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  1. One voter for the Equinox 800 here. I owned both the nox and GM, but sold the monster. I prefer a threshold tone, and where I detect, the target ID is very useful. Hot rocks are a consistent -7, -8, -9 on the display, every time. I dug a hundred or so before I trusted that, but it has proven itself to me. I still "kick to confirm", if they are on the surface, but otherwise "movin' on". I might miss a small piece that way someday, but I accept that, for the ability to cover a lot more ground. If I am working bedrock, and finding small gold, that all goesnout the window, and I dig every hint of a stutter in the threshhold. Then there is coin and relic hunting, of which I do very little. The nox is excellent for that. Price is a couple hundred different, as you absolutely (in my opinion) need the 6" coil for nugget hunting. I saw Bill do a very early video with the stock 11", before the 6" was released, and I believe he found some gold with it, but the ground noise and falsing will drive you nuts. Here are my smallest finds with the Nox. Both were in a bedrock crack, and were just about 1" down in old packed clay. Good luck, whichever way you go. There is no "wrong answer" between the two, but for my personal needs, its the Nox. Regards, Kyle
  2. I'd be more than OK with a day like that, well done👍 It's been awfully quiet around here lately, glad someone is finding gold! Regards, Kyle
  3. As for the expiration date, I've personally shot 30+ year old soft armor, that had been used hard. It performed to it's rating. Good score👍 Regards, Kyle
  4. Looks to be well worth the effort, keep up the good work. I'd be thrilled to find that much from twice as many buckets. I haven't done much actual placer work, but the few times I have tried it have been less than sucessful. A pan like that would change my mind in a hurry👍 Regards, Kyle
  5. I keep hoping to stumble into one of those! Had a funny one last week. Hiked a mile or so, humping up hills, clambering over rocks, and generally huffing and puffing my way to what "must surely be" an untouched wash. Scrambled up over the last hill, and found a Jeep trail right to it. Campfire ring, Keystone light cans, and all. I said a few choice words, mostly aimed at myself, for not studying Google Earth more closely, ate my soggy peanut butter sandwich, and shuffled home. I do hold hope of finding either a virgin wash, or a patch below an eroded vein. In the mean time, I'll keep raiding the washes that are so obvious everyone has driven right by them. It pays off for now👍 Regards, Kyle
  6. Nothing wrong with being the rebel, and sometimes it pays off! Went back today, and started from the bottom of the wash. Dug a few pieces of heartbreaking deep iron wire, but no trace of gold. Oddly, I really didn't see any quartz in the wash at all, except for the specimen itself. On to the next one, once the weather clears up in a few days! Regards, Kyle
  7. Smoking, or digging? Sorry, it's been slow on here, and every time I see this thread title, my 1980's brain kicks in😆 I can't speak to Roadrunner specifically, but here in Southern Nevada, the club claims I have hunted have been a good place to meet people, learn the basics of running equipment, and get a mixture of really bad, and occasionally good advice. Happy hunting👍 Regards, Kyle
  8. Thanks! Another odd part of the puzzle around here, is where the gold is found. Under the overburden, but not in ancient gravel, bedrock, or clay. I "think" there was a flash flood or two here, in the last hundred years, that carried these pieces into the washes. A friend and I have dug down, and sampled the old gravel in a couple of these washes, and panned them out, without finding a speck of gold. The wash I found this piece in had been heavily placered. Either they missed it, or it rolled off the screen on an old drywasher. Funniest of all, was a deep detector hole, not 5 feet away. "Sorry you missed it, dude, I'll just clean this up for ya...😂". Regards, Kyle
  9. All I can do is shake my head sometimes. I'll go out day after day, hiking all over the hills, just "sure" the gold must be over the next ridge, if I just try a little harder. Haven't found anything yet, using that method. Then I decide to give my back a break for a day, and just drive around looking. I get a random urge to hunt a wash, pull over, jump out, and dig a nice specimen within 300ft of my rig. I'd call it chance, but this is the third time it's happened in a year. Go figure. Listen to the little voice in your head, I guess👍 I know exactly where I will be hunting this next week! Regards, Kyle
  10. That is nuts! Paid for the GPZ in one shot. Well done👍 Regards, Kyle
  11. Always enjoy both you and Gary's videos. Thanks for the effort you put in, the are always entertaining and I learn something new from most of them. Regards, Kyle
  12. Hey, Toby If you are in the area, and all else fails, you might go up to the camp in Franconia wash, and talk to the folks there. Made a trip down there last winter, to guest-hunt with a detecting buddy who is a member. Gotta be a board member in the mix there, place was pretty full last winter, likely more so now. Cool place, but man, if 50 cal AP bullets were worth money, I'd be a wealthy man. 👍 Regards, Kyle
  13. I'd be more than happy with that! Nice work👍
  14. I will look into that. Anything other than knives and narcotics is a welcome tip for sure. If it comes with a remote, I'll have to hide it from the Wife. The evil is strong, in that one👍 Regards, Kyle
  15. Thanks for the tips! I've been back over the wash about 10 times now, with both the 17x13, and 12x8 coils. Even poked around with the Equinox for awhile. I will try digging a bit, and see if that does the trick! I have been avoiding doing much digging, and trying to hide from passing rigs. Both pieces came from spots less than 100' from a main dirt road. Guess everybody else was in a hurry to get to "where the gold must be", and never bothered to check this wash. Now that I am confident the easy chunks are safely in my stash, I can be a little more visible. Anybody else here hide behind a rock when a couple Jeeps roll by, after you just found a decent chunk?😂 Regards, Kyle
  16. I think I've heard about that somewhere. If it gets so bad I can't handle it anymore I will remeber to ask a doc about that. I have a major aversion to surgery or pain meds, but something like that device is interesting. Thanks for the heads up👍 Regards, Kyle
  17. Roger that. My brain still thinks I am 20, but the body says 48. Too many trips over the handlebars of a motorcycle, too many hay bales thrown, too many transmissions and engine blocks carried around. They all add up to no cartilidge left between the facet joints in my back. The doc told me the couldn't fix it with surgery, and I told him "Good, you aren't cutting into my back until I am crawling into your office, soaked in sweat, and screaming in pain" He didn't appreciate the humor😆 I will be hitting it hard tomorrow. Today is reserved for beer and a heating pad👍 Regards, Kyle
  18. Thanks Tom! Yeah, I have hit a little bit of the hillside, but I plan to give it a good bit of effort, once I am sure I have cleaned out the wash. The hillside has a lot of quartz float, some with iron on stains. There are dozer scrapes at the top of the wash also. Total trash fest up there, but I'm gonna have to suck it up, and wade into that too. Could be where this came from... Regards, Kyle
  19. Thanks, and I agree. Specimens are fascinating to me. I will hunt this wash like a dog, believe me! My back has informed me we are taking a day off tomorrow😆 The Gpx loves that deep iron trash, and I am only good for 15-20 bomb craters per day, before the old spine says 'nuff. Wish I had started this hobby at 20, but I doubt I would have had the patience back then... Regards, Kyle
  20. Ok, things are getting spicy now! Found this 8g specimen today, a couple hundred feet down the same wash. Interestingly, it appears to be a different alloy than the first piece. Much darker yellow. I feel like that is an important clue, but I am not sure how the puzzle fits together yet. Whatever the case, I am absolutely stoked. I will update as I go, thanks for looking, and more importantly, all the info and stories you guys post. They absolutely help the new guy!👍 Regards, Kyle
  21. Thanks guys. Been out to that wash and a few other nearby, not a speck to be found! I will keep hammering away at it. Lots of bedrock below the spot I found this piece, mixed with some deep overburden. A nice rain might well make a difference! Now getting it back from my Wife is proving more difficult than finding it in the first place.... Regards, Kyle
  22. Thanks! I hear ya on the shovel, and so does my back I do plan to take some samples out of the bedrock and run it through my buddy's sluice. Still in Nevada, haven't tried my hand at AZ yet! Regards, Kyle
  23. Thanks! I found this in a group of flat rocks, on bedrock, but in relatively loose overburden. Most of the gold I find here is like that, just sitting there. Very few pieces have come out of what looks like ancient clay, or a deep crack. Regards, Kyle
  24. Thanks! There is a bench area (inside bend) a few feet up the wash from where I found this, so I will be going low and slow over that with the NF 17x13" for sure. Regards, Kyle
  25. Just snooping around in a new area, not expecting much, when I stumbled into this lump right in the middle of the wash. Not quite an overload signal on the 4500, but really loud. I am pretty sure a Walmart $99 detector would have found it. Maybe 6" down, and in the most obvious spot in the wash. I have no idea how the last 50 guys to walk up this wash missed it, but I'll take it! Most of the specimen is worn somewhat smooth, but one side clearly broke off something larger. The edge is so sharp and fragile that I broke a tiny piece of gold off with my tounge giving it the mouth-wash out of the hole. I can't imagine it moved more than a few feet, after breaking off a bigger hunk. I went back the next day, but no luck on the rest of it. Gonna spend a few more hours chasing that! I will try my hand at a specific gravity test on this one, but oh my, it is a nice, satisfying weight, no matter what the math says! Far and away my best find so far. Thanks for looking, keep hunting! Regards, Kyle
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