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    Lost My Gold Virginity?

    It also looks like gold to me, too. Looks like you just crushed the quartz out of it most likely. And it sounds like you learned a lot in that trip. Smart of you to stay in the area as opposed to racing around the mountain side. Keep walking and swinging that detector slow and you are going to have many more pieces. And you won't even question whether it is gold anymore. Nice job.
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    Feel Like Selling My Machine....

    I'll give you the key that my buddy told me on the SDC (even though I don't use one). Listen to the squeaks. Don't dismiss them. I am sure Gerry already showed you the best way to set it up. Me personally, if I could have just two machines, it would be the GPZ and SDC. (I already have the GPZ and could only afford a GM1000 as a semi-replacement for the SDC) Good luck out there!! Andyy
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    Feel Like Selling My Machine....

    Hey JW. I had a Sadie 8x6 coil as my smallest. The size limit for me, my settings, in my ground type (Arizona) was about .2 gram (couple inches deep) Flat wire coils may get a little smaller but at the time that I had my 5000, I did not have flat wire coils. The size gold I was referring to as small is .2 gram down to 1/2 grain. This is the SDC's, GPZ, or VLF world. Arizona has many locations that people think are pounded out. But if you bring an SDC or GPZ in there, they will be pulling out literally hundreds of pieces the un modified GPX cannot see .. (SDC will pull a little more just due to getting in places with the coil size). Also note, I do not have the wonderfully quiet ground that New Zealand has! But then again ... some people can do wicked things with their GPX's.
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    Feel Like Selling My Machine....

    Interesting. I actually think beginners are better starting off with the SDC, for the sole reason that there is much more small gold out there and I have seen many times a buddy out perform my gpx 5000 in spots I have pounded. After the SDC teaches the technique and locations to a newbie, then I would move them to the GPX's. But that is just my opinion.
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    Feel Like Selling My Machine....

    Night hunter, also look at the geology of the club claims. Figure out why they picked those claims. Walk around them. Then find areas with similar types of geology and walk some around those. Study the trash. Are there square nails, maybe boot tacks, wire ..? That is great. Stay in the area. Or are you hunting on the side of the hill where people are shooting at? I stay away from those areas unless I know there is good gold there. Also buy a .25g nugget if needed and bury it in a vial at one of those claims and gain confidence in your settings. And lastly, start out in washes with less than 2' of overburden, if you can. Otherwise you will be digging some deep trash and that really wears on your mind quickly. Research, research, research .... hike, hike, hike... and lastly ... BE THE GOLD :p
  6. those are some nice painted rocks. You can tell it is fake because his hand would have been shaking like crazy on just the first one. And those rocks practically glow. Gold just doesn't come out that pretty. Oh, and the person is missing the scream that comes with such a find. He's just like ... oh lad-e-da .. here is another one... hmmm.... interesting... what's for dinner. LOL
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    25 Inch Coil Zed 7000

    Yes.... yes... yes !!! Stuff that wire into a smaller coil! While I don't really need smaller gold, deeper, I *do* need it smaller to fit around all the obstacles. If they can manage a robust design that is smaller, there will be a lot of people here in the states expanding their coil inventory.
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    Twelve Days At Rye Patch

    I am curious of following up with the gridding of 90 degrees. Do you find more gold once you switch directions, more often than not? If so, it makes sense that this should be done in gulches, too. I was at a recent patch (really it was just a rich gulch) and I had flogged it multiple times. After checking gully after gully up to 1/4 mile away and coming up dry, I thought to myself, "what would Lunk's settings do on that area I pulled up all those nuggets, there must still be some there". Well I went back there, adjusted the settings to Audio Smoothing = High (and the other settings) and found a couple more pieces that were clear as day. So thank you for you sharing your earlier information on settings. And as the others have already said ... Really Awesome Finds!!
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    Z7000 Plus Steelphase Sp01

    Way cool. Now those are beautiful finds!
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    Feel Like Selling My Machine....

    It helps a lot to team up with people once in a while. You share your insight they share theirs. You'll be amazed. Sometimes you just don't know what you don't know. Keep at it. Gold hunting aint for sissies :) Andy
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    Is This A Good Prospecting Area?

    iron stones sticking to your pick and hot rocks are actually good signs (at least in Arizona). I would do a little research on the gold placers in your state. Or download minedata to your google earth to see the local mines, from which you may be able to determine if free milling gold has been found in the area. A little research will go a long way in your hunting.
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    Gold Basin Rainbows

    Very cool, Mitchel. Gold Basin can be less than friendly. You did well for your trip. Hats off you you!
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    My 7000 Has Died

    Yep, sure do have a cover .. but it doesn't matter. Lag exists with or without. I thought of returning my machine to Minelab but like I said, I don't really know how to repeat it the silent threshold. If I took the time I could figure it out. But then again, I am not always trying new settings. Usually only when I am in a new area. I may make it out this weekend. I will have to see how repeatable it is. It just hasn't been a priority for me. Sending off my GPZ in the mail would give me nightmares. If you know how to repeat it every time, let me know. I'll see if my machine does it the same.
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    My 7000 Has Died

    Hello, Ozgold. Yes it still happens once in a while when moving back and forth between the modes. But not too often. And more importantly, it has not gotten worse. The only other issue I have had is the time it takes to recognize a screen push. There is a noticeable lag in response, but again, it has not worsened. And more importantly, the machine still finds gold Both issues have been noted by others in varying degrees. I myself have not sent my machine back to Minelab because I am not exactly sure how to reproduce it (at least for the first issue) Andyy
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    Monster Weekend

    Very nice. I usually don't use my pick when I run the Gold Monster, either. Usually, a flat head screw driver helps more. I generally carry my GM1000 on my backpack while running the GPZ. And then after running the GPZ over the bedrock, the GM1000 just finds so much more. Small, but more. It's really an amazing machine when you are hunting close to bedrock.