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Andyy last won the day on February 18 2020

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  1. Hang on tight to that hip stick. I tried to find them in Arizona and they are unavailable (a must for the GPZ7000 ... unless you are a hulk).
  2. Great pics. Now here is someone who knows how to show off their finds! I go straight to the pics and tend to skip over the words.. (I read those last 😆)
  3. Maybe you have already found your first nugget. But I remember when I was looking for that first elusive nugget. Pictures of grandeur would enter my mind as I walked miles through gullies over cactus and rattlesnakes. I would dig down 2 feet and repeatedly find nails. And then the old bullets so marred up you would swear it had to be gold or some other precious metal. But it wasn't. But the funny thing is, after I found that first nugget I never asked that question again. I forever knew the feel and look of gold. And I never questioned again, whether unicorns existed. Ok.. too much time at the book store.. google prospecting. And Waaaay too much coffee. Good luck out there!!
  4. That is amazing. With all of that volcanic rock, I would never have even taken out my detector. Not because of expected ground noise, but because I typically do not find gold that close to that much volcanic activity. So thank you for sharing this and the setting for quieting down the detector.
  5. That pick has too small of a head to do any good with magnets, in my opinion. I have a pick with a large scoop for the dirt. I have 2x high power neodymium or whatever and the hell that alien magnetic substance is. Gets your fingers in the way of two of them and your finger will be the middle of an oreo cookie. As everyone said, already, the magnets will move on the head. A little JB weld will keep them there much longer. But they will need maintenance every once in a while. To answer your specific question on location, I do not put mine near the tip or you are very likely to chip or lose them. I put mine 2" back, or so. I also put one on the handle. Sometimes this is an easier iron checker, if it seems like shallow iron.
  6. I haven't seen the show, but I see some similarities here... - I *do* still freak out when I get large nuggets, often screaming out to nobody but the local bobcat and mtn lion, which are no doubt wondering why I am in their territory in the middle of the night, with a machine that squeals like a rabbit being attacked. - In order for me to do my night hunts, I am known to drink a couple red bull type drinks and thirst busters, to keep me amped up for the night. I just hope my body can handle the octane in short durations. Maybe if I had news crews following me around, I would seem like an excited clown, too!! LOL. But I PROMISE YOU, you would not see me jumping around in circles because I find an ancient bullet! I find lots and lots.. and lots of bullets.
  7. yes... worst movie ever. Don't waste you're time. Better off putting it to searching for gold yourself.
  8. And Mick - that is some gorgeous gold you found there. Nice work!!
  9. Thankfully, the adapter for my 10" Xcoil has held up. Then again, I over design and reinforce everything, extra. The key is to use that strain relief clamp on the connector. If you do not use this correctly, you will be pulling on the wires and the glue. My only issues which I have noted in other links is: 1) rare ground (in AZ) that renders balance impossible 2) the problematic coil cable that comes unraveled if you run your shaft fully extended in the heat (as I do). The coil is not wound nearly as tight as the Minelab coil. You will have to pull it through the shaft with a string. These are really my only complaints. I still use this coil actively, and it will get smaller deeper gold than my 14x13. So it remains a useful tool in my toolbox. Andyy
  10. Nice haul, Jason. Researching those new areas can feel like a big risk, but the payoff is golden. 👍 Andy
  11. LOL. now that's funny. I don't think the GPX-6000 will get you too much more in my neck of the woods. I already get sizes less than half a grain. (it takes a while to get in the scoop) But you never know. I am waiting for a bigger jump in technology before I trade in my GPZ.
  12. I can get your point. My first couple years learning to detect, definitely did not pay my dues. But I did find gold and have access to gold areas (and what the ground looks like), and yes, I met some great friends. But for the first 3+ years, I would say I was mostly learning on my own. And it was rough going out sometimes 6 or 7 trips with nothing. I guess if it were easy, everyone would do it. If anything, I would look at the club claims as a learning ground. And I have found ounces of gold even on the AZ club claims. Not all in one place, but spread out. I think I started detecting like 7 years ago. Today, the newer prospectors may have slightly better machines but it is much much harder to learn. There's just fewer "opportunities". But it can be had. Good luck to you.
  13. yep... all of those little pickers I have that are not too impressive, may now have paid for my gas. Oh wait ... that went up, too!! 🤔
  14. So true, Gerry. And I think if you can hunt with others you can trust, you will both benefit... both from the gold, and more importantly, the knowledge. I would never be the gold hunter I am today, without trusting in others. Inadvertently, we have shared in our learnings. Yes, I found lots of gold before I ever teamed up, but I have since found much more than I would have on my own, due to me sharing my knowledge and visa versa. But, it can be a fine balance in finding a hunting partner. You must ... choose wisely. 🙂
  15. Thanks for the comments, all. Prospecting with friends is still my best all around therapy. The gold is a bonus 🙂
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