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Guess how many bullets was needed to make this much LEAD. 😭 at least it was over a 40 year period.

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Woozers did you just heat up a coffee can and dump it all in LOL

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The one thing that I don’t like about lead is that sometimes it looks like gold that has quicksilver all over it

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9 hours ago, MannyScoot said:

I have the sound programmed into my auditary temporal lobe ..... Everything I dig is lead or nuggets with my old detector......

Ok, but what about the signals you don't dig?

 

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11 hours ago, MannyScoot said:

I have the sound programmed into my auditary temporal lobe ..... Everything I dig is lead or nuggets with my old detector...... I can feel and use the quessing game with a bullet case or iron or pull tab ...... Lead and gold using my SD2200D tone sounds equal and even how deep it is, all by sound and headphones.

Borrowed a GPX 4500 from a friend yesterday and dug some casings, but the main thing is knowing your detector well....... I dug plenty of lead yesterday.....

I have been using my old detector for (5) years and dug thousands of targets.... So I recognize the gold and lead sound...... So it's a 50-50% for me.......

 

How do you know what the targets were that you did not dig up? Do you believe 100% of the targets you did not dig were not gold? That you have a 100% accuracy rate? If not, what percent is acceptable to you? If you skip 100 targets is it ok for ten of those to be gold? Five? Two?

I’m not being critical here, just curious. I have skipped a lot of targets over the years for various reasons, but I am certain that I have left gold in the ground as a result. I know this because I have dug plenty of “nail signals” that turned out to be gold.

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The only place I was always certain a signal would be gold was my first trip to Australia....but, I always dug every signal. The gold is gone, the memories will always remain...

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2 hours ago, GB_Amateur said:

Ok, but what about the signals you don't dig?

 

Took the words out of my mouth.....or should I say....fingers 😂 Unless you see the recovered target you never know for sure. In my early days with my GP 3000 I got so sick & tired of digging .22 shells & there lead bullet heads I started to ignore those loud, in your face, signals that were always a very close to surface target. Some were on a couple of patch areas that gave up some nice amounts of gold to me. The ones I ignored played on my mind that night. So next morning I went straight back. I was fresh, bright eyed & bushy tailed. So I dug them. The day before I was over the heat & getting lazy & that is a habit I have today. Start to ignore those signals that I just can't be bothered digging due to the heat & 'feeling' it is just crap any way. Some of those ones I had ignored the day before, one was a 9 gram slug of gold, one was a 5 gram slug & one was 13.75 grams. They all moved after just two scrapes with the pick. So very shallow & hence the day before thinking...oh yer...just another bloody .22 casing & walking away from it. Ok...some were .22 casings but I learnt a very valuable lesson that day. You just can't tell what a signal is until it is in your hand. FACT. I still shake my head today in disbelieve when I dig a crap sounding target & it morphes into gold. I think to myself....thank god I dug that 'crap' signal. Those that bang on about, I can tell by the sound, are kidding themselves. The ones they leave behind....they will never know for sure. Ok....the majority may well be crap, but, just take my experience from the three I used in my above comment. Nearly one ounce of gold in three pieces, & that is big gold for here, that I so nearly walked away from.

When chasing gold....dig all signals!

Best of luck out there

JW 🤠  

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12 hours ago, geof_junk said:

Guess how many bullets was needed to make this much LEAD. 😭 at least it was over a 40 year period.

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I had doing the same thing in mind. So I collected all my lead finds & brass casings. Even those bloody shotgun pellets. I still have a couple of jars full of them but have now for a long time just got home & thrown them in the bin. I thought about making fishing sinkers from the lead, which is something I used to do when I lived on the coast & did a lot of fishing. Both off the land & out in boats. But not living near the coast now I dont have the use for the sinkers. I then thought I could make dive weights for dredging but haven't taken the dredge out for years. Too much red tape to go through with the powers to be for dredging these days. So that didn't happen as well.:rolleyes: All goes in the bin now. But every one of those targets 'could' have been gold.

Good luck out there

JW 🤠

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6 hours ago, kiwijw said:

Those that bang on about "I can tell by the sound" are kidding themselves.

There is a field of academia called "behavioral economics" which is related to this phenomenon.  One big category studied is 'confimartion bias' which effectively says we erroneously and selectively agree with and recognize things that are in line with our preconceived notions.  An eye-opening, understandable book written by Dan Ariely is Predictably Irrational which covers this and many related fallacies.

 

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Hey Manny,

   I have to agree with some of the others, if you are leaving targets, there is a chance that a small percentage could be gold nuggets.  I used the SD2000, SD2100 and SD2200d for about a 8 year span in the mid 90's to early 2000's.  I dug thousands of targets, many nuggets sounded like wire, nails and such.  I'm confident if you are leaving any targets behind with the SD's, you have a chance to leave gold.  I haven't met anyone in the last 25 years that can just dig lead and nuggets with the Minelab SD, GP or GPX detectors and leave all the rubbish in the ground.  

Like I mentioned above, the shape of the nugget, size of the nugget, orientation of the nugget in the ground (laying flat, sideways, at an angle), nature of the gold (solid, porous like a sponge or cystalline) will in fact effect the signal response.  

In closing, if you can still ID these targets without error, you have something over the majority of us on this forum. 

Rob

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