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Well done JW.

Simon looks slim.  He is still without a harness?  I matched him with a skunk on my last nugget hunt two weeks ago.

Mitchel

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Nice JW 

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A very odd day for me,  I was full of confidence in my GPX as the new 10" Coil is super sensitive.  I was detecting more pellets than I ever have with my GPX.  It normally only picks up the odd one, maybe 2 or 3 pellets a day at this place as they generally have to be pretty close to the coil for them to sound off.  On the GPX now I was getting them at inches, I would have a guess about 3 inches on a pellet if I waved my coil over one I'd recovered.  Sometimes I was getting so many pellets in an area I just had to walk away and try elsewhere.  I was using JW's scrape with the pick and if the target is still there investigate method to help control the pellets.

At one point I thought maybe it loved pellets and not gold as JW was finding gold.  I went over and asked if he could put down one of his biggest bits of gold so I can see if I can hit it and what depth.  It slammed hard on it at inches again, I never expected it to find much smaller than that bit so I asked JW to put his next smallest size bit down, he just went all the way and put his smallest piece he found down, a little tiny ant poo.  I waved over it and again a screamer, I was able to raise up inches above it too.  My GPX has never even been able to detect bits this size before so I was happy as can be.    His smallest bit must have been about 0.05 of a gram or less.   His total was only .45 of a gram for 7 bits 🙂

I believe I was able to hit on this one with some depth, it certainly didn't just have to touch the coil.

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Something I never ever in my life expected my GPX to be able to do.

Later in the day I thought I'd try Bogene's settings as both MXT_Sniper and JP had recommended I give them a shot, my gain was cranked up to 15 (max), my audio was on Boost and I was in sensitive extra with a near silent detector, the occasional little EMI blip from the nearby high voltage power lines most likely. Now I was liking my GPX even more, it boosted my sensitivity to the pellets to almost Gold Monster level.  I was using JW's one scrape with the pick and it's gone method but ended up having to do two scrapes to prevent having to dig them all as I had them every few steps.

So I guess I can't blame my equipment, I'm more than happy with my gear, no excuses at all this time... My lack of finds was nothing short of the operator not walking over any and knowing where to look for it 🙂

I kept a majority of my junk, some of the smaller bits of tiny wire and pellets were lost but seeing I've got nothing to show I'll show you some junk.  I forgot my phone on the day so I've got no photos.

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My claim to fame for the day, I found more pellets than JW :laugh:  I had to wash the lead off my hands from all the pellets to have dinner or I'd get lead poisoning, stand tall that I found more pellets and drown my sorrows with some KFC!

I had my harness on Mitchel, I just didn't use the bungy, I still have the old style bungy on there that's hard to un-clip.  I have to put my detector down and use two hands to un-clip it, I hate the thing. I've ordered a new style one but it hasn't arrived yet. Slim? I have lost a bit of meat from all the detecting but I've got a long way to go, it takes some serious pellet digging to get rid of a well established KFC food storage unit. 😀

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13 hours ago, mn90403 said:

Simon looks slim.

Lucky for Simon that photo was front on to his KFC food storage unit 😂 (Sorry Simon😉) He made the mistake of wearing a black "T" shirt on a day that was having a bit of heat in it. Black just absorbs heat & heat is one of his pet hates. Mine too....I get lazy in the heat & become more selective in the target sounds I dig. I should say target sounds I recover. I usually poke & scrape at them.

13 hours ago, mn90403 said:

He is still without a harness?

Simon answered this. It was all there but just another of his pet hates. All part of not liking to be tethered to his detector, more so with the old clip system. I can't even remember the "old" system on my GP 3000 but still used it. I do recall wearing through the bungy cord & replacing it with some new bungy from the local hardware store. Still have that on one of my 4500's. His other pet hates are headphones.

2 hours ago, phrunt said:

I was using JW's scrape with the pick and if the target is still there investigate method to help control the pellets.

I have to admit I was getting some pellets at crazy depths too but those deeper signals you just have to recover regardless. When down on the bedrock it usually is gold though.

2 hours ago, phrunt said:

My lack of finds was nothing short of the operator not walking over any and knowing where to look for it

Gosh...I think you should know where to look for it these days. You have been at it long enough now. Any crack or fracture in the bedrock, like those two bits you found last time in this area. When it comes to the grassy or lichen areas on the bedrock you just don't know what the ground or bedrock is like under that, so you just have to scan over it. They are the most likely areas hiding a gold trap. This photo from above is a prime example. That rock the coil is on I flipped out of the way as I was getting the signal through it. You will see the imprint in the ground from it. Still had to dig a bit of dirt out as you will see on top of the rock & on the bedrock was the piece of gold. 

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Well, most of the photos from my post are prime examples of these little hiding places. I just believe that on the day you just didn't walk over any gold. Going by your detector nutting off on the pieces of mine you tried, you had the ability.

2 hours ago, phrunt said:

I kept a majority of my junk, some of the smaller bits of tiny wire and pellets were lost but seeing I've got nothing to show I'll show you some junk.  I forgot my phone on the day so I've got no photos.

You also forgot to take your junk with you but left it in the bowl on my kitchen bench.:rolleyes: Thanks. 😂😉   

JW 🤠

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Jw,

You and Simon are a trip! I'm surprised Simon let you capture a photo, like some kind of rare bird!! Get a few more of you guy's for the scrap book! Looks like fun times!! The adventure is as great as the finds!👍👍

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Well wait for JW's part two and three, I'm a sucker for punishment, especially with day two 🙂

When I got down to bedrock it was usually a boot tack or a weird looking brown rusty looking crusty old pellet.  :laugh:

But you're right Joe, the adventure is all part of the fun.  I'm pretty happy at the moment as I can clearly see my new 10" X-coil has narrowed the gap a bit between the GPX and GPZ in sensitivity to these tiny targets we chase.  I must be mad though, I don't use my VLF's at this spot as I spend my day digging pellets, yet I am happy now my GPX is hitting on the pellets like a VLF 🙂

It's good I left my pellets at JW's house as if they didn't stay behind there I'd probably be getting a firm talking to today for them getting a run through the washing machine, I always forget and leave them in my pockets and end up getting in trouble.

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17 hours ago, kiwijw said:

I ended up with 4 more bits for the day making a total of 7 for just .45 of a gram

That's a 1 grain average.  JW, you are the king of the tinies.  This isn't intended as a slam, just the opposite.  I'm sure if there were larger pieces there you'd be pulling them out, needing a fishing net to control them.  I do hope you change your mind and get at least a few hours in when you come to the US in May.  Simon shouldn't be the only one to get to see the Kiwi Master in action.

 

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Yeah, if you guys could invent a lead magnet, you  would be millionaires! Alot of our shot pellets are required to be steel now,  so they either rust away, or can be gotten with a magnet!  But there is still plenty of lead shot leftovers to bugger things up! And lead poisoning is a real issue! As many of the Roman's found out the hard way!☠💀

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Nice gold and pellets!

Simon, your bungy likely has rather stiff tongue that allows thing to slip over the D-ring....if that is correct...and this makes sense...

just take some side-cutters and trim 1/16 or so.".not too much. The bungy will clip in and unclip much easier...take too much and it will fall off...remember goldy locks!

Fred

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