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  1. Dredge tailing piles are full of crap, can, barbed wire, nails, hot rocks etc. Was hunting in Idaho, After digging countless targets you think another iron chunk, but I dig everything regardless of sound. This one come in rather loud and was setting a flat rock about 5" deep. Biggest nugget I have found. Weighed 5.56 ounce. Found a few years back and traded for a S&S 91/2' pickup camper, Now that nugget is worth a whole lot more and the camper has ;lost 3/4 of it's value. Oh well life goes on.
    14 points
  2. I have been out of the loop for a number of years and just joined back up. Here is my latest adventure. Aug 2020 Kind of a long read, Names and place shall remain anonymous. Got a call last week from a guy that wanted to know how to run a detector that he got from his dad. He was going to use it to help a friend find something that had been buried. I explained the machine to him and asked about size and depth of object and he didn't know for sure but said he would call back if he had more questions. About 4 hours later i get a call from same guy and he says his friends wife wants to
    12 points
  3. Quite impressed with the machine on this one it was chattery in close to shore with the waves so I went to Mute and got this still very deep--18" range and still pretty loud. (3.7 gr.) Good "sides" were a clue to dig this one amongst the caps and pins. (Something I've learned from the GQA2, CS6PI and TDI Pro. I know that with more practice this machine has the potential to be a very accurate pulse (there is such a thing...). cjc
    12 points
  4. Well since my buddy Dave showed of his Nevada nuggets I figured I will too. Great thread Gerry. Seeing all the photos I realized I missed the nugget shooting heyday, but that doesn't mean I'm giving up lol!! Here are some of the bigger Southern Nevada gold i found, mostly from the Johnnie district. Cheers Chris
    7 points
  5. This is a very unique looking ring. Obviously it is hand made. Tightly wrapped silver wire with 14K gold wire securing the 4 amethyst stones. Not for everyone but it was for someone. LOL It rang up 23-25 on the Equinox. I am not sure what the core material is but it appears to be dark in color and has a piece on both sides. Anyway, just wanted to share this one. Pretty cool. Also dug a couple of 10K pendants and a really nice .925 ring with CZs all around it and a large center stone. Thanks for looking!
    6 points
  6. Hello all, So, i found myself in a very unusual position this past week of trading a detector, and buying a detector! I just want to preface this by saying, I'm not crazy (hopefully)!! Or on any mind altering substances of any kind!😂 I'm sure many of you saw Gerry of Gerrysdetectors.com looking to sell a brand new White's MXT Pro! Or trade for a used Nox 800! Well, i did the trade!😬 I'm sure there are those of you that think I'm crazy! (All comments and opinion's welcome)! Well, I'll try and answer that puzzle?! I've always liked the old school (not
    5 points
  7. Got out for another night hunt today, started at 3am and stopped about 7:30. I did a zig zag from the wet to the waters edge of the low tide and I couldn’t find a line to work no matter how much I tried. I decided to pick a line that has worked for me in the past and has kept me from getting skunked on a few occasions. This hunt was no different, my first crisp sounding target was a nice little 18k ring that weights 4.7 grams. This is my first 18k ring ever, for some reason I always find 10k gold when I do find gold. About 30 minutes later I found a dead/drowned watch. Towards the end of the h
    5 points
  8. Update on the chatter issue I talked about earlier with the Apex. I took the Equinox to the same park and definitely EMI. Equinox was almost as bad, noise cancel made no difference. Lowered sensitivity on the Equinox to 14 and ran in 15 KHz just to make it bearable but even then still chatty. Must be a cellphone tower or underground high voltage line in the area.
    4 points
  9. Hello all, My name is Andy. I got my first detector, a Detectron Go-Fer (which I still have!) in 1974 and was hooked. Currently using a Fisher F75 as my main machine, with a Nokta Simplex+ as a backup. I hunt mainly schools and parks for coins and jewelry. For some reason only just found this forum, but looks like a great design for the site as a whole. Looking forward to good reading and learning!
    3 points
  10. BTW, I am in the process of tracking down its owner. I'ver been succesful in doing that once before with a class ring. Very satisfying feeling.
    3 points
  11. Gold Racer and Gold Kruzer (nice built in wireless too which doesn't need a dongle) actually have traditional target ID numbers. GM24K and GMX numbers are not really traditional target ID numbers. They are more probability numbers.
    3 points
  12. The other thing to remember is that SMF is not the universal mode that solves world hunger. There are situations (such as high EMI mentioned above) and specific target objectives (deep silver/small gold) where single frequency (SF) might be advantageous over SMF. That is why ML provided SF as an optional mode on its higher end Equinox detectors that is absent on Vanquish (in fact ML recently released an update to ADD a new SF to the Equinox). Even Garrett threw that option in on Apex. There are certain "specialist" detectors (e.g. XP Deus, Gold Monster, and some Nokta detectors) that optim
    3 points
  13. It’s been a busy Summer for Robin and I. We wanted to Escape, Flee the once Great State of California. We hardly recognized it any longer...well in order to do that we needed to spruce up our home to put up for sale, same time find a home in the greater Reno area. Since Reno, was only a little over 100 miles from us in California, we rented one then two storage units and I made runs to storage units using my pickup truck. We only needed to rent a U-Haul for the big stuff when we closed on the home in Reno. We closed on the home in California for perfect timing, thought I was going to have
    2 points
  14. I made this video a few years ago as I always had people wanting to know about prospecting and what to use. So here it is.
    2 points
  15. I said I was done with the videos about the Apex but I had to do one more that does show some improvement on the in-line nail coin test. I have no problem admitting that sometimes there's a better way to do things, I would like to see Garrett succeed just as much the next guy, so anything that shows improved performance is welcome. If you're only interested in those results skip to 2:46 in the video. FYI Monte Berry posted somewhat of a review on metaldetectingforum.com that pretty much matches what I've been saying about the Apex. He's also the one who suggested using iron audi
    2 points
  16. I had a Jones again for a nugget hunt. Mind you the places I go that are 3 hours away don't have many nuggets left but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I did it. My Barstow location was the choice. I've been stumped there many times in the past but it is a very beautiful place on a Full Moon night. Last night was simply THE BEST. It didn't matter if I found a nugget. When I got out of the car there was no wind. The temperature is in the mid 80s and there were no bugs chasing the lights. This was what I was after. I used Chet settings for the most part with my 7000/X
    2 points
  17. Found a class ring, but only by luck I use a Fisher F75, and this rang up as 22-23, which was the same as the foil hot dog wrappers that were also in the stadium. I'm guessing it is a Josten's ring. I included a picture of the only stamp inside. ?Maybe a brand name for the metal mixed used?
    2 points
  18. Abenson, if you do a test video of a certain detector, then it is clear that this video may not suit every detector, because people have different experiences and mindsets ... even if you do a perfect video test .. so someone may not like it at all. .. I know what I'm talking about ... because a few days ago I had to fight with the colleages Mike and Jack- from the YT test channel "Top Digin" ,,,, I have to fight with the help of Facts and Experiences..against several Enemies who did not like the truth of 2D and 3D separation tests of some tested detectors..These tests they are also m
    2 points
  19. Mitchel, I have had the itch to turn on a machine for a week now and you just scratched it for me. What most folks don't realize? Night Hunting is for real and in many places our detectors will run more smooth and quiet. As an extra bonus, our own senses (brain does amazing things) ratchet up. As soon as ones eye vision is depleted our ears compensate and tune to a new level. My staff and I have spent many moon light nights digging gold with our detectors. Thanks for the scratch and letting us enjoy your travel.
    2 points
  20. Of course, we're only crediting European finders, the original Aboriginal finders of gold have been discounted. When the Conquistadors "discovered" gold in Mexico it was centuries after the Aztecs and Mayans had perfected the recovery, refining, and casting of gold. Credit where credit is due... Regarding Hargraves, he was one of the first Englishmen to find AU in California, being a Fortyniner, and he later introduced Sonoran (Mexican) placer mining techniques to Oz.
    2 points
  21. Got invited to pick through an older church grounds so I thought I would brush up on my skills with my Tejon over at the local park. Only spent about an hour and snagged this ring. Included is my trash. Set my 2nd disc to break on a degraded zincoln for quick reference.
    2 points
  22. Quick update. I researched the school and found out it was no longer in existance but came across some yearbooks. In one of the yearbooks was a guy with the same initials that graduated in 63, the other books didn't have people with the same initials. I traced the name to 2 people that lived in the area with the same name and only 1 came back that was the right age for the person at 75 that had graduated from that school. Next I tried to contact him but the 2 phone numbers were no longer in service so I popped a quick letter in the mail and asked if he lost something in the park back in t
    2 points
  23. An earlier post by Compass has inspired me to show a somewhat similar find. Here is a heavy silver chain with attached ring and anchor, all silver. Weighing in at 96.6 grams, it is my heaviest silver score yet. Bob
    2 points
  24. A little ring killer for sure, and a High K! Nice save Clive!! I'm so impressed with how the AQ can sniff out the smaller gold rings..at such great depths. 👍👍
    2 points
  25. Those peppers are too hot for drywashers-- you will have to get some green pepper cloth.
    2 points
  26. MXT is a classic and I am hanging onto mine for posterity. Good deal. I don't think I could give up my 800 for it, but glad you were able to score one and I am sure ML has something up their sleeve for next year anyway, so good as time as any to take the plunge. As an amateur radio hobbyist from way back, I like knobs and toggle switches vs. membrane switches and touchscreens.
    2 points
  27. I think that machine will do good in coin shooting and some beach hunting. The coil is a bit small for relic hunting but might fair ok in pine forests where targets tend to run shallow. For the new comers to the hobbie and many Ace owners it is a solid choice. I don't think it is for the seasoned enthusiest that has been spoiled by more buttons and whistles. FYI I always check my iron targets for other signals at different angles, any other beep outside of the iron range is worth investigating.
    2 points
  28. Well, he was one of many. I like to think my contributions mattered also. As did those of others. It was far from a one person show. Tom was no more instrumental than many, more than some, and less than a few. I do agree the Vanquish 340 is the sleeper of the bunch. Other than coil size it performs just like the more expensive versions.
    2 points
  29. Wanted to post some pictures to go with the last couple of stories from this summer: (Half an ounce of goodness found by my son with his X-Terra 705.) A 3-gram nugget he found on a lonely little shelf. A nice piece my son found all by himself, his first time using the 705 for nugget hunting (he has over 500 hours on it coin-shooting though). It seems to be good luck to wave your hand over a pan of gold before you start detecting, certainly worked for us! The main haul we both made the first day, largest piece 6-grams.
    2 points
  30. If you can handle a little pink, you can get an even better deal right now on the Teknetics G2+ in pink camo. Same performance, different package, and a solid $100 less than the TRP while supplies last. I thought $399 was good and so $299 is great. Frankly, given the competition on the low end these days, I think the $299 - $399 is the right place for the F19 variants, and that the Gold Bug models should be even less based on features/performance. But just goes to show in retail the power of a name - people will literally pay more for a name.
    2 points
  31. What kind of recovery equipment were you using. There is a real technique to recovering fine beach gold. and many factors come into play in the process. Water flow, sluice angle, feed rate, material size, and mats ..... all have to work together. The gold cube is great since it is already setup for the proper angle. This then leaves you with 3 factors that have to balance and that is water flow rate and feed rate, and classification of material if it is a mix of pebbles and cobble and sand. If it is all sand your golden and no classification is required... As to mats the cube co
    2 points
  32. The handle on my trusty old stainless steel scoop finally broke. The scoop is fine, but the handle is a custom curved 7/8" aluminum tube. I made a trip to Home Depot - nothing like that in stock. Looked at a piece on Amazon - shipping is killer on stuff 40" long. It was going to be like $50 delivered. I figured I could find something locally for less, but did not want to bother with it at the moment. I decided that I had $50 I might want to spend on a new scoop instead. Has to be stainless steel, and my new criteria is that I want to be able to bolt any straight handle on it that I want -
    1 point
  33. History stands corrected: Smith, not Hargraves, first to discover gold in NSW https://www.smh.com.au/national/history-stands-corrected-smith-not-hargraves-first-to-discover-gold-in-nsw-20200902-p55rtr.html
    1 point
  34. yes! i am!..the best price i got on a 600 was $575.00 and i was fortunate to do that well!..the vanquish pro-pack set me back $424.15, so i jumped!. i was astonished at the really good 'build quality" of the vanquish upon unboxing. as you knows got the two coils, covers,recharge batts, wireless headphones, and rain cover.i believe the apex is a sharp looking detector, but as of right now, i wouldn't even think of purchasing one! super glad i went vanquish so far "popping" a lot of clad,(some of it quite deep) 5" or better, but the "hits" have been "dead nuts" on and could have been si
    1 point
  35. I would never have the patience to make anything like that. If it involves more than a hammer, vice grips, screwdriver, or duct tape, I'll just buy it. 🚫🚫🚫🚫
    1 point
  36. It looks like the Apex is a good detector with a nice feature set for the money. Nothing earth shattering, just a base to build on for future models. A great detector for people who might normally buy an Ace, and placing it as they have at the top end of the Ace series looks entirely appropriate. Despite disappointment from those comparing to other brands, the machine makes complete sense as part of the Garrett ecosystem. I’m sure they will sell plenty.
    1 point
  37. There are still lots of little irons on the north side. I've found gold but never a meteorite on the south side.
    1 point
  38. That’s one AMAZING night, and one you’ll never forget. CONGRATS!
    1 point
  39. Chase, There's definitely something to the tactility of toggles and knobs! But I'm having a hell of a time finding a 2 piece dust cover for it! I must have looked at 10 different sites today! By the way, good to know about the radio hobby! I've got an old one in my shed! I think it's Gray Radio Co.! With a very low serial number! Had it for years, and is a little worse for wear, but cool looking!👍👍
    1 point
  40. Been a prime member for ages, lots of benefits. The free shipping alone covers the cost if you do much shopping at all. But an alternative might be to call First Texas and see if they will sell you one direct. Amazon gets a cut, and they sell Teknetics direct anyway, so why not?
    1 point
  41. That a a nice one! But that camper kept you warmer than that piece of gold would have🤩
    1 point
  42. Congrats on your move, I remember hunting Rye Patch many years ago after the big burn, a lot of nice chevron nuggets come from that area'
    1 point
  43. Gold Racer is a great machine! Yup, the first high frequency machine with target id. If White's had listened to me and made a 48 kHz MXT they could have done it, but it took Makro to listen. I still have the one below, my late prototype test model. The pitch mode is fun for park jewelry hunting - zip, zip! The Gold Kruzer is basically just an updated Gold Racer, but I still kind of prefer the Gold Racer. Not much call for waterproof in the desert, and there is something to be said for drop in batteries. A little better balance also with the underarm battery location.
    1 point
  44. When I say anything about a detector is "ok" that's not a huge compliment! I take target id numbers in videos with a grain of salt. I think Equinox has some of the best target id ever. People watching videos think otherwise - jumping all over the place. With deep targets numbers get "iffy" with all detectors. The secret is the eye - hand - mind coordination. I sweep a target multiple times. I know in my mind when my swing has "connected" properly and given me a good target id. Other swings I can tell I'm off a hair, and it screws up the target id. There is one number I quickly zero in on
    1 point
  45. Fisher Gold Bug - No manual ground balance - ground grab only Fisher Gold Bug Pro - Adds manual ground balance to Gold Bug feature set Teknetics G2 - Gold Bug Pro with a different rod and coil configuration Fisher F19 added the following features: Pinpoint in both disc and all metal modes Main volume control Ferrous volume control Notch accept or reject Notch width control LCD backlight Teknetics G2+ is a F19 with different rod and coil configuration Bounty Hunter Time Ranger Pro is a F19 with different labels (and possibly coil)
    1 point
  46. Mitch, WTG! There’s always nuggets left in good spots. Your learning a few secrets and that slow swing is #1 on my list! Keep it up Rick
    1 point
  47. That is certainly a world class nugget for US standards. I do remember another guy (if my memory is right) who was a Tesoro Dealer back East who I think retired and moved out West. His name was Arizona Al. Jim's place was known for lunkers as you probably recall "Lunker Hill".? Thanks for contributing.
    1 point
  48. Some outstanding images and a great story,we have some very interesting river crossing (fords) here in the UK,have one local to me about 1/2 mile away it was one of the main through roads into our village for herds of animals and travellers in general.But the biggest part of this river crossing is the history goes back to at least roman times and possibly beyond. River crossing are/can be very interesting hunting grounds as the romans use to worship the water gods and throw votive offerings like coins and other items into the water at these crossing.Hence its good to use a detector like t
    1 point
  49. Simon .... in F19 the separation in iron can be significantly improved in 2 ways: 1. Faster sweeping with a coil than normal sweeping ... and unmasks signal better ... 2. Very slow sweeping of the coil ,, sometimes almost by ironing the coil.. over the signal .. Both methods are effective .. it depends on the imposition of iron and non-ferrous target ... so sometimes it is necessary to use both methods .. As for Apex ...... so it may be the best ACE .. ever it made ... we'll see ......
    1 point
  50. Great job on the nugget!!!!!! Whiskey/ Red Meat and Leaving CA. You couldn't have picked a better combo!!! I wish you luck with all that you encounter . Moving stinks but I'm sure you will be much happier. If I lived closer I would bring the meat and the bourbon for one hell of a barbeque!!!!
    1 point
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