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Gerry in Idaho

How Well Do You Know Your Gold Detector?

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On 12/20/2017 at 10:59 AM, GB_Amateur said:

Ok, I see you asked a specific question and you're getting a lot of good answers.  But I'm going to step outside that question with my answer.  Besides a moderate to high frequency VLF and a lightweight PI, I'm taking a gold pan.  The chances it tells me something I don't know, even if the chance of that is small, is clearly worth the weight and cost.

Even in our hi tech world it still comes back to a gold pan doesn't it. I still use one a lot. 

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JW, great write-up! All kinds of good information you've shared, lessons learned, aha moments, etc.

Great stuff, and thanks for taking the time to post it as well.

Sounds like you're having lots of fun learning the detectors and finding the nuggets.

All the best, and a Merry Christmas to you as well,

Lanny

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I have been fortunate to hunt gold in many Western States, AK and even Australia.  I was also able to find gold at the places with both VLF & PI type technologies.  I've been fortune enough to own and learn almost 40 models of detectors and find gold nuggets.  I still have about 5 units I like and would never go on a trip as described with less than 3 different units.

Here are the 3 I would take on that trip and why. 

Gold Monster 1000 as it is very good in tailing piles for larger nuggets.  You need light, fast and good Iron Identification.  It is also tops at finding small gold pieces and also great when detecting ore dump piles for species and wire gold.

GPX series PI with a DD coil.  Really doesn't matter which version (4000, 4500, 4800, 5000) as they all have Iron ID when using the DD coil.

GPZ-7000 to detect in areas with hardly any trash and to get the best depth/sensitivity combo.  Love it for well known areas that have been picked clean by all other detectors.  Would never recommend it in dredge tailing piles.

Now if I only had room for 2 detectors, I would remove the GPX and use the bigger coil on the Monster in those trashy areas.

The Equinox has me excited as I want to see how well the Iron ID words on it.  Could be great for big gold in dredge tailings.

Again,  These are just my recommendations and you could easily put in one of the other more popular VLF's that runs high kHz to substitute the GM-1000.

Some of you could also use an SD-2200 or GP series with DD, other than those do not like certain kinds of gold as well as GPX series.

Yes I enjoy dredge tailing piles and have found a couple grams in them.  Ore dumps are also quite generous to me as sometimes the higher dollar specimens come from those and PI technology does not do well on many of them ones I find.

I'll have to look around and try to find that article...maybe scan and copy it on here.

 

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Id hunt the old tailings with my mxt, than use my gmt and look for the alluvial deposit and once i find that id look for the elluvial or risidual deposit with a nice pi like a gpx5000 or even use the gmt or mxt the whole way

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