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1515Art last won the day on October 18 2017

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  1. My wife is over in Shanghai so I sent a couple of the OP’s pictures to her for an opinion, she’s very familiar with the This limestone and she thought it was indeed Taihu Limestone too. A few years back a small piece like that would have fetched a couple hundred dollars or more, since the pandemic prices have dropped. If it is legit, best if the OP’s not chipping off anymore pieces.
  2. Bob, I’m sorry I was just suggesting the OP’s specimen might be limestone, possibly old.
  3. Bob, are you saying no to similar formations collected in China, or just that it’s not a meteorite? The lake rocks are terrestrial the ones in museums and around the forbidden city being highly prized in China they would also be collected elsewhere in the Middle East as well as copies.
  4. I’ve seen rocks in shops and museums in China that look very similar to the one you posted, the color varies by the type of mineral and location of the deposit and some can be very valuable. Of course it’s difficult to tell from a photo and I’m not familiar beyond seeing these a few times but could this be something similar?
  5. Mmm... let me share, my first post here a meteorite I found metal detecting an iron nickel, perfect to my eye I could see obviously the melt pattern developed hurling through the atmosphere...no doubt about it. proudly posting here to find its secrets I asked the question, is this... Mike was first to respond, sorry looks nothing like a meteorite, in disbelief I took my prize in to a shop and had it XRF tested... exact match for metal used in the manufacture for military explosives, no doubt terrestrial. He’s right and if you read enough of the threads he’s right a lot. Take the good ad
  6. nicootje, different locations favor different host rock and starting out everything can look the same, focus on known placer gold locations is a good way to begin. Download/buy placer deposits of...(location you want to hunt). This will outline the history of the deposit, give you information on the type of deposit and production and tell you something about your questions on host rock. Joining a prospecting club will put you on ground that while heavily hunted with persistence still produce and hunting an identified gold placer you can begin to get a feel for likely indicators, one of the eas
  7. I love the two I have one is a 3x9 rimfire Mounted on an old lever action from the 1950’s (the scope is new) and the others a 4x12 on top a CZ452 the glass is crystal clear and they have really good eye relief, they ain’t cheep though. More budget friendly, Ive got a vortex strike eagle 1x6 with illuminated red reticle that’s a lot less money and although not as good of glass I like the one I have, but hard to beat Leupold they’re great. Really nice to read your story on the great customer service and nice set-up that’s a beautiful rifle.
  8. Allen, I’m local in Las Vegas and might be able to help, I just picked up a Little Rock mill off eBay to crush interesting rocks found out metal detecting so I can pan them to see if there’s any gold (not yet). It’s powered by a small angle grinder and will take pieces up to around 2 inches in diameter also have an anvil, hammer and dolly pot to get the pieces down to size for the mill. I don’t know what quantity you have but I’m sure some sample material could be crushed to see if it’s worth going farther? I can’t promise you any great insight into your rocks or the geology but if you ne
  9. My finds for April/May, then the engine in my prospecting rig went Tango/Uniform.
  10. GPZ gets 40% more opal, I wish. One of the terrific members in my club donated that beauty for our veterans raffle and I had the lucky ticket:-)
  11. Azdigger, I can't help you much as I'm very new to this game as well and also ask myself what the heck am I looking for everytime I'm out. Red dirt in some areas and white patches in others. Differences and junctions of the soil colors, signs of fractures...streams appearing or slipping underground indicators of fault lines and the almighty quartz float and serpentine zones, gets my head spinning. I'm looking for them all and they seem to be everywhere, fortunately (depending on how you look at it) a lot or most of the gold proudicing ones I think have been discovered and some trace of their l
  12. For the first year, year and a half with the 7000 I never used my pinpointer, then after trying it and seeing no problem interfering with the gpz it saves me recovery time. mostly with shallow trash I can pop the target quickly without any digging and chasing small targets in a large 7000 dig hole is usually much improved, at least for me anyway.
  13. I have the trx and use it with the gpz, good depth, one touch gb, plays well with the gpz it doesn't interfere although the 7000 needs to be as far away from the trx when pinpointing as the zed lights up the ground and affects the trx causing it to false. I run my trx fairly hot, so that contributes to the false signals a bit too. I also have the new Deus pinpointer, but have not tried it with the gpz.
  14. Al, thank you... I think it's helpful when the thread story is complete even with the disappointments. Hopefully my failures help others in their search for answers as I know everytime out adds just a bit more understanding to my database and someday when I've gathered enough pieces of the puzzle I can graduate from complete new guy to green horn...that would be sweet.
  15. OK, so I've taken the xrf results and after much interesting reading I'm still very confused, but learning some new things that will stay somewhere in reach if ever needed again. In reading history and chemical composition of steel, ranges of Cu .5 to 2 percent and Mn at .5 to 13% and Ni in the low percents was a good mix for the military munitions. So, based on the xrf results and the shape of the metal it now looks to me like a small military bomb fragment? The only thing is I'd expect to find many more pieces unless they have all been recovered over the years?
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