hope someone can offer some advice. I've got the pinpointing down to a science now and it works everytime. Simple. Now they advertise the MXT can detect a quarter at 12" with correct VDI numbers and target identication. I have not found this to be true. I can get it to sound off correctly on shallow coins up to about 3" deep, but deeper than that, everytime I swing the loop over the target I start getting different VDI numbers and different target identifications, especially if the sensitivity is turned up even to the preset position. The ground mineralization in my area is about 80 to 83. I buried a silver quarter 6" deep and everytime I swung the loop over it I got a different VDI number and a different target identification......same as at the local parks. I have the machine set to "coins & jewelry. How do I get past this and get this confounded machine to identify coins properly???? My old 6000 DI Pro does better than this!
  3. My method of pinpointing ( and it works excellent) with my MXT All Pro is simple. I don't use the X method. Holding the trigger in I move the coil around over the target until I find the spot where the sound is the loudest under the center of the loop. Then I measure back toward the rear of the loop about 1 1/2" and mark the spot. Works everytime and VERY accurate. I have the 10" DD coil.
  4. Hey, I solved the problem of having to wear those heavy, bulky, HOT ear phones! I have a Whites MXT and it does not have a volume control. I went to Fred Meyer and bought a pair of ear buds, they cost about $10. Forgot the brand name but they are black with a gold band around them. I also bought a 1/4 inch jack with volume control at radio shack for about $15. When I put it all together and used them on the detector it worked like a dream. Just make sure you get the ear buds with the rubber tip, the circular plastic ones WILL NOT stay in your ears! I've used these for over 6 months now and they're still going strong. I'm very hard of hearing but can hear every sound that detector makes using earbuds. I've used headphones also but they give me a headache every time and make my ears sweat off my head....lol Sound is very clear and precise with these ear buds yet I can hear whats going on around me much better than with earphones. My advice.......don't buy the most expensive pair of ear buds OR the least expensive ones. Get the ones selling for around $10 - $12, couple them to a good quality 1/4" jack and you've got your answer
  5. OK, got my MXT All Pro now! Shady areas........watch out..........lol
  6. Hi, was wondering if there is anyone out there who is proefficient with a Whites MXT All Pro metal detector. Just got one and haven't figured out the pinpointing yet. Having to dig BIG holes to find the targets. This thing has a 10" DD coil and they must pinpoint totally different than a concentric coil. Lord help me........lol
  7. OK, we all saw the post on whats your best NON nugget find...............so I'm wondering whats your best NUGGET find? I've found several good ones in Alaska, but never one over 1 ounce yet. Not moose nuggets either..........lol
  8. Great idea..........to get names & phone numbers!
  9. Can anyone tell me where you can sell or where you turn in those pre 1981 pennies at? If they are worth almost 2 cents.........I'd sure like to know where to sell them!
  10. Thanks for the replies guys! Yeah, I never go detecting anywhere without prior permission. Been shot at too many times in Alaska even when I HAD permission! Let me tell you......there are some absolutely crazy wanna be gold miners up there and its getting worse now with all these dramatized TV shows about people who think they can go to Alaska and do what ever they please.......when ever they please. I'll keep working on my approach and hopefully sooner than later I'll get lucky and be able to detect an old yard.
  11. Anyone out there have a favorite method of asking permission to detect an older private yard? I've tried several times and have always been politely turned down. There HAS to be some one out there who has a cute little line they use to get this type of permission......lol
  12. I used to live in Ashland, Oregon. That country is very dry in the summer and wet in the winter. I was digging a new flower bed one day and at 5 inches I found a 1966 nickel. Nothing surprising about that except that this was in 1969. I always wondered how a nickel could become buried so deep in just 3 years. After putting 2 and 2 together I came up with this: The area where I found it was mowed about every 2 weeks in the summer and no grass was raked up. The layers of mowed grass, dust, and leaves accumulated about 1 2/3 inches per year. These conditions would "bury" a coin very deep very soon. I have found that I find older silver coins at shallower depths in open areas and deeper coins under shaded areas where there are trees that drop leaves. I only have a 1987 Whites 6000 DI Pro with an 8" loop which will go perhaps 6" deep. I've never found a coin any deeper with it. Soon however I'm getting a Whites MXT Pro and will re-visit a lot of those shaded areas!
  13. Anyone know if you can buy earbuds that comes with 1/4" jacks? Or are there any metal detector manufacturers that produce earbuds along with their headphones? Have to agree though, when I'm doing serious nugget shooting headphones are the uniform of the day.
  14. Yup.......I agree! So many times when hunting the parks in my spare time when I can't be at the good places, I hear detectorists complaining that they need a better detector because the remaining coins have "sunk" to a depth beyond their detectors capability to reach. Sad people actually believe that
  15. I guess if you are listening for that faint elusive signal from a deeply buried gold nugget earphones might be better, but for just coin shooting the parks earbuds have sure saved me from the proverbial heat stroke
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