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I recently got to spend a week with my dad out in the goldfields. I had been on numerous trips before that had only yielded 2 detected nuggets, so with 6 days to look, my goals were simple.

1. Find atleast 2 nuggets with a detector (size does not matter)

2. I have owned a Goldbug2 for 4 years (primarily used on the east coast, and have yet to get it over a piece of gold). So goal #2 is to find atleast one nugget with the GB2.

Well, 20 minutes into day 1 and the GPX-4000 w/ 11" commander mono hits on a small but nice specimen gold piece.

Day 2- was spent mostly investigating a recent small patch, did some detecting, but mostly drywashing, 2 sample holes, not great gold, none detected.

Day 3- more drywashing in a different wash and explored an area that had yielded some small gold in quartz specimens in the past, perfect spot for the GB2. As luck would have it, found 7 small specimens with the GB2. Both goals checked off 3 days in...success.

Day 4- 6 more with the GB2 in the same area.

Day 5- spent 5 or 6 hours exploring and then hit an older patch that yielded some larger nuggets, tried the 11"mono and an 18"or 20" with the 4000, no hits. Took the GB2 over, and alas 4 small nuggets.

Day 6- explored all day for a lonely isolated nugget with the gpx400 11" mono, no success.

All in all, not that i didn't believe before, but I can now say with confidence and firsthand experience that the GB2 is an unbelievable machine. Nothing against the minelabs at all!, but for this situation and type of gold, the GB2 allowed me to come home with 18 pieces of gold (+1 from the drywasher) instead of 1. I ran the 11" mono on the GPX-4000 on the hillside patch that yielded 13 detected nuggets prior to taking the GB2 up there, and didn't have any hits. In the photo, the nuggets circled in the top left, we tested with the GP3500 with the joey coil and only the 2nd from the right within the circle registered a hit.

All in all a great time spent with my dad prospecting, great weather and scenery, and gold to carry home.

-Dave

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Good job! I still remember what an epiphany it was when I finally got dialed into my first GB2 -- like a hundred lightbulbs hovering and dancing overhead. "Oh, THAT'S what it sounds like!!!" A few thousand later and my heart still thrills each and every time I "unzip" one from the dirt. Congratulations on joining the GB2 believers club.

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Very nice. Gotta love that GB2. That's my go to detector in times of need haha.

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Dave:
Awsome story! :)

Your shooting with two 6 guns...........PI and the GB2.

If the PI doesn't fine em, the GB2 will always break the skunks back.

WTG man. And, bonus...you were out there with your dad

Really nice gold :)
Keep at it..Best of luck to you

Tom H.

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A full week with your Dad and gold too. Sounds like a real win win to me :thumbsupanim . I miss my 2 Dads sooooo much that fathers day has sure lost it's shine. Nice to see someone who coveths what he has as their never around long enough...ever....respect-John ...oops kudos on the nice gold also :4chsmu1:

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I agree john. My dad and I love chasing the gold together. But you do have some great memories I bet.

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Appreciate all the comments, it was a blast and wish i could spend another week doing it soon. next goal is to now get that GB2 finally over some east coast gold.

As for "the goldfields" you can tell by the nature of the gold, there's still a lot left to be scraped up, so in respect to that aspect, the best I can say is that this is Mojave Desert gold.

-Dave

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I love the story and yes, I wish I could take my dad with me nugget shooting. Sounds like the GB2 is awesome on the small gold. I was wondering if most were on top or buried a few inches. I'm trying to figure out how to tune my Sadie coil on my GPX 5000 to get the small gold. So far I have not been very impressed with the depth on sub gram nuggets with the Sadie (even though ground isn't very hot). But then that could be me. I hear so much good on the GB.

Anyways, way to go!!

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The majority of these nuggets were gold in quartz specimens. I ran the 11"mono w GPX4500 on the one patch and got no targets where the GB2 later got 13.

Many of these were 1" or less, but 2 or 3 were around 3" down.

I'm certainly no expert on the subject, but my opinion is that the type of gold (specimen/wire/veiny) was the contributing factor in the GB2 outperforming.

-Dave

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