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  1. I like looking for undetected ground, this means a lot of walking over the ground. To have a better hit rate for new patches, a bit (really a lot of research) research is required. First get a geo map of the area. Note where the mines are, then take a look at the geo map type of rocks at those location. Use the mine in the area that you select and search for old miners workings, better still the test/sample holes in the rock type that the mine is in. When using a detector to find a spot try keeping in areas that look shallow as detectors are limited in their depth range. 

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  2. 2 hours ago, GB_Amateur said:

    Excellent advice -- makes me want to go out now.  Some curb strips have a lot of coins due to things like parking meters and bus stops where coins were more likely to get dropped.  I've noticed in some of those there are a lot of 1 cent pieces (aka 'pennies'), probably due to peoples' disgust that the meters won't accept them.

    School bus stop in country towns was good for me when I chased coins.

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  3. 6 hours ago, Gerry in Idaho said:

    Nice rock of gold my friend.  Have you had your dentist give it an X-ray?  16+ oz is a handsome payday.  Don't tell me you crushed it?


    Yes..............It was to big to bite........but they did after the melting.p1012011.thumb.JPG.94137ef428bd579c562bb1b18d690129.JPGp1012012.thumb.JPG.7ae28df60b2039db56ccace1eb3ec72c.JPG


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  4. I gave my original 1991 Whites Eagle spectrum to my second oldest grandson 25 years old a week ago. Memory is some thing that needs prompting at my old age, required to get by or great/dreadful/survival memories that are easily remembered. He has gone out and brought the accessories coin shovel, pin-pointer and detector harness as soon as he could with no input from me, but his choice was not too bad. As I was given the detector by the wife of my boss who I showed my methods of chasing gold in the 1980 to 1999 (he was the Charge Engineer at a 1500 Megawatt Power station where I worked) when he died 20 years ago. At that time gold in West Aust. was more important that learning his detector. So far my grandson has been air-rating his dad lawn¬†ūü§£ that is completely full of junk that it is hard to find a square foot of area of no junk. So far he has got a few coins (including a USA 1 cent and I got a Canada 5¬Ę coin) and a lot of their broken small cars and othertoys. How ever he played with the setting before he went to a beach and found he could get only a inch or two on coins. When I tried to adjust the setting I manage to pick up the Canada coin at 6" which was a great improvement on his setting. He has seen most of my coin and gold finds he thinks this OLD granddad is an expert and knows how to set it up better than him. This resulted in me doing some research on vintage detectors to find what I was dealing with.¬† ¬† ¬† Anyhow I found this article that might interest/revoke memory of you guys.¬†

     Are Old Metal Detectors as Good as the New Ones?

    .......Souce LINK.......

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  5. 33 minutes ago, Goldseeker5000 said:

    A buddy of mine was there last August and he only found 5 grams of gold. He was very disappointed with accomodations and gold results as well as food portions. It doesn't appear he will be going back ever again. 

    It was 5 grams, that is a lot more than some people get. Now if was only 5 grains, a pan might be a better solutions.¬†ūüėĬ†

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  6. That is about the same size as my single largest gold specimen find, but I only got 16+ oz gold.  I suspect his detector was better (Is the right Gerry) . No it not, there is  more contaminates of GOLD in his, lucky bugger. If I add the extra weight of gold ( it showed a lot more when broken up) it looks about right for the volume. How could you sell mine for it true value without smashing it up and melting it.





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  7. Only tried Bealiba about 1981 all I got was a small speck from a white clay heap around a deep hole.


    The Bealiba area was originally known as Cochranes, after John and James Cochrane, who took up a pastoral run in the area in 1853. The diggings, started in the mid 1850s, were originally known as Cochrane’s Diggings.
    The 'Bealiba' gold nugget, 21.5 ounces, discovered at Bealiba, Victoria 26th June 1957 and believed to be the largest in a private collection in Australia at the time.  
    THE BEALIBA RUSH. (1860)
    The rush to the Bealiba Flat, which has for the last few days been the topic of conversation, is likely to prove a tremendous rush. Gold was first struck there about three weeks ago, since then the number of miners has been gradually increasing, but it was not until the beginning of last week that anything like a great rush took place. The news of the large number of payable holes that were being bottomed soon got wind, and diggers have since been setting in from all directions. The number of claims yielding gold cannot be less than twenty or thirty. I like the appearance of the gold, it is well waterworn, and has the look of gold from a regular lead. Several of the holes are getting from two to three dwts. to the tub. On Monday morning the lead was again struck some distance from the prospecting claim, in the direction of the racecourse, into which it is expected the lead  will run. On Friday or Saturday a fine nugget of a pound and a half weight was found in the next claim but one to the prospector. A large amount of gold was bought in the town last Saturday, and I am informed by the manager of one of the banks that he bought more gold on that day than on any single day for the last twelve months. One small piece he showed me weighed 17 oz. 9 dwt. M. and D. Advertiser. 
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  8. 20 minutes ago, King-Of-Bling said:

    Since joining forums about 6 years ago , I have counted ALL rings if someone asks. Otherwise I only count gold PIECES in my yearly totals. Ring , broken ring bit , earring , part of a gold chain would count as 4 pieces. But in my day , we only counted by WEIGHT. Like how many ounces did you find this month. Or how many pounds did you find this year...

    We are metric in Aus so we weigh in KILOs¬†especially for GOLD¬† ¬†¬†ūü§™

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  9. "It weighs 4.6 kilograms and that includes 2.6 kilograms of gold."

    It must of been riddled with gold. My 3¬Ĺ Kilos bit only had 16+ oz and it was 3.5 kilos and he got nearly 84 oz¬† ūüėĘ

    It remines me of the early days when big nuggets were released to the media near public holidays (School, Easter and Xmas or New detector release.) those were the days.   

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  10. Steve Quote from the link above sums it up from my experience too.  .............

    "I do know one thing. If you are using normal size coils, going to smaller coils almost always gets more gold. Going to bigger coils? Not so much. No matter how you slice it big nuggets are very rare."  ...........

    But it could be a nugget of a lifetime.



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    GC your not wrong about Garmin manuals, I started out in GPSs with the Magellans back in late 80s, early 90s. They were more user (read mugūüėČ) orientated manuals and operation. But the Garmin Rino like Strick has found are magic for knowing where your mates are, anyway was the Rino that swung me over to Garmin.¬†


    Those words are the same as mine. I got their first 2 channel multiplex Magellan's (very limited back then till they went to 8 channels version) and upgraded till they ceased manufacture of their platinum model. When the Garmin Rhino first came out, I got 4 in a two for one deal for Carol and Me with one spare and one for my oldest son. Their features covered all my prospecting, bushwalking and kayaking needs and as you say it bonus of seeing were your partner is located and not having to carry an additional two-way radio. I even got a RV GPS for my 4WD and Van since then. 

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