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  1. This all started because i read Steves comparison of the Garret atx to the GPZ 5000. I was figuring a small nuggets at a gram or less but it is all relative. So why doesn't some one build a machine that alternates the Gate open close time the way phoenix describes it cycle on and off or even better do both simultaneously. I mean we can build build computers that calculate millions of data bites is fractions of seconds. We are already bulding robots that can run jump walk and move boxes ( see boston robotics and think terminator). is it really that hard?
  2. Maybe this is a dumb question wit regard to PI machines why is that one machine will excel at small nuggets but can't do so well on bigger nuggets., Doesn't make sense to me. It would seem logical that iit can find small stuff big stuff should be easy?
  3. being a total newb I don't even own a detector yet! but this thread concerns me. I want to do the right thing and not high grade or trespass. IT seems to me just logic and common sense that if you go to the trouble of buying a claim you have a duty to protect it. why would you not post signs, contact info etc. The desert is a pretty wide open place. It is not like there are section lines . even on the maps that do contain section lines the scales usually 1:24000 are to large to pick out landmarks in wide flat spaces. roads and other man made feature change over time, so how could you tell where you are besides an accurate GPS which are as expensive for an accurate one as a detector. So even doing all the research and upfront work you could easily get mislocated in that type of terrain. For all of those reasons it seems that legit claim owners should post boundaries. Am i missing something?
  4. I have decided to purchase the 705. For the money I don't think it can be beat. It sounds like it will work with an dallow me learn more as I get better. I probably could have gone for a PI but they are 2 to 4 xs more and my wifes transmission just went out. That is where the real gold is.
  5. That is pretty much what I thought Which is why I am trying to figure my options and leaning towards a pi machine. I have a line on an xterra 705 I know it is vlf It it has the smaller coil. Just not sure if it will work in. Highly militarized soil but it is better than nothing. As for nuggets perhaps. I am clueless but I always that that all gold starts out as lode gold or is geothermal or intrusive through eart process. Then as the earth is eroded away it winds up in streams as placer gold. But inbetween it is moving down hill slowly and in pieces as nuggets ? I have a couple of those books and will get the others ASAP. So if I don’t find a good deal on a pi. Is the 705; worth getting ? Waiting isn’t an option.
  6. In the us. The reason I ask is all of the pi seem the 2000ish. I am in California will be looking for nuggets of any size. In what I think will be highly mineralized rock. I am trying to determine a budget.
  7. What are some of the least expensive pi machines? Can used ones be found?
  8. I am going out on my first detecting trip I think I'll be using an xterra 705. The area I am interested in is south western idaho generlly around silver city the war eagle mine and a few other spots up there> I still have alot to do in terms of research and permission. I t looks promising , rugged and well who knows? Does anyone know if this is what you would call a mineralized soil area? I may drive on over to the Jordan valley area of oregon as well. any knowledge on this location? Thanks in advance.
  9. I would like to know what exactly is minerlaization, What kind of minerals? are they all iron based or mafic? what about other things? I am considering the purchase of my first detector and looking at a used xterra 705. I know that VLF are limited in heavy minerlized soils/Rocks so I am trying to find wha th elimits of this detector would be. I plan mainly to hunt for gold nuggets > while I would like a PI I don't see any that re reasonably priced for a first detector. What thoughts do you have?
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