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congrats on beating the skunk

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WTG!  Keep swinging and keep warm

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Great job, congrats sir.

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I still have a few secret spots over by you Steve, but the pass isn't open yet. This place I just went to also has produced large nuggets. The largest nugget found in Montana was found in the next gulch over. It was 27 troy pounds. The gold bearing gravels cover a 20 square mile area. I'm doing my research to get further up drainage into better nugget territory. I found a fault zone and will be heading back to investigate that spot on a gold bearing creek.

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I guess I was wrong. I haven't heard about these ones.


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good find with one of the best coils ever made...best of luck going forward!


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There's some detectable yellow over there...we just didn't find the hot spot....YET!  Had fun, we got LOTS of ground to snoop, and met some truly fine folks!!!!!!  Next time....!!!!

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