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  1. Research, time, and lots of boot miles. Get away from the known areas and roads.
    39 points
  2. JW and I went on a bit of an adventure yesterday, it was to an old mining area where a lot of sluicing was done in the 1800's. The old timers did one hell of a job and little gold is left to be found but you go to this place for the adventure. It's along one of the worlds most dangerous roads that was built during the gold rush, the road was made by the miners in the late 1800's. It's one way and very narrow, even the bridges just fit the width of a car! JUST! If you strike a car coming the other way it's a battle over who will reverse until they can find a spot to pass. In the info abou
    35 points
  3. 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
    29 points
  4. Nevada has always been one of my most enjoyable treasure states to visit. Part of why I wanted to make this post (and why I'd like to see others give their input) , is to help guide some of the newer gold prospectors that has joined on with the rise in Au prices around $2000 an ounce. A little history about Nevada and I. I first started detecting Nevada for natural gold in the mid 90's with a local guy from Boise who goes by the name of Largo. He's had some health issues the last few years and not been to RP but promised I'd try to get him down there one more time this Fall.
    29 points
  5. I got out for nice long hunt with the AQ. I found quite a few targets to keep me busy. Five of the rings are junk and the other two silver. One of the silvers has real diamond chips. The gold ring came towards the end of the hunt and weighs 4.7g. I have found 5 gold rings with the AQ and a small pendant, so not too bad. Thanks for looking and happy hunting.
    25 points
  6. Small gold ring from Last Friday using the AQ....Got 2 more gold Saturday but they were at a different beach and the excalibur. I'll post them later this week. Hit a bump in the road Sunday night, had to take a family member to the hospital ..she was in for few days and came home today... Thank God..all went very well. I was out twice last week with the shorty battery and it is now packed up and ready to go a few rounds with my friend Carolina...Give him a week with it and see what he has to say...I want his confirmation on the run time of 5 hours and 30 minutes and see if I need to make
    25 points
  7. Had some luck during the week finding my 3rd gold coin in 9 years of detecting , so i am feeling the buzz again . This one is an 1853 Half Sovereign , 22ct , 19mm diameter . Came from a well hunted spot where virtually every target over 20 on the Nox has been cleaned up by the high tone hunters . This was 15 in all directions at around the 5 inch mark . Found a nice brooch and pendant as well . The hunt area is a well known gold mining town dating back to the 1870's .
    24 points
  8. I was meant to be going skiing yesterday but the forecast was for strong winds, we only managed half a day the prior day as the winds started and they had to shut down the lifts so I contacted JW and asked if he was wanting to go for a gold hunt instead, of course it was a yes. Fortunately the wind wasn't at the spot we decided to detect and it turned out a perfect day, quite warm for winter. While we don't have the bigger gold some places do that doesn't make the hunt any less fun and the challenge is certainly there. With all the talk of the new 12 13" coil coming out from Nugget Fin
    24 points
  9. Been almost a week since I've been out, lots has happen but things are settling back down so I got 3 hours out today. Been watching the winds and tides and I felt safer grabbing the excalibur. Once there I seen I could have taken the AQ..water was very nice...North winds of 10 mph blew the water out so I was drinking the old bay waters today....Seems like all I was getting was silver coins and nickels until I moved in a little closer to shore..then once I got away from the hard bottom out came the 1968 Class ring. The two white gold rings are from last Saturday's hunt at this same beach......T
    23 points
  10. Out Bush with Jane and GH. Pulled up at spot. Turned on detector, tuned it in, walked 4 metres. Got a quiet iffy signal dug down out pops 5.7 gram nugget. Not 12 metres from the car. Couldn't believe it, didn't even video it. What a start to the day. By the end of the day still only the one bit.
    23 points
  11. I went out for a detect last night after dealing with some plumbing problems. That put me on the beach on a cut later than I wanted to be there. The cut was by far the biggest of the season. I started out in the normal fashion but every day on the beach is different. You can go to the same beach every day and expect different results. Before I got to any spot last night I noticed a couple of detectorists had been there first. They were coming back as I was going out. They must have had an epic night because there were dig holes all over the place. This was one of those events that
    23 points
  12. JW and I went for a gold hunt yesterday. We've both done this area quite a bit, especially JW. I always disliked the spot, it was my nemesis for so long and I rarely found a nugget there, then all the sudden my luck turned, now I do alright there. We both had our 15x10" X-coils on, JW's been using his all the time lately so I thought I'd give mine a run. Yesterday seemed like I was doomed however to my first skunk in a long time, I don't even remember my last skunk now. It was about 9.30am I would guess and both went our separate ways. I headed off to the river to try detect the r
    22 points
  13. Bit of low water at the town water supply, can't wade there but had some shorline to poke around. Tough with all the rocks they added to combat the erosion taking my time payed off. Should be more to pick out amongst the sinkers, miserable 22 casings etc. Used the Makro Gold Racer for this hunt. I like the stable id's and smooth threshold, ground is all over the place from 20's-80's and lots of natural iron.
    22 points
  14. Got in 4 hours Tuesday AM, started out with rough water but by 11 am things were calming down. Took me about 30 minutes of messing with the controls before I got it to run stable and under control, then I slowly adjusted the setting as the water calmed. Started out with the settings ....delay 11.5 (15) Sensitivity 6, ATS 8, All metal , volume I ran high the whole time with the threshold just audible.. ( The settings that really seem to calm the AQ in rough water is the delay and ATS ) And by end of day I cut the delay down to 11, sensitivity 4, ATS 6, all metal, volume 9, and threshold 4/5 jus
    22 points
  15. I was informed by 2Valen's grandson, Caleb, that he passed away on Friday morning. Tim had only been a member on this forum since last summer but he had contributed significantly, particularly in his identification of recovered jewlery, tokens, and relics. His ability to determine both age and geographical/manufacture origin was amazing. (Edit: Caleb informed me that his grandfather was an antique wholesaler.) I actually met Tim in person last August when he was having trouble with his just acquired Minelab Equinox 800. We agreed to meet halfway at an Illinois small town park and comp
    22 points
  16. Went for an all-day water hunt recently and tried some different settings. I dug every positive TID for most of the hunt and wound up with over one-hundred bottle caps (threw some in the dumpster at the lake). I really focused on the TID's less than 20 and even skipped a few in the mid-twenties just to try a different approach and learn more about the detector. I dug every "1-4" trying to find another gold chain or bracelet but it was not to be on this hunt. There was a little more trash that is not pictured here so the overall trash to treasure ratio was about 3 to 1. Wound up with
    21 points
  17. 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
    21 points
  18. I've been reluctant to post some of my finds this year because it seems that many hunters are saying that they are not finding much due to stay at home mandates, beach closures, sanded in conditions and other reasons. One of my hunting buddies suggested that I wait a bit before posting my finds so that is what I am starting to do. Even though I didn't hunt for 2 months due to the pandemic the other 6 months this year have yielded some of my favorite finds in all the years that I have been detecting. One find in particular stands out. It came near the end of a pretty successful hunt that had al
    21 points
  19. Got out for some mind clearing routine dry and wet sand beach hunting, hoping some late season gold drops would grace my scoop. Was using the Deus in full tones, 9" round HF coil, 14khz full tones as that combo really helps ID aluminum trash well. Was digging the requisite clad and junk jewelry and other odds and ends and scooped "called" pull tabs and crown caps, just to be sure. I've found that being able to call the target on sand doesn't mean I won't scoop it. It just sets the proper expectation when you pull that crown cap or pull tab out of the scoop. Got an odd high 70's hit and saw
    20 points
  20. 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.
    20 points
  21. Approximately 3 hour hunt (one battery), about 2 hours in the water in the Gulf. Water was almost flat with a slight current, bottom was rippled. This particular beach doesn't get many tourists and is somewhat out of the way, I didn't expect a lot of targets. Since I still have loads to learn on the machine, I didn't spend a whole lot of time with any specific setting as I was trying to see what adjustments did what. Hunted in all metal the entire hunt. I found you really need to hunt slow to avoid any rising threshold due to swinging into deeper water. Sensitivity adjustments and delay
    19 points
  22. Took the MK for a spin to a different park, spent about an hour or less. First find came in slightly above a beaver tail. 10k ring with some diamond chips and looks like amathyst.
    19 points
  23. Finally I was able to get to a beach after their season ended. I used the AQ in all metal and mute modes. I could not use the tone mode since I was way too close to the Acela high speed train. Most of the trains that run that rail don't affect my pulse machines too much, but when the Acela hits the rails, it's a no go for any machine. The AQ handled it a bit better than my GPX does. But you still have to hear the interference and at times you just can't hunt. I hunted for 5 1/2 hours with the AQ (2 3/4 hrs per each battery). The low tide was exceptionally "high" at +0.9. This did not allow m
    19 points
  24. Hi all. Been out there for a few years now picking up the bits that your lucky enough to walk over. The other day I was up early and on an area that I have been over before. Thought I will give it another go. Nothing found by me in the immediate area before. Tuned up the 7000, adjusted the harness for comfort and proceeded to swing the coil. 7.16 am exactly. Walked I think 11 steps and the machine went of its dial. Bloody piece of junk I thought but stopped and scraped the surface looking for a piece of steel, then I saw it. I take it that everyone has found their dream piece and remembers the
    19 points
  25. 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
    19 points
  26. Some very good advice and GREAT photos! I love northern Nevada too...the solitude and scenery, the wildlife, and the beautiful nuggets. Here’s a pic from 2012, from the 1st Patch I discovered on my own, using the 3500 and elliptical mono coil I bought from you. I was so excited, I think I called or texted you from the field lol! And several years later, I was so happy to FINALLY have my ounce of Rye Patch beauties! I’ve hit many other places in northern Nv and found nice gold, but these are special😊
    19 points
  27. I got out today for a little exercise and to give the Equinox a workout also since it’s been a while since I last took it out. I can honestly say it didn’t disappoint. I only did dry sand since it was high tide. The large gold ring and the pendant are marked 14k. The little one isn’t marked but I’m guessing is 10k. The last ring of the bunch is copper and gave me the same VDI as a penny. I found $9.75 in clad and it was thanks to a pocket spill of $2.47. Thanks for looking and stay safe out there. HH
    18 points
  28. With lifeguards gone Kids gone cooler weather and the lowest water level in years, fresh water I was out chin deep in what it seems to be undetected area. all targets were very deep and have been there for a long time. The Irish ring is stamped 375, the locket 585, and the blue ring 14k and I have not cleaned the 14k at all it is tarnished or stained. All found with TDI BH but I did mark the area that the locket came from to return with my Nox to try and find the chain.
    18 points
  29. Hello all, Everything seemed to be in alignment yesterday morning, when i woke up about 4 A.M., and couldn't go back to sleep after looking at the tides and weather! Had some issues that prevented me from getting out the last few weeks, so i was itching to go! The wind was ripping pretty good, and i had a spot in mind that had been renurished and ruined for quite a while, that should be showing signs of huntability again! Also, it's a spot that you can "dual hunt", meaning ocean beach and water, than a short walk away, intercoastal beach and shallow water!! I
    18 points
  30. 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.
    18 points
  31. A buddy of mine wanted to hit the low tide last night so I said why not. The only hard thing was deciding what detector to use this time. After I picked one I headed out and got to the beach by 11:45 pm for the 2am low. I wasn’t expecting much but within half an hour I had my first piece of jewelry, although it was junk but we were on the right track. At 1.5 hrs I dug the 18k pendant with real diamond chips. Another hour later I dug the 10k 18gram class ring. This is only the second class ring I find without a name. A few more minutes later I dug an unmarked 10k ring with some real diamond chi
    18 points
  32. Some beach erosion and high waves from Sally brought these into detector range. One silver and 3 gold. Two are 14K, and the other is 10K. About 8 hours total over 2 days. Three rings on the first day and one on the second day. I went back on the third day and all was sanded in again. I don't know what the gemstone is in the ring. Not a diamond. Bob K
    17 points
  33. I looked at my Equinox 800 screen when I heard it. This Sound had potential. It was not like the familiar sounds of pennies, quarters and even the nickels. The screen read 9 and that had Potential too. I swung over it in a couple of directions and it still had a solid 9. Then you dig. Still a 9 and a good sound as you go down 3-4-5 inches to the patch layer. Then it is in the scoop and you look down in the dim light and you don't see a coin. You can see a shape and the wire mesh too! That is real POtential. I turn on my light and voila it's a ring and its yellow! POTENTIAL!
    17 points
  34. Photo from both ends What do you do with this stuff from years of detecting. All the gold and silver & diamond jewelry was sent to a refinery and provided me a few thousand dollars spending money, Have a lot more jewelry that is not displayed as there isn't any more room. Hundreds and hundreds of keys and tokens. this is just some of my finds over the years. March box cars, civil war relics from VA. Guess I just leave it and let the kids sort it out.
    17 points
  35. Thanks to the good people on this forum I returned to one of my lakes with the intention of digging less than 100 bottle caps as I did last time. I found about 20 but I dug many that I had anticipated would be bottle caps but I just wanted to be sure. I hunted in "Park 2" and 40 khz for the start of the hunt and switched to my user profile (4khz) on suspected cap targets and the cap TID's almost always jumped up to "36-40" range. Eventually, I just left the detector at 4 khz because it was so smooth and quiet and I wouldn't have to keep switching back and forth. Targets really stood out when t
    16 points
  36. Spent a lot of time in East Idaho back in this shaft right in the middle of good gold country. shaft goes back some 200 feet with a short drift here and there. Huge seams of quarts all thru this place. Don't know if the old timers found anything in here as I sure didn't. Did get one hit in the wall using GB2with 6" coil (no quartz)and tried to chisel it out with a small 2lb hammer and east wing rock chisel but no go. Nothing outside in the tailing pile other than blasting caps. They had to be chasing something. Is a real nice area with good gold 70 ft away in creek bed.
    16 points
  37. Last four spins with AQ. Mostly tone mode since I am looking for recent drops. All knee to ankle deep. Volume 8, sensitivity 5, ATS 8.5, reject 4. delay 9. A few targets in all metal were same settings except ATS was 6. Cant stop the bobbie pins. No double ping. Chains are junk. Some junk rings but most gold. Class ring has no name. Good luck everybody. On a side note, I can’t thank Rick and Eva enough for all their help. Top of the line crew they are! I should add, all the coins come in as a iron grunt. I like the anticipation of a 18k 15 gram coming up in my scoop!!! There is very little ir
    16 points
  38. A short hunt just before sunset snagged this small 2.2 gram 14K in the salt water with the Nox 800.
    15 points
  39. I thank all of you who have said nice things about my grandfather and only hope that I can fill his shoes for his last adventure on the Civil War hunt. He truly wanted to get that done and now it is on my shoulders to finish the hunt for him. Thank you all for your kind words, Caleb
    15 points
  40. 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
    15 points
  41. 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
    15 points
  42. Found this tiny 1.1 gram 18K in the wet sand over the weekend. Looks like diamond chips all around the band but too small to test. Bob K
    14 points
  43. I spent about 5 1/2 hours digging in the dry beach area of the lake. My goal was to dig as much trash as possible and it worked out great I was able to nab a few keepers among the junk, silver toe ring, 2 silver earrings and a silver chain with the pendant. Also dug the usual clad and junk jewelry as well. Ran the Nox 600, my settings were: Park 1 F2-0 Sens- Recovery-3 Man GB-4 1-Tone I dug everything from-2 up
    14 points
  44. My girlfriend got us permission to detect an empty lot owned by her employer. They recently bought the lot and took the early 1900's house down. She's been wanting to learn how to detect, so today was her first lesson. We headed there with the Equinox and my old AT Pro. Set her up with the AT Pro in STD/Coins mode, and went over ground balancing and how the ID scale works. Explained and showed her the difference between solid, repeatable signals and the less repeatable signals with bouncing target ID numbers. All I can say is I wish I would've had someone to show me these few details when I fi
    14 points
  45. Sometimes when you go out detecting the very first targets are the best and the remainder of the hunt you keep trying to do better. That was the way I felt last night. I headed out to a pretty much energyless beach and my first target was a heavy ring. I was thinking about Joe when I found it as it was 'trapped' in a little bit of soft sand just before the hard-pan drop off. I looked at it with my light, felt it and thought about it the remainder of the night. The title of the post was going to be "The First Target Was The Best!" haha Things have a way of changing as we detect. I h
    14 points
  46. 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!
    14 points
  47. 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
    14 points
  48. I've been using my Nox 800 with a 15" coil for a few months now, ears broke on original coil, and I find it too nose heavy. Yesterday I received the 11" Nox coil and parts I bought from Dan(NM) last Thursday. The parts are like NEW, just like he said. Dan is an honest man and great seller!!! So this morning I went out for some beach hunting. Been on a bit of a dry spell lately. First thing I noticed, it felt so much easier swinging the Nox. No luck in the wet so I hit the dry. $5.50 in clad and these 2 little beauties. Thanks again Dan, not only for the great parts
    13 points
  49. Decided to hit the thick scrub again.
    13 points
  50. I want to start by saying that I really hate posting reviews like this when I'm disappointed in the results. Makes me feel like the bad guy or that maybe, just maybe I had the metal detectors setup wrong. Anyway here is a quick review. Garrett Ace Apex Review Part 1 Got a Garrett Ace Apex delivered today, work is slow right now so I got right to testing it out. I’m going to post my review in 2 parts. Part 1 will be about the separation abilities of the Apex. Part 2 will be about the depth capabilities of the Apex. First wanted to say, I’m pretty impressed with the build quality and e
    13 points
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