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Everything posted by wes

  1. Almost a pro, Afreakofnature. Once you ditch that scoop and just finger those nuggets out the dirt you'll be there But honestly a scoop is nice when I remember to bring it. Packs are necessary for the hike in spots, otherwise Im a gear minimalist myself.
  2. Fishing', The 7000, SDC, and now 6000 are all hyper sensitive detectors. You will be digging plenty of trash with any of these choices. Most of us know, If you want to work the heart of the trash pile they were never good choices to begin with. Find yourself the less trashy areas, and they will shine!
  3. Wasnt Steve gone to Alaska for like two months? Hopefully he left someone in charge, or it might be a wait.
  4. You're a lucky guy Rick! Myself and friends were all over the place for some days and nothing to show. Just saw some crumbs guys were picking up in the parking lot over by the mill. Fun times anyway!
  5. Hard to believe that was 9 years ago already. I remember hearing a double sonic boom blast when it came in.
  6. You might be happier slabbing it. If the gold isnt well connected, you might just end up with a pile of flakes after dissolving the quartz.
  7. I have seen a lot of those meat bee underground paper nests this year in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The bears or some other animals digg them out at night and grub out on them!
  8. Free $50 even takes it home
  9. Maybe try the ebay thing? Some of the delicate type specie doesn't acid well and just turns into a mess of small pieces. Ive seen that happen to a few of my friends.
  10. California Motherload placer nugget exhibiting hopper crystalline structure (Chevron nugget) Unique specimen was sourced and mined in El Dorado County Weight is 0.5 Grams $50 plus shipping cost
  11. Those are just the little ones I threw back glad there's still some left. The claim RIP until the next minleab debuts.
  12. GeoJack, I detected some in the side feeders, back in the days before all the claims. Have fun!
  13. Good info Lotsaluck I found this page with more info: https://www.snakes.ngo/mohave/
  14. Minelab sdc2300 will scream on those all day long
  15. Half troy ounce sourced from California's historic El Dorado and Placer County- American River gold belt. 33 nuggets - Total weight: 15.65 grams $750 cash or paypal ok
  16. Happy Bday Grubstake, Thanks for the gold tips over the years! Wes
  17. God job Mitchel! I just got an equinox too and hope to get into the coin side of detecting a little more.
  18. No doubt, and they were right. The cemeteries are packed full from the collateral damage of our wheeled travel
  19. oh ya, looks super safe I cant imagine anyone ever getting hurt riding that
  20. Do it part time until you learn the ropes. Successful prospecting is a trade like any other. It takes time, a lot of research, fails, and days of disappointment before you get the golden results. And even when you think you know what your doing, the gold always dries up and you are starting all over. If you're up in the Trinity area, you're probably in one of the best places in CA to do it full time, once you learn the trade.
  21. Yep I see no problem with that amount of nuggets in 6 hours, or even triple that amount. When you're on a pocket, every time you put your coil down you're on another target. Dig, scratch, retrieve nugget, and onto the next one. Or to speed things up, once the sound in in your scoop or hand, toss that pile of dirt in a bucket and pan it out later. That speeds things up quite a bit.
  22. That's the Truth right there! The days before fast food and processed sugar in everything.
  23. If you strip bedrock, or hunt shallow ground, a vlf is ok in non mineralized grounds, but if you plan to free range hunt for nuggets in deeper grounds, go GPX all the way. You can get em used for reasonable cost.
  24. The best setting for maximum punch and bang , if ground allows, is run Normal ground, instead of difficult.
  25. When a patch gets down to maybe I'm finding a gram for an all day hunt, its time to move on. Its hard to fill a poke at that rate. Eventually most the beeps and squeaks are gone and I feel time is better spent looking for a new prospect. But old spots are great for going back to for testing out new detectors and equipment
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