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  1. Picked up an SCD2300 for my son from a fellow member of this forum right before Christmas. Thanks Allen! Finally made it out for just a few hours today with my 9 year old son. Third target, a nice little picker! First 2 targets were the tiniest shot I have ever found with a detector. I am amazed at the response from the SDC on such a tiny target. We were working around a small bedrock outcropping and I was teaching him what to listen for and how to retrieve a target. After the first two targets were lead shot within about 12 inches of each other, the third target had to be shot also (with
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  2. Hey Kennedy, I have been a Minelab dealer here in the US since the early 90's. I hate to say it, but that is a counterfeit control box at a minimum. I would contact the seller ASAP if possible to get your money back. I would also report the buyer to Minelab Americas so others don't purchase counterfeit Minelab GPX's. This has been a huge problem over the last 5-6 years starting with the Sudan Gold Rush. Here are a few links that might help you out - http://www.minelab.com/customer-care/stop-counterfeits http://www.minelab.com/usa/customer-care/stop-counterfeits/counte
    5 points
  3. Just Wondering if the Forum has any good wild plant stories? Care to share any Tips' of Real Nugget Digs associated w/ plants , flowers, trees.etc. I don't besides Horsetail(see pic) is supposed to grow in Gold" ground. "Geobotany" Starts Here: Vegetation as a Guide. Sometimes the vegetation on the two different rocks, especially when decidedly unlike in composition, is so different that the line of contact may be traced by it alone. In open countries free from heavy timber, like Arizona, this is strikingly the case. Probably the most distinctive vegetation in those localities
    4 points
  4. Hello, Ive been away working 2 jobs 16 hours a day for last 3 1/2 months. With only a couple days off a month. And it has been some hard times for my personal live losing my best friend, another good friend and my Aunt. but forward I shall keep going. Anyway on my very few days off I went detecting with Nokta Fors plus, makro Gold Racer & makro Racer 2 to find some bits of gold. They are all great gold detectors and I will get back out again soon for more. hope everybodys new years is starting off great. Good luck!
    4 points
  5. The desert trumpet plant thrives in mineralized soils and is present in the goldfields that I frequent throughout Nevada and Arizona: https://www.google.com/amp/nuggeteer.com/gold-prospecting-and-metal-detecting-adventures/desert-trumpet-plant-eriogonum-inflatum/amp/?client=safari
    3 points
  6. All I can Say is the "Quote of the Day"... Stick a Fork In Him He's Done! Tremendous Post! Dreams do come True! Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Took me some time to find a working link to this document but here it is. Kind of a classic. Gold From Water (and Other Mining Scams) Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Special Publication #22
    3 points
  8. Oh no. "WARRANTY VOID IE REMOVED". They couldn't even spell IF. Sorry for your loss. Good luck to you in the future.
    3 points
  9. I have not even scratched the surface of this website link. All kinds of diverse articles and photos from all over the country. There are many photos of legends in the prospecting world. I tripped over this site years ago, forgot about it, and then found it again yesterday while doing research. Check it out at http://www.billandlindaprospecting.com/
    2 points
  10. Got out a little about 4 weeks ago and made gas money...lol.... That small amount was recovered from about 4, 5 gal buckets full of beach sand. Other than that not much to report. Not much to report since the snow. Conditions are still less than favorable and the beach deposits haven't really formed yet. Last time I went there wasn't even any surface black sands and no layers to speak of even 2 feet down. Will go take a look again this coming weekend most likely.
    2 points
  11. 530 pages of rock and mineral collection sites all over the United States.... Bob Beste's "Location Guide for Rockhounds in the United States, 3rd. ed. 2005": Part I--Alabama through Idaho (PDF, 155 p.) Part II--Illinois through North Dakota (PDF, 186 p.) Part III--Ohio through Wyoming (PDF, 193 p.)
    1 point
  12. I am doing up a more detailed coverage of this for the ICMJ, but I want to post at least a little on this here: I've gotten several contacts in the last month from folks who have bought claims through ebay or by other means over the internet. These are people who don't know much of anything about mining or claims or anything else. They make old weird beard on Gold Rush look like a know-it-all mining genius. They ask me for help in recovering the millions and millions of $$$$$$$$ they just know are on their claim. I've also been contacted by folks who have filed legitimate claims and had
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  13. Bill and Linda's is loaded with lots of great stuff. We met him and his dog Coco several years ago out in Rye patch. Before I found this forum, his was my go to prospecting site. I still look at it daily. Norm McQ
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  14. I have definitely found nuggets near trumpet plants. But this mineralization usually covers a very large area and there are many trumpet plants throughout these areas. I just take it as another sign that I might be close. I have never thought to use it to identify hidden contact zones. Interesting thought. I must add that I have found more than a number of barrel cactus sticking out of quarts reefs that set off my detector and make me "think" the cactus has a hearty skeleton full of gold. Only to be sadly disappointed digging a crater around said cactus. Funny, I did spelunking
    1 point
  15. We have talked about it but currently have bigger fish to fry . If you get the Z-Link you'll get a pass from the factory in Sweet Home ... though your MXT might buck and whinny when you strap that bad boy on!
    1 point
  16. I saw the small coil working on 30khz on a supra thin gold leaf that was crazy! Alain showed me the difference reaction of the machine with different frequency and yes i had the coil in my hand for 5 minutes while he was talking to someone.XP has always look after me very well since i found the brothel token in the Thames in 2012. RR
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  17. Hi Guys. Took the Zed for a late afternoon walk back to one of my well flogged patches. Took my spare pick after breaking my good old faithful Walco pick last time I was out. I continued on from where I left off the previous time. The ground was a little bit lively as we had a heavy down pour of rain during the previous night. The Zed was a bit more touchy but after several ground balances over the ferrite & a few auto tunes I got it to a manageable steady threshold with out having to change any of the other settings. 5 minutes in to it & my first very faint little signal. Coupl
    1 point
  18. Steve mentioned a desire to broaden the forum horizons. So, with that in mind here are a few pic's of some of the meteorites I found. 1.Some stuff from Holbrook found by sight-there is only one in the mix. 2. a gold basin laying entirely exposed found with detector 3. my first and only Oz meteorite found hunting gold-still in Oz at Bathurst Observatory fred
    1 point
  19. Not a bad guide to getting ya in the general area for a scratch or three Steve. I skimmed it and saved a copy for myself. Thanks. All rock hounding guides are kind of custom pieces in my opinion. This one fills some holes others have left out but it has holes that others include. Many of mine are not in publication anymore but some good ones I have read recently *last few years* that are ok for the south west are the Gem Trails guides. These are state specific, unlike yours which is a good country wide reference, but when in a locality or state its often easier to use this type of gu
    1 point
  20. I have hunted wherever I see those trumpet plants...I do not think I have ever found a nugget in, under or around them...but, there is always hope! fred
    1 point
  21. Nice pictures as always, and great write-ups! Fantastic job, nicely done. All the best, Lanny
    1 point
  22. Thanks again :) Jim after reading your adventures I had wondered if you'd found calcite's of interest among the silver in your regions. Fred I'm pretty sure that those spots of interest are still there myself however I'm "geographically challenged" out bush but there is nothing to say an angry wood chuck or goanna might not have moved things around from time to time. Hahh!
    1 point
  23. That was a great find Steve, thanks for posting it. This should be required reading for every precious metals investor. But then the "dream" would vanish for those who cannot get past the concept of fabulous riches to be had for just a few bucks more. As I read through this article I could see some experiences I have had with some of the nefarious methods described. I vividly remember trying to work with mine owners who knew nothing about proper, time tested methods for evaluating ore. I am not a scientist, but I do know that there are certain protocols that cannot be ignored. There are a
    1 point
  24. Californiagold -----how to find water: Cheers, IG
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  25. I have found faults because of varied vegetation many times. sometimes they jump out at you and are obvious and other times they are subtle. my favorite gold loving, growing vegetation is manzanita! if you don't find gold or the brush wont let you in, you can smash it, break it, whatever. it makes great therapy. next time im with Paul, I think ill take him thru some. I think someone told me long time ago about old timers finding water in deserts based on different plants which would seem common sense. good luck
    1 point
  26. sounds like you son is hooked now. but metal detecting is a wonderful sport. congrads on your finds together. father son outings are always the best. good luck on your future trips together.
    1 point
  27. tvandwho, if your getting a racer2 soon. if your going gold prospecting, i would also geta R26 10x5" coil for the racer2 as well. the standard 11 x 7' coil is good, but i feel the 10 x 5' coil is a good in between size to get some depth and sensitivity to small gold. and don't be afraid to use some isat adjustment in the the mineralized areas where the smooth threshold drops out. the isat will keep the threshold tuned and smooth. i haven't found with these detectors that you lose any noticeable depth while using isat. ive tried no isat on undug targets and max isat on faint signals and i neve
    1 point
  28. Thanks for all the comments. Steve, yes the racer2 would handle the bad mineralized spots alittle easier then gold racer. and the notch disc does a great job of clipping off the low end and high end hot rocks. though I haven't experienced with the disc a whole lot. I generally run in all metal. I do like the isat adjustment for threshold retuning. I haven't really had too much trouble with gold racer in what I figure to be high mineralization. not austrailia obviously but usually bad enough that ive had trouble there with previous detectors including gb 2.The Racer 2 with the 10 x 5" soli
    1 point
  29. Thanks for the replies guys! Norm-He has adventure in his blood. It's fun to see and makes me realize that I need to work less and get out more often! He really excels in youth sports, but nothing beats being out in mother nature. We plan to spend a lot of time in the mountains this summer. Chris-This summer we plan to spend a lot of time up in Downieville. Not only detecting, but getting the Keene hydro air all geared up to use. I really hope we can spend some time together this season. The high water has already altered some of the gravels. You are always welcome with us. AU_S
    1 point
  30. Fantastic! The SDC is such a simple, but so very effective machine. I'm sure your son will be finding a lot more gold with it in the future.
    1 point
  31. So very nice. Lets do some of that this summer and bring your son along.
    1 point
  32. Great find and a great way to get your son started on an adventure that could last a lifetime. Norm
    1 point
  33. Yes Strick here is my story for the third one. I worked for the Santa Fe Railroad as a Carman Welder for 38 years retiring the last day of 1999. When I would go home after a bad day I would stop at a crossing of the Santa Fe Trail, I had permission from the owner to metal detect, the first target that I dug I would put all my anger and troubles in the hole and cover it up so as not to take them home to the family. I sure hope the farmer didn’t take them home with him at harvest time. Once there as I was leaving I noticed some camp fire rocks and made note of them. Dec 6 1988
    1 point
  34. The snow wave on my roof
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  36. My quote of the day is commonplace and simple. "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." Jim.
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  37. You caused me to find a quote: Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Leo Tolstoy A metal detector attempts to find gold by ignoring all that is not gold. That ... like finding truth is very hard to do.
    1 point
  38. I think that's a beautiful find DDancer, we don't see that much quartz in my areas. Thanks for a real nice story and the detailed information about it. And of course... congratulations... definitely a keeper!!! Jim.
    1 point
  39. Some hear different sounds on different targets under different conditions. I have a difficult time with recognizing musical notes. The only musical instrument that I play well is the phonograph. Some complex functions are occurring to produce the unique and pleasing sounds of Minelab Pulse Induction detectors. So a high/low sound has two characteristics to consider; a change in volume and a change in tone. I will try to explain what is happening in target sounds. On the oscilloscope display; the vertical waveform envelope starting on the left is rising in volume t
    1 point
  40. Great post Chet. Interesting and educational. Thank you.
    1 point
  41. Hello Chet, thank you for taking the time to perform this test. Would I be correct in saying that the nickel is giving off a high/low sound based on the oscilloscope display or is there a double signal? Brian.
    1 point
  42. Hi there AUWanderer, Thanks for dropping in & for your comments. Appreciated. Yes the Zed certainly does get down to a bit of depth on those small bits. It still gobsmacks me as I had combed these slopes with the 4500 & the little coiltek 10 x 5 "joey" coil. Which in itself is quite a deadly little coil on small gold. Due to our ground being VERY mild I always was able to detect with the 4500 in special sensitive extra & boost mode, plus running JP's B&Z booster with twin speakers to lift those faint whispers even more. But the Zed is in a league of its own. What I have been no
    1 point
  43. Nice find! I have lost a few spots. Actually, I think they moved after I walked away.... fred
    1 point
  44. I would add to the above that if you lack the mentioned expertise - hire a qualified person that does. Best insurance money you will ever spend! There are companies that will file all the appropriate paperwork each year, etc. I filed my own paperwork for decades and still managed to screw it up finally so even people that think they know how can get caught. Arizona has a page on mining scams at http://www.azgs.az.gov/mining_scams.shtml More from http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/factsht/mine_fs/investig.pdf (on Alaska mining claims but similar issues apply elsewhere): ASK THE SELLER:
    1 point
  45. I saw that too... I would like to see White's come out with one but I may have to goto Garrett for that bad boy... be perfect for the MXT, and Eagle Spectrum... which I have a big foot coil for
    1 point
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