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  1. 4 points
    I just bought this magnet off of brute magnetic's For magnet fishing and I hope I find some neat finds i will keep you guys informed on how it goes and if i find anything! https://brutemagnetics.com/collections/top-mount/products/brute-box-500-lb-magnet-fishing-bundle-2-95-magnet-rope-carabiner-threadlocker
  2. 3 points
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  3. 2 points
    I have found that having the arm cuff moved to as close to your elbow reduces the weight of the coil. I also have a CTX 3030, it has the same battery configuration but it will only run the GPZ for a few hours. I tried the 3030 battery a few times to reduce the weight of the Z. I felt that taking any weight off of the back end added more to the other end. Norm
  4. 2 points
    Got a coveted invite to a productive PA permission and it resulted in a rare, but awesome couple hours relic hunting in February. Weather cooperated and the ground was relatively soft and not frozen from recent rains so we snuck out for some February relic fun.Was using the ORX, and though it did not hit on its namesake gold, it pretty much nailed plenty of keeper silver, brass, and lead.First hit was a well worn, 1854 Seated Quarter - a good omen and kept my silver streak at the site alive. With the skunk out of the way early, the Seated recovery basically set the tone that everything else found would be gravy.Next hit a 1925 SLQ in decent shape. A couple minie balls later, got a plow damaged Eagle and a nice flat button with some reverse gold guilt.Finally, hit on my highlight find of the day, my first CW Confederate Infantry Block "I" uniform button in great shape! Was kind of speechless after I realized what I had dug.Cleaned up with some additional minies including a Spencer carbine (lower left in the group pic, originally thought it was a Merrill)Couldn't have asked for a more in the three hours we were there (well I could have asked for more, but that would be just plain greedy).Used the ORX exclusively with the 9" round HF coil and Gold Mode in 14 and 30 khz. It is a very capable and affordable alternative to the Deus for relic hunting and the ORX Gold mode seems to be more refined than the Gold Field on the Deus, such that it is my go to multiple, single frequency machine for relic hunting now. Enjoy the pics.
  5. 2 points
    For more reasons than I want to get into , but for long life ? I do circuit board repair , and do not accept rinsing with distilled water or especially the rice thing as a fix / repair , but can be parts to a complete repair . Not that either do not have some beneficial aspects , but are very limited / incomplete in trying to solve any water issues Fresh water has many kinds of components in it - depending on the source , and most all leave corrosive effects . In electronic manufacturing - they use deionized water for cleaning , mostly to replace some other chemicals . In repair isopropanol alcohol is most common . Then in this case - salt-water is where I might start using as clean of water available ! - but on a boat away from any of the above , so being able to open the case and rinse off and scrub with drinking water is the best that can be done at this time ?
  6. 1 point
    Looks like you could load the Equinox software on there and you'd have an Equinox, make it dual boot, and you could run either 🙂
  7. 1 point
    I just got back from a short 2 hour hunt on a 1830's property and found the usual clad, pull tabs, brass and a wheel weight. BUT I found an odd dime sized silver coin. It looks like its dated 1885 all inscriptions are unreadable except the date. It has a roman numeral three with a wreath around it and a woman with some kind of armor head plate. This is a coin I've never found before, Any clue???
  8. 1 point
    Finally got out to the beach, lot of wash but wanted to give my seahunter a run and try out the m2 headphones instead of the stock waterproof ones. M2's make a world of difference in the audio on that machine, can hear the target much better especially tiny targets with the discrim kicked up. Dug much less iron as I can tell better what I am hearing. Anyways not much there as the storms ripped the dunes down and the banks are 9-12' up where they used to be only a few feet. Besides the wash I got all excited and thought I found another trime but instead it was a 1951 netherlands 10 cent. Amazing how it held up next to the other coins I found in the area.
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    My guess on that is it has been sitting in the dunes nearby for good many years before washing down from the erosion. There was an old foundation starting to show on the beach that I never seen before. Might have been a bathhouse or changing room back in the 50's so it could have been protected there. In general purer silver holds up well even in the old farm fields unlike the copper and copper alloys that get roasted. Not too long before I found a Trime which is close in size. Really thought I had another.
  10. 1 point
    Well...there’s one I’ve never seen before! Incredibly good detail on that silver, it would be interesting to know how it got there. Newer coinage? Salt? No bueno...shoot, they don’t even hold up for 10 years in my southern Wisconsin dirt! It’s really a shame and borderline embarrassing to see what our “coins” are made of. When plastic play money holds up better....that’s gotta be some kind of crime.
  11. 1 point
    Around my area(Wisconsin )I have a lot of old brides and And lakes Where i can go magnet fish. I can go out to the rivers but ill have to wait till the spring when the lake thaws out to go to them
  12. 1 point
    That was a great hunt Chase! Nice array of finds, your riker case is getting full, congrats on the sweet bucket lister! That's an impossible find out west.
  13. 1 point
    baking soda will neutralize the salt. Remember long after the salt water has dried out the salt will still be there damaging the electronics. It starts instantly. Washing in fresh water isn't likely to resolve this problem. I've found alcohol far better than water in the past. Whenever it comes to salt water, I don't like your chances but it can be a bit of fun trying
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    Thank you , You just verified my thoughts. I appreciate all the effort and time you have given me. I hope to be able to return the favor one day.
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    Yea, I was a bit annoyed I couldn't put the headphone adapter cover back on too, looks weird without it. I'll leave it how it is until my other rubber covers arrive and use one of them inside the headphone socket like I was going to originally do.
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    Hand forged is really hard to date. A smith that liked a particular design would pass this down to all his apprentices. The eye and the basic shape could be from your time frame but the platform is a little narrow, maybe it got squished in the ground. I know smiths that make reproductions now that would fool most experts if buried for a while. these techniques are passed down for a long time. If I had to guess it's 1880's possibly a woman's stirrup. Just my 2 cents. awesome find anyway you look at it. Just think who's foot and what horse that was on, maybe someone of stature?
  17. 1 point
    yep, I found the exact same thing this morning, I will leave the cover on as it gives the top of the battery some protection, and just continue with the foam ear plug in the outside headphone socket to keep the dust out, not much rain here to worry about. cheers dave
  18. 1 point
    81 is way too high for platinum. That's more up in the silver range, and it not impossible you have a melted blob of silver. Interesting.
  19. 1 point
    It’s funny I really want to find a reale because it was what got me detecting to begin with. I only get to try 2 weeks out of the year and have tried over the last 8 years! What is funny is finding nuggets is way more lucrative for me then that roughly $30 reale but I just want one and then I’m gonna make a necklace with it surrounded with a bunch of my nuggets 😂. Might have to add the tack now to that necklace 😂😂
  20. 1 point
    Be Careful What You SaySome years back, my mining buddy and I were working our off a mountain side in a 4X4. We scraped bottom with the Dodge diesel a few times, that’s how deep the holes were in the road, but as we reached the river at last, we spotted a fat Black Bear hightailing it over a hump of brush and trees on the bankTo cross the river, we threw the truck into four-wheel drive and danced across the river; the river dance where the wheels slip, the truck bounces up, then jerks down, then squirts itself sideways off the bigger rocks in the river, over and over again.Before I continue with this story, I’d like to flashback to a place I visited on this same river where there was a whack of exposed bedrock that was being reclaimed by the brush and forest.During an earlier river crossing in the same area, a mining buddy of mine pulled his truck over when we reached the opposite bank, and when we got out, he told me to tag along as he hiked up to the previously mentioned bedrock. He strolled up a little gulch, took out a screwdriver and went to popping coarse gold right out of crevices in the bedrock! All he had was a screwdriver!! (On a return trip, I will detect that bedrock very, very carefully.)To get back to my original story, having crossed the river, we crawled up a rough, winding logging road on our way tom some bedrock bench claims we had permission to hunt, claims that paralleled a little trout-filled lake. The lake was man-made where the Old-timer’s had dammed the creek at a pinch point so they could flume the water to various downstream sluicing operations. After the gold rush was over, the dam got left in place as it made a great little fishery.Walking around a bit, we discovered that during the Great Depression many squatters camped beside the lake, and foundation pits are still visible, as well as some old plank-cabins.In addition, we saw faint signs of cabins from the 1800’s, nothing but overgrown indentations in the ground. Sadly, I was too dumb to detect around them while I was there as I was in a rush to get chasing the gold. So, I've always wondered what artifacts or coins I could have found.Just down the lake from the old cabin sites, there was a huge rock pile. As I walked over to eyeball that rock pile, one of the miners working the adjoining claim stepped out of the brush right in front of me! (Their outhouse was located inside that brush in a little clearing.)He asked us what we were up to, and we told him we were heading to the lake claims to nugget shoot. Hearing that, he laughed. He didn’t think much of hunting for nuggets with metal detectors, having seen too many people get skunked. He told us the ground was far too hot for finding gold that way. But, I didn’t want to tip my hand about the super-technology I was packing that could handle such ground, so I let him keep talking.Then, he told us a story about his rock pile. It was a dragline operation, many, many years past. The former owners had worked that dragline up the narrow canyon right through the stream bottom, all the while building a huge pile of river run and broken bedrock at the head of the works. The operation was successful, and they’d netted a lot of coarse gold.He told us that some years back, a prospector had come along and begged permission to climb his rock pile to look for specimens. As dragline rock piles are home to some of the rarest and heaviest rocks torn from the bottom of old stream channels, he gave the prospector permission. The only condition, he had to return to show and tell about what rocks he was taking with him. The rock collector was free to keep anything he found.Now just imagine the miner's surprise when around suppertime the rock hound showed up with a nugget! Furthermore, the claim owner’s jaw hit the ground because that nugget was huge! Grabbing it to take a look at it, the miner couldn’t believe what he was seeing, or the weight he was hefting. For, even though the nugget was only a ¼ to a 1/3rd of an inch thick, it covered the back of his hand from the base of the knuckles to his wrist joint!! And, it was solid gold, no quartz. Why was such a nugget sitting on the rock pile? Well, being flat, the nugget had made skipped over the punch-plates and screens of the dragline’s gold recovery system.The miner went on to tell us what a tough day it was to follow the “You can keep whatever you find” promise, but he kept his word indeed.The next couple of stories to follow talk about working the lake-shore bench placers, but those stories are for another day.All the best,Lanny
  21. 1 point
    Hi all, been pretty busy lately, and what started out as a really slow year ended up being pretty good prospecting wise. The first half of the year was very slow, only able to scratch a few nuggets out of some old patches. Not much luck looking for new areas. A few buddies and I decided to meet up in the middle of the summer in Gold Basin. Dave, Steve, and a couple of other Chris' . They were out there since Friday evening, but because of work I couldn't get out till Saturday afternoon. Dave was meeting us on Sunday. I made the drive out from Vegas, and when I got there I tried reach the guys, but no luck. Cell service can be spotty out there, and the must have been out detecting. I figured I might as well get started on my own till I was able to reach them. I ended up in an area where I had found a nice gold quartz specimen years ago, and figured I might grid the area to see if I could come up with a few scraps. It was found 3/4 the way up a tiny drainage where nothing else was found (by me anyway) I detectected the drainage top to bottom with no luck, so I decided to hit the hillside. About 7 or 8 feet from where I found that specie I jammed the coil under a creosote bush and got a strong signal over a large area. It wasn't a distinct signal like a nugget, so I kind of thought I was some mineralization but decided to dig anyway. There was only about 5 or 6 inches of overburden, so I scraped that off, and now the signal was sounding much more like a target, but still over a 2 sq ft area. I carry a rock hammer in my pack so I used that to tear up the bedrock. I got down about a foot total and now the signal was screaming. One more attempt with the hammer, and now I have signals in the tailings. I pick up a piece of quartz and put it over the coil...bingo!! I found my first pocket. I actually found the source. I kept working on my hole, still pulling gold out, and still getting strong signals in the bedrock. I was finally able to reach the other guys and dropped them a pin so they could meet up with me. Everyone got some specimens out of my tailings. Over the next several weeks I brought home several buckets of ore. I kept at it till there was no more signal in the ground with my GPZ. The next step was to crush and pan...geeze that is tedious work when you dont have a proper rock crusher. It took several more weeks to process the ore. thanks the pocket ended up being around 4oz!!! And a big to 1515Art and his contest I got to use my kiln to make my first gold bar. Took me a while to figure out how to use the electric kiln, it does take a few hours to reach proper temps, but works great!! added to the nuggets I found, it was a 5z year! I still have some ore to crush and a nice speci I may just keep. But definitely learned a lot. I'm going to be looking for more pockets. 2020 has been a pretty good year so far as well. Cheers, Chris
  22. 1 point
    Good thing all right, I got excited last century when it hit $10 a gram, dunno whether I remember correctly but gold come out of "moth balls" at about $5 a gram, something about it being "set free" from the $. Bought my latest 4WD with a 1.5kg smelt could've got two of em if I waited for today.
  23. 1 point
    What’s the target id number? It’s probably aluminum or some mix of melted metals. Easy test. Platinum is impossible to melt with normal means. Hit it with a propane torch until it glows. If it melts, it’s not platinum.
  24. 1 point
    Nice GP 3500 Original bill of sale from Rob's Detectors Az.Includes:Doc's Lightweight coverDoc's Goldscreamer (built - in amp) with 2 batterys/ ac/dc chargers, dual charger base.34 1/2 inch Carbon fiber upperStereo/Mono Headphones w/dual volume controlsDoc's Bungy setup11" DD ML coil. Picture shows some electrical tape around the strain relief , still solid.Minelab bagManualNice clean machine that's "broken in" with trash, GOLD and Meteorites !$1500.00 Partial trades considered. Excellent candidate to "MOD" its in nice shape.Reply here with message or phone/text Frank nine two eight 3zero3 eight 4 seven 4
  25. 1 point
    Nice find, Can't beat the feeling when you trip up on some silver. It brings back the childhood memories of pirate treasure and makes you want to head to the same area and hit it again in case you missed something. Hope you find some more!!!
  26. 1 point
    Found a nice little run a couple of days ago, 2 days in a row just over 1/2 oz each day and another 23 grams this morning. Here's a pic of this mornings total.... I don't film many digs anymore, but the bigger chunk had a bit of depth. I was hoping it would be deeper and bigger...but alas, not to be, it went just under 10 grams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpUIZp0f7zQ
  27. 1 point
    I did tear down my Simplex. The faceplate hiding the crews is a very thick decal, You do need to be careful prying it off. Separating the case halves without proper tools and not starting at the right place can damage the plastic case edges. It's not difficult otherwise to replace a battery. If the Simplex is still under warranty and has battery issues, let the service center do the job. If out of warranty, the choice is yours to make an attempt and possibly damage the circuit board or again have the Service Center do it. Added note, there is nothing a consumer can adjust on the circuit boards to increase performance, it is all done by computer processor software. So please, to those who think this is a tinkerable detector, think again. Stay out of the internals....this is not a Tesoro.
  28. 1 point
    I stumbled back to Pennytopia again today, this time I strolled to the other ends goal posts, I've done these the most with the Nox as they're away from the power lines so it performed better at this end. I wasn't expecting to do well and some of the finds are likely to do with me digging a lot more pull tab numbers as I want to get every last threepence, I've still not found the elusive 1935 threepence that can be worth thousands. I found the Vanquish has fantastic target ID's, I doubt I could ask for better. There are situations where if there is some iron nearby and you swing off to the edge of the iron suddenly you get a nice 19 or 20 and good tone and think you've got a good coin BUT if you hunt with horse shoe engaged for the all metal mode you're very aware the big iron is there so you know it's a false target. If you were blanking out the iron you could get fooled by this and dig a ghost target. I like hunting in the all metal mode, we don't have a huge amount of iron junk in these football fields so it's pretty easy to deal with all metal hunting. My first target was a very deep penny, I estimate 40cm (16 inches) and it was significantly deeper than my Carrot. There was also a little bit of tin foil in it's hole, I cut that off the side of my plug thinking it was going to be the target but didn't explain why the target ID was in the low 20's. So after getting the screwed up foil out and rechecking my hole I had a very deep but clear 21 in it. It was a 1911 penny, it even had the discoloured old grass down with it. That rusty looking brown stuff, some grass from the early 1900's 🙂 Next up was a 16/17 and a pretty obvious target I doubt I missed with my Nox, I was probably just lazy and thought it was going to be another pull tab. Reasonably deep but not super deep And it's a British threepence, only problem is it's very worn, I've never found a worn one before, I can't tell it's date. I suspect it was worn before it was lost. A few steps away a 15/16 About the same depth. A 1946 NZ threepence, NZ's last threepence with silver content, I'd not found many of these until lately, I got one yesterday and now another today. Then a few more steps in the same line and another 15/16... I think I know what happened now, I got these with the Nox and ignored them as it was a bunch of them all together so I assumed wrongly they were pull tabs from a bunch of people standing around talking or something. I didn't even have to find this one, it came out visible with the plug 🙂 You can clearly see where it was sitting in the plug and oddly, another 1946.... maybe all three silvers were dropped at once, although it doesn't explain the UK one as it would no longer be an accepted currency at that time period. I had nothing for a while now, I was thinking I must have done a pretty good job here with the Nox then I had another 21. Again, deep, deeper than my shovel digs out with a scoop, which is about Carrot depth. Not quite as deep as the previous one but still deeper than the Carrot. The date explains the depth, 1908. I didn't really have a lot of energy today, the day started off hot and it got no better.. heat zaps away my energy so I was about ready to give up, I walked from near the goal posts where I was towards the building and had another good penny ID Pretty deep again, only this time not British or NZ, but Australian. Whenever I find an Aussie Penny it's usually a 1919, this one was no exception. Time to call it a day, 1 hour and a half. You can tell by my junk I was targeting threepence coins with all the pull tabs. The total for the morning A close up of the silvers. I sure do like the Vanquish. It speaks my language.
  29. 1 point
    Thought id post my finds from Jan. Dec was a bust for me ... just one gold which was odd compared to other years. Normally Oct, Nov or Dec id have one good month with a high count of gold. Could be the cooler weather.... because its not been warm enough for people to want to get in the water. Some good stuff to test a machine on...... tiny earring, that 18K ..... size 2 small ring, and the open peace ring. I seem to be dialing in pretty good on what a target is now. To me in AM almost no iffy targets...... weak but i can tell its a target over just a mineral pop which is very fast... but might be longer on other machines giving that iffy signal. Running so hot i get a lot more jumpy digits.... you almost have to hold the detector on the target with a brief wiggle. But im more concerned about is it a tone lower than a high tone. DEEP pulls ..... say in the 8" range often upscale .... as high as 26 digit... a quarter reads 21. Iron on the surface or big iron can wrap around ...... 27 to 30ish. In all honesty i could pass most high pings. Ive only seen one ring come in at 12..... a penny reads 13 air testing. Most machines on a cross or a broken ring like that peace ring might have a broken tone. Not on this machine in AM...... them may sound smaller.
  30. 1 point
    Actually, the more pertinent question is how both Union and Confederate civil war military artifacts are showing up in a nondescript corn field up on a hill in the middle of a small, rural Pennsylvania town 30 miles from the nearest known major Civil War engagement and north of the Mason-Dixon line. The non-military artifacts we have recovered like the hundreds of coins ranging from the mid-1700's all the way up to modern clad and just about everything in between including Spanish and Mexican silver, early 19th century US silver, and early mid-19th century US and Mexican gold coins, 19th and 20th century buried coin caches in glass jars, gold and silver rings, spoons, apothecary weights, colonial era tombac flat buttons, crotal bells, zippo lighters, modern bullets, and aluminum cans all reflect the normal comings and goings of a vibrant small, rural colonial Pennsylvania town and the various long gone home and business structures that likely stood near a probable center of commerce and a number of homes with great views of the surrounding countryside. This is where the archaeological detective work aspect of metal detecting (which I enjoy) comes into play as we have speculated on how those CW items got there. It is probably not a battle engagement site but a likely picket/observation post that both armies probably utilized due to the tactical advantage of the terrain. It was gentle sloping high ground with road access (the road likely existing since colonial times) ready access to water and enabled the occupants to observe the nearby major railroad stop without being observed themselves. It is possible that before and after Gettysburg, the local area was regularly guarded by Union troops, likely cavalry based on the military artifacts found (carbine bullets, military Eagle "R" and "C" buttons typically worn by cavalry) and it is also possible that Confederate cavalry raids by units from JEB Stuart's Confederate Cavalry Division "visited" the town, and the area is near a known retreat path for Confederate infantry divisions following the battle of Gettysburg (which might explain the "I" button). Very few fired CW bullets and glass have been recovered CW artifacts are concentrated in relatively small area of the property. Nearby "surveys" of neighboring farms have yielded no civil war stuff. This indicates that it was likely neither an engagement site nor a long term encampment (encampment sites would have a lot more period trash and even fired bullets as units typically set up firing ranges at long term encampment sites for target practice). The variety of possible finds is why I refer to this site as a metal detectorist's amusement park as you can find just about anything of interest to most detectorists here including some rare CW military cartridge box and belt plates and buttons for both Confederate and Union troops. I love getting invited to this site and have to have something really pressing in "real life" to turn down the rare invitation to visit. So, in summary, we know how the Merc got there (just like any other lost coin like the SLQ I recovered at the previous visit), it is a mystery how the civil war stuff got there, but we have a pretty good idea why and how. The site resides on a plowed field, so we are just going to enjoy it as long as the farmer keeps moving long buried targets up nearer the surface with the plow and disc. HTH
  31. 1 point
    I've found a couple, one at Gold Basin, 34 gram and a 2 pounder at Diamond Valley Nevada. The Gold Basin Meteorite had some fusion crust, made it a special find.
  32. 1 point
    I realize this is a detecting site... but I just had to share... I went to the bank today to take care of some personal business... on a whim, I asked the teller if she had any rolls of halves or dollars. I like using big coins to treat the kids for acts of kindness, or for buying lemonade from the neighborhood lemonade stand... plus, maybe I would find a silver mixed in. My teller didn't have any, so she asked another teller down the line, who happened to have 3 rolls of halves in her till. I bought all three. When I got back to work, I pulled them out of my pocket, and opened up one end of a roll for a sneak peak. Wouldn't you know there was a 1964 Kennedy staring at me. I slid the rest of the roll into my hand... then the next roll... then the next. 60 coins. 45 coins 1964 or older, 15 coins 1965-1969. I thought my day was going well when I found a silver rosie and a silver canadian quarter in a sidewalk strip at lunch... little did I know what was waiting for me at the bank.. I am still a little in shock. Thanks for allowing my distraction from the detecting forum for a moment. ? ~Tim
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