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    Detectors, prospecting, Harleys, quads, gold, old coins, trail cams, cutting wood and mostly just being retired
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    etrac, GM 1000, Angus Mackirk sluice, Grizzly Gold Trap (motherlode), pan, buckets, and the trusty #2 shovel

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  1. Cyanide Tailing Piles

    Not familiar with gold "on the other side of the hill" (continental divide), I'm on the west side of the hill. There's been lots of gold scratching all over the west side like around Helena area, south to Butte, Dillon, and also further west. I'm sure your hubby knows of some spots or someone that does. Last spring we had quite the runoff so most the waterways got stirred up with new gold, some old buried with over burden, etc. but definitely things got re-arranged? Could be good or bad depending. You guys enjoy..........
  2. Ditto Fred .....just takes a couple weeks to get used to it, pace your self accordingly.............
  3. Cyanide Tailing Piles

    Just come on out and ENJOY the area like you planned. Do your research and I'm sure you'll find some areas to scratch around in? I'm new and a rookie so can't recommend any areas near Bozeman but you'll find some. Might learn to use the claim maps here to help locate area claims? Good luck!!! http://www.mylandmatters.org/Maps/Mining.html
  4. Not familiar with the Safari but think it's an FBS machine? With my etrac I have many coils and they all have their place and work well. With that said....high dense trash my 6" EQ2 is the go-to coil (and also my favorite of all coils if and when the situation calls for it).
  5. Last Two Hunts

    agree.....only time I dig gold rings is when I'm chasing a nickel.....
  6. Finally Got Out For A Detect

    Nice and great pics!!!! I looked into moving to NZ awhile back.....unfortunately for retired folk they wanted 1.1 million in cash (if I remember right?) to cover your/their butt so you don't leach off the government (smart over there unlike the U.S.)...... keep the gold and pics coming!!!!!
  7. Gold Monster Headphone Issues

    The phones that came with my Monster didn't work at all...period! Took my seinhauser 280's that I've use on my etrac , stereo and also for noise cancelation for my practicing my drums.... they work great (as usual) on the Monster. I also usually just use the external speaker tho. The 280's have served me very well for 7-8 years now....they are sold as noise canceling audiophile phones, come with both plug sizes and have a long cord.......... Monster phones look and feel like crap imo
  8. Your 1st post you wanted a coin shooter....now you want that machine to double as a gold machine? I'll withdraw my recommendation of the etrac then......it's primarily a COIN machine, that is where it excels......... good luck
  9. Bought A " New To Me " Etrac

    I used to do nothing but coin shoot for the oldies and that etrac, once you get it figured, is a coin shootin sob! Heavy but well worth the trade off with all the info it gives you won't waste a lot of valuable TIME digging trash! Don't overthink it....keep it simple for starters then as you become comfy with it then play with the different settings, etc. jmo
  10. Hey thanks guys for the tips! Got the Estwing/chisel and hand dredge. Any benches are snow covered now. I fall down in the river enough in summertime and will be staying very close to shore this time of year. I'll try and clean up my hole I'm working with the dredge, run GM to check bottom of hole, then run thru sluice, etc. In between breaks for my shovel hurting back I'll take the GM along the shore and flip a few boulders and see if anything shows up???? thanx again!
  11. That's exactly what I found here also....underneath. Thanks guys for the responses! It just dawned on me that I have the same type boulders right on the steep bank that I can roll right into the river with little effort and check quickly with the Monster....duhhhh!!!!!! I'm currently digging in same bank with fair results using conventional #2, pan, sluice. When back gets tired digging I'll flip a few boulders and check with Monster? Gold here is like someone took a salt shaker and sprinkled it all over the land. There isn't nuggets like Cali or Aus, etc. but a few larger pieces have been found. I should also check my current hole (underwater) with the Monster...... This stuff is what I'm currently getting and about average for me...once in awhile a picker shows up. Anyways...thanks again, you've given this guy some ideas
  12. LipCa....... That's summertime stuff.....couple feet of snow here. There'll be some of that next summer...thanx!!!
  13. Guys... Could use some expertise/advice about using the GM 1000 on the river? I know I can't really explain the conditions etc but I'll try...bear with me? First off it's winter and I have maybe 12-24" of bare ground between river and snowbank and river isn't all that low. I have no idea how deep bedrock is and not much bedrock is visible along banks, even in summer. This is also glacier gold and lots of it hasn't even thought about hitting bedrock yet. River also running pretty good, slippery bowling ball sized rocks, and drops off fairly quick. My thought was to take the Monster and just detect maybe up to 3' off the bank, in river, behind rocks, etc. I won't be able to pack in a prybar for flipping rocks but will have my # 2 shovel, pan, sluice , etc. in case I have no luck tecting? I was curious if any of you have had any luck shooting the shallows behind rocks in steady flowing water? What I really need is what kind of scoop would you use in moving water (hopefully I could improvise at home)....???? I thought maybe a small metal pan, metal coffee cup, then I thought plastic coffee container, or just hope for the best and use my shovel and dump into plastic gold pan???? Any success stories, tactics or tips on river shooting in flowing water and retrieval tools appreciated! I'm also new to nugget shooting and only have about 12 hrs on the Monster so that's why the kinda stupid questions....lol Thanks!
  14. First Gold Of 2018

    Weather here got above freezing and I had the "itch" real bad so I contacted the nice owners of the claim that I had a permission on last year to see if we were ok for this year? They said "go right ahead" so I loaded up my tracked quad and drove 45mins to the end of plowed road and tracked 6 miles up to the claim. When I first arrived at end of plowed road I realized I'd forgot my coat!!! I also had a camera in that coat pocket to take pics of the trip. I almost aborted the trip but found an old sweatshirt and flannel shirt behind seat of PU and had on my bib overalls so threw that on and headed up. Two ft of snow at the claim and had to shovel about a foot of snow off river bank and start digging. Only moved 6 buckets (2.5-3 gals) of -1/4 but got these little pieces and snuffered up a lot of colors/fines (not shown) after 4 hrs. Hands and feet got a little cold but not bad and the trip helped cure the itch somewhat. Had a blast and first gold of the season with the trusty #2, pan, sluice, rock pick....... (pic of quad @ 7,000ft...not claim)