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  1. I packed up the girlfriend, 5th wheel, RZR and 2 GoldenDoodles and GPZ 7000 for a long weekend of detecting with another Forum member. We've been exploring a gold area off the beaten path for several weeks, finding the odd sub-gram pieces here and there. The area has very little placer history, mostly load gold from back in the 30's. After studying the maps we were determined to keep pushing west, hitting as many little feeder gulches as possible hoping to find a hot spot. Day 1: I found 2 small pieces after a lot of walking. Fellow Forum member found nothing but skunk. Day 2:
    40 points
  2. Norvic asked why I was so proud of a VLF when I own and have posted much success with the other higher end detectors. It was my post on rating the higher end Minelabs....so here goes. There are many factors to my craze and style of detecting, but my finds are the facts and not many people can compare, unless they too use the tools (detector) and hunt the style I do. I consider myself a gold hawg or gold pig. I chase it all in terrains flat or tall. Terrain - I live in the Northwestern state of Idaho and much of my detecting in the surround state of ID., is Oregon, Nevada and occ
    33 points
  3. Okay, I hit the Minelab booth at the Quartzsite gold show this morning, and got to swing the GPX 6000 over a couple of targets that I brought along, asked Debbie some questions about the machine and its tech, as well as snapped some photos of the box. So one of the targets I brought is a tiny flake of a nugget that is invisible to the Zed, but a VLF will hit on it all day long. The GPX 6000 with the 14” DD coil in EMI cancel mode had no trouble seeing it, which is quite impressive; the detector was set up this way because there was too much EMI present to operate the 11” mono coil. I also brou
    32 points
  4. Had a chance to get 2 beach hunts in with the GPX and AQ and was pleasantly surprised that the conditions at this beach had changed for the better. It was going to be a 50/50 split between both machines, so that I could get the benefits of both machines technologies. Started out great with the AQ, but unfortunately the headphones started making a loud clicking noise. I figured out the thin wire had finally given out. Then it completely stopped working. The conditions were perfect for trying out the AQ in Tone mode, since there was almost no trash, or small iron left in this spot. So high tone
    30 points
  5. The targets were scarce but crazy good today. Two more firsts for me and a cast wreath which is number two for this site. I have been detecting for many years and have never found a site like this. Gold coin number 2!! Holy smokes.
    25 points
  6. Went out today for another session,long walk and lots of digging .Not sure how many miles i did but a few nice weather again,with the nox and a spade ,lots of WW2 remains,and .......1 9ct Gold ring with 3 semi precious stones .Bullets registered 14/15/16 Bullet case around 20/ Fishing weight High 20s Gold ring 6/8 100% of the bullets tip were identified...... Was running at Reac 2 ,pinpointing at 4,signal are longer but thats fine with me Enjoy RR
    23 points
  7. I did a bit of research and actually found a few things of interest. I think the pics aren’t the greatest but the day was epic for me. I’ll hit it again and hopefully find more. The quarter is well worn but it is my first seated coin and made my day. The buckles were right next to each other. One buckle is heavy the other is stamped and is thin but really neat. Thanks for looking. Oh, the button is really smooth and looks like silver but I am not sure.
    22 points
  8. Many Thanks Steve and all of my fellow Pirates for the Prays and well Wishes! Just a update, it is now one month since the accident Jan 12th. I was waiting to post here on the one month mark just to show how fast and well my recovery has been. (Thank You lord and all of my friends for the prays!) I've had many test, several MIR's and other scans. All levels and scans came back good. No damage from the hypothermia, shock and low blood levels. I feel great and just about have my stamina back and my rotary cup tear feeling much better.. I was out the other day with the AQ playing around in t
    22 points
  9. The pictures are of nuggets I’ve found in VA using the gpx 4800 and the gold monster 1000. The gpx finds were all on hill tops and hillsides at location in and around old gold mines. These locations were found by a good friend of mine back 10 years ago or so. I’m just picking up scraps compared to what they found. The gold monster finds were in creek finds at a property that I mainly dredge. Only a few areas of the creek have produced any gold to detecting. While dredging this creek it produced up to 12 gram nugget so far. I’ve detected all around the hillsides around the cree
    22 points
  10. I made it out to Gold Basin for a couple days of hunting until a high wind advisory chased me out on Saturday with a wind gust forecast of it hitting 50mph in the Arizona desert on high ground. The wind started to pick up around 7pm by morning it was buffeting the trailer pretty good. I picked up camp and found a spot protected enough from the wind I could unlatch and drop the top on my a-frame without a strong gust hitting at the wrong time ripping off the roof. Luckily all went without incident and the drive home was uneventful. the couple pieces I picked up were found on a low ben
    21 points
  11. Here are a couple things I've run into detecting lately that I figured I could share here for some motivation! This first one comes from a patch where the trash is elusive and the hot rocks are warm at the worst. This one gram specimen is the first specimen I've ever found at this location. I found it detecting a small gully on a big hill sitting near the top of a cut bank about 2 feet above the surface of the bed of the gully. It was the first gold find on that particular outing and in an area near my main patch which I hadn't yet found gold, let alone detected much at all.
    20 points
  12. Hello to all , And again i went to the same beach secluded where nothing happen,the road potholes have been filed partially meaning you can go up to 9.5mph😂😂 I started at 7.30 once i found the right spot bullets and shrapnells.... silver ring came up then more of the deep debris from ww2 and then BINGO this nice 9ct ring maybe at 30/35cm. i finally gave up at 10.30 may go back tomorrow
    19 points
  13. Here are some of the big chunks found by my mentor back 10 years ago or so with a gpx4500 and later 5000. Biggest chunk in the upper left corner is just shy of 7 ounces. The coin is a quarter. All Va gold.
    19 points
  14. I went to a spot that I had been researching and pickings were slim. A stunner showed up and made it all worth it!
    18 points
  15. So I'm still trying to milk the same cow 😄 I figured until it stops spitting silver on me, I will continue to ask for it. Long day at the beach 8:30-5:00, but the weather was decent, as I dress well for the cold. I'm getting to be a delicate flower in my advancing years 🤔 I'm using the GPX all day for this hunt and digging select areas and removing all iron so I can hear the deep targets.I hit a patch that started producing exclusively wheat pennies, so I knew that the chance for silver was very possible. It did produce some silver but the ratio was mostly pennies. Moving over just a bit, the
    18 points
  16. SDC is MPF, the timings on the SDC are what is known as ‘narrow band width’. The GPX6k is a ‘from the ground up’ totally new design PI. PI and ZVT are two different animals. For outright depth on bigger gold go ZVT every time. Currently for nasty salty ground go SDC MPF with its depth limitations. The moment you design wide band width timings on a very early sampling PI you come up against salt/conductive signals. ZVT is also prone to salt/conductive signals. You will note the inclusion of a DD coil with the 6K, not hard to come up with a correlation as to why that is a standard in the US
    18 points
  17. Grabbed detectors and my wife with her new Vanquish 540 and headed back to the gold rush site. We spent a nice day together digging up some serious history. I had never dug a gold rush era buckle 3 weeks ago now, I have a collection. She found the seated dime and something older but almost wiped clean. It’s slightly larger than the dime and I can see a shield so if you guys could help with ID that would be great. She also found the old key but I was the buckle master. I also found a few beads while digging targets and some buttons.
    17 points
  18. I went back to my silver beach, as I had a fairly good feeling this part of the beach would not change much. It did not and I had a very good day. Spent 7 hours there with the GPX, dug all signals including iron and finally called it quits when my brain said GO HOME! The number of signals in a short span was unreal. I spent some of my time just detecting from my knees, since I could get 4 or 5 signals in very close proximity to the signal I was digging. Most of the time just inches away. Total coin count I believe was 150. 18 silvers, all copper pennies but 1 zinc, so I put that with the trash
    17 points
  19. Ring # 5 with the AQ. This ring was at least 12" in the packed mud and it has been down there for a very long time. It was barely auditable. The ring did not have any gold markings but tested as 14k. I would NOT have hit this with the NOX. I was running the machine hot. Settings were: Sensitivity=7, Delay=8, ATS=5, ALL METAL. I went slower than usual to keep the chatter down for the setting above. The location is where I have found rings in the past
    17 points
  20. I nabbed a pretty neat find the other day and I think it was sunbaker... Is it only a sunbaker if you saw it before you disturbed it or is it still a sunbaker if the rock that it's lodged in tells a sunbaker tale? Every dirt dog can tell what half of a float rock was in the ground and what half was face up. This is a rock with a nugget lodged in it that tells one of those sunbaker tales. Is it a sunbaker? -OR- Was it a sunbaker? -...OR- Is it not a sunbaker? It's wedged in there really good! I haven't tried to yank it out because it's so unique a
    17 points
  21. Had about an hour to hunt this morning before a Dr appointment and made the most of it. LOL The ring is 14K and weighs 16.3g. It rang up a very loud and solid 11 on the Equinox. You gotta love unique rings!!!
    17 points
  22. I have detected the gold rush site two more times since my last post. I bought my wife a Vanquish 540 Pro Pack after the first hunt because she wanted to be part of the action. She is doing good at digging iron but we will work on that and maybe she can find the good stuff. I have dug 4 coins total and all are a first for me. My pictures are using a phone under the garage lights so please forgive me. I appreciate your feedback on the finds and the copper is a Swedish coin from 1822 I do believe. The ring and the gold coin were found right next to each other at the chimney pile. The buc
    17 points
  23. I got out 3 times and was able to snag some decent targets. This hunt was done at the rocky beach I frequent during winter. There were lots of targets, more than I could dig in one hunt. I got about $8 in clad. The first row is all the good jewelry, one small 14k (.73g), and the rest Silver. The second row of rings are all junkers. This second hunt netted about $12 in clad and a small/light broken 14k pendant. The last hunt wasn’t all that great but I somehow managed to get a gold tooth that weighs 3.6g. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Hunting.
    17 points
  24. Cold day today, only got up to about 36, but the wind died down enough to go out in the farm. Another great day! Usually I find buttons, but I'm moving more toward where an 1800s house was so I expect there to be a mix. There is a road that ran through the farm way before it was built so I will find 1700s items too. Today the ground was a bit frozen so I dialed recovery speed back to 2 from 3 (Equinox 600), and cranked the sensitivity up to 21. Not sure if this helped but the proof is in the finds I guess. I was only able to make four passes up and back, it's about 300 yards one way.
    17 points
  25. Me and the wife were looking thru some older money and foreign currency and I came across this coin. I had seen it before but I didn't pay it much attention. I honestly have no idea where or when I found it. It’s a 1/4 Pahlavi Mohammed Reza Sha made from 1945-1979. I weigh mine and it’s exactly 2.03 grams. I know it’s not an American gold coin but I’m still happy to have it in my collection.
    17 points
  26. Hello All, Here we are again, a partner and I placering a dry creek bed. The process of placering is to remove all the overburden (rocks, gravel) and process or work the paypayer/bedrock. We are doing that by using rakes, shovels, crevice tools and then using metal detectors to scan the paylayer and bedrock for gold nuggets. This process is back breaking hard work, but can be very rewarding in the right locations. As you can see in this video, we hit a nice crevice that had a hidden beauty in it, a 3/4 ounce gold nugget. The nugget was wedged below the hardpack gravels and w
    17 points
  27. I see this a lot with detector releases, a new machine is touted at being able to do a specific thing and all the comments by others are focused around how their current detector can do “such and such so why go with the new?”. Pie charts and depth % figures just do not cut it in the real world and are so dependant on the user and many other variables. This is why I hate seeing depth comparisons because all detectors are bound by the same laws. As an example I have dug many gold targets down to a depth of 3 feet, this is from the SD 2000 on through to the current day with the GPZ 7000, yet
    17 points
  28. I tripped over this by accident while looking for info. Looks like a simple brochure handout, and what is interesting is the GPX 4500/5000 is missing in action. This might be Africa only, as the old GPX models are now so commonly counterfeited there. The best way for Minelab to address counterfeiting is to not let old models exist for too long, and the GPX 5000 is an ancient design at this point in time. I also suspect that there are increasing issues surrounding the shipping of that massive Li-Ion battery. Long story short, I can see why Minelab would want to discontinue the old GPX mode
    16 points
  29. I had posted in another thread about how many prospectors do not take the time to accurately pinpoint and therefore spend a lot of unnecessary time chasing their target, resulting in less gold found. I thought it might be better to have a clean thread specifically on the topic. Its important because taking an extra 30 seconds to pinpoint a target carefully can save 5 minutes or more of digging and chasing. Multiply 5 minutes per target (more or less) by 20 or more targets a day and it really adds up. Plus the less time you spend digging and chasing your targets, the more time you spend actua
    16 points
  30. Temp warmed up along with a low tide during the day.
    16 points
  31. If you want comparison videos don't worry we have created them during many years. We will publish as and when the Impulse AQ is released, it is too early to embark on a comparisons war. I haven't really done any marketing until today, the enthusiasts and experts at the beach came very quickly and did their own tests, there are many topics on this forum. Steeve handled this very well, he created threads with reminders and knowledge databases. The detector has evolved well but not yet produce in the final version. A lot of people were skeptical before the first tests started, an
    16 points
  32. What does a Veteran Detectorist think of all the gold detectors? I’ve been hooked and chasing gold nuggets for 25 years with a metal detector. I really don’t care who makes it or where it’s from, as long as the detector can find me more gold. I’ve used most all of the popular gold detectors manufactured and or sold in the US in that same 25 yrs. I’ve watched metal detector manufactures grow, seen them make a few duds, helped a couple introduce some fine detectors to the industry and I hate to admit it, but have watched a couple big name manufactures close their doors. I think it mig
    16 points
  33. I haven't been out much lately due to some uncomfortable tendonitis but I made it down to a beach this afternoon for low tide. The beach was sanded in and I wasn't expecting to much from the Impulse but just needed to "get out" of the house mainly. I had the beach pretty much all to myself with just a couple of surfers and a few walkers. I was running AM and basically default settings and just enjoying the beach. I dug several bottle caps so I knew that finding something good would be a crap shoot. The Impulse was hitting the lobster trap pieces pretty hard and I was getting a double be
    16 points
  34. From https://company-announcements.afr.com/asx/cda/d72645a4-716e-11eb-8e1f-ee060ef5e0c8.pdf February 18, 2021 Metal Detection – Recreational, Gold Mining and Countermine Minelab is the world leader in handheld metal detecting technologies for the recreational, gold mining, demining and military markets. Over the last 30 years, Minelab has introduced more innovations than any of its competitors and has taken the metal detection industry to new levels of technological excellence. Minelab delivered another record first half, with sales increasing 55% to $155 million. The growth i
    15 points
  35. I fully agree... but these give one a general Idea of what the machine is capable of and really you learn doing these test. Not just how deep it is but the machines characteristic. One of the secrets of the AQ is one way signals. I can't tell you how many gold rings I have dug with the AQ , then even more with the excalibur. Just a faint one way of the swing ...signal. One reason I hunt with my eyes shut, they stand out so much more when your focused... Mike Guard and I have talked about the one way signals with the excalibur for years... And let me add....... Eyes closed........one
    15 points
  36. Got 2 more Phoenix buttons yesterday. Brian ("cal cobra") and I got out to one of our "backpocket sites" . This site has given up reales, early seateds, and 2 gold coins over the years. It is now super pounded and stingy. But we went to ply our luck yet again , looking for more stragglers 🙂 Here's a small #30, and a large # 27. Also a pix of the other age indicators I got. Eg.: Green blacksmithed copper slag, etc... Hopefully Brian will chime in with his finds. How many phoenix buttons did you get Brian ? 🤔 🤣 We love finding these. They've sort of become a "sport un
    15 points
  37. Hey folks! Unlike many of you more seasoned folks, I'm still trying to learn when to ignore iron tones and when to dig. I was exploring the land behind what I knew once belonged to a northern Virginia farmhouse back in the 1930s and heard a nice iron tone that I felt was worth looking into. Lo and behold, an incredibly well rusted cast iron piggy bank. Following some electrolysis and wire brushing I find it to be pretty presentable. I'm unsure of the age, but based on some research I'm guessing circa 1900s. Cheers!
    15 points
  38. Out to a local park today. About the 3rd dig along a walking path there was a 26-27 I'd on the Equinox. Maybe a couple dimes, a quarter and nickel together, or...a silver pendant! Anyone have an idea what the stone might be, assuming it is a stone and not plastic? Park 1, all metal, 7 recovery, 15" coil
    15 points
  39. From mid beach to the upper slope, not a lot targets but squeezed out a few keepers! Good luck out there! ☠️
    15 points
  40. I made it out for a three hr. hunt yesterday and dug a dozen or so nonferrous targets in heavy iron. Still getting the minelab 800 tuned in a bit at a time. Most targets were lead casting spill. I got this 1851 seated dime and a decorative one piece button with the shank. Notice rusty deposits on the silver! I had hunted this site with My whites dfx and could not hunt this portion of it at all due to the extent of the iron trash. Thanks for looking
    14 points
  41. I Got out for a few hrs on an iron infested site yesterday, I'm still learning the equinox 800 but after a couple months I'm figuring it out. Found the half Reale in the first pic laying on the surface. You can see a square nail in the bottom left of the pic. The cut coin is a 2 Reale.(pictured with a previously dug 2 reale for reference) I found it about five feet away just a few inches deep. Unfortunately both coins are completely wiped on both sides. Win some Lose some!
    14 points
  42. I totaly agree with what you say about range of motion. This is the point I was trying to make earlier in the discussion. Over the years I have noticed that all good operators have mastered this skill. I solely focused on teaching my Wife Amber this skill in 2019 as she had never detected before. With careful guidence she was able to do very well, she found enough gold to make a decent living. By the end of season she ended up averaging 5g per day! this is very good for someone who had never touched a metal detector before. Credit to her though, she is very easy to teach and by the e
    14 points
  43. To me a sunbaker is one that you can see before you disturb the ground, that is the nugget can see the sun. It is OK if the detector sees it before you do.😁I have lost count of how many but it is around 30 but most are small in the range 2 to 4 grams. The one on the left has moss and lichen as it was hiding from the sun most of the time. It made the oz+ the other one was an oz also The large one on top was just under 5¾ oz and was sitting right out in the open enjoying the sun. The smaller one was in the ground hiding near by about 6" deep.
    14 points
  44. I got out today for about 4 hours. A couple of old locals told me of an area near a WW2 air field that had civilian housing when the base was in use. During the 50's the county rented the cottage bungalows out. Small wood structures that were built on pier blocks. They were sold off and taken down by the early 60's. Looks to me to be a 10-12 acre area that had maybe 60 small units. Lots of junk but the area has not been razed. Looks like I have a new area to fiddle around at.
    14 points
  45. The more bull they shoot the more I love it . Heck sometimes I must admit it gets so thick it’s hard to swim in . My detector is detecting so deep I hit a coin so deep the other day I thought I’d never get it until this guy came along and was willing to hold my feet so I could reach the coin to get it out of that hole I’d dig . Theses detector companies ain’t got nothing on me . With all the forums I’ve been on I posted a picture of me for the first time ever.. I also put on a cap and a cap hasn’t been on my head since the early 60’s when in the service. The Importance Of All
    14 points
  46. My buddy, and member of this forum FlySAR has been providing ring finding service for years in the Portland Metro Area. As I learned many ropes from him, I became the RingFinder rep for the Olympia WA area before my move to Houston. Below is the link to a video posted by the Oregonian On-line newspaper on one of his ring finds. I hope you enjoy the ending as much as I did... Congrats Del, I'm humbled and honored to call you my friend.
    13 points
  47. Here's the 1st video Minelab USA did for TV. You might know the English sounding dude from FL. What's interesting is we were able to see Minelab Mine Detector as it turned into a gold detector. The comments towards the end about seeing what's in the ground before you dig it, I'm still waiting. Do you feel, we'll see a detector that can actually see the item or at least the shape of it with any accuracy and if so how long out?
    13 points
  48. Decided to visit the river this morning, over the weekend I got permission to search the steamboat landing near my house. It was my 61st birthday Sunday, and the permission came in the morning. My wife got me a Predator Barracuda shovel! What a day. Of course it rained all Sunday. Just threw some high insulated boots on, it's cold out but not freezing, about 40. Not five minutes in the water and I got a solid 14/15 with the Equinox in Beach 2, all metal. Tried out my CooB sand scoop, and the result is this about 1/2 inch paper thin round object, this is exactly how it came out of the wate
    13 points
  49. Because I`m out there for weeks at a time, I return from prospecting and prepare a meal over the open fire at about 4pm, equal to anything you can prepare at home. If you`ve enjoyed a thick steak singed on the outside but rare grilled over an open fire lathered with mushroom/butter sauce, mashed spuds with garlic and onion diced into and mouth watering reconstituted dried vegies washed down with a port, an Expresso coffee, beer or cognac whatever you desire, under a blanket sky of a Zillion stars, again if you`d enjoyed such then you know where I`m coming from. Nice pocket of that heavy
    13 points
  50. I treat my detectors like expensive electronic instruments, that I may want to sell someday for top dollar. The GPZ is not fragile; you are breaking it, and it will continue to break unless you stop dropping it. It was hit hard. Putting a cover on it does not make it indestructible. I’m not being critical here, just saying I do not drop my new iPhone a foot or two when I put it down, and I always place my detectors on the ground, not toss them there. https://parts.minelab.com/category-s/100.htm
    13 points
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