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  1. 30 points
    After sheltering in place for over a week, my son and I escaped to the desert to refine our social distancing. Instead of playing with settings on the 7000, I decided to work on my personal hunting technique concentrating on swing speed, 'range of motion' as JP calls it, coil control and listening for faint, vague changes in a steady threshold. My son took off to hike while I clambered down a boulder strewn and treacherous hillside with all my gear. I tuned up at the bottom and began to slowly cover ground I had already gone over in a previous post. Almost immediately I got what sounded like a small EMI tone-change in the threshold. But as I made my first boot scrape I saw my son waving from the top of the hillside and motioning for me to come up. I took off my headphones and heard him calling to me to come and help him. Now I am advancing in years and that hill is not for sissy's but he was insistent. A few minutes later I stood beside him out of breath and slightly put out, but when he pointed at a near-by prospect hole and said "can you help me get him out?" I was honored that he had asked me to come and help. Somehow a desert tortoise had fallen into the excavation. My son clambered down, lifted him out and handed him to me. We put him in the shade for awhile to let him calm down after being lifted and carried around. After awhile, refreshed and emboldened, he took off, snacking on Spring flowers and grass shoots as he went. My son continued his hike as I made my way back down through the rocks and resumed my hunting. My first faint change in the threshold produced a flake so small that, if it didn't go off on the detector, I would not have believed it was gold, it looked more like a slice of silica, but it was gold. (0.01g). The next flake was beside a basalt rock and I made out the signal in the midst of the sound the basalt was making. That's where swing speed (slow), and coil control makes the difference between finding a bit of gold or passing it up and moving on. Anyway, all in all, 5 stupidly small flakes - but all of them were found because I had decided to focus on what I was doing rather than what the detector was doing. Best to everyone in this strangest of times.
  2. 28 points
    Hey Guys, I had to social distance myself, so I decided on a trip back to the old placers. Like always, digging tons of iron rubbish, this time I must of dug a dozen iron pick tips. I'm sure they were using the tips to pry open crack and it would just snap off the tips. I was working with my Minelab GPZ 7000 all day, moving rocks and racking sections of bedrock off. I ended up with 6.2 Grams of the good stuff in 5 gold nuggets total. I didn't get a picture of all the nuggets or a final shot, but here are a few I took during the earlier hours. A few pieces wedged in the bedrock cracks. Wishing and praying for health and wellness for you all during these crazy Coronavirus times. Rob
  3. 26 points
    I just got back home yesterday from wintering in Arizona and am now seemingly a prisoner in my own home due to the virus. I was able to go out detecting many times with only a few skunk days. The last day out, I found this specimen that is quite different from anything I had found before. Norm
  4. 20 points
    We all know why so let’s not go there. Here are a few ideas of prospecting and metal detecting related activities you can do at home. 1. Research. This is the key to all truly successful prospecting and metal detecting. You need good locations to do well, and they are getting harder to find every year. Time spent researching is never time wasted. 2. Take those detectors apart and give them the best cleaning ever. Make them look brand new! Are there spare parts you don’t have and maybe should have? Extra coil bolt and washers for instance. Think about this while cleaning the detector and get them ordered. 3. Check all those old batteries and discard the ones that need to go away. If you have detectors that have been sitting for too long, take the batteries out if they are going to keep sitting. Charge everything up that can be charged. 4. Time to clean house. Get that stuff you are never really ever going to use again up for sale or give it away. 5. Go though all those finds and get them in order. Maybe some need to go in the trash. The best may need a display case. Good time to take photos and post a story! 6. You know those bench test experiments you always meant to do but never get around to? Time for that and maybe a test garden or test tub to answer some of those questions for yourself that have been nagging you. 7. Change the oil in that ATV or generator. Service all your support gear and vehicles. Please add your own suggestions to the list......
  5. 19 points
    I'm getting the bush basher serviced and ready for action. Last year in the off season I bought a 100 series landcruiser and cut it into an extra cab ute and built heavy scrub bars and side steps and a heavy roof rack out of 3mm wall chromemolly tube that acts as a exo roll cage. Then added a 4in lift, adjustable shocks, 33in tires, lockers front and rear, 270L diesel capacity, 180L of water, ect ect. Side steps fabricated. Bash plates Cut off back Fabricated new back and doors Fabricated tray support and chassis strengthening Build tray and roofrack Cab finished with tray skeleton installed Install battery carrier, water tank, recovery gear drawer. Now I'm about to start building a prospecting specific 4x4 quad bike. I recently purchased a Polaris 570 sportsman that I'm currently stripping off all of the plastics and non essentials like indicators, brake lights, ect. And replacing them with custom front and rear trays, scrub bars, bash/skid plates, storage, roll protection, larger battery system, solar charging system, extra fuel, water and winch front and rear. All designed for extended prospecting trips in remote locations and safety in rough terrain on my own. Should keep me busy until the wet is over
  6. 15 points
    Today I decided to break our states stay at home rule today. Now they mandated us wearing masks ever time we go outside, I call BS. I'm in the middle of a 20 acre field with no one near me for 1/4 of a mile. I just got my new 11'' coil (AF-28) for the Multi Kruzer, which is the factory coil on the anfibio. I couldn't wait to give it a run. I started out with a couple of air tests to see if my numbers were comparable to the 11x7 and the 9 inch. The 11's numbers are a little different on gold in the 50's VS 30's on the other coils. As for other coins, silver and such, they are just a few ticks higher on the scale. I've hunted this spot a lot and thought it was pretty much devoid of finds. So today I decided to take some advise that Againstmywill posted recently, and I cut my gain way back and decided to hunt the top couple of inches of ground. Boy did it pay off, Don't get me wrong I dug a lot of trash, but this was to work out my numbers and sounds with this coil. I think this might be the best coil for the Multi Kruzer. The only downside is EMI . I thought I had a pretty good day on the coins and got a bonus silver ring, I can't complain about that. I want to give a shout out to Tom Slick another forum member who recommended the 11'' coil. You were spot on Total Count 8 Quarters - 7 Dimes - 1 Nickle - 19 Penny's - old iron ring, glass fuse, at least 100 pull tabs, brass buckle, And a nice little silver ring. Sometimes it's worth breaking the law!! ( no one was hurt in making this post and Dogodog is a purely fictional character. ) Stay safe my friends!!!
  7. 15 points
    Go out shed hunting on the ranch i trade them for rock to flint knapp and give some to a friend who makes lighting fixtures from them . These were all found in the last week or so only no real big ones yet . some blades from blue obsidian from lassen creek california also these i knapp when i have down time . that i k
  8. 14 points
    Went to Oregon on Saturday and scored one of these babies. I don't find them often (less than 10 in 40+ yrs of MD'ing) but when I do, it puts a smile on my face. Pay attention to those little odd finds so you don't throw them out. I'd love to see some of the ones you other hunters have saved, so please show some pics. I'm sure the Aussies have a few as well. Last pic shows the weight.
  9. 14 points
    I have yet to find a scale weight, but many years ago I and my wife dug out the inside of this cabin and we found in pieces of a old gold scale. I eventually restored it and now I display it our finds cabinet.
  10. 12 points
    So, went back out with the Equinox today to the park that had a lot of change. I hit a spot this time that was busier the last time I was at the park. There were many pieces of flat metal littered all over the place which gave very nice sounding 23's on the display. Almost $4 in change in 1 1/2 hours today. There was also a screaming 11/12 that was so sweet. Imagine my smile when I flipped the plug up and saw the yellow edge gleaming in the sun. As in most things, don't count your chickens before they're hatched. The ring is a golden specimen of electroplated stainless steel. 🙁 Almost at the vehicle I had a 27/28 on the display. I dug down about an inch in the grass and came up with a 1964 dime. Still more grass to cover and jewelry to find!
  11. 12 points
    Hey Guys, Here is the shot of all the nuggets found that day, didn't think you wanted to see the trash. 🙂
  12. 10 points
    Lunk I didn't mention it, but that nugget with the black matrix came from Gold Basin. Northeast I am including a picture of my Arizona finds for the winter and them on the scale. Mitchel The heaviest nugget came from the Quartzsite Metal Detecting Club Claim. I didn't get the box full, but have the bottom covered now!
  13. 10 points
    Time to shine your nozzle. I know there are many ways to do it. I used to like to buff the crap out one with my hands, but that took to long and my hands would get tired. So know I use a tumbler and they come out shiny...but sometimes takes more attempts. This collection has taken me a few years of detecting old yards. Most houses had one in the front and one in the back. In the winter time I use the tumbler and fish aquarium gravel to clean up many of my old brass items.
  14. 10 points
    Simon, try this stuff Fluid Film (used by sheep, made by sheep) this stuff is the greatest stuff on the planet for protecting metal and plastics. Spray it on bare metal and it will NEVER rust. Here is my list, Collect chicken eggs look at your dog that just did something wrong Build an island for your kitchen Dream of making pizza in the pizza oven And this last one will sound a little corny, but tell your family and friends that support you, That you Love them! Life is sometimes to short and you need to make sure that people know. Enough of the mushy stuff, I want to personally thank all of you for making this forum the best. It's very hard to find this much knowledge in one place.
  15. 10 points
    Dean Wormer informed Delta Tau Chi pledge Kent Dorfman "Fat, drunk & stupid in no way go through life" has been ringing in my head the last few weeks. While I don't drink much with much being the operative word, fat and stupid are probably a pretty good fit. I can't fix stupid so in addition to starting the Paleo diet a couple of weeks ago I thought I needed to get out more and get a little exercise. I used to be a avid detectorist in the past and used the progression of Minelab's machines. I decided I would get back in the saddle and purchased a brand spanking new Equinox 800. After tinkering with it in my yard a bit and finding a copper memorial I loaded up Andy Sabich's coin program and headed to a local high school that I am quite sure has been bombarded over the years. BOY, I AM OUT OF SHAPE! After a little over an hour and a half I was starting to lock up. I did celebrate finding a wheatie early on, which was more than I was expecting. I had programmed the detector to ignore zinc pennies and was just looking for very good signals. Literally turning the corner to make my way back to the car I got a 27 signal. I had found a couple of clad dimes and was sure I was adding another and out pops a silver rosie. For the first run finding a wheatie and a rosie made my day. Well I gots to be going now and I'll see if I can stand up. I am going to be sore tomorrow. Cheers!
  16. 9 points
    Bored to tears and holed up like everyone else, but I can't bitch too much as I got a nice warm place to hole up in and enjoy looking out the dirty kitchen window at our local elk all bedded down in the yard. Pic taken today...… We worry about corona and the elk worry about CWD....
  17. 9 points
    My only weight and coin from new south wales australia. A 50 metre section of a small dry creek worked in 1855 gave up about 2 ounces in nuggets and the weight and chinese coin and a couple percussion caps. I could almost see the old prospector weighing his gold in the dry creek bed in 1855. Judging by what they left for me i bet it was a good weigh day and jovial night around the campfire.
  18. 9 points
    For what it is worth this was a major deciding factor in my ditching my Gold Monster and keeping the 24K. Minelab's policy of limiting coils lost me and switched me to White's in this instance. Not only does the 24K have twice as many coils, you don't get the coil knock issues with the 24K to anywhere near the extent as exists with the Gold Monster. You can scrub the ground with the 24K with no problem. Plus more control options, better balance, does not roll over when set down, etc.
  19. 9 points
    Yep they do, mainly smaller nuggets 1-3 grams at a foot or so (a swap to high yield resulted in no or weak signal). I have got a couple good slugs between 2 to 3 ounces at depths over 2 feet on patches. They only were heard by swinging very slowly. Top images down a couple feet or close to. Bottom 2-4 gram crystals were on a spot i flogged, but i picked up more by swinging ultra slow in extra deep last week. Hence my question to jp.
  20. 9 points
    Oh well....to continue on from last weekends activity after finding that 7.23 gram slug on the sunday. It was getting late in the afternoon & about 10 minutes after finding that piece I got a faint signal in a very small stony area in between the wild thyme bushes growing all over of an old timers throw out pile that was basically just big enough to poke the coil at. With nothing to lose I scraped away at it. The signal improved & was still in there. So I thought that eliminated a shotgun pellet when down about 4 inches & it was still there. A few more scrapes & it had moved. Ended up being a .14 of a gram dirty stony little specimen piece. I didn't even bother with a photo On back filling the hole & then re scanning I got a signal a bit further down as I pulled the coil down & away. Oh...maybe another bigger bit as it was quite a signal. Na...just a .22 shell. In fact I got two more very close by & they too were .22 shells. Damn. Lucky I got that .14 of a gram bit first or I may have walked away after getting those three .22 shells. I spent about an hour very carefully & slowly going over some old piles that had a bit of room to detect & where I had got gold before. But no joy. I was getting pretty knackered & frustrated at this point due to the miles I had walked & the lack of detectable old workings. I still had quite a walk to hike back out & to my wagon. My walk back of course involved going back via some old workings but they too were just undetectable due to the grass growth. Probably be 4 years before I look back in there again Monday I had to get back to Queenstown to pick Mrs JW up from the airport by 3.30pm. So I didn't venture too far from the caravan & didnt get up to my detecting spot until about 10am. It was probably the best ground due to its lack of grass growth as the sheep were in there. It is a spot that I have had the 10" coil over before but the grass was actually lower now than it has been in the past due to the sheep. Conditions were overcast & cool & I was liking that & of course the lack of high grass. So targeting a small patch area where I had done well on before with the 15"x 14 "coil I went really slowly & scrubbing the ground with the 10" coil. The only real bummer was that the farmer had told me that a few nights earlier he had shot 90 rabbits in this location. Bugger. Lucky for me he uses a .22 & not a shotgun. So hopefully there were not a million pellets. Not long in to it I thought I got a very faint signal. Scraping away at it & it improved & hadn't moved. Digging deeper it kept on living down. Breaking out rotten bedrock schist now I just knew it was going to be gold now. Screaming... It was suddenly out. A small stony specimen piece. Pretty small for the depth of that hole I reckon. I scanned the dig out dirt before backfilling & nothing. Backfilled & scanned again & thought I heard another very faint signal. I changed angle over the backfilled hole & nothing. I was sure I heard something. So I went back to where I thought I got the signal. Yes there was something. It was just back a little from that first dig hole. Scraping away a bit of dirt It didn't brighten up at all & seemed a bit iffy. I went & got the Gold Monster to see if it was a shallow real tiny bit. Nothing on the Monster. So I just laid into the dig to get down a bit & the signal improved at depth. Down into the schist gravels & it was out. Another small stony specimen piece. Going very slowly I got a faint hit but not a double hit like a shallow pellet usually is. But it moved after just one scrape. It wasn't the sharp type signal that a shallow pellet usually is so I ferreted about in the rubble to locate it. Smaller than a pellet. But no catch & release 🙂 Nothing more came from this little patch area & I was very surprised to even get those bits. I decided to swap out for the 12" coil to get a bit more depth & again went very slowly over this same little patch area but nothing more. I planned to go further up the hill in more open country that the grass was nibbled down by the sheep. Using the 12" I worked my up the slope. Knowing gold could be anywhere here I still went very slowly. It was slow going & time was marching on, but I knew I just had to operate this way to stand a chance. I finally got a faint hit. It lived for a few scrapes before it moved. I was pushing the time boundary & just hoping for one more to call it quits on. That signal finally came. Down 4 inches With that in my bottle I was out of there. 2 bits for the Saturday, 2 for the sunday & 5 for the monday for a total of 8.46 grams. 👍 On the Coronavirus front.😷 We now have 514 confirmed cases & our first death.😢 A 70 year old women who had underlying health issues. Take care, stay safe, stay isolated & save lives. It is that simple. JW 🤠
  21. 8 points
    Hello my name is Riccardo, i'm from italy near Milan. i have 19 years old i like metal detecting in the field and gold prospecting Hello to everyone 😀
  22. 8 points
    The famous Meteorite Men are together again! A new short film series starring Steve Arnold and produced by Geoffrey Notkin. Meet expert meteorite hunter Steve Arnold, one of the stars of TV's multi-award-winning Discovery Science series "Meteorite Men." In this exclusive YouTube series, Steve teaches you how to find fallen space rocks, and what equipment you will need out there in the field. Learn more by visiting Steve's official website: https://www.fireballsteve.com
  23. 8 points
    How close you can get the coil to the ground is determined by how much saturation signal is present. Saturation is caused by highly magnetic materials affecting the Tx creating a slight current change that is manifest as a response in the audio. If Saturation is present that response is going to impede a target signal or at the very least compete with it, especially the edge of detection ones. Any noise that is not signal related is counter productive, any noise that you can have a control over it is highly desirable to modify the way you use the detector to avoid it impeding performance. In the first video the coil is saturating really badly, so badly that the coil cannot even touch the ground without a loud response, clearly the only way to detect in this instance is to keep the coil above Saturation and try to allow any target signals the come through. And yes in this instance a lot of depth is lost because the coil has to be held further away In the next video that was filmed on the same ground using the standard GPZ14 coil you can see there is some slight saturation noise when I couple the coil to the ground but the coil can be swung much closer to the ground so therefore the GPZ14 coil in this instance has a close on 2 inch depth advantage over the previous coil. This is why I harp on so much about Saturation signal killing performance, a well designed coil will Saturate as little as possible. In the GPZ14 video you can see from the side shot how close the coil can come to the ground to achieve a ground balance (I actually couple the coil to the ground towards the end, you will note the Saturation is minimal with the GPZ14), any closer and there is a constant faint signal when the coil is pumped up and down. In the top video you can see where I pump the coil initially to achieve a GB but then see how far I actually have to lower the coil to be able to couple to the ground, in that ground that is how far up I need to hold the coil to avoid the Saturation signal from interfering with target signal. If the ground does not Saturate then by all means scrub the ground, the only thing against you is wearing out the skid plate, clipping the ground preventing a smooth pass of the coil which is required to get a good rang of motion and creating physical noise that might impede your ability to hear a faint target. JP Post Note: A highly sensitive coil will give a good response to tiny surface targets that are louder or stand out from the Saturation signal, this can give a false impression of depth if you scrub the coil. Deeper target performance gets killed by Saturation signal because the level of volume they can achieve is far far less than the Saturation signal so they get drowned out. SFERIC noise also KILLS depth in the same way, dependant on how much of either of these signals gets into the audio determines the percentage of outright performance lost.
  24. 8 points
    Information about what is happening at Garrett with the current business restrictions, tips on things to do while you can’t go detecting, and an announcement of a new detector on the way, but no actual information. A full product announcement coming in the next few weeks.
  25. 8 points
    Norvic, You are getting a collection going there, very nice. Glenn, I have a set of scales, but did not find them. Cool pics. RedDirt, I love that style of weight and have only found 2 but I seem to have misplaced one of them. Here are some of the others I have recovered with my biggest as being 2 oz as well. Wonder if they had anything larger than 2 oz?
  26. 8 points
    Hi there JR, Maybe the gold filling fell out of it🤭 Hi Northeast. No. But damned if I can find the sources. Maybe there is nothing left of them. Just a few scattered remains of what I have been finding over the years. I say sources & them as this rough gold isn't from just one area but several. But on a whole, by far most of our gold is of the water/glacial worn type. Even large specimen pieces I have seen are of glacial/river wear & not rough reef type. Example: flip side And another flip side That is Mrs JW's hand holding them while I took the photos. These were found in NZ by the person I purchased my Zed off. No one will know who that is as I have told no one but some people, one in particular here in NZ who doesn't like me, may recognise these nuggets & work that out & be all bitter at me for showing them. He may know of me but he doesn't know me & has never met me. The finder & previous owner has sold them & no longer owns them & the "new" owner is fine with me sharing them, hence allowing the photos, but no names or locations mentioned, as they are some of the largest nuggets to be detected in New Zealand. I say some as there are bigger, as I have seen & handled them & have photos of them. Prior to moving down to Otago in the South Island most of the small gold I found up in the Coromandel area of the north island was reef specimen gold, even in the creeks very rough jagged gold very freshly freed from its host rock & not water worn. As the Coromandel area was famous for its hard rock reef gold & not smooth alluvial due to its young geological existence. Examples of Coromandel gold. Most of these were from my home made sluice boxes & just crevicing & using home made 2" crevice suction pump. You will notice the rough nature of most of the gold. Couple of the sluice box setups required me to dam the little creeks completely to get every drop of water going down the box. I had to make quite small riffles as well as using my bucket sieves to classify the material to 10mm & less so the weak water flow could do its job down the boxes without the riffles blocking up. Seemed to work. Top end flowing into box Outlet end. Bucket is sitting on top of the creek material & the little bank & below it & the pool where the shovel is sitting shows how much material I have put down the box digging down to the bedrock of the creek. The white pipe is my 2" hand suction pump for sucking up material off the bedrock & bigger cracks & crevices. In the top right corner of the photo is a header box that I made that bolts onto the top end off the sluice box so I can convert it to a 2" suction dredge. But this creek lacked the water flow really to use that. I did get to use it by putting the water pump pick up hose & foot valve in the pool below where the sluice box is discharging. So I was able to recirculate the water to a certain degree for the suction. The creek flow wasn't enough to keep it going all the time but I just used it for sucking the immediate bedrock when I had dug down to it. Was quicker & more efficient than using the 2" hand suction pump for the short time I had enough water to get it operating. It was just a matter of turning it off & letting the creek flow fill up the area again. It worked well Here is the pool of water directly above the sluice box which you can see the box at the end & the header box up on the bank with its rubber dampening flap. This is the exposed bedrock straight above the sluice box. You will notice that large deep crevice/hole & how much of the gravels I have put down the box to expose that bedrock. This was taken after I had used the 2" suction dredge hose & had sucked most of the water out & was waiting for it to fill up again. I don't have a pic of the 2" suction dredge with header box fitted operating at this spot but I do have a pic of the set up elsewhere. I do have some crappy video footage of it operating here though. I will see if I can get that sorted later. I got some nice pieces of gold out of that crevice/hole & off the bedrock. Well nice for the Coromandel Another pic of that blurry one in the foreground. It was a perfect specimen of this area which back in the gold rush days was hard rock mined for its very rich little thin little stringers. Of which this is as you can see the left & right "ironstone" colouring of the sidewalls of the crack that the quartz molten fluids would have forced its way up & into under great heat & immense pressure. As the pressure & heat reduced & the fluids cooled different minerals & metals would precipitate out at different pressure & cooling temps. The gold which was mixed with quite a high silver content in many areas of the Coromandel goldfields, known as electrem, precipitated out of the molten fluids together & was locked up in the now solidified quartz & calcite deposits in these thin stringers. All the above bits of gold came from that same creek set up at different times. Below is another set up in another small creek. This was a different sluice box & I taped some polythene to this box to get a much better water seal so as to trap all the water to get it to flow down the box. You will notice to the left the washer seal in the end of my 2" hand suction pump. With the box in place in the creek & the polythene spread out I just damned & sealed it with gravels. Notice the water current going down the flare & crossing over just above the ribbed rubber matting creating an eddy drop out zone. Perfect. Sieve buckets, 2" hand sucker pump, & the hole has started. In business. Some of the gold recovered from this operation Close up of that bigger bit shows the character. Flip side Got a bit carried away. But I am bored under lockdown & I need my gold fix. This is the only way I can do it. Hope you enjoyed it as there is more to come. It is now 4:53 am thursday morning & I have been up all the previous day & into this morning. I am debating now whether to just stay up & crash & burn later today sometime. I guess with no work to go to I can go to bed at any time. JW 🤠
  27. 8 points
    Went to a new park today to dirt fish while my son went fish fishing. He was happy catching 3 fish in 3 hours, and I was happy finding a park that has not been hit too hard. I can't remember the last time I found over $12 in change in 3 hours of detecting, except for after when a carnival packed up and left. There were 36 quarters, 23 dimes, 11 nickels, and about 25 pennies. The 15" coil on the Equinox is no slouch at finding coins. Next time I will have to slow down and dig lots of trash to start pulling the gold rings out. If there are that many coins, it stands to reason there will be rings. Park 1, 7 recovery speed, 0 iron bias, 18 sensitivity, ground balanced, and all metal.
  28. 8 points
    A search through my Bits & Pieces display, revealed these three. From FNQ OZ
  29. 8 points
    Hi there Northeast, As far as I know a strain of the calicivirus was illegally introduced into NZ in 1997. While it initially killed large numbers of rabbits over a 20 year period the rabbits have built up an immunity to it & are back with a vengeance. I had heard that a new strain was going to be introduced in 2017 but not sure what if anything has happened about that. Where I was detecting on the saturday, higher up from where the rabbit shooters were, is where I was back in october/november last year & apart from the grass growth was another reason why I didn't really want to go back up there. The farmer had just done a 1080 poisoned carrot drop via helicopter back in october. I made mention of this back then when I went in there detecting with the 10 X 9 coil of which I did very well on the gold. Going back in a few more times, I was gobsmacked at the number of dead & rotting rabbits strewn everywhere. Certainly didn't see a live one anywhere up there. I was concerned for a number of hawks that were feasting on the carcases. On talking to the farmer about that he said, No they will be fine. The 1080 works on animals/critters with highly strung nervous systems as that is what the 1080 hits. So I have to keep my dogs out of there so they won't eat the carcass or it will kill them. I asked how long does it take for the rabbit to die & does it suffer a long painful lingering death. He said no, it is pretty quick & you will notice many don't even make it back to their burrows or are dead half getting into their burrows. He was right as that is what I had seen. He had to wait a few months before he could put sheep back in there so any non eaten baits had broken down & the rabbits also to a point the poison isn't a threat to his dogs. On going back up there on the saturday there were very few live rabbits as compared to the area I went to on the monday where he had shot the 90 & where the shooters had been on the saturday. There were still heaps of rabbits. They are a big problem. Yes mostly. But not in this location. I have been trying for about 10 years to find the source or sources of many rough, hokey pokey, dirty stony & quartz specimen pieces I have found here. To no joy. Even pieces with very little matrix still attached but very rough course gold. Here are some examples for a bit of eye candy. Flip side of piece above flip side of above JW 🤠
  30. 8 points
    This forum has simple rules about off topic items which have been discussed and affirmed by the forum members. I offered to create an off-topic forum and it was resoundingly voted down. The number one draw for these forums are their on topic nature. If you prefer something else, there are plenty of other options. The issues surrounding the COVID-19 virus have unfortunately become politicized to the point that I feel it best to ask everyone to keep discussion of this subject to a minimum. It may be mentioned in passing but threads devoted to the subject will be deleted. Nobody here is a world class epidemiologist and so everyone will pass on whatever questionable information they find elsewhere. There are far better places to get factual information than this website. That being the case, go to them to find information on the subject. There are a few links below. Inevitably there will be those that want to discuss people who are sick or have died. I’m very sorry for anyone when that proves to be the case but this is not the place for it. I created this site as a refuge from the events of the day. Let’s stick to gold prospecting and metal detecting and leave the woes of the world outside these forum walls. Thank you. These are trying times. I hope everyone out there including family and friends stays healthy and well. Information at CDC Information at John Hopkins Coronavirus Travel Restrictions U.S. Government Coronavirus Links Australian Resources Finally, please do not spread misinformation. Check snopes.com so you don't pass on fake email information like the Excellent John Hopkins Summary. If you got it in an email or on Facebook... assume it is B.S. Always go to the original source material like the sites listed above.
  31. 7 points
    The Rain can't stop Jeff and Gary (Two Toe's ) as they head to the Hills in search of those elusive Gold Nuggets. Jeff has his White's Gold Master V-Sat (VLF) Metal Detector and Gary has his White's TDI (Pulse Induction) Detector see which one finds the most and biggest Gold in the California Mother lode. Clear that Bedrock and check those Crevice's there might be Gold Nuggets hidden in there !!!! SG 018 Thanks for watching !!! Jeff
  32. 7 points
    Seems to to me that you have raised a very respectable young man, You should be quite proud. I think the find of the day might be that tortoise and how great your son is.
  33. 7 points
    Not giving up here, It going to be delayed with all that is going on but You really have to stay focused on what you have in hand. It's not all the machine...........Spots are opening...and closing in the water. Don't let those open spots get away because you don't have the "AQ"... Right now we have a stay at home order in Maryland, once that has passed I'll be in the water.......... with or without the "AQ"!! Be Safe and Stay Healthy!
  34. 7 points
    That is a Holloways Ointment Ceramic jar lid,I`d found in one spot in pieces, glued back together except for one piece I couldn`t find. It is marked 2s. 9D (2 shillings and 9 Pence) Address on it 533 Oxford Strand London Now the Papa Smurfs bourbon bottle is simply a modern day airline Chivas Regal nip or two. But it houses a valuable (well to me) Chinese brass "manicure" set , el detecto recovered many moons back. JW, piece of Quartz has very visible "specks" of gold. Now does that help you find it ?
  35. 7 points
    Thursday I decided to hunt a 1/4 acre patch of woods near a old 18th century hotel. When I first started in I noticed a couple of old detecting holes, which had me a little discouraged. Good thing I didn't leave, because after finding the complimentary trash I got a real good hit an dug it. To my amazement it was an 1864 indian head cent. Another 20 minutes later I scored on a colonial button and two old harness buckles. Off to the next spot another woodlot. I was headed across a rather large field swinging as I was headed to the woods and bingo, a great tone. Rifle shell casing in the bag. I walked 30 yards and again a good solid hit. Another indian head cent this time a 1902. Needless to say I never did make it to the woods. When I got home and looked at the shell case, it was a very rare REM-UMC head stamped 256 Newton. These were produced from 1916 to 1921. They were made from old 30-06 brass after WW1 and I believe were replaced by the more popular 25-06. Oddly I was more excited over the shell case. I think its time to grid the field cause its huge. Also it's pretty nice to snipe an 1864 coin from a recently hunted spot!
  36. 6 points
    Some of the new metal detectors claim to work wonders in iron infested sites. There is one site that I wish to go back to and try and see if those claims are valid. I don't have any high hopes though at this particular site because of the amount of iron on the surface and below. This site was at the end of the railroad track for a period of about six months while the construction of new track was being laid. During those six months the site was a temporary camp and staging area for the railroad, stage and freighting companies to a booming mining town thirty miles away. According to history accounts this site had a "floating population" of several thousand. One can imagine the amount of chaos that went on and amount of coins and relics that were lost. As you will see in the photographs there is not much revealing as to where the site is. At first look other than the old railroad grade, there are no visible signs as to where was. As you begin to wander around the site you become amazed of the amount of iron, wire, tin cans etc. that covers the entire ground. The amount of oyster cans lying on top of the ground is incredible. Many years ago at this site we used a "roofers magnet" and had some success finding coins and relics. In one small area of 10ft x 10ft we raked and used the roofers magnet before searching the area with a detector. Even after using a rake and roofers magnet there was some iron targets remaining below the surface. The outcome of all that work we were rewarded with a 1853 Half Dime. The site: Using the roofers magnet: Our reward:
  37. 6 points
    Watching it snow this morning, sipping coffee, happy im safe here.....Stay safe everyone.....
  38. 6 points
    How many have received their invitation "via email" to the newMinelab Competition? According to the email it will be based through Facebook and other social media sites.
  39. 6 points
    Big snow here wednesday ,sun is out and cows are being feed and calves are laying in the hay , nice peaceful day.
  40. 6 points
    In my memory of detector manuals, most wanted you to keep the coil off the ground and there are different heights per model of detector, but 2" was mentioned many times. Now I know for a fact when my staff and I train customers, we want them to keep it as close to the ground as possible. The reality of it is, the ground type/structure I am sweeping over. If really rough ground with many rocks and cobbles, I'll keep the coil just above. If it is smoother ground, I like to let the coil slide across the ground. Now on occasion extremely hot ground is encountered and when GB'ing, I notice detector won't keep up, then I adjust the coil height to stay in the "happy medium". Another issue I run into with the 7000 and others. If it is really hot temperature outside and I don't want to wear headphones, then I'll lift the coil and set my bungee just above ground level, so I am not hearing the coil skid across the ground as the noise it makes does not allow me to hear the faintest of potential signals. Most folks who know me, will tell you, I prefer to wear headphones when using a GPZ, as the coil is usually making noise as it scuffs the ground quite regularly. Now when using other machines or chasing bigger gold or new ground, my mind is more in a cruise mode trying to find the indicator nugget. Then my coil is usually a little higher (1/2 to 1") off the ground. Like others have said and I feel the same way. In most ground I hunt with a 7, the 2" off is a loss of 2" in depth. But in reality, just like settings and threshold level, there is no right and wrong, just more of a what do you feel comfortable with. If you are happy with your results, then I'm happy for you. As for different coils and some other detector models? I have had units, that could not even be used scuffing the ground because the detector and coil would make to much noise. I myself attribute that to a bad coil. The Fisher GB-2, small 6" ellip coil had had a change when they moved from Los Banos, CA to Texas and for about a year, the coils being made, had a high % bad coils. I think I was on their shit list for a while, as I would send them back multiple coils telling them they were bad. They would argue with me saying the tested just fine. Now the coil has changed design, so that goes to show there was some issues, plus a few other things inside, but they have a handle on it now and those small gold grabber 6" ellip coils can be used on the ground. Bottom line: If you're not wearing out your coil cover, you are missing gold.
  41. 6 points
    Hello! I am in total shock to read your post here on this forum. One side of me is telling me to post copies of all our correspondence yet being the rep of a reputable company, I have to keep my professionalism. I will just say the following and then make no other comment: I am a person of my word. Honesty and integrity is what I look for ... a replacement Simplex+ that I could send you (along with the extra coil sent to you already) would not hurt this company. But let's view this whole thing from my end: It looks like they returned your stolen detector which is, as you state in your ''Gear Used'' - ''xxx the only detector you need'' . And it certainly looks like you have changed your mind about how you feel about that detector since the first day you approached our company by starting your email saying: ''...because I have a xxxxxx. I am not just saying this. But I am truly unhappy with it....'' Do not get me wrong, I work with a lot of testers that also use competitor's products. I have no problem with that BUT they do test the product and they provide results, reviews, videos.... yet between the time you got the product and you emailed me about the water leakage - approximately 3 months - all I have is an email or 2 that says the detector is great (Thank you, we know that already) and a link to a video that does not even exist anymore. As the whole world is going through tough times and we have more time to think in isolation, I strongly recommend practicing self-assessment to all. Maybe, we will find the answers to why the humanity is going through this unfortunate crisis today... Dilek
  42. 6 points
    First antlers of the season! If you’re not a finder then you are a weeper! In my back yard in Colorado. No one for miles. Do you see both sides?
  43. 6 points
    Flak, Not only are you dialing in your detecting skills and technique (with golden results), you are able to spend quality time with your son. That tortoise story and photos will be remembered, shared and talked about over many Thanksgiving dinners. The true gold in this post, is the time with your son. Now the gold bits....is very impressive. I always tell folks, I judge ones ability with a gold detector on how small of gold they can find. Heck, hearing it is half the battle. Then you have to try and pinpoint it with the 14" coil and try to get it in the scoop. Job well done to the both of you.
  44. 6 points
    Being hunkered down and housebound forces us to finally look at all that stuff we have collected and clean it up of get rid of it. As a kid here in Eastern Oregon I listened to radio and my special hero Straight Arrow. I collected and still have all of the Premiums he sold to us with a Nabisco box top. In 1987 I located 100 original Straight Arrow "Gold Nugget" Cave rings and re-create the offer to fellow Straight Arrow fans. So what am I going to do with all this stuff? Here's that offer and the "Gold Nugget."
  45. 6 points
    Another project earlier in wet, made this display up of bits and pieces I`d picked up over the years whilst detecting. I`d made this early before social distancing from seeing one a mate had made and had displayed in his lounge room. I noted as a conversation piece for non-detector users it was sort of "yeah" and move on quick if you get my drift, but for detector users visiting is like a magnet, they sort through and examine bits and pieces basically like a "kid in a candy store". Can you see the gold specimen?????? Good fun
  46. 6 points
    The claim belongs to Ian Holland and is at Corindhap, south of Ballarat. It is on the 'Break o' day' lead, which at it's time of discovery was reputed to be the richest mile of alluvial gold in the world. There are two leads running from the north to the south in parallel, the other being the Frenchmans lead. Depths vary from surface to over 80 feet. Ten nuggets of over 100ozs were found in this gold field, the largest was found in very shallow ground and was reputed to be 375ozs. In 1987 in company with another detector operator I unearthed an 11oz lump in unproven ground between the two leads . This led to a surface run of very course gold, totaling 350ozs, the largest nugget being 98ozs.
  47. 6 points
    I'm not sure if this is any better than ArmorAll but I got some and like it... 303 Aerospace Protectant "Originally engineered for aerospace and aviation applications, 303 Aerospace Protectant is a premium surface treatment that provides superior protection against harmful UV rays that cause discoloration, fading, embrittlement, cracking, chalking and/or loss of mechanical properties. Key benefits include keeping treated surfaces looking new, prevents fading and cracking, restores lost color and luster, powerful UV blockers, anti-static, repels smudges, dust, soiling and staining, matte finish with no oily residue. Easy to use just apply and wipe clean. Safe and Effective on vinyl, clear vinyl, gel-coat, fiberglass, carbon fiber, synthetic/natural rubber, plastics, and finished leather."
  48. 6 points
    I'm glad Reg said it was a fake, I almost was ready to sell the house and move to the land down under. I think Simon was ready to go too. He would need one hell of a plane to put all those detectors in ha ha
  49. 6 points
    The guy on the left is Dean Smith, who is an expert on the casting of gold nugget replicas. His work is excellent, as you can see. He has actually taken casts of a couple of nice colors that I have unearthed. Neville Perry a Victorian gold buyer is in the middle and next to him is Mick Clark, his partner and excavator operator. The two have a successful license north of Dunolly in central Victoria. These gold shows give the impression that gold is easy to find in Australia, however as Mitchel can attest this is not the case. I was approached by one of these film companies some time back but decided against it as i suspected that facts would be, shall we say, flexible.
  50. 6 points
    I found similar button in California. Some believe it is related to the Odd Fellows, not sure. Have seen a match safe with same pattern also.
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