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  1. Ok, that was crotchety old bad Rick. Clear headed, objective, up to date Rick replies. If you buy a professional tool, it's not a toy. You have a job for it to do. You put it to work, you use the heck out of it, it pays a return on investment in terms of what work it does and when it has served it's useful life, you dispose of it. I get it. Are you a professional? I am not.
    3 points
  2. I certainly don't recommend going in old mines as I well know - better than most - how dangerous that can be. However, I recently had the very special opportunity to do some detecting in the Original 16 to 1 mine in Alleghany, California. It is a mine that is open, well maintained and worked by miners every day, so the dangers are not the same as old abandoned mines. I hiked all around for hours with some of the miners, but only saw a tiny fraction of the 35 MILES of drifts and other workings in this old mine. Much of their mining is done with metal detectors as the gold tends to be coarse. I
    1 point
  3. Chris at AZO set me up with a Fors CoRe yesterday. Been eyeing one for a while. I took it out for a spin today. First, to a local modern park just to get familiar with it then to a 1870s era ghost town that is so trashy that it's hard to find a spot to ground balance. I am very impressed with it's recovery speed/target separation. It hits super hard on coins and really "locks" in on them leaving little doubt that there is a coin under the coil. I know I'm a late comer to the Nokta Fors party and everyone already knows all this so I'll just show the goodies I found today on the CoRe's maiden ru
    1 point
  4. What John said. The Core and the Gold are the same machine except that the Core has an additional "timing" called "conductive ground" that allows for hunting places with heavily mineralised soil, salt (beach), salt sand both for the same price. So, the Core is a better deal as you get an extra timing.
    1 point
  5. I thought the fastest way was for Frieda (Aurum Australis) to post it to you. Could not ask for a better Spokesman or Distributer then JP and Frieda! I have found a new source of the "old style" belt clips. There just coming on the market so it may be a few months before they make it to the consumers.
    1 point
  6. Thats just it, I depend on my detectors for my crust. Well at least part of it, as long as Ozzies keep buying HipSticks
    1 point
  7. Yes Chris You might need two, but they both need to be ZEDS. Finding an area without a target is tough.
    1 point
  8. I don't normally head back out to the Nevada gold fields until after labor day / Burning man is past - just because of the heat. The shady high country in California is just nicer when the weather is generally hot. However I was reading last night about bugs infesting the folks constructing the Burning man site - which is not all that far from the placer areas. Although the geology of the burning man area is different, the desert environment is the same. I just thought I'd let anyone planning on prospecting in that region that there is a bug problem and its not pretty. The bugs fly, they invad
    1 point
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  10. Got the hipstick replacement belt clip just now, Many Thanks Chris and Paul.
    1 point
  11. Tailing piles usually have a lower magnetic material content because it is removed in the washing process with other heavy material. Rob.
    1 point
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