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  1. Chris Ben

    Location To Hunt? Near Las Vegas

    Yes only a few claims, the rest is BLM land
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    Location To Hunt? Near Las Vegas

    Also there is the Johnnie district about an hour away from Vegas, near Pahrump NV. There is probably more ground near Gold Basin AZ. Chris
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    Found A New Spot! And What A Spot It Is!

    Wow, great big speci!! Find any other nuggets, or just the big one? Chris
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    Last Hunt, Bb Nugget, And Crushed Speci

    Thanks. I really feel it was a natural formation. It was attached to one of those 4 nuggets, and came free only after a soak in CLR. Plus this was in an area with no signs of man made structures with the exception of a few drywash piles and excavation pits. Chris
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    Last Hunt, Bb Nugget, And Crushed Speci

    Stay on it !! You are just building up Karma for a big score. There were many days Dave was killing it and offering me a "mercy " nugget lol. The BB was natural somehow it was attached to other nugget. Chris
  6. Hi guys, Dave and I had time for a short hunt Sunday. Dave had scoped out a new area that when we got there looked promising. Unfortunately no luck at all. One of these days we will find a new area. I then suggested we head back to a spot that had a bunch of trash, but a lit of mining done in the past. I got lucky and found a couple small pieces in some old drywash tailings. Another piece on a slope, and a 1.2 g nugget in an old hole. Dave went of in a different direction and had no luck...he really needs to pick up his game, he's been slacking lol I've been on the no luck side many times when he has scored. Hunting with Dave is great because if one of us happens on a patch, we'll radio each other to join in on the fun. It all even out in the end. Good karma lol. When I got home I soaked the 4 nuggets in some CLR, and when I took them out there were 5. One was a perfectly formed BB of gold... weird!! I posted before about a quartz specimen I found detecting, decided it wasn't worth keeping as a specimen so I crushed it up, and panned it. It was better than I thought. 7.7 grams. Cheers, Chris
  7. Congratulations on a great day prospecting!
  8. Those are not the pieces, I just soaked in clr for a bit. This big quartz is the one I'm soaking in Whink. There are many spots of gold in the quartz, mostly small, But I think there is not enough gold to keep as a specimen. I may just crush it. Thank you for advice.
  9. Hi all. I made it out Sunday for a nice hunt. Great weather temp wise, maybe a little windy. I want back to the wash I found the nuggets in a couple of weeks back, and was able to squeak out 1 more. I tried to expand the area but not luck. I picked up and headed to an area that has been mined a lot, full of trash, but I figure must be full of gold. Wow I really am amazed what the GPZ is capable of. 2 of the nuggets I found really amazed me, size and depth. 1 of those I was detecting a drywash header pile and got a small repeatable signal. I kept raking back the rocks, still getting the signal till I got to virgin ground under the pile, 6 more inches down I pulled out a sub gram nugget. Amazing. All 4 for the day added up to 3.8 grams. Now to the question, I've been soaking that big quartz specimen I found in Wink for about a month now, it is exposing more gold, very slowly. How long do I soak? Do I need to refresh the wink? The longer I soak it the more quartz will dissolve? Thanks Chris
  10. Chris Ben

    Gold Basin Rainbows

    Great photos and great story. Congratulations on no skunk!! Chris
  11. Chris Ben

    Any Canadian Detector Prospectors?

    Not much help for you, but I am a Canadian citizen, but just been living in Las Vegas for 40 years. I'm also half Newfie so be careful 😉 lol. Good luck out there, keep us posted on your success! Chris
  12. So all week long I was fantasizing about the new spot I found where I found the 2 deep nickels on bedrock, and after hearing the stories about Prospectors putting a nickel in the ground to replace a nugget I figured I was on to a new hotspot... Well, it was a big bust. The 20 ft of wash I detected was the only part that had anything. Scouting new areas is either hero or zero. It's been zero for me for a while. I gave up on the new spot and decided to hit an old area where we have had some success. I decided to drive in a different way, and hit it from a new direction, to maybe see things from a different perspective. I ended up in a wash where my buddy Dave had pulled a couple out of a year ago. By the time I realized I was in that same wash, I was already digging targets. Maybe the monsoons moved some stuff around, because I know Dave hardly misses a crumb. After I dug my first nugget, a 2g chunk I slowed it down and moved the coil under all the shrubs in the wash. That was where I found the other 2 nuggets. A nice patch of 3. And I prevented another skunk. Tried to take a video of the last dig, not sure if I will post. I like the quartz one. Cheers, Chris
  13. Looks like you had a full Adventure with some good gold! Congratulations, Chris
  14. Chris Ben

    Peg And Zed’s Big Adventure

    Wow nice work!! I still have never detected Northern NV. That 3.9 grammer, looks bigger. Chris
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    Short Day Out

    Thank you, I'm anxious to get back into that wash and check it out. Chris