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Hard Prospector

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  1. Over $4000.00 worth of brand new stuff for half off. Hell of a deal for someone.
  2. This was a back up detector that never saw any use, purchased around 4 years ago from Columbia Metal Detectors in Escondido. Many accessories; Coiltec Gold Screamer Power Pack to include two of the 9.5x5.5 and a 14x9 coils. **It does not have the waterproof round stock coil (sold it to a guy who nugget shoot's creeks in the Motherlode) besides I'm a desert prospector. Also included is Doc's protective cover, Ultra Swingy Thingy, batteries and head set. Again, everything brand new and located in Southern California....... but not opposed to driving a few hours to meet up. Prefer not to ship $2000.00 for everything, Pm if interested Rob
  3. Sounds like a plan, I'm sure the dry spell will come to an end soon. Good luck out there and best of health Robert
  4. Hey Fred I sorta thought you and that machine had made too many memories together to sell so easily😀
  5. Really liked my T2, but that was some years ago now. You made some very good points. Perhaps First Texas is counting on the old saying; "There's a fool born every minute" to buy their old out dated stuff. Kind of reminded me back when White's re packaged the TDI SL with new paint and decals (but not a damn thing more) Good to see Garret pushing the envelope.
  6. BTW; his mini high banker works well and the best portable high banker I've ever used.
  7. Jobe, Wilson and CA Sluice Co got mopped up by Geo Sluice (Jeff). He sort of picked up the pieces from several defunct companies recently so I would just call him and see whats up. Talked to him recently, very approachable and likes to talk.
  8. Was a huge White's fan for years and owned many of their machines. Anytime I had a question just call Jimmy (Sr) no problem as he loved to talk detectors and nugget shooting. Then he and White's had a falling out (pretty sure his knuckle head son had something to do with that) which seemed like the beginning of the slide for White's. Tried calling Sweet Home several times after words and was rewarded with crappy condescending customer service or flat-out lies. Decided to keep one White's detector (Sierra Gold Trac), mainly as a reminder of all the great conversations I had with Jimmy. As for the White's forum, I vote the bone yard
  9. Ah yes, my brothers and I grew up under a very "firm hand" as well. Nothing quite like the taste of a new bar of Irish Spring soap.
  10. Pat and Mark are always trying to come up with a better "mouse trap" to catch the gold. Some ideas have worked out quite well, a few not so much........just the nature of engineering and fabrication I guess
  11. This won't explain everything but it seems like a lot of items currently built since Covid hit have quality control issues.
  12. The Ruger Super Redhawk in 454 Casull was made for such moments. The Alaskan guide's best friend
  13. Beautiful MT gold, well done. Spent the last 2 weeks in Montana, my daughter was married last weekend at Chico Hot Springs (also gold country). Had a great time not just at the celebration but hiking around the country and just sight seeing. Lots of talk of grizzly encounters and couple maulings in Paradise Valley. Locals all say a hunt for griz is long over due.
  14. Looks like a new version of "Nitrox" mixed air breathing for scuba. Heard of supply chain issues but this seems a bit desperate.
  15. Flooding like nobody has seen in over 100 years is taking place in some of the historic gold districts of Montana, Idaho and beyond. An impressive late season snow pack followed by warm temps and rain has the rivers and gully''s a boom'n. Material that hasn't moved in over a century is on its way. Time to get your detector, sluice box, highbanker, dredge suits, etc. ready. Could be once in a lifetime prospecting opportunity, still keeping in mind the property damage is extreme & tragic for many and our hearts go out to them.
  16. In CA, boot leg pot growers drop portable pumps by the hundreds onto any river or stream they please and govt. regulators just turn a blind eye when brought to their attention. I know a guy who uses a mini high banker with a 12v pump and in a closed recirculating system near a stream at least a 100' away. He buckets the water over to his basins (3 ...of which are 30-40 gallons each), which flow from one into another as the material settles out. He is able to run quite a few buckets of pay in this process and feels he's within the law.......or close enough as he's not discharging into or pumping out of the stream or using any gasoline powered equipment. Periodically he shuts down to drain out the muddy water (via a 100" garden hose out into the boonies) and scoop out silt he spreads around the bushes. He told me he as operated this way for nearly 10 years and hasn't been pinched yet.
  17. Yep, couldn't have said it better. Most of my gold detecting these days for is jewelry on the coast. Too bad nugget patches don't get replenished with each new beach season.
  18. Big shoes to fill. I'm optimistic the new owners will carry on producing this excellent publication/magazine.
  19. In addition to everything all ready stated, I'll put a pet flea collar at the seem where my pants tuck into my boots
  20. Just love going into these old mills. The practical engineering that went into these monuments of the past were impressive. No "humanities degrees" at work here.
  21. Bedrocker; I would go with your probable theory..........The wrong people knew he likely had a lot of gold hidden near by. He was jumped and forced at gun point to reveal the cache in return for his life. The worst kind of sort knew that "dead men tell no tales" so after digging up the dust he was killed on the spot. Life can be so unfair and tragic
  22. Entertaining read, very much enjoyed the ride. Story's based on actual accounts are nothing new over the years, Hollywood is full of such movies. I appreciate the effort put into this.......thanks
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