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Yahoo!  I bet you'll go back there for more of those lunkers.

Good story.

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Great hunting Simon, glad to see you get some nice gold again.

That river looks like it would be great for a sluice setup there around the bend.

Grandfather and I have had a lot of luck on bends like that. We always sluiced or panned when we went out.

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Well you have done it this time SIMON that smashes the penny weight, the real measure for OLD Prospector. You are now in the Pro Status .🤩

A pennyweight (dwt ) is a unit of mass equal to 24 grains, 120 of a troy ounce, 1240 of a troy pound, approximately 0.054857 avoirdupois ounce[1] and exactly 1.55517384 grams.[2] It is abbreviated dwt, d standing for denarius an ancient Roman coin, later used as the symbol of an old British penny

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Beauty!  Is that the first time you've ever out-detected JW in terms of total gold weight for the day?

When you scrape away the shotgun pellets, can you usually do that with just your boot or do you have to use your pick?

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   See, i said the gold would find you! And it even looks like a small chicken nugget!! Did you "talk" to the gold in the area, before you found it!? It likes singing too!

  Great find! And another great post!👍👍


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Man, the sound if that machine is out of this world!! 


I would not be able to think with all that noise. 


It is almost like the machine is alive somehow!


I feel as though that machine is using it's human to do it's dirt work!!


It was a great thread and thanks for all of the pics!!

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6 hours ago, GB_Amateur said:

Beauty!  Is that the first time you've ever out-detected JW in terms of total gold weight for the day?

When you scrape away the shotgun pellets, can you usually do that with just your boot or do you have to use your pick?

Nope, 3rd time.... First time was on my first ever gold detect with him when he was showing me the ropes and how to even find gold, I got 2.8 grams I think and he got 1.something of a gram I think it was, I don't remember exact numbers.   Beginners luck there.  5 bits out of one bit of bedrock.  It took me over a year to beat that day.

Second was not too long ago when I found the 4.2 gram bit plus another few bits to make up 9 grams.

This would be the 3rd time that I can recall and it's only ever by weight, never by total nuggets.  Very unusual and they're all usually because I stumble across a bigger bit in an odd location, I doubt I'll ever beat him for total nuggets in a day as he just finds more, I have no idea how he does it, lots of skill that I just don't have, when I do well it's usually just good luck.  I am getting there though, sometimes I surprise myself like with the 0.026 bit I found with the GPZ last weekend.

The boot scrapes normally not enough unless you're on bedrock, in soil/grass like that it normally the pellets are buried but just not deep.  Sometimes they're a a bit deeper, even making it down to shallow bedrock, they're the pellets in my junk collection photo, I never dig the pellets that disappear on the first scrape or two.  To give you an idea of the pellets if you switch on the GM1000 and walk 2 steps swinging I'd be surprised if you didn't find one.  You get pellet fatigue and they can make you miss gold as you can get lazy checking.  I now know there is bigger deeper gold in the area so perhaps I'll put my biggest coil on and try again, hopefully it's not as bothered by the pellets.  It would be a nice relaxing day just swinging if the only targets my detector went off on was target bigger than a pellet 🙂  

The QED works well here, it's not bothered by the power lines but it picks up the pellets really bad too, and the GPX is useless here with the power lines but it wouldn't be near as bad on the pellets. 

4 hours ago, bigtim1973 said:

Man, the sound if that machine is out of this world!! 

I would not be able to think with all that noise. 

It is almost like the machine is alive somehow!

I feel as though that machine is using it's human to do it's dirt work!!

It was a great thread and thanks for all of the pics!!


You should hear it with the gain cranked up.  🙂  It's certainly not like using a VLF and takes a bit of getting used to but in among all of that noise is nuggets and when it passes over one you know it.  I doubt any VLF would have found that 1.692 gram nugget at that depth, I wish I had the Nox with 11" and 15x12" coils with me to try them on it as it's the one I'd have the most hope in finding it.  The GM certainly didn't get any response from the surface at all as I did a pellet check with it, but it only has a 5" coil.

I find using the GPZ quiet compared to using the GPX.  It had EMI noise there from the power lines but in comparison to a GPX that'd be going off like a UFO mixed with a police siren in the same situation the GPZ remains very usable.

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Congrats on your hard-won treasure; way to persevere, Simon! 

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42 minutes ago, phrunt said:

GPX is useless here with the power lines but it wouldn't be near as bad on the pellets.


We would get under power lines and use cancel.  Try it.

I also remember my 5000 being quiet on auto tune if you bring down the gain.

What it the deepest soil there at that location.  I think you could find a 1 gram nugget with that coil at up to 12" but take that nugget back with you next time and do the depth tests.


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