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  1. Thanks guys! I do have plans for next weekend! If all goes well.
  2. I am not a dredger, but from forums over the years I have read a lot about them. One idea I could suggest is to use the "Head" for a pressure to run a multiple jet tube. The multiple jets are for high volume low pressure pumps like trash pumps for example. Then, the operator could use a shorter length dredge hose with less chance of plugups. I'm just throwing around some ideas, here. :twocents:
  3. http://goldfever.com/g_dredge.htm'>http://goldfever.com/g_dredge.htm The above link is a good one to take a look at. And this is the home page: http://goldfever.com/
  4. I went to the sacramento detecting buffs club and felt out of place because they are mostly a coinshooting club. There are a few prospectors in the club. Now I am with a club here in Concord called the east bay GPAA and everybody is looking for the gold. I've met numerous members of the mother lode gold hounds at that spot i told you about. They are a great bunch and I've never made a meeting yet. Always meant to join the goldhounds, not too far from sacramento. :twocents:
  5. If by "digital" you mean with the large display on the handle as the GM4B and GMT. I use the GM3 which is just before the GM4B without the large display. I like it for a number of reasons, 1. Can turn detector upside down to get scoop right against the coil for those tiny bits of gold. 2. Can change the frequency to eliminate interference from other detectors on the same frequency. 3. Can chest mount the control box to lighten load on swinging arm, especially when using the larger 14" coil. Further, If by not digital you mean the BIG Blue box with the big red meter, I don't think those would work as well as the VSAT, GM II (vsat?), GM3 on sensitivity and depth. If luck holds, you might find a GM4B in your price range, too.
  6. Just curious, do you have cable or satellite TV? Their internet is more expensive than dialup or DSL. But they would spoil you quick with the speed. My apology if this has already been discussed. :twocents: P.S. If memory serves, the DSL was a nice step up from dialup.
  7. I second what Digger Bob said regarding gold masters.
  8. Happy birthday to all of you!! And I thought my family had lots of birthdays.
  9. Another 2 cents :twocents: I just moved back to Concord, but for the last 10 years I was in Sacramento area, (North Highlands, Citrus heights, Antelope) and the pit I've been talking about was 50 minutes away. The two gravel pile areas you have been working, I did try, with no luck on gold, I only tried about 3 days total on them. Back in 2000 I worked over on Folsom Blvd and there were road crews dredging the bottom of American river and the banks to build the bridge over Negro Bar Park. The road crew were dumping the stuff from the bottom of the river along Folsom Blvd across from the tailing piles along the railroad tracks. I had high hopes of finding something of value, but again only old car parts, wires, some aluminum car parts. And I was checking that stuff as they were bringing it, just had to be sure to be out of the way when the truck loads came to dump. Now that the sludge has weathered some you could try there, (and anybody else reading this). Who knows? I'd suggest the side away from the road, don't want to see any car crashes from rubber neckers.
  10. wjbell, you got my PM's? Give a try at the hydraulic pit I was telling you about, found my first gold there and have yet to find a better place (still looking and hoping). Clay is easier to detect on, than river gravels and have literally gone days there without having to so much as re ground balance. There are gravel piles too, but nice uniform quartz with no ground balance to concern yourself with. Warn ya, there is alot of steel trash in them too. I've found flakes of gold within 20 to 30 feet of the paved road even, 2 were a quarter inch across. Just don't cross the wire fence or up the private drive. I've talked with locals a number of times over the last 11 years and they never gave me any trouble. If my directions in the PM's was not clear enough, just send me another PM.
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  12. With my crs, I'll try to write something that hopefully hasn't already been mentioned in these great threads of yours. I was reading just yesterday about a guy that used to dredge and would use an underwater detector to locate hot reading spots to dredge and did well with the technique. Being the detector would locate the concentrations of black sands and other heavies I would think, like your reading hot on the boilhole on bedrock. In both clay and bedrock in hydraulic pits that I detect, I'll find areas or spots that sound hot running 2,3 or more feet in length, my trick for these is to turn myself and the coil sideways (90 degrees) to the hot reading spot and shuffle left and right, this direction is much quieter and when I hear a signal this way, then dig. I've found alot of nuggets and targets this way. Also, when I began nuggetshooting the mineralisation in clays really tested my perserverance. I'd get a really hot spot thinking it a good target and end up digging a 2x2x2 foot crater then no more signal! Was very frustrating. I still run into higher mineralised spots, probably partly cause I'm lazy to try tuning them out. As i sift through the dug dirt each scoopful sounds off but at a lower volume than the whole hot reading spot.
  13. The hot rocks I get most often have a bit of what I call a fuzzy sound, but I still check every repeatable target. You will get familiar with the different hot rocks in different areas you detect, and start recognising them on sight, kicking them away. Detecting river rocks is some of the most difficult I've done, with the variety of mineralisation and all. Hydraulic pits are in ancient rivers and I've read the reason there is so much quartz rocks is the other rocks have decomposed back into clay! The quartz rocks taking much longer to decompose. When you get a signal on a rock, turn it around to see if it sounds off louder on one side than the other sides, might be worth more examination, ie gold. most of my gold is embedded in rocks from bedrock or the bedrock itself. Also, when you get a broken signal sound or multiple target sound you may be onto a small pocket of gold. Took near 5 years to learn that one. I thought they all were bits of steel or clusters of buckshot! More than a few times I've dug 1 1/2 feet to bring up a nail and been rewarded for my trouble with 2 or 3 small bits of gold in the dirt pile, just because my coil was closer to it after digging.
  14. Thanks, Bedrock! I am going to do the rice thing, been hearing it elsewhere, too. Oh and loved your comments on the DD's.
  15. Right down on the ground gently, a 1/4" height can be the difference between that bit of gold or missing it. Or not so gently with the coil cover, lol. Since my coil did leak, I'd recommend trying to keep it dry. I did detect numerous times in light rain with the control box chest mounted under my jacket, and I think that's when I got water in my coil, dripping down the wire into the coil. A couple more nice things about the GM3 is the option of chest mount, detector can be turned upside down to get the scoop right against the center of the coil, and you can change the frequency to avoid interference when someone nearby is on same frequency, they may be 50 feet or more away and your threshold will start wavering or going louder and quieter (unsteady). Also, I mentioned about using the Sierra Gold Max earlier, that was the old model, a monocoil, now whites only makes DD for the 10" and 14" coils.
  16. I tried to write this like a mini tutorial. Take care of your original GM3 monocoil, those are not available from whites anymore. I've stated a couple times here and elsewhere on forums that I get about twice the depth with my monocoil than with the DD. The DD will handle really "hot" ground better, like arizona and australia has, and parts of california. My trick with my GM3 monocoil on that bad of ground is raise the coil higher off the ground. When it's Like trying to ground balance over a car hood. The coil is supposed to be waterproof, mine was for about 5 years, but now I have some water in it from submerging and it goes wacky from time to time, but is still my favorite coil. I've used the sierra gold max coil too, even found a sixteeth inch buckshot at 4 inches down in very mild clay. The deepest nugget I've detected was 2.1 grams at 12" with stock coil. Deepest target a beer can at 2 1/2 feet. Ha ha. The iron ID works pretty well, mine is always on, but I've dug many gold nuggets in mineralized bedrock that clearly gave a iron indication, so don't trust it 100%. Some of that may have been because I run my GM3 at max sensitivity. When I dig down to bedrock and still have a good target sound, I start going oh boy!, and break out the hammer and chisel, gold is there. Also, I hunt hydraulic pits with mild ground and set the vsat at minimum always, just past the pinpoint switch mark which I never use, makes the target signal alot more distinct I think. To go for maximum depth I overlap my swings as though I'm using a 3" coil, especially after locating that first nugget of the day. Think of your monocoil search pattern as an upside down traffic cone, the center of the coil punching the deepest or most sensitive. Some more tips, carry a magnet, I like the ones from hardware stores of aluminum and the size/ shape of a pencil with a clip on it to clip on the visor of my baseball cap. I admit it tears through the fabric of the bill but not through the plastic. Easy to run through the scoop for those pesky bits of steel. I swear by the long handled plastic scoops from mining shops, I use 2 of them for target retrieval. They can be used to crush small target rocks to free the gold and as a mini dry panning method I found by shaking side to side and gently blowing air across the tablespoon of powdered dirt or rock and tilting a little, the gold and often buckshot drops right out of the mix. Nice when a flake is the target and then there are half a dozen more smaller bits too small to detect staring back up at you. P.S. you got a good price on a good detector, I got my GM3 on a sale price of $550 from $650 msrp back in 1997 as a christmas present to myself. About 2 months later the GM4B came out. Later the GMT with the DD coil became standard. I've run my GM3 for 11 years now and not once had to send it to whites for service. Mike G.
  17. I could recommend whites electronics to you. Manufactured right in Sweethome Oregon. I've been using a whites GM3 for 10 years now. It has variable frequency so interference with other detectors is less of a problem. there are some newer models, too, the GM4-B ,GMT, MXT etc. The GM is Gold Master series. By the way my deepest nugget was 2.1 gram at 12 inches down with the original monocoil. Good luck to you. Mike G. :icon_mrgreen:
  18. Something to whet the appetite..... That it does, Thank you for posting!!
  19. http://www.minelab.com/usa/products/gold-d...2200v2?view=faq Hope the above link helps you. It's the website for minelab and I drilled down to the downloadable manual page. I did try to find what you wanted on their site but did not have luck.
  20. here is a link I found by doing a google search on minnesota gold mining with some info. http://www.goldfeverprospecting.com/migodi.html another search item; http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/geologyrec/index.html I thought i saw on youtube once about a mining company called red dragon, but had no luck just now searching for it. Good luck to you, and you might try panning or sluice after checking regulations. I was born in minnesota so have an interest. Although spent last 57 years in california. Oh, and welcome to my favorite forum, too. :icon_mrgreen:
  21. I sure did get sidetracked from my usual forums reading. I put your site on my favorites list to read more later. Your writing style is great, really makes me want to try camping and doing my gold hunting all the more. Thank you, great site you started. :bowdown:
  22. That's a good one, uncle Ron. I have to check out those red clay/dirt areas more, too. Thank you for posting.
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