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  1. phrunt, Thanks, I'll add that to a growing list. Our hobby is a great way to get outdoors and although only a few will keep at it, some will enjoy the thrill of finding a treasure for many years to come. Gary
  2. Thanks to all of you who responded. This will truly help with all the questions at morning coffee and at the Stone House Museum where both locals and travelers stop. This Forum is really helpful. I do appreciate the advice.
  3. The group I detect with here in Eastern Oregon are mostly interested in gold hunting and we own and hunt with Minelabs, Gold Bug 2's and a few others. Many of my friends who are nearing retirement, have asked what I would recommend to hunt parks, schools, etc. for coins and I just don't know what to tell them, realizing that many wouldn't be able to afford some of the new machines. Could some of you familiar with coin hunting give me a list of their favorites, including less pricey older models. Thanks Guys. Gary
  4. I have a collection of 19th century crevicing tools and this impact tool beats them all! Hope you find a bunch of nuggets.
  5. Totally possible Chris. Molten metals like to form spherical shapes as we know from dropped molten lead in the old shot towers. And if cooled fast enough will retain that shape. Yours was unusual as you know. Nice too. Gary
  6. The BB is possibly a spatter ball from a crucible used to check purity of an ore sample. I have found a number of BB's on the walls of these crucibles thrown behind the sampling lab. The crucibles were only used once and then thrown away. Often the lab guy would miss the spatters up on the sides-sometimes hidden by the flux. Good find Chris.
  7. Lunk, Earlier this year I borrowed Mike's Gold Monster and with the small coil was able to pick up those tiny pieces even better than with the Gold Bug 2. The GM 1000's ergonomics are not so good, so I always revert back to the GB2. As you said it is a really sensitive machine. Good job with all those nuggets.
  8. I mirror your thoughts Fred-that is steep rugged country. The old timers who mined there were tough hardy galoots. But I can see why JW detected there.
  9. Thanks Gerry. The guys all say hello back. Gus even got out to visit Mike with his new wife and he is recovering nicely and wanting to get out with a detector. We manage to eke out a few nuggets in all the old places, nearly all of which you've been to. Looking forward to seeing you again.
  10. My brother and I drove to an old heavily detected patch on Friday and between us found over a dozen pieces/nuggets. Although we had our Minelabs with us, we just used the Gold Bug 2's as we immediately found a couple. Most of the pieces were within two inches of the surface, but the larger specimen (5.7grams) was down about 4 inches and was loud. My point is, I guess, don't give up on old patches especially if some time has passed to allow wind and water to alter the ground a bit. And we do have wind and thunder showers here in Eastern Oregon all the time. As usual stay tight to the ground and swing slow.
  11. Mitchel, Thank you very much. Her interpretation makes the tin much more interesting. Gary
  12. Mitchel, Attached is lid in close-up. Sure do appreciate your wife's help with the Chinese items. Gary
  13. Gerry, Attached is one of my tins (actually copper or bronze) that is complete and is 3 & 3/4 inches tall. I always thought they were opium tins, but maybe tea is correct, although pounds of tea would have been consumed, not ounces such as these could hold. As you know they are everywhere in the gold fields. And I do have some small opium vials found years ago in our area. Gary
  14. Can't answer the original question as I don't have the 7000, but I also took my GP 3000 out after three years of it laying idle and within 15 minutes in overworked ground, got a half gram nugget. It was very stable despite some mineralization and hot rocks and sensitive (got a bunch of shotgun pellets and tiny tacks too). I was using the 14 inch oval mono and used the left edge to pinpoint the nugget. It is easy to forget how good this machine really is after using the 4500 and the Gold Bug 2 for three years. Think I'll be using it a lot this summer.
  15. JW just proved that there is more fun in the journey than in the destination! Good job.
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