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Hard Prospector

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  1. No such thing as a straight answer from White's as always.
  2. That Gold Spot scoop reminds me of a old timer prospectors horn spoon used in testing for good pay....... This modern day drywasher surely wants a couple!
  3. When asked by anyone this is my standard answer; Looking for lost coins Anything with markings I try to return to rightful owner (be it the person or Church). Even car keys and cell phones. Fill in all holes Dispose of all garbage collected during process. ***I then show them the divers bag with the rusty metal trash inside.
  4. Prospecting/detecting in Mexico is and will always be a "high risk-high reward" kind of venue. For sure not for everyone
  5. Fishing, hunting or prospecting, there's nothing sweeter than access to private property
  6. Know of a prospector/miner who placer mined using a trommel in Northern California in the 70's $ 80's. Then he moved to Jackpot NV nearly 30 years ago and really took up nugget shooting at Rye Patch. Through the 90's, several ounces of nuggets in a day was not that unusual he once told me. As detector technology improved, he would immediately upgrade machines and go back over his many (by then) old patches, and they would always produce at least some BUT....... In his opinion, the SDC2300 and the GPZ (which he bought at first chance) finally "killed off" most all of the known nugget patches beyond whatever new technology may enter the market. To him, the few crumbs left at such places, or even an exceptionally rare larger piece, are not worth his time. In 2017, he sold his GPX, SDC and GPZ. This year he's in the process of starting up a new trommel operation.
  7. X coil's for the SDC2300 yet, especially a waterproof coil? Very much in demand!
  8. I've got one and it works. Just don't let it "boil" and it won't loose gold. Installing an in line ball valve will regulate flow. A mini sluice concentrator is more effective and practical though as you can run 1/4" as well as 1/8" material.
  9. The easy (detecting) gold is pretty much gone except for private property. All my nuggets past couple years have come from dry wash piles. Can't bring back the 80's and 90's on public land. Time to move dirt just like the good o'l days! Only exception is maybe hit a beach for rings and jewelry that doesn't need 100 million years to replenish! Sometimes the truth really hurts!
  10. Thats what I'm trying to decide; the Garrett Pro Pointer AT or White's TRX. Looking like a 50/50 split so far. Lets keep this discussion rolling !
  11. Looking to get a new pin pointer (to assist in nugget shooting) as mine is 7 years old. There must be better more sensitive ones available these days. Input would be much appreciated......Thanks!
  12. Was a loyal Whites guy for a long time and finally had it. Loved the TDI SL but they refused to make the factory modifications to the unit that eventually I (with an electrician friend of mine) found a way to "scab in" myself. Talked with Tom about it for over a year and he said just be patient; "improvements to the SL are coming soon"...........nada. Most every time I would call up there wanting to just talk, I would get nothing but attitude. One particular lady in customer service was exceptionally aloof and abrasive . I'd had about enough of these people. Then earlier this year an event took place that made it easy for me to say good by to Sweet Home forever. New coils came out for the Minlab SDC 2300, a unit I'd been wanting to buy for a long time but kept putting it off in my long patient wait for the Whites "promised" TDI upgrades. Thats it.......I'm out! Bought the SDC and loving it, spent the last 6 months selling off all my Whites detectors. Done all I could do to stay with this American detector company but eventually felt abandon by it, suppose I'm a Minlab guy now. Decided to keep my Sierra Gold Trac though in honor of Jimmy Sierra. He and I had many conversations.......great guy and another loss to this company. My hunch is Tom B began to feel the ship he was sailing on is headed for the reef. Time to get the hell off and move on. Innovate or evaporate the old saying goes, Tesoro may have some company soon. Hope I'm wrong but I think I hear the death rattle.
  13. Couple years back, a buddy of mine who lives in the desert had his shed broken into and a lot of expensive stuff sacked. Recently he bought a 40' steel shipping container for outside storage. Being a engineer and fabricator, he made a number of "custom & unique" modifications to it in addition to windows a door, etc. One particular window was somewhat larger and you might say could be "enticing" to the wrong kind of sort. One night he and his wife were awakened to this terrible screaming and banging coming from outside their home. Glock in hand, he walked out to find the noise coming from inside the shipping container. You see this one custom window was built so that once someone broke in, a trip mechanism engaged a heavy tension spring slamming down a steel cover over the window trapping the crook inside........just like a rat. Tom never gave the dirt bag any indication what was going on and after calling the sheriff, would occasionally strike the steel siding with a hammer. This loud echoing "BANG" coupled with the pitch blackness and uncertainty of his fate would cause the crook to wail in fear. Well eventually the deputies arrived and took the guy into custody. Coming out of the container hand cuffed; he was sweating profusely, crying , shaking and had blood running down his face. Oh, and it was obvious he'd shit his pants.
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