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California Summer gold GPZ and SDC together

Reno Chris

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Hey while you AZ guys are sitting in the AC trying to stay cool, its nice weather in a lot of the northern part of the mother lode country. Although there is overlap of the detecting seasons in the spring and fall, in the summer when its unbearable in AZ, its nice up in the pines of the Sierra, and when its nice in the winter in AZ, its all buried in snow up this way. So here is the gold I've been getting in various locations in Plumas and Sierra counties in July, August and early September - just going out and prospecting a few days at a time. I'm probably out digging about 1/3rd of the time.

This is just from my detecting in CA - it does not show about a half ounce of fines and small bits from some days of dry washing nor does it show the gold I have detected in Nevada.

This is gold which was detected using either the GPZ 7000 or the SDC 2300. I use the GPZ in areas with more open country and little in the way of trash, and the SDC 2300 when I am in trashy areas. The SDC does not have iron discrimination, but its faster to pinpoint and get the trash out of the ground when you are digging a lot of targets and you may find multiple trash targets in a single swing of the coil. The two make a great team.

The largest nuggets across the top are 0.52, 1.10 and 0.41 ounces from left to right.

Its still out there to be found and as the weather cools off in AZ, you guys will be out finding it in the hills soon. Just thought you'd want to see some to remember what it looks like.


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Beautiful rich color you got there! Makes me want to go get some lemon cookies of my own.

You're right about reminding us what this stuff looks like. I know it's been to long since I've seen anything like that under my coils.

Here's to hoping you find their friends on your future prospecting ventures!



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The photo was sent into the magazine for this month on a related article, but it's not like the article has a map of where the gold came from. It's more general in nature. I don't decide what goes on the cover, so I don't know if it will be there.

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