Jump to content

Patches Depleting - Again?

Recommended Posts

I agree....BUT I also think that if any new "patches" have been discovered the finders are keeping it quiet or else they would at some point be followed to their new patch and it will be cleaned out...well at the very least I like to think this is the way it is and there are new patches being found!!

I do know that over here on the east coast that can be a real possibly because much of the land where gold has been found in the old days is private land and much of that private land has not been hunted with modern technology.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Know of a prospector/miner who placer mined using a trommel in Northern California in the 70's $ 80's. Then he moved to Jackpot NV nearly 30 years ago and really took up nugget shooting at  Rye Patch. Through the 90's,  several ounces  of nuggets in a day was not that unusual he once told me.  As detector technology improved, he would immediately upgrade machines and go back over his many (by then) old patches, and they would always produce at least some BUT.......

In his opinion, the SDC2300 and the GPZ (which he bought at first chance) finally "killed off" most all of the known nugget patches beyond whatever new technology may enter the market. To him, the few crumbs left at such places, or even an exceptionally rare larger piece,  are not worth his time.  In 2017,  he sold his GPX, SDC and GPZ.

This year he's in the process of starting up a new trommel operation.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Of course before the SDC and GPZ came out everyone was thinking the same about the GPX 5000. It is true though for a lot of the people who were doing it big time in the 80s and 90s it no longer seems worth it. In many ways it was the increasing gold price that really kept things going. We were finding less but the value was holding steady as gold prices climbed. Right now though we are at the same gold price we were at in 2013 so the rapid increase in gold price from 2000 - 2012 is no longer offsetting the declining finds. Though we are ahead of where we were a couple years ago. :smile:

Gold prices 2001 - 2019


  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 hours ago, principedeleon said:

Here where i live i have lots of open ground that never have been metal detected & most of these hills are gold bearing...just have to look for shallow gold deposits. Most creeks been rich in gold as also the rivers.  . 


Fishing, hunting or prospecting,  there's nothing sweeter than access to private property

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Reading this thread, in Summary…. Gold finds go up with the introduction of new technology and after a while gold finds taper off until new tech arrives eg the 2300 and the  Z. Now gold finds are tapering off again. But rather than new tech via a machine, its the X Coils for the  Z and as JW above says: "Whack on an X coil & it will be game on again".

I recently went to the Victorian GT with a group, to me it was more of a social outing rather than serious detecting, with the Z, I found countless small and very small shot, the ones that are around 1mm in diameter, sometimes 2 or 3 to a mullock heap, along with an 1853 3d, and then its those deep targets 60cm + down and the hole xx cm wide for a rusty bolt/piece of brass. 2 such holes in the morning and ditto in the afternoon for someone who is on the wrong side of 70 is my limit.

Friends with Z machines do not have the X coil, so I really do not know what I am missing, is it deeper holes/more lead shot, or.........?

I am very happy with the Z in WA, more of the yellow stuff in Vic would not go amiss.

And like others, am not keen on a Non Minelab modification, so maybe I will miss the game.


  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here where i live i have lots of open ground that never have been metal detected & most of these hills are gold bearing...just have to look for shallow gold deposits. Most creeks been rich in gold as also the rivers.  . 

Last photo is of us dredging with our Trev's Style Dredge. ..


Where do you live?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Similar Content

    • By diggindaboot
      THIS !! All the people boo hooing will be in line to get one at that price point. It will also force the hand of ML with their price structure. ML raised their price on the 800 and NM absolutely crushed that price point. The Legend doesn't have to be better, just equal to turn the fortunes in their favor. ML and their arrogant "obsolete" charge is foolish. Obsolete by definition means no longer produced or used. Many detectorist and their single frequency machines are still out there making great finds and having fun. Furthermore, single frequency detectors are still being made and sold. NM build quality is far and away superior to the Nox detectors. 
    • By Gerry in Idaho
      I thought I was pretty damn good, but this technology has me beat.
      Might be time to invest?
    • By mcjtom
      Metal detectors often seem to have a 'Depth Gauge'.  How is it calculated? Is it the strength (or inverse of it) of the amplitude of the return signal?  So, for instance, everything else being equal, the 'deep' target would mean either a stronger target at greater depth or a weaker shallow target?
    • By GB_Amateur
      While we're all abuzz with the announcement and advertised feature and performance characteristics of the XP Deus II, I'm wondering about tests that distinguish between detectors' target separation abilities.  'Word on the street' is that in trashy iron sites, the original Deus is still the best available.  Presumably those reports are based upon in-field testing, which of course is the real proof.  But the downside is, (AFAIK) these are qualitative observations, not quantitative.  Subjectivity involved?  Unfortunately, yes.
      We do have Monte's Nail Board Test for a special case -- iron nails near a single coin, all in the same plane and typically all on the surface of the ground.  Add depth combined with some mineralization (burying the MNB) and you've included another real world dimension.  But in the field, multiple nearby targets are seldom in the same plane.
      So you hopefully see the purpose of this post.  Has anyone seen/tried other methods to better simulate actual in-field conditions to differentiate between competing detectors to best be able to handle trashy sites?
    • By Rick N. MI
      I mostly hunt in lakes and the bottoms are mostly all sand. A test on a sandy beach with the Equinox 800 and Xp Orx, both hit hard on a 14k 3.7 gram gold ring buried at 14". For mild ground I don't see a need for multi frequency. I do like the multiple frequencies on the Orx.
      Is there an advantage to multi frequency in mild ground?
  • Create New...