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  1. Glad to see that both Fred and the specimen endured, and survived the classification process. Though it takes years unless you have juice, it is the right thing to do, and encourages some of us to submit cold finds that we are sitting on, even though that process can be quite trying. I would like to see investment and creation of a non-university, private lab, staffed by a salaried meteoriticist, with a "Dean Bessey" turn-around time ( us old guys remember). I am sure that the volume that would flow to the lab would keep the cost to the submitters low, while paying the staff much better than any university, without cutting into the action of the usual sacred cows that seem to gobble up the bulk of researcher's time and budgets at the usual venues. Let's take the steps to foster meteorite science in our own country, and expand our efforts to bring American finds out of the shadows, and get them classified. Congrats to Fred, and big thanks to Michael and all that made this classification possible. Ben
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    I’ve got it who wants it?

    It’s a throwin’ rock.............
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    Buyer Beware

    Hey Bill, It looks like a chunk of hematite and quartz.
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    Coyote Dry Lake

    Nice finds guys. Ben
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    Need help with a possible meteorite

    Refining slag.
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    tool suggestions

    Hi Fred, We are doing well. I hope all is good with you and yours. Due to work obligations, we could not be there this Anniversary weekend. None the less, we've been out hunting recently. Ben
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    tool suggestions

    Rocky, The fastest tool for making a window in a meteorite, is also the one that never gets dull, and is the cheapest. It is a QEP Sharpening Stone in stock at any Home Depot in the tool section, for $4.97 plus tax. It has a coarse side and a fine side. It makes a window very quickly, and best of all, it doesn't rust, and if you lose it out in the boonies, you're only out five bucks. Check it out. Ben
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    Yay or Nay

    Hi Rocky, The stone does not look like a meteorite to me. I don't see any metal blebs, chondrules, regmaglypts, or fusion crust. To be sure, you should make a "window" into the stone with a sharpening stone, diamond file, or sand paper if you're patient. That will give you a good look into the interior. Good Hunting, Ben
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    meteorite mistake purchase.

    It looks like a lump of common hematite. Ben
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    Hello fellow hunters

    Hi Nate, We set a record for Friday here in Phoenix at 118 degrees, so our hunting has been just a tad subdued. I am bringing a sweater to look at ice cream in the frozen foods section of the grocery store, so, anything less than 90 degrees seems cold. I hope all is good with you. Stay hydrated, Ben
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    Some Rites Today

    Awesome finds!
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    Red Dry Lake day hunt

    Hi Mike, Awesome finds. I love pieces that fit together! Homefire, Check out "Alkali Flat" in the Meteoritical Bulletin Database. Ben
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    Lynx camp out

    Adam, Potato Patch is just over the divide from Walker on the headwaters of the Hassayampa. It is also where the Walker Party of prospectors wintered before they made their big gold strike on Lynx Creek in 1863 or 64. Ben
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    Lynx camp out

    Hey Tom, I was up there too, making repairs to our cabin in Walker (26 years). It got up to 79 for a high ,but like you said, much nicer than Phoenix. Everybody and his Brother has hit Bigelow Flats, but I am more interested in less likely areas, because of a few guys who were "pocket hunters" and did well at it, well after the big gold rush was over for the area, during relatively modern times. And those guys didn't have detectors, so all of us have an advantage to use. Good Hunting, Ben And to my knowledge, the only 20 ouncers found, was in the 1860's, but I have seen a 2 ouncer, and one just under an ounce found with a detector, and an ouncer that was panned. Yes, panned. I personally, have panned out a pinto-bean-size piece. Not bad for an area worked off and on for 152 years.
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    1st Nug"lette" with my new detector

    Frank, Looks like that detector does the job. Thanks for the post. Ben
  16. Nice finds Fred. The new machine is a good one! Ben
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    Hunting on Arizona State Land?

    In the early eighties, the Roadrunners had a placer claim on Humbug Creek above Lake Pleasant, ON State Trust Land. They had the claim for years, and only gave up the claim when the dam was made higher, with the resulting rising water, eventually covering the claim. Back then, special arrangements and permits were made with the State. That means that regardless of what is on paper, it's not chiseled in stone. Political climates come and go. Administrations come and go. What has been allowed in the past, may not be okay currently, but may be allowed again in the future. Who knows. Just Sayin'........ Ben
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    Treasures found?

    Hi Bob, Great case there, and I am definitely impressed by an aspirin bottle full of gold. What was the most unusual, or oddest- shaped nugget that you ever sold? Ben
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    Treasures found?

    Hey Bob, That Jack lost his arm, does not surprise me. Though I never met him, many people told me that he was bat-poop crazy, and to leave if we ran into him. I remember hearing other folks confirm that warning even when we would go into Congress to buy more beans and hot dogs from the Chinaman's store. Later, when gold hit $800, and people were getting shot, we stopped prospecting that area, as we would have to take turns watching for wack-jobs that over-filed every claim in the District, and were out to shoot anyone they even thought, was on their paper-claim. I was sad about that nugget, because if I had known he would sell it that low, I'd have bought it and re-sold it for a huge profit. It was in the eighties, so my photos are not digital, but I will find it and scan it to post here. Ben
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    Treasures found?

    Hi Bob, No, i never met Carlson or Preacher Jack, but I remember the crosses that Jack put up all over that area, including some very remote spots. Was Carson the mine caretaker at the Octave mine? I did meet the caretaker but can't recall his name, while metal detecting the Octave ore dump. One Christmas, while a bunch of us club members were camped at the LDMA property, about six of us did some nugget shooting on a slope on the north side of Weaver creek. A local guy pulled up in an ancient pickup truck as we were putting on gear, and I was ground-balancing my new, hi-tech, latest, gold machine ( a Garrett A-2B). He had just bought a used, White's DI series coin machine, and he asked for some help to run it. We showed him how to adjust and balance it, and he drove off, but mentally, we pretty much wrote off any chances that he would find any gold with a coin detector. Late in the afternoon, Jerry Crance and I were hunting cottontails just off the road, about two thirds of the way from Stanton To Congress, and there was a huge rooster-tail of dust from someone going about sixty, screaming towards town. It's the guy from the morning with the White's. He recognized my truck and pulled over to show us a thumb-shaped nugget he'd found, (weighing 1 ounce and 8 grains) while detecting on the Antelope side. He was completely over the edge, but I did manage to get photos before he took off for that saloon where the road meets the highway is. I heard later, that he sold it there for less than it was worth BY WEIGHT, and blew most of the cash. Ben
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    Treasures found?

    Hey Bob, Great story. It must have been awesome to see a golden header. I used to work "Pee Creek" and some other locations near Weaver back in the day, before gold shot up to $800 an ounce and crazies started to take shots at each other. Did you know Tom "Van" or Herb Jackson? Ben
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    Spring Nugget Season Gone!

    Ron, Sad news. Hope you mend quick, and with a minimum of discomfort. Ben
  23. Hey Flak, Sounds like something that would help in 100 degree weather. How long does it stay cool? Ben
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    Silver & Silver Ore????

    Hi Ron, I don't know if it will help, but I've got some silver ore from the Red Mountain Mines near Ouray, Colorado. it is a carbonate type ore that was formed in vertical "pipes", and ran about 66 opt silver, half that again in copper, and less than a half an ounce in gold. It was consistent at several of the area mines, and was easily detectable with a White's GMT. Some pieces have silver nuggets in them. I can't tell which, without an X-Ray machine. You are welcome to a piece if you like. Ben
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    Mesa Gold Show

    Hi Bill, Do you have a scheduled time to speak? I have obligations, but will try to make the show late saturday, or early sunday. Thanks, Ben