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  1. Today was a day that I've been waiting for for two weeks. A great forum member GB amateur contacted me to see if I would be interested in getting together to hunt on his way back from another trip on the east coast. Without reserve I said yes. With all the details worked out we got together today to hunt an old swim club established in the 20's. It was hot hot and more hot today and I was hoping we would have a good time before we both died of heat stroke. GB was running the 800 and I was too for about 15 minutes, When I decided to change over to the Compadre. I have found a few silvers there and had some problems with iron so what the hell. We both were finding some clad and wheaties. After an hour or so GB raised his hand with the first silver of the day a merc dime. Shortly after I pulled a 62 rosie. More clad and wheaties I decided to move to a spot I hunted a fair amount with the 800, But not with a Tesoro. Within a few minutes I pulled out a 44 merc. Two minutes more and out comes a 9k wedding band. The Compadre never ceases to amaze me. After a little while longer we decided to call it quit's and get some lunch and BS some more. Getting a chance to hunt with GB today was as fun as it gets and to have a good time with someone who you respect makes it all the better.
    12 points
  2. I got a 1916 wheat. My buddy got a silver ring, 1939 wheat, 1964 silver dime, 1905 V nickel. He beat me but I got the oldest wheat lol. Was out in the large field again. The 1916 wheat. I have no photos of my buddies finds.
    9 points
  3. Went to the farmhouse today, could only stand to be out there for 2.5 hours. At 9:30am it was 89 with no wind and 78% humidity, just a brutal August morning. I had to wring my shirt out when I got back. Small wonder nobody is posting finds, y'all are working or it's just too darn hot. Not much, but something. Had to dig the coins out with a screwdriver, they were under the roots and about 6-8 inches down. TIDs were 20-21 so I was surprised by the nickel. ๐Ÿ˜€ 1955 D Jefferson, 1918 and 1915 wheats. The hole got to be 8" deep, I could barely fit my trowel in there. Poked around some more and found the clothesline, it's still there but totally overgrown. Wonder if I should hack my way in there, or just wait until late fall/winter. What do you think? There have to be Barber coins here, somewhere...
    7 points
  4. This would have to be the best informative post about the 6000 yet Thanks to Steve and JP for giving us all a better understanding just what the 6000 can and cant do and what coil does what. Great Post Steve ๐Ÿ‘
    5 points
  5. I also dug a "ring" today, it was a 25/26, and on some passes a 32. Turned out to be a copper tubing cutoff, the "ASTM" stamp was a giveaway. ๐Ÿ˜€
    5 points
  6. Nice recovery, I love old cloths lines for silver. I managed a few coins and ring today but the heat index of 107 almost killed me. When your finding you really don't notice the heat that much, But when your not it is horrible. The hell with winter just do a controlled burn and have at it Ha Ha Good luck with your next oven adventure.
    5 points
  7. Wow that is some serious black sand!!๐Ÿ˜ณ I presume you guys have goldfields areas that are similar? I remember some gullies in Arizona having huge amounts of it in the bottoms of the creeks and behind obstacles!! Getting back to the Salt and Cancel modes Iโ€™ve not done a lot of work using Normal timings so my observations were mainly in variable hot ground that required the use of Difficult. In the case of the 17โ€ Iโ€™ve found the biggest disadvantage is in the increase in salt or conductive signals due to the bigger size, there were some places where I could use the GPX11 with a bit of movement signal but when I tried the GPX17 it was virtually unusable. The next issue of course will be the obvious one which will be more EMI , for us this will start to appear next month as our weather starts to change. Mineralisation with the 17 seemed if anything slightly less from a variability from surface concentrations POV but there was some deeper sounding hot areas that sounded better with the bigger coil as expected. The true eye opener is the outright sensitivity for such a large coil, there is not much of a drop off on tiny target sensitivity when you go to the larger coil except for the usual bigger coil into tighter spaces loss as is to be expected. This point really makes the GPX17 a game changer as you can cover vast tracts of country very quickly and snag the tiniest of pieces that could point you to a potential patch of missed gold. ๐Ÿ˜Ž JP Recent starter nugget in virgin ground that lead to well over an ounce in a few days. A few nice chunkster payday nuggets came out when working the area First days haul Gold I found working the patch over a number of days, all thanks to that first tiny piece I found wandering around with the GPX17 ๐Ÿ˜Š
    5 points
  8. Well my first hunt I stayed up on the dry. Terrible, recently replenished. Check trouble finding coil. Next day ,went to wet sand to breaking surf. My previous settings for mild soil wasn't working like I'm used to. Got things quieted down some but getting noise when slapped by waves. Made a few adjustments and that baby became quiet as can be. The only area that started producing was on the surf line. Now I'm finding deep quarter's, and nickels, dimes. Strangely the pennies wernt much deep and seemed to be recent drops. So, production started picking up and today a two Silver Ring day. Pictured are the settings that I found to be the best for now. Second picture today's finds. The deepest targets started by the faintest of tone (signal) even this deep the Tar was giving me the plus numbers as best expected tho of cause not locking down until a couple scoops. By biggest problem is my scoop isn't big enough. I am completely confident in this machine and having a lot of fun. Got two more hunts down here.
    4 points
  9. Probably a bad coil, not unknown with White's. Garrett went through the machine, and I know they paid particular attention to the coils, so the Garrett 24K had an extra layer of vetting before it went into production.
    4 points
  10. I saw a bag of those very similar in Lowes plumbing section! Sharkbite makes them! All copper for crimping poly water lines! Looks like a bag of rings!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    4 points
  11. Thanks! I know it isn't much. I'm pretty sure the clothesline is where the lions' share of the coins will be, I have found coins from 1859-present everywhere around this property. The silvers were a great rush for me, and I even found a Barber nickel (V) next to the house. Tempted to bring some portable power stuff there but I'd better get permission. The next few days are going to be worse. ๐Ÿ˜ต Hope to see what ya got!
    4 points
  12. Backing up what Simon said, I just received my new Garrett Goldmaster 24k and was very happy to see that the box had labeling in four languages including Arabic. Same for the Quick Start Guide. Garrett is definitely serious about marketing and mass producing this excellent detector. I always had a feeling that my original Whites 24k had either a control box or coil issue. It would overload easily, had some weird audio issues occasionally and was sometimes hard to ground balance. The Garrett version that I received and tested today had zero issues. I tested the Whites version and the Garrett 24K on the exact same targets that are buried in my yard including gold nugget targets. I could run the Garrett 24K at sensitivity of 8 with no issues. The Whites version would overload on sensitivity 4. The stock Whites coil was also very knock sensitive. This Garrett coil (which actually seems lighter as does the entire detector) had no knock sensitivity at all. Very impressed.
    4 points
  13. I have the GMX and plan on getting the snake coil first.I still might get a 24 k for the heck of it
    3 points
  14. The importance of using a good quality metal detector suitable for prospecting has been widely explored in great detail. The introduction of the GPX 6000 highlights the gains in technology and thank goodness, ergonomics. Weight and Balance, at last. Matched by performance and cutting edge technology.. The one fact remains that at the end of the day the key is to get the coil over the gold. Some truly magnificent gold that has been found, could have been detected by any half decent prospecting machine. Still we should invest in quality and the new Minelab sounds superb. We need to utilize every tool at our disposal. Often after extensive research, Google Earth images, maps, books and word of mouth can all lead us to a certain goldfields. When we arrive there is a lot of suitable ground to explore. Perhaps too much ground and not enough time to give it the attention it deserves.. In an effort to narrow the search I have started to use a drone when exploring a new area. It allows me to gain perspective, to more clearly focus on areas and features of interest. When the terrain allows it, this will same me a lot of time and increase my odds of putting a coil over a target. Viewed from the ground vegetation can mask features which kind of pop up when viewed from the air, the drone allows me to focus on a smaller area of interest.
    3 points
  15. It was a bad coil. It was replaced and is working fine now.
    3 points
  16. I'm in northern Michigan and it was hot for me. It was 85. The next 2 days will be 90. It's also very humid. After awhile I was looking for shade to hunt under it. If I was alone I would have left earlier because of the heat lol. I can't imagine living out west. It's unfortunate the drought there going through and loosing a lot of water. A lot of wells drying up. I don't know what's going to happen. I'm very fortunate with lots of water. I'm surrounded by the Great Lakes and inland lakes. Israel has invented a device that's called Watergen. It pulls water out of the air in a desert. Maybe that could help the West.
    3 points
  17. I hope Garrett sell a ton of them because giving the 24 k a second life was a brilliant move by them considering the African market alone.I think Steve was the first one to find a nugget with the Garrett 24k so congrats to him too.Garrett also made a smart move by also using Steve to help introduce this born again machine since many people trust him. I also think that the snake coil will be as hot as the the 6.5'' concentric coil if not more.
    3 points
  18. I've had a Whites 24k since it's release. Can confirm it is a great detector. Have all the coils made for it. The 6" concentric is a small gold killer. It's my go to coil. Hoping Garrett makes a GMX waterproof version sooner than later.
    3 points
  19. I would imagine it's because the dealers in question don't want to bring in stock they don't think will sell, that's certainly how it works here with our dealers. The dealers only carry what they think will sell, they don't want stuck with stock sitting there forever. It might be more of a sign of detectors that need discontinued than ones which are being discontinued.
    3 points
  20. Nice finds!! I say wait till it's cooler, and no poison ivy or ticks! Anything left will wait a few months for you, and be more fun to dig! Don't forget to note the spot though! I've "heard" that the scenery changes, when the leaves drop!! Don't have that here! Boring green all year!!๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    3 points
  21. Some more good news for people interested in buying the Garrett 24k, more coils are on their way from Nel, after next two months I assume means they'll be released in time for Christmas? ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe some Nel coils will be under the tree for me, especially the Snake.
    3 points
  22. There was no discernible difference between salt and cancel in this ground. Iโ€™m sure that would change entirely on a saltwater beach. We tested four locations, from bad to worse to horrible. But I must emphasize I test rather casually, only looking for the clues I need to suit me and my purposes, so people should not treat this stuff as gospel, just a rough guide at best. Your own ground rules, not mine. It is impossible for me to overemphasize how bad this location is. You may as well try detecting in iron filings. Just a FYI a GPX 6000 with an 11โ€ mono easily bests a Fisher Impulse AQ with 12โ€ mono, and the larger GPX coils blow the Impulse away. In case people are wondering, Iโ€™m toying around with the 6K as a beach detecting option, but the info gained will help me on serpentine ground chasing nuggets. Anyone hunting dry washes loaded with visible magnetite will also want to take note. What you see on a magnetโ€ฆ
    3 points
  23. Welcome aboard and thanks for bringing this resource here ! I'm sure many members will be very happy to see ya ! It wouldn't be a bit surprising if you get a detector in your hands with all the parts you now have. As the disease takes hold of you , feel free to ask about anything you need explaining for ....we'll get you up and running. AND,,,, Maybe someone would trade you a working detector for some parts ????
    3 points
  24. Apparently this information has been out there for a while as this video is about a month old. Check out this unique coil for the F-75 โ€œโ€ฆand a new machine we are going to be coming out with.โ€ Of course it struck me later that maybe he couldโ€™ve been talking about the Impulse AQ, but youโ€™d think he wouldโ€™ve made that distinction as it was sitting right there next to the F-75, and has already been released in a LTD capacity.
    2 points
  25. You are probably the first one in NZ to get one and will probably be the first one in NZ to find a nugget with the new Garrett.
    2 points
  26. Mines in NZ now, just waiting for the courier to knock at my door, only problem is it's Friday so if it doesn't arrive today I'm going to be waiting until Monday ๐Ÿ˜ž That's a painful wait!
    2 points
  27. Dances: I completely agree with you. A very smart move by Garrett along with their international marketing. I too wish them many sales.
    2 points
  28. I have. I'm originally from the American Southwest (Nevada/Arizona area) and we often used drones to scout vast areas for quartz float. It was much easier than walking a few hundred yards up and over gullies/gulches to see the same thing we could see from a drone in about 60 seconds. Very effective tool IMO. -Bryan Alaska Mining & Diving Supply 907-277-1741
    2 points
  29. White's had a program whereby you enter the serial numbers and it spits out an override password. Either Garrett has it, or no one has it.
    2 points
  30. Hello cathexis. May be this is what you're after...?! And no, in lack of a V3(i) I don't use it. But if I had one I'd give it a try.๐Ÿ˜‰ Good Luck & Happy Hunting magic.pdf
    2 points
  31. True, or loss of patina. I never use anything but spray water on silver, maybe a little Wrights if I think it could look better in the display box. Anything newer than 1958 is checked for value and thrown in the "cash in" jar anyway. That's why I go after the date first. I see so many differing options on coin and relic cleaning I'm never sure what the truth is, from peroxide to olive oil. ๐Ÿคช Gotta look for a thread here or start one. Don't want to hijack this thread! ๐Ÿ˜€
    2 points
  32. Dish soap can cause copper/copper alloys to patina. Any kind of scrubbing will scratch the surface not because of the brush bristles directly but because of the dirt that is on them.
    2 points
  33. Great. Relics, coins, silver and gold...and spending time with a friend and hunt together. That really is amazing. Good Luck & Happy Hunting
    2 points
  34. Wow. A old coin and sharing time with your buddy is what I call a great day. Congratulations and Good Luck next time.
    2 points
  35. Sounds like a great hunt and will wait to see what GB found to congratulate him. I may poke fun at GB from time to time, but respect his knowledge for helping my grandfather when he needed it. He literally went out of his way to help him, and for that I thank him for his time. Looks like a nice round of everything that you pulled out of the ground, and the ring must have felt good when you found it. Good luck on your next hunt, and since you were with GB check your pockets and see if you still have your zincolns in there as you know he likes them.
    2 points
  36. Here are some recent finds using the the Minelab GPX 6000 with the 11โ€ monoloop coil and the Gold Monster 1000 to finish the job. What was impressive to me was how small and rough/reefy/prickly/spongy were the pieces. The location was on an extensively worked, old club claim likely pounded by every previous detector. I collected very little trash. In a half day of work, there were only two pieces of bird shot, 3 pieces of rusted iron flake, 3 bits of aluminum, and many small hot rocks found. The small hot rocks were picked up when trying to localize the targets with the Gold Monster. Only a couple larger hot rocks were heard by the GPX. This would have been different if there were much ironstone. So far, it has seemed to me that the new GPX really prefers the signal from rounded gold. Nevertheless, it was able to sniff out these very rough pieces even at sub-grain weights. They were mostly only ghost-like deviations in the threshold betwixt the warbles. (You know the kind of change that is so subtle that only your subconscious brain picks up on, but then when you focus with your conscious brain youโ€™re not really sure, so you decide to dig anyway.) I was pushing both the machine and my attention pretty hard. This is the same area Iโ€™ve previously mentioned that causes a lot it EMI for the 6000 due to heavy overhead air traffic. The settings were Auto 2, either Normal or Difficult ground, and with the threshold on. The two largest pieces are just over 2 grains each. The rest were less than a grain each. Impressive machine.
    2 points
  37. So, seems to be the truth. I had passed over this area before using only the GM 1000 and had nothing to show for it. Iโ€™m right there with you in trying discern the differences between the normal and difficult modes. As of yet, I havenโ€™t been able to decide what differences the modes make on these targets. Hopefully, it will become apparent with more flight time. Simply based on history with the GPZ, Iโ€™ve been trying to keep it in normal, as much as possible, but as of yet I canโ€™t tell. There are other things I have noticed, but it seems variable as to when they occur. At times, it has been a little less sensitive to EMI when in difficult mode. But, what really shocked me was when on this recent excursion and passing from exposed bedrock to silty overburden, switching to normal mode significantly calmed the threshold. It had me scratching my head with how striking it was. Coincidentally, afterwards I read JP speaking of the same thing in another thread. Iโ€™m all ears if someone else is noticing a pattern with the modes on targets.
    2 points
  38. Soaked it in hydrogen peroxide for about an hour to get the date.
    2 points
  39. So glad to see some great stuff! And hunting with GB must have been fun. I see you got a naval button and something that looks like a medal. Outstanding haul!
    2 points
  40. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used to be a lot tougher. It was only 100 with all the "feelies", but it got so I could hardly breathe. Very humid and stagnant. In the middle east it was dry and hot, that was easier. ๐Ÿ˜€ I was also 30 years younger. Haha, plenty to do here. I have two other places coming up after harvest. This place will keep me busy for quite some time, as will the fields surrounding it. Can't wait to get back to the relics, but the possibility of silver has my attention. Already got a few!
    2 points
  41. It clearly demonstrates the international reach Garrett has that Whites did not. The 24k Whites version has been out for a couple of years, nothing out of Nel, Garrett releases it and instantly Nel is onboard with making coils for it and I loved how their response was "Of course" ๐Ÿ™‚ Garrett releasing the 24k from an international perspective was an excellent move by Garrett. They're back in the game now and soon to be at the top for the dedicated prospecting VLF's I think. I absolutely can not wait to get a Snake coil for the 24k, that combined with the Concentric 6" Garrett coil is the perfect combination for me and my detecting areas and I'll still have the 10x6" for ground coverage when necessary. Satisfied at last!
    2 points
  42. Welcome Mario, I was wondering what happened to all those parts. Glad you popped up to save those. I'll be interested in some things for sure.
    2 points
  43. Couple of Red flags there, the biggest one being off Ebay, would you mind posting the Ebay link where you bought? The Garrett Carrot has to be the most cloned pinpointer there is, many fakes floating about and a many of them for sale on Ebay are fake so you have to be really careful of who you buy it from, often price is the give away as the fakes are always sold cheaper than they should be.
    2 points
  44. A friend of mine who is a bat biologist uses a drone to look for open adits to find potential bat habitat, and I just recently used mine to see the extent of an old drywashed area. They provide very good high resolution images of hard to access areas, and definitely can be a benefit when surveying a large area more quickly, but they wonโ€™t replace boots on the ground.
    2 points
  45. It reminds me of the question "what's heavier, 5 pounds of feathers or 5 pounds of lead?" I've tried a counter-weighted Equinox and to me the more weight you add the more fatigue you encourage. Not for me. Honestly, I wish that there was a version of the old Bigfoot coil that would run on a MInelab. I remember a couple of guys who hunted with those on their White's machines at Santa Monica years ago and did really well. These mega coils are just too darn heavy.
    1 point
  46. There is no doubt the 7000 has the extra grunt required to punch in beyond the 6000โ€™s capabilities, a good example is in washes where there are large rocks in the bed of the creek bottoms. In the GP and GPX days I worked many hundreds of kilometres of creek beds in the northern parts of Australia and would often pluck a decent widow nugget in amongst the boulders especially up in the Kimberley. Those nuggets would be randomly distributed along the creek lines and it often left me wondering what else was in there being hidden by the larger chunks of diorite and slates liberally scattered about. Unfortunately I have not been able to return to all these locations with the GPZ7000 but the few I did return to were an eye opener with undiscovered mini patches often associated with those original isolated nugget finds. This is just one example of where the ZVT tech provides a definite advantage but its not everywhere, the ground needs to be conducive to the tech and in a lot of places the depth is just not there so the earlier sampling of GeoSense and overall lightness of weight and ease of use of the GPX6000 is far more beneficial. I am actually afraid to use my GPX6000 too much because it is hard to go back to the weight and complexities associated with using the 7000 (harnessing up etc). But I will say this though, it is nice to listen to a 7000 with its steady happy place audio compaired to the twitchy fast paced behaviour of the 6K ๐Ÿ˜Š. JP
    1 point
  47. Thatโ€™s about the best summary Iโ€™ve seen. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป In general the 6000 is all I need now, but a good VLF still has a place in really trashy areas.
    1 point
  48. I've seen my understanding of the scrape and detect method in play many times with JW, he finds a nugget, then spends a few hours scraping away getting more and more, he had a turn on a patch I found and did exactly that as he didn't want to start taking over my patch he stayed in one spot and just kept scraping down layers and getting more and more gold, albeit very fine gold so he was using the GM1000 but the gold just kept coming and he was having a good time, I'm sure he got 60 or more pieces from this very small area. It was quite impressive to see. I did similar on my first ever patch, it was in the bottom of a old timer dug out sluiced area and I found one reasonably sized nugget, so I just figured there had to be more so I kept digging out the area and more and more popped up, it eventuated with me getting my biggest ever nugget which was 4.2 grams, very respectable size for NZ. I went back the next day with a shovel instead of a pick and I probably got around 20 to 30 nuggets in an area that on the surface only had one detectable nugget. In saying all of that I probably need to use this method more often as I've only done it a couple of times, perhaps I'm a slow learner ๐Ÿ™‚
    1 point
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