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Well, it was bound to happen eventually, and today it did,.....I found my "ugliest" gold nugget ever!!!! I was exploring some new ground when I got a real strong and well-defined signal just under a 4"-or-so (shelf) drop in exposed bedrock. The small (10" round ) area was covered with green grass, which also contained an over abundance of intertwined roots that really became a pain when trying to clear them away. Every time I swung my coil over this area ( after pulling out dirt and small rocks) it .....screamed...., and gave off the same noise as I had heard 6-times today after unearthing 6-chunks of varying sizes of lead slugs. I briefly considered blowing this target off as just another chunk-O-lead,............But, considering that the statement: "Dig-every-target" has proven beneficial to me (many times) over the years, I continued with my pursuit. I eventually dug all of the dirt and rocks out of the area down to a depth of about 6", with solid bedrock remaining. The signal continued screaming each time I swung the coil over the area, but it was hard to pinpoint exactly where the target was, even when I used my pin pointer???!! I used my small (90-deg.) angled screwdriver to pull any dirt, etc. away from under the back edge and side corners of my exposed area, but the target continued being allusive, and over and over ...screamed... as if to mauck me saying: "I'm still here!!!"" The only thing I finally noticed was a barely-noticeable crack in the flat-bottom of the bedrock that ran about 2" long towards me. So I started scrapping everything out of the crack with my angled-screwdriver. The crack was only about a quarter of an inch wide, but I then discovered that it went down about an inch-and-a-half deep, and was filled with a very hardened and crusty clay-like material, which, made it hard to scrape out. Again my coil ...screamed... when I swung it over the area, but this time my pin pointer went off as well showing me right where (down almost 2" in that little crack) the target was. I wasn't getting all of the fine dirt out of the crack with my screwdriver, so I stooped-down as close as I could and blew the fine dust out as best as I could ( I didn't have a straw or tube to use). Then low and behold I could "finally" see a very small (faint) speck of gold peeking back at me. It turned out that the nugget was on-edge vertically in that crack, so I used my ice pick-type tool to get under the nugget to pry it out. When I got it out it looked weird and dirty, and was not like the clean-buttery-colored gold nuggets that I have become used to finding over the years. I even tried cleaning it up at home with some soap, tooth brush and water,..........and it's still "Ugly,"..and is a bit magnetic ( the dark and boring coloration is iron crystals that are attached- to the nugget,...yet, it is not a speci). Guess I'll let it soak in a bath of nitric acid to clean it up.  Gary

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It looks like poop!  Glad you didnt give up on it for being lead. WTG!!!!:ya:

Tom H.

 

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Ugly or not, a nugget is a nugget, and now it's yours.

Nice work Gary.  Congrats !!   :thumbsupanim

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Im sorry, i just dont see the ugly part. I guess i have an untrained eye for ugly gold haha.

Nice chunkster,  ugly or not its a nuggie. Good job.

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Awesome job sir, congrats!

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7 hours ago, nugget108 said:

Im sorry, i just dont see the ugly part. I guess i have an untrained eye for ugly gold haha.

Nice chunkster,  ugly or not its a nuggie. Good job.

I'd take that kind of ugly every day all day long!

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Here it is after a nitric acid bath,.............looks much better,...:yesss:.....   It initially weighed in at 1.0 grams with all that poop on it,...now it's .98 of-a-gram,........close enough to a gram for me....Guess I'll keep it...:4chsmu1:   Gary

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nice, way to keep diggin!

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Looks good, Gary.  Now see if you can make it an ugly duckling patch :thumbsupanim

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Looks like you prettied her up real nice.... 👍

I'll dig my but off for the ugliest of them all. 

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Way to stick with it!!!  and you cleaned the ugly right off her.

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No such thing as ugly gold ... love them all! :inocent::old: but then again I'm old and single and can't see as well as I used to! :rolleyes:

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That's a beauty, Gary... A very good find... It's still a $50+ nugget all day long...WTG...Cheers, Unc

 

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On 10/24/2019 at 8:43 PM, LowPoint said:

Well, it was bound to happen eventually, and today it did,.....I found my "ugliest" gold nugget ever!!!! I was exploring some new ground when I got a real strong and well-defined signal just under a 4"-or-so (shelf) drop in exposed bedrock. The small (10" round ) area was covered with green grass, which also contained an over abundance of intertwined roots that really became a pain when trying to clear them away. Every time I swung my coil over this area ( after pulling out dirt and small rocks) it .....screamed...., and gave off the same noise as I had heard 6-times today after unearthing 6-chunks of varying sizes of lead slugs. I briefly considered blowing this target off as just another chunk-O-lead,............But, considering that the statement: "Dig-every-target" has proven beneficial to me (many times) over the years, I continued with my pursuit. I eventually dug all of the dirt and rocks out of the area down to a depth of about 6", with solid bedrock remaining. The signal continued screaming each time I swung the coil over the area, but it was hard to pinpoint exactly where the target was, even when I used my pin pointer???!! I used my small (90-deg.) angled screwdriver to pull any dirt, etc. away from under the back edge and side corners of my exposed area, but the target continued being allusive, and over and over ...screamed... as if to mauck me saying: "I'm still here!!!"" The only thing I finally noticed was a barely-noticeable crack in the flat-bottom of the bedrock that ran about 2" long towards me. So I started scrapping everything out of the crack with my angled-screwdriver. The crack was only about a quarter of an inch wide, but I then discovered that it went down about an inch-and-a-half deep, and was filled with a very hardened and crusty clay-like material, which, made it hard to scrape out. Again my coil ...screamed... when I swung it over the area, but this time my pin pointer went off as well showing me right where (down almost 2" in that little crack) the target was. I wasn't getting all of the fine dirt out of the crack with my screwdriver, so I stooped-down as close as I could and blew the fine dust out as best as I could ( I didn't have a straw or tube to use). Then low and behold I could "finally" see a very small (faint) speck of gold peeking back at me. It turned out that the nugget was on-edge vertically in that crack, so I used my ice pick-type tool to get under the nugget to pry it out. When I got it out it looked weird and dirty, and was not like the clean-buttery-colored gold nuggets that I have become used to finding over the years. I even tried cleaning it up at home with some soap, tooth brush and water,..........and it's still "Ugly,"..and is a bit magnetic ( the dark and boring coloration is iron crystals that are attached- to the nugget,...yet, it is not a speci). Guess I'll let it soak in a bath of nitric acid to clean it up.  Gary

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Looks nice, probably looks better after a good cleaning ..... That's what I did with my old lady ........

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On 10/25/2019 at 11:02 AM, LowPoint said:

Here it is after a nitric acid bath,.............looks much better,...:yesss:.....   It initially weighed in at 1.0 grams with all that poop on it,...now it's .98 of-a-gram,........close enough to a gram for me....Guess I'll keep it...:4chsmu1:   Gary

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If you find any that are "uglier" than this one, ship'em off to me. I have some much nicer looking lead chunks in my collection to send you in trade. Most even have genuine desert patina, and attractive rifling marks....

Well done!

Regards, Kyle

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