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  1. 1864hatter

    Racin' The Racer

    A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be offered the use of a Macro Gold Racer with an 8x4 inch coil by a prominent local metal detecting personality. His name is Julian and has the blog at www.marlboroughmetaldetecting.com where he keeps track of all his finds and such. My first outing was with the racer was a lazy Sunday trip to a spot on a local river that you can literally drive right into the river. I was with 4 other guys, one intended to snipe and the others had three different detectors between them. We spent a few hours here which saw me locate quite a number of very small lead shot targets in bedrock crevices but gold eluded me right to the end of the day when I found a tiny 0.12g flake. Initial thoughts about the detector after this outing was that it was quite hot at finding tiny targets and it was the only detector that found gold on this day. My next trip was to a somewhat more remote area that turned out a little trick to get to. I had suspicions that there might be gold in this particular waterway based on local geology and nearby discoveries. As soon as we go to the river it became apparent that the VLF detectors we had with us were not going to handle the local levels of ground mineralisation. Bedrock was a mixture of igneous rock that in some cases overloaded the detector completely. Despite the racers variety of settings to enable detecting in tougher ground I found it impossible to get it to function here. I could get it to run reasonably quiet but then I was only able to detect a half grammer at a couple of cm and the signal was far from crisp. And lucky last trip. I took the detector to a mates’ claim for a run. This spot is also in quite a public spot and myself and others have hammered it in the past. At an estimate I have taken a couple of oz’s from it in the past in the form of predominantly <0.5g nuggets. The racer ran very nicely here with sensitivity at 80 and isat at about mid-way. It didn’t take long before I started pulling tiny lead shot soon followed by a crevice that gave a weak signal. With a bit of chipping I recovered about 20 small flakes and colours to for a total of maybe 0.1g from the crevice (not in picture). The gold was all located in an area the size of a 10c coin. I was impressed at having found such small gold despite it being shallow as normally an aggregation of targets seems to be quieter than one large target of similar weigh. Or so I have found. I carried on for a couple of hours and got 6 further pieces of gold for a total of 0.2g as well as a bunch of lead. In fact, 5 of the pieces together weigh just 0.1g! So, it seems the racer is ridiculously sensitive to small gold and has plenty of scope to be manually adapted to different ground. Personally, I found the detector a bit on the “manual” side with the option of setting a lot of search parameters yourself. I know this is preferred by some and less so by others, just like manual and automatic cars I guess. I’d like to say thanks to Julian for the opportunity to let me use his Racer, especially as he didn’t know me at all. It’s always fun trying a new bit of kit.
  2. One of the guys at my workplace has been tagging along on some of my recent gold trips and has thus been inspired to purchase the GM1000 from a local dealer as soon as it became available. As a first outing we went to a claim I am a partner in for some detecting. We went as part of a group of 5 that had 4 different types of detectors with them. We have detected this river claim extensively and unless there is a flood that moves some material and exposes bedrock we don't find a lot anymore. Consequently we often dig by hand and scan the bedrock that we expose to recover the gold. Once at the claim three guys got to work digging a hole while myself and my friend with the GM took off up the creek in order for me to teach him how to use a detector. The plan was for me to use the GM1000 for a while and get him to watch me work while I told him what I was doing and then gradually hand over to him. First gold came after about two steps in a bedrock crevice. I had detected a small nugget in the same crevice before on a previous outing but obviously the GM was more sensitive and had managed to find something. There were two tiny prices in the crevice. We continued up the creek and found a few pieces here and there, all were small to very very small. Some bits well below 0.1g. After about half a dozen bits I left my friend to carry on on his own and joined the other three guys with digging the hole. After a couple of hours the man with the GM returned successful, he'd found his first three pieces of gold and was very happy. After that I got my hands back on his detector and found more pieces up and down the creek. The main points of interest with using the GM1000 I found are; Pros- #easy turn on and go operation #very sensitive to small gold #light weight #quite reliable ferrous / non ferrous indicator #lack of threshold easier for amateurs to interpret #clear signal from targets #excellent pinpointing Cons- #picks up hot rocks #signals when entering water #sensitive to coil and coil cable banging (although, what detector isn't) Generally I think this detector is a top performing VLF that is ideal for hunting gold in bedrock crevices or other shallow ground. Ideal for getting the last scraps from gold producing areas. Not so good for outright depth or areas with a lot of hot rocks as, despite the ferrous indicator, they still make a signal to burden your ears. Much of the gold that we got with the GM seems to have been quite small and other detectors simply missed them. We were calling these pieces monster flakes! Clarifications, Detector was run in maximum sensitivity in the deep / all metal setting. Bedrock is generally un-mineralised with isolated bands of noisy rock. 5 inch coil was used.And the total loot in the picture below, biggest bit is 1.39g (found with SDC2300 but anything could have found it). All but I think three pieces were found with the GM1000. If you have any questions I will do my best to answer.
  3. Not Rum, but we did carry in a nice bit of wine with us to go with campfire stories.
  4. 1864hatter

    Frustration Of One Piece Patches

    Frustration is right, I found a 35g nugget in a particular area and am still to find even the tiniest of its compadres. I swear one day I will go back there to seek and destroy, that is I will do my best to find some of its mates.
  5. The best thing I have found for cleaning out deeper crevices are sabre saw blades. I usually fashion some sort of handle for them. I would prefer to actually break open the crevice so as not to potentially damage the nuggets I am trying to retrieve but if it is just small gold that will be in there then it is probably just as effective to use the saw blades to scrape them out. I have found gold in cracks in bedrock only a couple of mmm wide. One memorable one yielded half an ounce of flat smooth gold, the crevice was around half a metre deep and less than 5mm at the top and got narrower towards the base. it pays to chase them all the way down! See my videos on youtube, my channel is Mat Brandl and most of my gold comes from bedrock crevices.
  6. http://www.weather.com/news/climate/news/el-nino-outlook-strong-possible-may2015
  7. Now I wish there was some epic story to go with this find to match the sense of achiement I got from finding it. I have been detecting for around 6 years and have dedicated a large amount of time to researching the topic (for both gold nuggets and treasure/jewellery) and I have been reasonably successful. Well at least I have always had a good time out hunting . Anyway. Our local beaches have become sanded in over the summer and finds have been hard to come by of late with just the odd gold ring for entertainment (and then just 9ct). Tonight I went to a beach and noticed that the far end, about 200m away, had washed out exposing the soft clayey bedrock. The base is a sort of mudstone and in this area had just a few crevices that might hold goodies. The rest was smooth and barren. Most of the crevices had iron signals which kick the discrimination of my excal 2 into action and killed the threshold. So I get a loud positive signal and look down. See the edge of a gold tinged coin, no way, and I pick it up. JOB DONE! Meant to be I recon.
  8. 1864hatter

    WWII Dog Tag Find

    OK so with the help of Trev (NZ) I have managed to send an email to the Sailor that lost the above reply. Will inform you upon receipt of a reply. Also see paydirt.co.nz at the above link to follow this story in more detail
  9. 1864hatter

    WWII Dog Tag Find

    http://www.legacy.com/obituarie...-zuder&pid=153418825
  10. So today I was out detecting at the beach here in Auckland NZ. I found some old coins a 9ct ring and and importantly a WWII dog tag. I posted about my finds on a local forum (paydirt) and a member of that forum suggested I also post the find here. The reason for posting about the dog tag here is that someone on here may be able to track down relatives of the solider that lost this tag and reuniting them. If anyone could be of help that would be cool. I have attached a few photos and a link to an obituary for the solider that provides some info. Thanks in advance for any help!!
  11. 1864hatter

    279 Ounce Gold Nugget Find In Australia

    Looks rather unusual for a natural nugget. Call me sceptical
  12. Oh yes and I am just uploading a video of the silver bar I made too
  13. 1864hatter

    Yesterdays Detecting

    I helped a friend move a 6inch Keene dredge onto his claim yesterday. It was quite a procedure as we had to take it from the previous owners claim, transport it by road and then drag it up the river to my friends claim. As payment for my assistance was allowed a couple of hours of detecting with my gold bug, in which time I found the nuggets below. The area has been hit hard by detectorists so only small gold remains. In the river itself good gold can still be found, my friend and his claim partner got 58g last Saturday with a 4 inch keene and 6 inch home built dredge working together.
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