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Gerry in Idaho

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  1. My Minelab X-Terra 705 banged this beauty in rock piles. It's 1 pound specimen with gold scattered across/throughout. Dry weight 390.6 grams & specific gravity test comes back with 110.9 grams of gold. = 3.5 troy ounces of Au.
  2. Very kind of you and I am most certain someone has or knows of a kid who would be thrilled to enjoy the adventure of treasure hunting with a metal detector. Merry Christmas.
  3. Sorry for not staying on top of things guys, but trying to keep the customers happy. My 1st big one about 12" deep with a White's MXT. It is almost 1 pound. This specimen weighs 370.53 grams & after sending it for testing, came back 4.537 troy ounces of gold. Found in tailing piles with all others in photo. US silver dollar is for size comparison & it too was found in the piles.
  4. I feel like you do about the 7000. It is much more sensitive than a GPX and that is why I don't like using a GPZ when the ground is wet. If I am detecting in areas where max depth is not an issue, then I have no problems.
  5. In winter, if ground is dry and frozen, I can still do OK. In the Spring when soil is saturated, my settings need to be dumbed down and it is almost impossible to get good depth. I prefer sawtooth or one of the many other areas in the Spring as I am crazing and covering ground.
  6. I just took this unit in trade from one of my own customers. Yes I am the original dealer and this unit is not a China Fake. Comes with all factory shipped accessories as well as the Super Deep 19" coil. As a bonus, you can meet Lunk, my other Field Staff Experts and myself in the gold fields for 3 days training. Unit still has transferable Minelab Warranty and is pretty clean for a used gold detector. All chargers, cables, detector and functions have been tested and operate 100% like new. $6500 takes all. Most of you know, but some may not. I am Gerry's Metal Detectors out of Boise, Idaho. My videos showing us using the GPZ-7000 and many other gold machines can be viewed at www.gerrysdetectors.com Normal scuffs to detector as expected. Nothing missing, nothing cracked, nothing wrong...just needs a good person who enjoys swinging and digging gold. Lets make it happen. Lunk has pulled over an ounce of gold in the last few weeks with his own 7000. He'll be in AZ all winter so it's prime time to get real hands on knowledge from one of the best in the US. Plus the added benefit of doing more training with my staff and I in Nevada, Oregon, Montana and or Idaho where we hunt gold.
  7. Very nice find my friend, but what astonished me most was your smooth tongue and colorful story telling capabilities. As for a 16" deep nugget, I just measured the 14" ZED coil and with stock coil cover it is actually closer to 15", since the cover sticks out almost a 1/2" on both ends. Your 16" deep nugget find is more like a 17". Now you are getting close to the 18" depth I dug one last week. Either way, your attention to detail, ability to find other top performing settings on the 7000 and the shout out just goes to show folks why I enjoy having you on my Field Training Staff. Hopefully I can get back down there 1 more time before the weather sets in. Nice 1/4 oz day btw.
  8. Peg, You impress me again with your hard work and fantastic detecting skills. For those who are not familiar, Peg purchased her 1st gold detector from me 20 years ago and after some hands on training, she has become 1 with her machine. Our Southern Idaho gold nuggets are small pickers with an occasional .5 grammer. The biggest solid nugget I have ever recovered in Idaho is only about 1.5 gram. Peg continues keep an open mind and hunts other areas with Success. She not only finds gold with her GPZ-7000 in NV, travels to CA for some of their hydraulic pit pickers, but even does with in Oregon. Here is a video of her 1st training when she stepped up to the Pulse Induction Minelabs when I traded in Oregon. She is usually one of the 1st in the field and last off of it. Blisters, scrapes and cuts and part of the fun and she just shrugs them off. Peg knows what it takes to be Successful and I know many guys who would enjoy finding what she does...but in all honesty, some of them will not put in the effort. Beautiful gold, great pics and an overall wonderful person. Thanks for sharing your stories with us Peg.
  9. Keep us informed of your trip and progress in AZ. Maybe someone who hunts your area well will chime in and start a new thread. Good luck down there.
  10. You might be late.....but at least you showed up. I agree that 90% of Rye Patch detecting is best at a snail's pace.
  11. 1st off, Thanks everyone for the time to comment and give input. Certainly keep them as the knowledge being shared is great input for newer hunters and or even veteran detectorist who might want to try a different method. The pattern of informative comments I am seeing with GPZ-7000 is. Most of the nuggets (not all), are found when crawling really slow with proper coil control over known gold patch. Think of it like this as I tell my customers. "It is not about covering alot of ground as much as it is about covering the most proven ground very thoroughly." When I'm swinging my detector, I only think of, listen to and concentrate on the immediate ground in front of me. I don't worry about others around me or where I might hunt next? When I start doing those things..it is time for a break. Thanks everyone and keep sharing your thoughts/knowledge.
  12. Good catch GB. It is an honor to be compared to Lunk. The amount of hours he has on gold detectors has to be in the highest % in US. Actually, he pulls me 3 out of 5 times. But then I've beat him by a nugget or two 2 days straight. Then he'll hand me a 3 day whoop ass lesson. It's all good in the end as we both respect each other, our capabilities....and most importantly the friendship and commoraudery. But thanks for noticing.
  13. When I was younger I did. Not as much under them as I had hoped. Usually when I hunt tailing piles I'm using a VLF detector. Not always, but usually.
  14. Is it a drunken stumble? Who cares as long as you are listening. I wear higher end headphones 99% of the time. I always try to hear a worm fart. Investigate and differing of Threshold when crawling. I've dug some extremely deep nuggets with a 7000 and most folks walked over them. Another part of listening.... I usually do better in morning and evening right after sunset. My detector runs smoother and my ears can distinguish breaks in Threshold easier.
  15. Coil control is a major issue with most detectorist I run into. Even a few of the customers my Staff and I trained....they still don't get it. Well said Flakmagnet.
  16. You and I hunt pretty much the same way. Knowing how to be flexible and changing styles can make you a better rounded hunter, especially when you know there is an old patch that can be methodically detected. 1st half of day is looking new ground. If no gold, go back to crawling on known gold ground.
  17. I'm using the 7000 differently than when it 1st came out. Just like any other detector, the more time my Field Staff Experts and I have on a machine, the better we become with fine tuning and overall performance of detector is being zeroed in. Glad you took his advice and scored a few.
  18. I too like hunting near the roads as so many people walk right past them to get further away. I did find 1 nugget on the trip and it was 4' from one of the main road that runs N/S. Yes I find more trash near the roads...but my ears can usually tell by the pattern of the signal and it's strength/ width.
  19. Fred made a comment on one of my posts to Mitchel and I feel it needs more input from a variety of hunters and their styles. This is results from my last day at Rye Patch (last Saturday). My 5 days of hunting had me doing the hoping and looking for an indicator nugget...and I also snail crawled. Here are my results. The 2 days I want Prospecting and covering a lot of ground produced 1 nugget. The 3 days I snail crawled with 7000 produced 25 nuggets. In fact, my last day was spent in a very small area of approx. 20' x 30' and I found 12 pieces of gold. 10 of those were signals most others have missed and including myself a few times missing them, as I have detected that exact same piece of ground twice. I'm much more fortunate than most folks who hunt Rye Patch, NV as I've been doing it for 20+ years and I know the history of the old patches. Sometimes I go back to those old patches, pick a small section of ground and work the crap out of it. I especially like sites where I was pulling deep nuggets in years past, as I know those deepest pieces of heavy metal might only make a peep within a small 1 to 3" width. Don't ask me how or why, but overlapping at least 1/2 and sometimes 1/4 of coil size, per sweep with the 14" coil on the GPZ can produce. Lunk and I spent the last day crawling with our 7's and here is a photo of the results. Both of us and some other well known hunters have been in the wash before. The old saying it true "You can never get them all". I just want to make sure I get my share. How do you other Prospectors do it and what is your results when covering ground and snail crawling with a detector? I look forward to hearing everyone's comments. Nuggets on top of dime are Lunk's and the ones on bottom were found my myself on the last day.
  20. Fred, Has a very good point about sticking and hoping. I'll make a separate post about my results of both on this trip.
  21. Thanks for the plug Flowdog. Just realize, on occasion I am down at Rye Patch or Eastern Oregon training customers on their gold detectors. If that is the case, it might take a couple days before I get the message. But you know I am great with email too. Now when we are detecting out of county, then the wait time will usually be a week. Sorry but I enjoy this hobby so much I get withdraws when there is not a new product to test and compare. Yes, being a VET myself, I offer 15% off the Minelab detectors to all VETS of all branches of US. We work with White's, Garrett, XP, Nokta and Fisher, but you'll need to contact me to get the discount.
  22. That cluster is amazing Peg. What a find you have there. Is it going to FL with you or staying out West? Thanks for sharing.
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