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Everything posted by WesD

  1. High Yield at least for me, seems to take out the majority of the nuggets . I went over a patch in General after doing it with high yield, and nothing more was found. Maybe for specific types of gold deposits or ground types it works better? Just wondering what experiences others have in General...
  2. JW, it would be awesome if you could sometime compare signals between your X coil and the Minelab 15 and 19. I know its no fun to swap coils out in the field, but in the name of science, I'm sure all the boys here would be most appreciative. Otherwise, it's still speculation if those are actually missed targets that the Minelab coils could have sniffed out.
  3. My guess is someone at Minelab probably figured they would make more $ selling complete detectors, as in sdc2300s, than by offering a small coil option for the gpZ
  4. It would be great if Coiltek or Nuggetfinder made a waterproof potted coil for us California Motherload prospectors. 5x10ish size for chasing bedrock cracks. A lot of guys use the sdc in the creeks here as they are an absolute gold getter.
  5. I hear you on that Lucky! Its one awkward swinging detector, but we love it anyway!
  6. Thats still an awesome looking coin! If you sent it in for grading, like NGC, my guess they would grade it XF Details Scratched.
  7. It will be interesting to hear reports on how much more sensitive the small coil is over the original round. I would get on the waiting list, but want to hear some more feedback before jumping in.
  8. Kiwi, I think making other coils for the 7000 wouldn't be as profitable as selling you another detector. A guy with a 7000 who wants a smaller coil is forced to buy an SDC or GPX. Too bad the new SDC coils are not advertised as waterproof. I used to use the old joey coiltec in the creek and it worked great for awhile ?
  9. If I remember right, my buddy Mike who hunted with Dick and also lived in the area, talked with Ben sometimes. I think he saw him a few years ago out Imlay way. Mike told me the old guy used to dry wash a lot, and really knew some good areas all over.
  10. Gotta feel pity for the poor people in Africa or some other third world where most these fakes probably end up.
  11. Condor, did you read the book Bajas Hidden Gold, by Herman Hill? Good fun read if you havent.
  12. I always just wave my roll of electrical tape under a gold bug vlf, to see if it is conductive. So far I havent had any signal beeps.
  13. I'd look into a sdc2300 for underground detecting. The 7000 is pretty tough to swing around in tight places and the big coil is not easily stabbed down into craggy bedrock. The 7000 is great for wide open field hunting, hydraulic pits and that type of ground.
  14. The 7000 is great for cleanup on established patches of gold, but is overkill for prospecting imo, especially if you're hunting shallow bedrock areas. Most the slug gold on a new patch of ground can be found with a 5000 unless your dealing with crystalline, low conductive, small types of gold.. .
  15. Cant beat the beautiful California motherload country!
  16. Kiwi, You stated the sdc is no advantage in mild soil, so I'm comparing that's like saying that the 7000 is of no advantage in mild soil. Obviously it is. The fact is both 7 and 2300 work exceptional in mild soil and the milder the ground the deeper they seem to shoot down. Ive been over many patches I worked with the Saddie/gpx5000 combo and it was amazing how much was left that the gpx didnt see for whatever reasons. I imagine one reason has to do with an accelerated receive timing on the sdc which picks up the fast decay eddy current targets. It seems a lot of gold has this characteristic, otherwise the 7000 wouldn't be pulling the gold either, as we generally dont dig any deeper or bigger than the previous gpx's did. Its primarily that small or low conductive gold we get now. I'd spend a little more time on the sdc. You might take a liking to it, once you get over some more color. I had a friend here complain and moan about his sdc for months, but then he started to get the feel for it and had nothing but compliments from then on. Thanks Kiwi, catch you later
  17. Kiwi if that were the case, the sdc being of no advantage in mild soils, then the 7000 would also be of no advantage, but obviously you are getting your share of small gold missed by the gpx . I use a 7000 also, but after a spot is cleaned, the 2300 can go right behind and pull even smaller gold. Its basically a 7000 with a tiny coil. Guys out here in Nevada were killing it with the sdc when they came out, and that ground is very mild. Yes the sdc has an even greater advantage in mineralized ground, but there is no doubt they will pick small, low conductive, porous, crystalline, flat gold right along side a 7000. Sorry I gotta stick up for that little blue detector because they work so good.
  18. Flak, our California boys were no joke either! I dont know what these guys were eating to work that hard.
  19. Kiwi, I have the 750 watt bbsHD motor. Its the newer version thats supposed to have beefed up internals. These have a bad offset for the chain line to begin with, but it hasnt been an issue for me, even with the 30 tooth. Been using a gold KMC chain and have about 300 miles on it so far. A friend of mine has the same setup as yours and also runs a 30 tooth sprocket. He had an 8 speed rear cog that he moved the lowest gear to the center, so that his chainline is perfect in the low gears. Honestly he didnt need to do that as mine runs fine with some angle, but if you want it perfect, that's an option to remedy that. Man these things are super fun. I used to kill myself biking up hills and now its all thumb throttle or some moderate pedal assist. What I also like is they run so quite that no one is bothered or suspects you have a motor. Stealth!
  20. Yep I'd try the smallest ring you can get- 30 or 32 tooth. Your bike will be a whole different hill climbing beast. One thing, your chain line might not run as straight when in the lowest gears, depending on your bikes geometry. Just run a good chain, keep it lubed, and it shouldn't be a issue. Thanks and have fun!
  21. Kiwi, I was going to make a suggestion on your ebike. If you do a lot of hill climbs, swap out the front sprocket for a 30 tooth chain ring. Thats what I run here in the California hills. You might loose a little top speed, but you gain waaay more torque going up hills and put less stress on the internals of the motor. Its a very good mod for those kits and not expensive!
  22. Im going to say the Z is a bad choice for most creeks. You would be better off with a gpx and small 8x6 coil for creek hunts unless, you have flat bottom bedrock with minimal crags and cracks to allow use of a large 14" coil. The small coils will out-depth large coils because you can bring them in closer to the bedrock and stab the coil down into cracks. Thats my experience a least.
  23. SDC is a PI detector, so yes on more depth and stable threshold. None of that awful noise you have to put up with while using a vlf. Unless you only have tiny flake gold, get the sdc! Most guys that dig out creeks here in the Motherload of California run these.
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