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  1. General Summary: I set out with two goals in mind, but only accomplished one. I wanted to compare the 6000 response on small nuggets to the 12" X Coil, but this was completely pointless due to the 30mph winds making audio on my cell phone completely inaudible. Also, I wanted to try out the 15" CC X Coil I was sent last year but simply have not had a chance to try out due to a number of factors in life. X Coils sent this coil to me for free to try out right as my detecting season had ended last year. I worked over about a 20x50ft section of a patch completely with the 6000 until there were no audible targets left. I use Auto+ in normal. Then, as is my general technique, I set the GPZ such that I was running the maximum gain with the most stable threshold I could acquire. In this case, 18 gain, 12 threshold, low smoothing, normal. My feeling is that these settings average out to something fairly close to what the 6000 is doing in Auto+, if any equivalency can be drawn, ignoring GeoSense. Almost every target was 6+ inches deep with the CC. Whereas most of my 6000 targets were about 1-7" deep. Nothing too surprising here. Initially from this section I got about 40 nuggets with the 6000, and got another 7 more with the CC. The avg size of the 6000 nuggets was around 0.1 grams, and the average size of the deeper CC nuggets was around 0.25 grams. There is both salt and medium mineralization in this ground, and the CC suffered as would any larger coil in the salt. I'm quite sure I left some nuggets in the ground because I got tired of chasing salt signals. The 6000 w/11" pretty much only gave a signal on targets or the buried clay balls and so it was much easier to dig only just good targets. But it definitely missed stuff once it got deeper than 5-6" or so. Here you can see a pretty typical ~7" hole that the CC was finding gold in. This gold looks bigger but it only weighs 0.21 grams. I think the deepest one I dug was around 9". The gold here doesn't often get bigger than 3/4 gram, so physics limits the depth at which this stuff can be found, thus the lack of deeper results. My gold vs trash take. Almost everything was 6"+ deep, including trash. The 6000 got almost everything closer to surface aside from the one smallest pellet. I say almost everything 6" deep because the longer nugget was only like 2" deep and there is no way the 6000 missed that thing. Again, I swear the 6000 is occasionally "hiccuping" and missing some quite obvious targets. I don't know if it's due to electronics bogging down/glitching, or just needing to hit some nuggets exactly the right way and in the right direction. But that one was almost an overload signal on the Z. But maybe I just didn't overlap swings enough...no clue. The gold vs trash ratio is pretty similar to what I got closer to the surface with the 6000. A lot of this surface soil is deflationary, meaning gold is often found right in the grass roots up top, depending how heavy the wind is and how much ground cover there is. My Opinions: Having used the 17" CC earlier in Arizona, I already knew these coils were killer. Seriously, they are like having a GPZ 7500 before anyone else, and I'm not just saying that because I got the coil for free. They are that much deeper. Anyone who has an X Coil adapter already, and who hunts in ground where deeper nuggets have been proven to lurk - this coil will almost certainly find you more gold (as long as the gold is actually there). That said, like any larger coil, they suffer in salt. So this test wasn't quite an apples to apples comparison. And actually, I didn't even fully realize there was salt in the ground here when I was running just the 6000, otherwise I'd have chosen a different spot. But the salt signal was definitely there and obvious when swinging across soil interfaces. Also, I recall reading that these CC's are way better in mineralization than the spirals, which may be the case (I haven't tested), but the 6000 had far less overall response to the iron mineralization than the GPZ+CC, even though larger coils are better with ferrite type mineralization, generally speaking. This is more a function of the GPZ than the coil though, I believe, in this case since the 17" I ran in Arizona didn't suffer any more than the stock GPZ coil in medium mineralization. In summary, I'll end with something I've said before: these CC's (and the 8" in salt) are the only reason I'm still hanging on to my GPZ still. I'd have sold it long ago if these coils didn't exist. They are seriously like having a new GPZ that no one else has access too. That said, nothing - and I mean nothing - can compete with the ease of use of the 6000, and it's quickness and speed. It's built to be a prospecting machine, not a patch cleaner. Yes. It misses stuff. Absolutely, without doubt. And if a person is primarily spending time cleaning up the last remaining crumbs in long dead patches then the 6000 is not a great choice and nothing can compete with the depth and sensitivity of the 7000+ X Coils. But for general prospecting and exploration, nothing on the market can compete with the 6000 either. Two separate machines, two separate use cases. My arm was dead tired after swinging the GPZ again, I only made it 6 hours and normally I like to spend 10 hours if I'm making a trip to the field. And I just have to swing far, far slower with the GPZ both due to the increased ground response and the outright weight of the coil/machine. And in the end, I actually found more nuggets by number and weight with the 6000 just by accepting that I would lose some gold left behind and being ok with trading that for raw speed and ground coverage. I wasn't sure how much gold I left, but I knew I left some. It paid for my gas and back, so not insignificant. And if one of those deeper nuggets was a lunker, well then it might pay for an entire season of gas, never know. But my personal detecting philosophy is to sweep up 80% of the easy stuff quickly and move on to find more places. It just pays better over time. Then come back with the GPZ + X Coils to clean up patches when times are lean and exploration isn't paying off, or when my arm and elbow feel up to the task. This is the reason I'm using the 6000 so much now. And it's also the reason I'm still keeping the GPZ. But of course we all use detectors for different things, and this is just me showing how each works well in their own specific use cases which might not apply to anyone else.
    25 points
  2. Did a woods hunt, probably last till fall as stuff is growing in fast and snagged an old Chinese coin, guessing 1800's. Put in another hour or so at a school yard and found a lot of nickels others skipped over and a pretty nice 925 silver ring. Machine still runs good, forgot how easy it was to use.
    19 points
  3. I was eager to hit the spot after a long work week. Saturday morning early I showed up only to find three trucks with trailers and about 8 people rounding up all the cattle to move them out. There is no feed left and the previous times I was there the cattle just ignored my truck which was a good indication that they were not being fed. Even so they all looked to be in great shape. For cattle ranchers now is a tough time due to drought as feed prices are extremely high they have to decided what to sell and what to keep and move to other areas. At any rate I decided to abort the mission as they were parked right on top of where I was finding everything lol. I decided to be responsible and go back home and do some yard work 🙂 Sunday morning I was right back again to give it another good sweeping. I left the Deus 2 in the truck. I wanted to see what the other detectors could find. The Equinox with the elliptical coil got a couple things but my old trusty CTX 3030 still impresses me after all these years... It's so good on deep high conductors...even in nails if you just move slowly along...I was using one of my favorite programs for relic hunting "Gone Huntings Combined mode" ...the watch fob was the find of the morning for me...the CTX called it a 13.45 with the target trace giving me a nice solid red dot on the screen the kind of signal you dream of in a good relic spot. I was hoping for a seated quarter but was not disappointed when the fob popped out...it was at least 8 inches deep. Also got my 3rd shoe insert at this spot...this guy must have had some serious foot problems....By noon it was getting hot so off I went back home to cool off. More yard work and my avocado trees have lots of baby avocados. We had more lady bugs this year the I have ever seen. strick
    19 points
  4. Erin and I went exploring today. We had never been to Elk City before. A lot of mining in the area. Gold was first discovered there in 1861. I haven't researched the area other than a few maps. Thought I would share a few pictures. The Gold Point Mill and mess hall are still standing. In decent shape from being built in the 30's. Jaw crusher, hammer mill, ball mill and shaker tables are there.
    19 points
  5. So, I have been MIA to detecting for the past 2 weeks, as I had my second date with Covid. 🙄 She visits me every 2 years and this time was no fun as well. 😄. A buddy of mine wanted to do an E Trac hunt, so I met him at a church built in the 1940’s but on a very old piece of land. I also brought the Equinox 800 and the GPX 5000. I started the hunt with the E Trac and a 13” Ultimate coil (that I just purchased here recently). It took me a bit to remember how to use it in this kind of EMI setting, but it worked very well finding me an 1852 Large cent at around 9”. I ran it for about 2 hours and found some memorials and a couple of wheats. I decided to switch and try the Equinox. Now the selling point of the Equinox is its multi-frequency technology, so I wasn’t interested in hunting with the 20 or 40 Khz frequencies, as I was looking for deep silver. The Equinox didn’t fare well with the EMI, so off to the car trunk it went. I then pulled out the GPX with a Detech 11” DD coil. It was noisy, but bearable as I ran it with very mild settings. The last 2 hours of the hunt were the most fun as I could almost run with the GPX and just bang out coin after coin, all around the 6” mark. This section I was doing had almost no trash or iron, just coins. There wasn’t a pull tab to be found, and besides some modern clad, every cent there was a wheat cent. So, the GPX found both silvers and a lot of wheats including a decent 1921. It was a ton of fun and I was just glad to get out and hunt after sitting home for all those days.
    18 points
  6. The corn isn't getting any lower at my new permission, invited Chase down for a hunt. He has a long drive to get here so I got there about 2 hours before him. Today I brought both the Equinox and the Deus, but the Deus stayed in the truck. Crossing the field I dug a button that matches one Chase dug in another spot far away, and a newer memorial. I went behind the house (which was the front in the 40s and earlier) and started searching where I left off a couple days ago. It rained since then, almost 2". Today was going to be muggy and hot, and it sure didn't disappoint. This is where the old road goes the other way from my last post. That's Chase way out there. I thought he would be able to find some stuff if he went up the road, I hadn't searched there and was just going back and forth behind the house. My bad, there wasn't much out there. Meantime I dug a few more coins, the trash was plentiful. All the usual suspects, you pretty much should dig any good signal in this farm if you want the wide variety of possibilities. Having found large cents here, and the age of the farm (Victorian era) there should be some silver coins here! Among the trash was this curious locking buckle: It locks. Also dug what I think may be an old can opener that was broken off something: I later pointed Chase to a large iron patch I found, he had his Deus 2. I was getting a headache from all the iron (I always run in all metal), so I went back to to where I was digging the coins. Here are the finds, we also searched a spot where a house was but it's now long gone. Big brass D buckle, an adjusting wheel of some sort, a waffle stamped piece of copper (no idea🤔), a fancy nickel plated rein guide, a really nice wave pattern button like one Chase dug previously, it says "TREBLE LONDON" on the back: a small brass legging button with thread still in it, a small aluminum button. Coins are an 1888 and 1889 IHP, 1940 something wheat, 1976 memorial and a 1997 dime. My favorite find of the day was this 1903 Barber Quarter! It's a little beat up but looks ok otherwise. I finally got one. 😀 All I need to find now is an SLQ. Maybe I'll find one here, this place has never been hunted. Chase did pretty good too, especially in the iron patch. it's always fun to have someone along on these hunts, I tend to annoy myself after a while🤪
    18 points
  7. Beautiful "spring" day today! It got up to 83 but there was a strong breeze blowing all day and it was dry, so it wasn't too bad. First field I went to was the small house, I used the Equinox there and got nothing but a bucketful of aluminum and one small brass plug. Still haven't found what I'm looking for there. 🤬 Went back across the highway, took a break and then went into the big field, the corn is already pretty high, it grew a lot the last couple days. Took out the Deus 2 and headed into the field, not 100' from where I parked I dug a fat IHP, but can't get a date off it. 😵 My only coin today. 🙄 Hacked around where I had been, really didn't find anything, so I went along the old road to the old site where a building was, I figured at least I'd get a few relics, and it worked out ok. 🙂 Dug a Skeleton key end, below it a plate for one. Left is a stocking snap with something stamped in it but I can't read it. A large brass ring, a small piece of stamped broken jewelry that looks like a wing: A bent copper screw, two pieces of unidentifiable brass that may be flatware or tools. I got the most interesting tiny button I've ever found, you can see how small it is next to the small ring which may be a spark plug ring . that's a lot of detail for a small brass button. Dug a broken Tombac and one of my most interesting finds, what may be a derringer butt plate. It was broken but I found both pieces about a foot apart. The other was this ancient faucet: It has a hook for hanging a bucket. Heavy brass. Quite an assortment of stuff, I probably won't go back to this farm until fall after they harvest the corn.
    17 points
  8. I tested some of the more common targets we might find at the beach and on land just as a "ballpark" reference in my on-going effort to transition from Minelab to XP. These results are from my custom Beach program that I use most often on our beaches. Be advised, the target TID's listed were derived from air tests. TIDs from targets found in sand or soil can be expected to vary somewhat. Your results conducted under similar conditions may also vary to some degree. Recognizing that metallurgical composition of the many targets we find varies considerably, I'm still in the process of trying to determine an acceptable cut off tone break between low and mid level conductors on the Deus II scale....admittedly, a search that may be in vain. 😆 Deus II Test Data.xls
    16 points
  9. Largo is still around with us but can't get around much. I spoke with him a couple weeks ago. He's had some health issues and things not going well, but I guess it's part of life. PM me and I'll get you contact info. He's one of the nicest guys you'll run across in the find. Showed me around Rye Patch, NV back in the mid 90's. Top notch guy.
    16 points
  10. This grassy area has given up many Barber dimes and now add another to the collection.😀1908s Barber Dime. 6 inches deep, ID 85-86, park program on the Deus2. Glad it wasn’t a pesky Rosie I’ve only dug up 2 of them at this area and only silver coin from the 40s was a Mercury Dime. Ground was soft a month ago now it’s hard diggin and temperature today was around 93 degrees I quit after 2 and a half hours. Gonna have to get out a little earlier. Bottom pic is where some of the silver coins may have come from. Denny
    13 points
  11. It keeps raining here. Started back to work and then more rain. And snow. And rain. It let up this afternoon so I continued to dig up the yard. It's one big target. Here are a few finds from the last week. I'm digging up just about everything just to eliminate target sounds. And that's why I found the silver button. Corroded iron on the back so it was a goofy signal. I'm surprised that we haven't found any older coins. A penny from 1918 but everything else is 50's up. House was built in 29.
    12 points
  12. EPILOGUE At this point there were no further writings in the journal. Several days after the last entry Jed Stevens was found dead. His body had been discovered by some hunters about twenty miles from his claims. He had been shot through the back of the head and was lying on the ground near a large boulder. There was a small hole that had been dug out underneath it but when the hunters searched there was nothing there. He was identified and law enforcement notified his brother of his tragic death. Evidently he had been murdered for his gold. The perpetrators were never found. It is said that his ghost haunts the mine to this day. A NOTE TO READERS : Be sure to watch for the next edition of this series as the miners return to the claims and resume their adventures in the search for gold. See you up in the Sierra Nevada mountains. GhostMiner
    12 points
  13. Another 1.1gm today, so 8.3gm all told for 8 days ownership. All within 5 minutes of home. 31.7 grams to go.....
    11 points
  14. I finally did it. 23 years ago I wrote a little Christmas story called "All That Glitters." A Prospector's Christmas Story. During those 23 years I have had scores of people ask me to publish the story into a book so they could pull it out each year and read it. This past Christmas Season I had a company called Gold Rush Expeditions ask for a one time licensing fee to publish the story in their annual end of the year magazine. So, I finally published it into a book. The intro to the book reads: --------------- "Sam Lewis had lost his faith in God, his faith in the criminal justice system and society in general. Now, his wife, Mary, had passed away. Sam felt that without Mary his life was meaningless. Dropping out of society, Sam decided to head for the seclusion of the hills and spend what time he had left working his gold mining claim. Miles away from modern day civilization he found the gold he was looking for. Sam also found something he hadn't counted on; something much more valuable. This wonderful tale is sure to delight adults and children alike. It is a story that will bring a smile to your heart and a tear of joy to your eye." ------------- This is a lite read. Only 63 pages long. 10 Chapters. If you like the ol' Hallmark movies, then you will like this tale. I had that in my head when I wrote it. Something like a Hallmark Christmas movie with Wilford Brimley narrating the story. But Wilford died. Guess I shouldn't have waited so long. Every year around Christmas time I get people calling to buy the book. Well there was no book to buy. But now there is. I don't fashion myself a writer at all, but anyone that knows me will tell you I like telling stories. Merry Christmas about 7 months early. Or 5 months late.
    11 points
  15. OCTOBER 6 1936 I was up early again this morning and started fixing a big breakfast for the crew. We had ourselves a feast of bacon, beans, hot water corn bread, and biscuits. And plenty of coffee. Of course I sweetened mine with Bushmills. Then we all gathered around and did the last weigh for the year and we got one ounce. Dutch was amazed and said he was hooked on gold and could hardly wait to work with us next year, hopefully as one of the mining crew. I tallied up the gold on the ledger I kept and we had 1072 ounces for our season. This was the first time Hudson and Dutch knew we had made so much gold and they just looked at each other speechless. I was happy and sad at the same time. I think that’s the way everyone felt about it. I shook hands with each man in camp and looked them in the eye. I told them we had achieved what very few miners ever have done. I was proud of all of them and also Sarge and Ben. Then we all said a prayer for Whiskey Jack and I poured a cup and set it on his empty camp chair. I just knew that wherever he was there was gold in his pan. So we gathered up the crew's camp gear and put it on the truck and I drove into town with Jacob , John, and me in the cab and Dutch, Will, and Hudson rode in the back with the gear. The truck was loaded down good and we all barely fit. I dropped everyone off at the train station and some would have to make a bus connection also. We all said our goodbyes and shook hands saying we’ll do it all again next year. I turned and took one last look at them before they began to disperse. It was hard to see them go. Then I went over to the general store and bought some supplies. When I got back to camp it was getting on towards supper time and I fixed a plate of beans and poured a cup of whiskey. I sat by the fire and the stars were coming out and it was getting cold. It just doesn’t seem the same without the crew here and It’s mighty quiet. I’ve got my rifle by my side and I’m drinking Bushmills alone tonight. It’s just like I started. I’m looking over at Whiskey Jack’s empty camp chair and thinking about how much I miss him. My gold is secure about an hour away from camp and the whiskey is tasting mighty good tonight. Tomorrow I’m going to drive out to my hiding spot and check on my gold cache. TO BE CONTINUED ...................
    11 points
  16. I found the program to be unrealistic with twisted British humor and everyone had a funny accent. And I loved it.
    11 points
  17. For those hoping for another season it's unlikely, however there is a 75 minute special episode coming and that's good news! I liked that show, it was a bit of fun. Feature-length Detectorists special commissioned Wednesday 11th May 2022, 5:30pm Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook are reuniting in a new Detectorists special The one-off programme will be feature-length at 75 minutes It promises to "bring viewers up to date with the lives of Andy, Lance, Becky and the Danebury Metal Detecting Club" BBC Four's acclaimed comedy Detectorists is coming back to screens for a new special. The feature-length, 75 minute episode is to air later this year, updating fans of the cult hit series on the lives of its characters, five years since the end of Series 3. Debuting in 2014, nineteen episodes of the sitcom-cum-comedy drama have aired to date, focusing on best friends and metal detecting enthusiasts Andy (Mackenzie Crook), Lance (Toby Jones), and their fellow local metal detecting club members in the small town of Danebury. The last episode concluded with Andy and Lance stumbling across a stash of gold coins, having very narrowly missed the hidden trove of ancient treasure for the previous two series. Written and directed by Crook, like his recent new television incarnation of Worzel Gummidge, the series is noted for its mix of light drama, whimsical humour, and beautiful rural setting and scenery. Production on the new special of the triple BAFTA-winner is understood to begin shortly, made by Treasure Trove Productions, Channel X North and Lola TV. Crook says: "It was 2017 when we were last in Danebury and I miss my old friends in the DMDC [Danebury Metal Detecting Club]. I've had a story percolating for a while and I thought it was worth getting Lance, Andy and the rest of the band back together for. The affection expressed for Detectorists over the years has been incredible and I hope fans of the show will enjoy this new, extended episode." Producer Gill Isles said: "It's absolutely thrilling to be spending the summer back in Danebury with Mackenzie and the team. There is so much love for the show that I can't wait for everyone to see what Mackenzie has in store in this next chapter." The news was announced by Jon Petrie, the BBC's new Director of Comedy, in a speech at the BBC Comedy Festival in which he revealed the corporation is set to invest extra £10 million into comedy over the next two years. A number of other commissions were announced today, including new series of Bad Education. Full story
    10 points
  18. With all this hot weather, I decided it was time for my first water hunt of the year. It turned into a very productive hunt I was using the Legeñd with my Blu3 Nemo setup hunting in chest deep water. The first hour and a half was the usual, bottle caps, pull tab and a little bit of clad. All three rings came within 15 minutes. . First one was the big silver 925 with a fake stone. A few feet away, I dug another ring, 10k. I swung back over the spot and got a real funky signal. The target was a broken 10k ring. I could not tell you what the signals were in the water because my control pod was underwater. The silver ring rang 46 and the two 10k rings hit at 15-16 on the Legend out of the water. I hunted for another 30 minutes and didn't come up with anything but a couple of pieces of trash. Running 20Khz due to bad EMI, 2 tones , tone break at 9, sens 24, all metal. Bottle caps were giving a low/high tone, I could tell it was a junk signal, but I dug it anyways just to be sure.
    10 points
  19. Cool pics! If you haven't been up the Yankee Fork yet and seen the dredge it's worth the trip, I didn't take the tour but should have....
    10 points
  20. Over a gram and it's a nugget? Spare me! A nugget is over twenty ounces. Anything less is a bit, lump, or in my case, a colour. Next thing a speck will be called a nugget. Get real.
    9 points
  21. A super nice couple on 1750's farmhouse Place ooozes history. My first time out I found a great Horseshoe with Nails still in it. That was awesome because the place used to be a horse farm....at one point.. Then I found the button. I can't place the date, but looks like half of a two piece button. Maybe late 1800's? but could be more modern. Also 7 9mm bullets, golf balls lol and some other garbage. There is also a bottle dump there I didn't even look at yet. I guess this is my first good permission! Such wonderful people, I insisted they keep the horse shoe and they flatly refuse, "Keep everything just send me a picture" Just got one thing to say about that.....Thank you Lord Jesus!!!!!
    9 points
  22. So I had the chance to get out myself and test the new GOLDHAWK coils... Super impressed. The 10x5" size is a superb little coil - 🙂 The 9" round is a great well balance coil - I like this one The 14x9" is a great searcher with some excellent performance characteristics... More news coming out this week!! Excited to get these out there! Stay well peeps. Trev
    9 points
  23. My 6K was purchased new in Nov-2021 and I have had no problems with it other than the same problem others have had with the two shaft mounting screws, behind the speaker panel, coming loose. At first I was concerned if the 6000 was going to be rugged enough considering how light it is but mine has held up well. I actually prefer the light yet strong design concept for everything mechanical as long as it is engineered well. I spent 38 years in semi-conductor manufacturing as a maintenance tech/eng for high throughput automated test equipment. The older equipment tended to be more reliable because it was put together well. Also the older circuit board technology using "through hole" vs todays "surface mount" resulted in very reliable solder connections. It is the type of technology that took us to the moon and back many times. The newer assembly/manufacturing technologies are much more automated and can also be high quality and robust but relies heavily on QC inspections and testing to ensure there are no "Quality Leaks" if there is a quality issue on the production line. Ensuring quality takes time/resource/money but customers like Aerospace, Defense and Automotive demand it from their suppliers. It appears that the 6K is utilizing modern manufacturing methods but is lacking in the outgoing QC at the factory. With this perceived level of 6K failures it would behoove Minelab to perform a QC audit at the factory where the 6K is produced. QC is well worth the investment when it comes to protecting Minelab's reputation for putting out quality products and retaining customer loyalty.
    9 points
  24. Thanks to all the readers of the journal. It was the experience of a lifetime for me. See you in the Fall for Season 2.
    9 points
  25. Last weekend I had an opportunity to go on a club outing to an old mining ghost town site on private land. We had a hunt last spring at a different ghost town, which was my first, and this would be my second. I took the Deus II to test out and the Equinox, which performed well at my first ghost town hunt, as a backup. I had high hopes of doing a little better in the iron and nail infested ground since the Deus detectors are supposed to excel in iron. I used the Relic program mainly and did some checking with the Park and General programs and ran with Notch at 00-00, IAR at 2, Reactivity at 1-2, Iron Volume at 3, and Sensitivity at 96. I was prepared for the audio onslaught of the rapid fire iron and falsing tones, but was amazed at the stability of the Deus. The ground was bone dry from the long drought and iron tones were plentiful but managable and non ferrous tones rang out loud and clear. At about an hour into the hunt, I was learning to recognize the iron falses and nail tones from good tones. And then I hit a very recognizable penny tone and VID at 86. There were a lot of iron sounds mixed in as well but the 86 kept popping through. I imagined it was a large nail or big iron false but since I was investigating all targets, I had to dig it. When I opended the hole, I found a handful of nails, a piece of thin iron strapping and laying among the clutter was an unmistakable penny shape. My first thought was how did a Zincoln get down that deep? When I pulled it out, I was looking at a 1911 Wheat penny! I couldn't believe it. That was the oldest coin I have found in my 2 years of detecting in Colorado so I was pretty excited. The next day we were out at the site for a few more hours. I had been all over the place the day before like a dog looking for a bone, but decided to go back and work the area where I found the wheat penny and then it happened. I was almost hypnotized by the constant low hum of iron when an unfamiliar but solid 50 popped through. I thought it might be another button or piece of jewelry or something and then I saw something amazing in the hole! Another first for me! I know these things may seem trivial to you more experienced detectorists, but but this is like the Holy Grail to me. I never expected to be able to find something like this and now I feel like I actually can. More than that, I feel a little more like I'm one of you. I must say I am even more happy with the D2 as I learn it more and I believe it's good reputation in iron is well deserved.
    8 points
  26. I decided to expand the test I posted on another thread in this forum. The question was raised concerning the TID differences among the various programs. For this test, I used a silver walking liberty half dollar and a modern Kennedy half dollar separately scanned by each of the Deus 2's 12 factory programs. I conducted a frequency scan prior to each program and EMI didn't seem to be a factor. My purpose was to determine just how much of a TID variance there was among these programs on the same targets. Program Max Frequency Silver Half Modern Half 1. General: 40kHz 98 97 2. Sensitive 40kHz 98 97 3. Sens FT 40kHz 98 97 4. Fast 40kHz 98 97 5. Park 24kHz 99 98 6. Deep HC 14kHz 99 99 7. Mono 16.5kHz 97 96 8. GoldField 40kHz 98 97 9. Relic 24kHz 99 98 10. Diving 14kHz 99 99 11. Beach 24kHz 99 99 12. Beach Sens 40kHz 99 98 Note: Although the results show a fairly consistent relationship between the TIDs throughout the 12 programs, the silver half TID was solid and pretty much unwavering. The modern half however had a tendency to vary by a point or even up to 3 points as it settled in on the most common of the TID numbers reported here. Again, these 12 were all stock factory programs; no adjustments were made to any of the internal settings. I would hazard a guess that results from the adjusted settings within a custom program might generate somewhat different TID results.
    8 points
  27. NickW I got my first bit of gold (in a pan as a kid with Dad) over 60+ years ago, and have been detecting gold for 40+ years. I have included some gold photos of gold that I have found with old technology VLF and ML_3000 detectors with coils less than 11" wide. These nuggets are the most common size found even on remote virgin patches that I have found. Some of my bigger finds were specimens, I can remember more than 60 ounces of gold from less than ten of them them. As there is a good range of smaller gold in the following photos I would say you would be best to go for the GPX_6000 however if you get hooked on doing flogged deep ground or large deep nuggets I would then buy a second/backup detector with your finds and that would be the GPZ_7000 update when it comes out. The main thing is how you use the detector and the size of the gold you are chasseing.👍 It my birthday tomorrow and since that makes me nearly double your age my views are for an old timer so GPZ_7000 weight might be more acceptable for a young buck such as yourself.😁
    8 points
  28. Confidence in your detector is paramount. When you have it, gold is the result. I love my 6000 and can't believe the depth that the small 11" coil gives me. Fly poop detector??? Haaa!
    8 points
  29. Also: my transmission went out in my warrantied Ford. Ford said "parts shortage" prevented them from supplying customers with replacement transmissions, which is total BS because they have thousands of F150's and F250's stacked in the Kentucky Motor Speedway parking lot with transmissions in them and they are still selling new trucks. They were saying it might be 4 months to 1 year to get my truck fixed and that my only solution was to buy a brand new truck, which I had literally just done. Totally unacceptable. You'll note I have my F150 back. The day I decided to contact my attorney and forward Ford copies of relevant federal warranty laws and how they were in voilation, all of a suddent the "parts shortage" ended and I got one sent to me. Companies are starting to use this crap as excuses for their own mismanagement and to do less for their customers IMO. Anyways, just letting people know who might find themselves in a similar situation with truck warranties in the US. We have laws protecting the agreements manufacturers made with us when we paid for what we bought and fulfilled our part of the agreement. If they offshored their entire manufacturing to make shareholders a bit more profit, we aren't the ones that have to pay for it, they are.
    8 points
  30. Yea, I don't really enjoy the over excited clowns they use in lots of the metal detecting "reality" slows in the US, it's like they've drunk about 50 red bulls and sucked on a bobble of nitrous oxide for an hour before they start filming. They seem to favour using loud obnoxious hyperactive people and if I ever watch them I've got the wife on my back telling me to turn it off or turn it down as she can't stand hearing the people either, jumping up and down all excited then running around in circles and yelling because they find some old crusty bullet. The Detectorists is just good old comedy with a nice story that detector users can relate to in some way, it even got wife approval, extremely rare for prospecting or metal detecting related TV stuff 🙂 People who have no interest in detecting can watch it and enjoy it.
    8 points
  31. OCTOBER 5 1936 Last night wasn’t quite as cold as we have been seeing and the snow is nearly gone. We all had a good breakfast while sitting around our campfire and waited on the sun to do It’s work. By early afternoon things were melting off pretty good so I told Dutch to keep a watch on camp while the crew hiked up the mountain to get the last of our work done. John laughed and said we should wash gravels for a couple of hours one last time. I think I surprised him when I said let’s do it. So Will and Jacob fired up the pumps and got what little ice was in the lines out and me, John, and Hudson shoveled some gravels. It was about 2:00 in the afternoon and the pit had some water in the bottom but we worked away for about three hours and cleaned up the tom. I told John we’d carry the heavies down to camp in buckets and do the last weigh in the morning. Then we broke down the tom and hopper and unhooked the lines from the pumps. Will drained the lines and the rest of us got busy hauling down the tom, hopper, and pumps as well as the buckets of pay to be panned. It was past dark by the time it was all done. I said well boys, we are all done with mining for this year. With that we stoked the campfire, made supper, and did us some drinking. We were all pretty much bushed. TO BE CONTINUED ...................
    8 points
  32. Locked at Simons request. It’s not like the 6000 issues have been suppressed or hidden, at least not on these forums. It all got well and truly discussed over 15 pages not so long ago. So I don’t think this thread was shining a new light on anything, except perhaps disappointment that the issues still continue.
    8 points
  33. If you hunt areas a lot that have tight locations where an 11" mono refuses to fit, you already know the answer. It is not about whether the smaller coil detects small gold better, as much as it is about it fitting where larger coils will not go. I think the 11" round is an amazing coil, detects gold as small as you could wish for, and also has good depth on larger stuff. A very good balance of performance aspects. A smaller coil will hit tiny bits a little better (not much) while also giving up some depth on larger bits. Not a trade I'd really advise for most people, if space constraints are not an issue. For me, getting between rocks, tightly spaced sagebrush, manzanita, wide deep crevices, etc. is the sole reason for wanting a smaller coil. I've found some very nice nuggets in nooks and crannies. Any small gold boost is simply a bonus for me. Put another way, if space allows, the 11" coil stays on my 6K. A small DD could be very nice, as the 14" round is too heavy for my taste. I'd be just fine with an 11" round DD. A standard Minelab coil, surprised they did not make one.
    7 points
  34. Yes, try the 14DD next time. This is why it comes in the box. The 11 inch coil is absolutely not recommended near powerlines and is the wrong coil choice in high EMI conditions. Hence, no surprise with the bad result. I have no problem detecting near/under powerlines with the 14DD in EMI cancel mode and it runs much smoother than my GPZ (and SDC). GC
    7 points
  35. Small 14k chain, 6 grams (27). Crayon in picture for size comparison of targets.
    7 points
  36. The march continues! Another 8 bits for the kitty...1.3 grams. Im up to 4.6gm now. 35.4gm to go. 31 bits in only 6 afternoons, 24 hours spent detecting. I also found a 1927 silver threepence today which was a nice surprise....
    7 points
  37. Here is a part of what the journal was based on. The miners name was changed by me. I have much more information on this site which is on one of our claims. There are several pages devoted to this miner & his gold strike in the report. At some point I will be leading a crew of hand picked people to go back in and mine this ground. The gold is too deep to be worked exclusively by hand. BEYOND THE JOURNAL This information comes from the 1966 Department of Interior Office Of Mineral Surveys in the year of 1966. A few years after the cessation of hydraulic mining the ground involved in this gold strike was included in a timber purchase. In 1936 the miner in my journal obtained a lease from this company for the purpose of mining. This miner employed and was advised by California state geologist C.S. Haley for advice on location of work. At some point the miner encountered an area of raised bedrock with mixed gravel on top of it. The area was 20 feet by 30 feet and was glory holed. The gold taken amounted to over 1000 ounces. Within weeks of the strike the miner was evicted for failure to pay a royalty to the lumber firm. The miner was murdered a short time later when he showed his gold while in poor company. There was another lease granted to a friend of the president of the lumber company but he was unable to raise the money to work the claim and the land was eventually sold back to the government in 1947. Between 1950 and 1959 there were several attempts at mining this property all of which either failed or the results were unknown. The people involved during these years were inexperienced and practiced poor mining methods.
    7 points
  38. You can identify Chinese coins here https://www.calgarycoin.com/reference/china/chinaid.htm#square hole My Detech Arrow gives me similar depth on my AT Gold as the stock AT Gold 5x8" coil on a coin size target.
    6 points
  39. A while back while on a prospecting trip with a buddy I told him the 6K was finding gold the size of #9 bird shot easily. When I got home I found a #8 shot shell and opened it up to compare as I did not have any #9 shot shells. To my surprise the size varied substantially of the pellets in the #8 shell. I've nothing new to add here but this 🙂
    6 points
  40. Well, the 1st week of 6000 fun is now done....the result is 45 bits of gold weighing 7.19 grams...just shy of quarter ounce. Upside is that most locations that I've flogged to death are producing gold again and I've gotten used to the low groan signals that indicate deeper small gold. Biggest bit so far is just .71 grams and that was @ 8" deep. I'm sure the sizes will improve soon lol. Only downside is that the stem lock is now starting to loosen...I'll blame the 14DD coil as it provides a lot more canting movement due to its width. Its like it has worn down the grip coz of the numerous re-adjustments. There's a lot to love though...low weight (crucial for me coz of my damaged shoulder), reduction in ground noise, ease of use, the excellent 14DD coil near powerlines and just sheer performance on small gold. 32.9 grams to go.....
    6 points
  41. I believe they got a few detect-spurts to compete with the Nokta Nomads and Garrett whatsyoumahcallthems that other companies are using. I don't really hear much from these spurts though, The old treasuretalks used to be good but I guess they were more designed for those with a technical interest, it's all about hyping things up these days with over excited people doing artificial videos and maybe Minelab can't be bothered with that. Marketing has never been their strong point from what I've seen, although they don't need to do much marketing, we the users do it for them, and there is no better marketing than word of mouth.
    6 points
  42. Ok, this is weird. Found this: https://www.antiquesnavigator.com/d-1221159/unusual-antique-iron-straight-jacket-padlock--key-vintage-buckle-lock-restraint.html Here is the comparison: Mine is brass, with rusty mechanism.
    6 points
  43. My wife and I went rockhounding yesterday and she even let me take a detector along! 😁 I was able to work right under and between two parallel sets of active high-tension power lines with the DD. I couldn’t work the mono at all near here. Edit: I was mainly using it in Auto 1, both with the threshold on and off and it worked well. It was pretty much silent with the threshold turned off in Auto 1, just a few false signals, but it was still very sensitive. Found single bits of screen wire and small boot tacks buried several inches deep. No gold yet here.
    6 points
  44. Area of the strike was 20 ft X 30 ft and 40 ft in depth on raised bedrock. The raised area was all the miner got to. There has to be much more gold on the lower areas of bedrock that weren't raised. I think he got a very small portion of the gold at that spot. This would be at the bottom of an ancient waterfall that was buried deep over time. The old hydraulic company of the 1800's removed about 40 - 50 ft of overburden and stopped. The gold was still 40 ft deeper. Another 15 - 30 ft beside the raised area will be bedrock again. That's where the majority of the gold awaits.
    6 points
  45. Happy to hear the good news Simon!! Definitely enjoyed the series! Beats many of the "reality" detecting shows by far! Just don't overanalize, and enjoy the story, beautiful countryside, and humor of seasoned British actors!👑👍👍
    6 points
  46. It has been an honor and my pleasure to bring this story to you. With that being said, let's take this to the conclusion today. May your pans be heavy -- G.M.
    6 points
  47. OCTOBER 4 1936 I got up this morning about daybreak. The sun was coming up and the snow had stopped. There was probably a good 8 inches. Everything was froze and the thermometer read 26 degrees. I figured some of it would start melting in the afternoon if the sun stayed out. I went out and got the campfire going and set about cooking bacon and beans and making coffee. It sure smelled good and within 15 minutes the entire crew was sitting around the fire throwing some extras on a pan. We all ate good and watched the sun rise over the mine. It sure was a pretty sight. By early afternoon the temperature had got up to about 40 degrees and the snow was melting. I told the crew to hold off on getting the pumps as it was pretty slippery up on the mountain. We needed to drain the water lines once they thawed and bring the pumps down to camp where they would be stored for winter. Everyone set about gathering loose items up and packing them for when the time came to leave. We just mostly sat and talked mining for the rest of the day and everyone turned in early. TO BE CONTINUED ..................
    6 points
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