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  1. We caught a break in the 90+ temps in Yuma for one last trip. Ostensibly, it was to be a quick trip to the spot we found the bigger gold in Feb and to test the X-Coil 15" Concentric coil over the ground we had covered extensively with the X-Coil 17x12 and stock coil. It's about a 1/2 mile walk to the spot but I pulled up short to detect a wash we were about to cross. My friend with the Concentric coil went on to the target area. I am using the 7000 with stock coil while waiting for some re-work on my patch lead for the X-Coils. I had worked the lower sections of this particular wash
    22 points
  2. I had a chance to meet up with Jim in ma for a beach hunt. Always nice to detect with a fellow forum member. 🙂 Hit me favorite beach for about 6 hours and had to adjust my thinking, since the bulldozers had mostly buried my silver area. Thanks Guys! 😡 So, I moved over to the clad section to at least get to dig some coins. The ratio of silver to clad leans heavily towards the clad. But there was some silver to be found, including the big silver. 71 coins in all (including silvers). Oddly enough, there was not a single zinc to ruin my day. ❤️ Average depth of targets was about 14”. Some differe
    12 points
  3. Out detecting the other day and had a signal on the Monster that sounded like your typical hot rock but when I dug the hot rock out it didn't look like my typical hot rocks in this area? So I took the time to flip the rock over and ran the coil over the other side of the rock and the Monster said GOLD! So after some scraping I see nothing and I'm too busy hunting and throw the rock in my pouch to bust it open later at home. Needed to go into my pouch for something tonight and found the rock I'd already forgot about and scraped the piss outta it and saw nothing, ran coil over scrapings and t
    12 points
  4. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 Owner’s Manual
    7 points
  5. First one out the door. 😎
    7 points
  6. I dug another fake Cartier LOVE ring yesterday. Second one dug on this beach. Even though I could not read the hallmark inside the ring (gotta have my cheaters for that) I knew it was just like two others that I dug last year and the year before. I do have one real one though. I dug it last year. All the white gold ones are fake. The gold colored one is real. These are getting to be a little to plentiful. LOL
    6 points
  7. I’d have to disagree with the second part of your comment. I’ve found the SDC an absolute beast with regard to handling mineralisation. Better than the GPZ 7000 and QED. I’ve never directly compared it to a 5000. I thought everyone found it ridiculously good in mineralised ground/hot rocks? Small stock coil is certainly a limitation on depth although I thought the timings that it ran also contributed to this? Eric - I hope that within 3 weeks I can provide some feedback to undug gold signals compared with the 7000, 6000, 5000, SDC and Equinox. I’ll have to think about
    5 points
  8. I'm happy to say the 6000 really does exist. I picked one up yesterday from JP's shop, The Outback Prospector in Clermont. First impressions, well packed but not ridiculously entombed in plastic, nice and light. It takes a few hours to give the battery full initial charge so allow for that when you purchase one. Bluetooth headphones are nice quality and charged fairly quickly by USB from my laptop. Looking forward to using it in the paddock but need to wait a couple of days till my knee fixes itself.
    4 points
  9. The only thing that has ever pointed me to gold were friends.... which was better then the gold itself 😊 strick
    4 points
  10. I once got a 2 oz bit out of an erosion control trench about 50 meters below a mined quartz vein. This was back in the early 1980s and I was using the wife's detector. The nugget was visible in the trench and looked like an 1½ inch steel nut. Her Whites 6000 had motion discrimination my detector did not. I tried the discrimination from min to max and it did not reject. When I pick it up I knew I had a good piece of gold. Back at caravan park I show it to a few professional prospector that I know. All of them said iron junk till I dropped it in their hand. Prior to it acid bath it could be drag
    4 points
  11. Not always but generally, larger/heavier gold will often be deeper. If it isn’t, then all of the detectors on that sales chart will do just fine. The Goldmonster 1000 is limited by its available coil sizes and 45kHz VLF detection type and will only go as deep as its small coils and soil mineralization will allow. Even though the SDC 2300 is a pulse induction detector, its stock configuration (8” mono coil) limits it depth wise as does its inability to deal with extreme mineralization. The GPX 5000 got the short straw on that chart in my opinion since it is so versatile coil wise and settings w
    4 points
  12. ha ha wife and anchor in one beach find ........🤪🤪 👩‍🦳 🤿
    4 points
  13. Gerry If you retire . I've heard metal detecting is a good hobby for retired people. You should check it out .
    4 points
  14. No, not this year Mitchel...did that a couple seasons ago on way to Florida. No diamonds for me tho lol. I did find a cool quartz cluster in Arkansas that trip. This year on the way back, I’m planning a topaz dig in Utah when they blast the mountain for fresh material. Should be fun!
    4 points
  15. It appears Fisher has shipped at least one AQ Limited off to Australia.
    3 points
  16. Special thanks to Calabash digger for his reasearch on the pitch mode being good in iron , and His heads up on keeping the silencer at -1 so the target does not get masked in iron . well i used the pitch mode on the DEUS and kept the silencer @ -1 and it came thru for me , Got a good hit on many non ferrous targets today and some right next to iron . i was using the full tones but when i seen Calabash diggers VDs on the pitch mode i had to try that and it has proven to work very well the VDI on this target was 49 and 50 right where a 22 casing comes in or some foils . glad i dug it
    3 points
  17. Thanks. The lack of zinc just shows that the ocean has cleansed whatever remained after all the detectors have swept the area, (after hours) during the beach season. They usually take a blind eye to detecting after the life guards go home. So the locals come out and look for the gold in and out of the water. As for the huge number of coins? Some say it is due to storms surging things back on to the shore. I'm not completely on board with that, as the coins are laying fairly close to the clay layer. I'm thinking storms and wind have removed enough sand for me to just be able to hear these targe
    3 points
  18. Do you have an interpretation for that other than randomness? You sure do produce with that (heavy) PI. And every time I see a WL Half I feel both joy (for the finder) and a bit of pain (for me since it's my favorite all-time USA coin design, even more than the St. Gaudens $20). There's one out there with my name on it but as yet I haven't figured out where it is.... Good stuff, as always, and I doubt these 30's degree days bother you much after what you went through during the winter months. Besides, it keeps the riff-raff out of your way.
    3 points
  19. The only thing I’ll say is I’ll be here if and when it comes out. I just can’t sit around and wait being I’ve got the ORX already with the Simplex and this New to me that is Tarsacci I need to get out as of yet not so. I see myself now with a detector in each hand and one attached to my butt with a windshield washer motor running it . Chuck
    3 points
  20. Looks like we can expect reports from genuine purchasing users very soon. Gotta be first on YouTube! Those are the reports that those still on the fence should be looking for, and there will not be long to wait now. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 Owner’s Manual
    3 points
  21. Hey Northeast I just put myself up for adoption. So if you adopt me I’ll dig for you. The only thing good about me is I am house broke but that’s all . Chuck
    3 points
  22. Hi relicmeister , From what I know XP will release their first multifreq machine in the coming months . it will probably a "fast mf" detector to be very efficient in iron trashed areas like the Apex , and as usual a very light machine. Future will tell ..
    3 points
  23. Orx normalizes all IDs to the 18 khz reference regardless of selected operating frequency on every coil (including the HF coils) as Jeff mentioned above. Which is a good thing as the 2 non-ferrous tone breaks associated with the coin modes are fixed (not adjustable). Orx just missed being a true Deus killer because it is limited to 3 fixed tones. If they simply added pitch and full tones I could honestly say there would be little reason to upgrade to the Deus even accounting for all of the other Orx simplifications vs. Deus. Still better than the Deus lite configurations, it is merely a v
    3 points
  24. We had an old Rambler. We painted it with brushes, and my brother used it to go to college. He named it "Foxworthy" for some reason. It served him well, it was the first car I ever saw with fully reclining seats. Rustiest car I ever had was a Fiat 131 Super Brava, it broke in half on the flatbed when they picked it up to take to the junkyard. Good thing it didn't do that to me!
    3 points
  25. Finding Placer Gold with a Metal Detector and a Breaker Bar Armed with a Breaker Bar and a Minelab SDC 2300, a White's Gold Master V-Sat Jeff and Gary ( Two Toe's ) head back to the Gravel Bar to finish up the search for Placer Gold Nuggets !!!!! Jeff brings the Big Breaker Bar and it boulder moving time on the creek while Gary searchs the high and Low bench for those elusive Nuggets. See what the guys find with there Metal detectors while working the Bedrock crevices both High and low !!!!! SG 037 Thanks for watching
    2 points
  26. Special thanks to Calabash digger for his reasearch on the pitch mode being good in iron , and His heads up on keeping the silencer at -1 so the target does not get masked in iron . well i used the pitch mode on the DEUS and kept the silencer @ -1 and it came thru for me , Got a good hit on many non ferrous targets today and some right next to iron . i was using the full tones but when i seen Calabash diggers VDs on the pitch mode i had to try that and it has proven to work very well the VDI on this target was 49 and 50 right where a 22 casing comes in or some foils . glad i dug it
    2 points
  27. Congrats on your GPX finds from your beach!! I hunted my beaches for a few years with a TDI Pro and a 17x13 Nugget Finder coil, and slaughtered the deep silver, along with a decent number of gold rings....It was so tough digging those deep holes that tend to fill back in the deeper you dig. I had 3 reinforced beach scoops made years ago by Chuck from Sunspot scoops. I totally destroyed one after 8 months of digging in hard packed sand for 15-20+” targets. I surmise my TDI Pro (GB Off) with the larger 17x13” coil would penetrate slightly deeper in the sand than a GPX with 12.5” coil
    2 points
  28. Mine, the one JPs kindly donated to the cause.😉
    2 points
  29. I wonder if they will send one to New Zealand? Then again, I did have to tell them NZ is not part of Europe 😪 I wait with baited breath......
    2 points
  30. Are you planning to hunt the beach? Have you ever traveled a long distance and have been disappointed by the accumulation of sand? Search for the beach you want to visit in Instagram. Recent posts can help you understand the state of the beach without having to go directly. You can see almost real-time beach images with uploaded photos by Instagram users. Only popular beaches can see your recent photos. I choose the beach in this way. Sometimes you may find yourself in another person's instagram.
    2 points
  31. Conditions are 'contagious' and oceans discriminate and classify. You just have to be at the right place at the right time. Two days ago I walked my normal beaches without result (EQ800/15) and then I came to a little beach and I found a little chain (thought it was silver but not). Then a few feet away I found another small chain and before the end of the hunt in that 100 ft area I got a 3rd cheap chain. There isn't any value like your finds but it shows once again if you keep walking and keep detecting that interesting and sometimes valuable objects are where you search for them.
    2 points
  32. Steve I can tell you sitting on that fence hurts . I have a friend wants me to buy a 6000 with his money and we hunt together with it . I personally don’t see that honeymoon lasting too long with two guys on one 6000. I was telling my youngest son that I’d like to buy a Can Am Ryker motorcycle and he said do it. I said your mother would kill me and his reply was it’s easier to ask forgiveness than get permission. That’s another boy just like his dear old dad. Chuck
    2 points
  33. That saphire ring will make their monthly finds photos for sure, and have a chance at find-of-the-month! You show commendable humility to admit it. IMO there is luck in every hunt (sometimes good; sometimes bad). You hit the jackpot and luck is only one part of it. You (and your ATX) supplied the rest. Well done!
    2 points
  34. Gold pans, sluices and fancy backpacks from XP are nice but........an XP simultaneous multi frequency detector with some typical XP speed would be fantastic if I can afford it................. $$$$ To be fair, they did produce the X35 coils and I do really appreciate their Mi-6 paired pinpointer. It works very well.
    2 points
  35. I started getting paid for writing software in 1976. I retired (completely) in early 2020, still writing software. 44 years later but one common complaint (and a legitimate one) remained -- poor or lacking documentation. However, when working on a project, it's my experience (and consistent with what kac said) that hand recorded notes are standard operating procedure, and the finishing steps (if the product/development is successful enough to proceed) are when the documentation crystalizes. Losing the lead engineer in the middle of a project is difficult to overcome no matter how g
    2 points
  36. New coils have been designed for the Apex , I imagine that it will be the same with the new XP ... Alain
    2 points
  37. In regard to the SDC 2300, I believe I said “extreme” mineralization. There were two prospecting areas that I used mine where it was unable to handle the situation. I haven’t been able to take the QED to those places yet but from my experience with it so far I am not expecting it to do any better. So, no need to defend the SDC 2300. It is a great detector for sure.
    2 points
  38. Good point. I think it can go either way when it comes to EMI depending on the type - so a more general statement of simply adjusting recovery speed either way to see if it has beneficial effect is probably a better way to put it. One thing I do know is that reducing recovery speed generally increases ground noise. So you can be trading one undesirable effect off on another undesirable effect.
    2 points
  39. I have to agree with Northeast's comments. The SDC is designed for shallow gold in highly mineralized ground and it deals with mineralization exceptionally well, better probably than any other machine. And it is actually respectable with somewhat deeper targets too despite the small coil size and ultrafast timings. You just have to listed to the faint warbles which can be tricky to hear since the threshold can be rather unstable at higher sensitivities. Therefore, for deeper targets I usually never go above 2 and do noise cancelling often. The more stable the threshold will be the better you w
    2 points
  40. And whose was first to the post office?? 😜
    2 points
  41. Minelab marketing...............They can't market the Multi IQ Equinox as a gold detector. It would directly compete with (and outperform) the Goldmonster 1000 and even to some extent it will out perform the SDC 2300 especially with that new Coiltek 10X5" coil. You can check out the detector categories on Minelab's website, at Nuggetshooter or on Rob's Detectors for instance and the Equinox will be included in every category of detectors =all terrain, coin and jewelry, relic, underwater.........but not in gold prospecting. Bill and Rob know how good the Equinox is on small gold in high m
    2 points
  42. The chart is to sell GPX6000 and not harm the GPZ7000. So if I was selling the 6000 I would show it best features (getting 1.0 to 0.05 gram bits at depth.) and show the 7000 best features (getting 1.0 to 100 gram lumps at depth.) This would be done by putting the bits as deep as the 6000 can get them, of cause at that depth the others detectors are out of range.
    2 points
  43. I wouldnt put to much attenion on the chart info-I had a sdc 2300 and put it over some of my old beat up patches that I hunted to death with my 5000 and a few other beepers over the years hoping to find a bunch of nuggets missed guess what none at some and only a bit here and there-I have a 3-4 grain nugget on a poker chip I use for testing-the sdc hit at about 2-3 inches while my 5000 hit it at about 5-6 inches-I no longer have the sdc-IMO alot of sales hype-I hope the 6000 lives up to its chart hype-Time will tell
    2 points
  44. Have you tried detecting that shoreline where there is a lot of erosion?
    2 points
  45. No offense Tom, but the GB posted this so he could get advice from PI guys for a certain situational hunt. You hijacked this thread so you could push your views on how PI guys are incorrect about this or that. Who cares! Start your own post on it. You come across as pushy when you don't win the argument. I'm surprised Steve let this off topic go so long.
    2 points
  46. So you're due for another gold one , must maintain the ratio..
    2 points
  47. I have and use Maktun, it has helped a couple of times. I have used it on US and foreign coins and it has done a respectable job and is easy to use. Down loaded from Play Store for Android.
    2 points
  48. Ok, so, I don’t think I could have made this up if I tried! Decided to go for another water hunt today, ATX charged and not expecting a great deal as has been ‘slim pickings’ lately - especially with the CTX / Nox / Excal. Found a spot in the water, I have walked over hundreds of times in the past! Not kidding. A mixture of luck, tides, sand, the ATX, the mono coil - and clear water! May be worth writing to Garrett about this one hunt - especially after “breaking up with my ATX” in the past, only to rekindle the efforts this week! In love again. Several old coins (most
    2 points
  49. Victorian police 1966 pursuit car. https://starcarsagency.com.au/vehicle/1966-rambler-police-car/
    1 point
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