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  1. Research, time, and lots of boot miles. Get away from the known areas and roads.
  2. JW and I went on a bit of an adventure yesterday, it was to an old mining area where a lot of sluicing was done in the 1800's. The old timers did one hell of a job and little gold is left to be found but you go to this place for the adventure. It's along one of the worlds most dangerous roads that was built during the gold rush, the road was made by the miners in the late 1800's. It's one way and very narrow, even the bridges just fit the width of a car! JUST! If you strike a car coming the other way it's a battle over who will reverse until they can find a spot to pass. In the info abou
  3. Hi all. Been out there for a few years now picking up the bits that your lucky enough to walk over. The other day I was up early and on an area that I have been over before. Thought I will give it another go. Nothing found by me in the immediate area before. Tuned up the 7000, adjusted the harness for comfort and proceeded to swing the coil. 7.16 am exactly. Walked I think 11 steps and the machine went of its dial. Bloody piece of junk I thought but stopped and scraped the surface looking for a piece of steel, then I saw it. I take it that everyone has found their dream piece and remembers the
  4. OK...I'm bored as the snow keeps piling up!!! I remember reading a thread on one of these forums, which I can't remember which one, but somebody posted some very small bits he'd gotten with I believe a Gold Monster(?). Anyways....one of the replies posted was from a person who couldn't and wouldn't believe a detector could find gold that tiny. Soooo.... just for fun lets see some pics of your smallest bits and what detector you got them with??? Mine below were got with the Monster.....
  5. A couple of days ago I returned to a late 18th century homestead that has been disappointing in the past. I've always felt like there was something good to be found around the house, but the best I could do were a few wheaties and a ton of iron and aluminum. I had about an hour and decided to hit it again. Same old thing right before I left I found a 41 wheat 6 inches under a 2 inch piece of flagstone walkway (thought that was great). A day went by and while building a pergola in my back yard and nearly cutting part of my thumb in half, I had enough of construction and decided to go back one m
  6. Out Bush with Jane and GH. Pulled up at spot. Turned on detector, tuned it in, walked 4 metres. Got a quiet iffy signal dug down out pops 5.7 gram nugget. Not 12 metres from the car. Couldn't believe it, didn't even video it. What a start to the day. By the end of the day still only the one bit.
  7. Dredge tailing piles are full of crap, can, barbed wire, nails, hot rocks etc. Was hunting in Idaho, After digging countless targets you think another iron chunk, but I dig everything regardless of sound. This one come in rather loud and was setting a flat rock about 5" deep. Biggest nugget I have found. Weighed 5.56 ounce. Found a few years back and traded for a S&S 91/2' pickup camper, Now that nugget is worth a whole lot more and the camper has ;lost 3/4 of it's value. Oh well life goes on.
  8. Long story short, I don't even know what machine I was using when I pulled it out from the bottom, but maybe months after, half an hour ago I was checking my Ctx for tomorrow hunt and testing some targets from my garbage/crusty/horrible coins can....When I passed it over the coil the numbers were all but obvious to be silver...So a 12.24 was lightning under my eyes and decided to give it a go for a steel wool run... I still need to clean well the Inside part of this oldie to the point I can barely see some engraving like a date or something... For now, I'm smiling like a child with a
  9. I was meant to be going skiing yesterday but the forecast was for strong winds, we only managed half a day the prior day as the winds started and they had to shut down the lifts so I contacted JW and asked if he was wanting to go for a gold hunt instead, of course it was a yes. Fortunately the wind wasn't at the spot we decided to detect and it turned out a perfect day, quite warm for winter. While we don't have the bigger gold some places do that doesn't make the hunt any less fun and the challenge is certainly there. With all the talk of the new 12 13" coil coming out from Nugget Fin
  10. My gold detecting streak is now history but as I was looking over some old silver finds this morning I came across this dental work. As I looked at it I thought it strange that this kind of dental work wasn't gold but then I thought, "wait a minute, I assumed it was silver but could it be white gold?" When I have found gold dental crowns in the past they have been made of yellow gold and I never considered that white gold might be used. Well, the 14K acid held but the 18K acid did not and I think that a lot of dental gold is 16K so it looks like I have 2.7 grams of the good stuff. It
  11. Hi everyone. Been having some fun with the Zed on the gold lately. Here's some Video's hope you enjoy.
  12. well yesterday i went out for a bit it was a bit hot 107 but i just scored a gp 3000 & i needed to give it a test run so i took it to a place thats all worked out .... ever heard that before? well before i melted totally i scored this 1.8 gram nugget great start its dam hot out there be very careful
  13. I finally got out to test out my new 8" X-Coil, I've been wanting a size like this for a long time. I thought it was going to be impossible to fit the GPZ Super-D design into such a small coil however X-coils after some time have achieved it and it works exceptionally well. I was running my GPZ in HY Normal with gain of 20, manual ground balance all day. My first pellet recovery 🙂 These were my weapons of choice for the day, the little 8" hardly looks much bigger than the little 6x3" sniper on the GB2. It made the GPZ feel reasonably light too, I ran it all day without
  14. I'm getting so old.......I was messing around Saturday thinking the tide was at 5 o'clock. I go to check the tides at 1:30 and seen low tides were at 3 pm and I had a long drive...OUCH..Late Ended up getting in the water at 2:40 pm..walked out ..first target of the day..Gold Signet. I put myself in the area for the last few times out with the excalibur I have got a few non silver coins from the general area. I ended up working about a 100 foot strip and maybe 20 feet wide..over and over..One thing I have always noticed with the Excalibur, you can get a target from one direction and
  15. Hello Everyone, It's been awhile since I have been out. We have been placering a large wash down to the paylayer and bedrock. This time of year, you can only do so much digging, raking and detecting. Here is a short Youtube video of a partner and I working for half the day placering for gold with the Minelab GPZ 7000 metal detector. Hope you enjoy. Watch, Like and Subscribe our "Nuggethunting" Youtube Channel to follow us on our Arizona Desert Adventures for gold nuggets.
  16. Got a small gold ring today testing out one of the battery packs I made for the "AQ" ...2 hours and 50 minutes then I heard thunder...time to high tail it out of the water. Be back out Saturday. Fridays outing ..... 2 silver rings 5 silver coins and a piece of a silver bracelet and one 2.1gram 10k ring....use to be 2.1 grams was 30 dollars..now we are looking at 25 plus dollars for one gram of 10k..where will the gold endup at? I am getting so old..Had the gold ring on video, deleted all the files except the one of showing the battery tube coming out of the water..No clue where they
  17. This is a long read but a fantastic story! https://www.mindat.org/article.php/516/Australia's+134+Pound+Gold+Nugget
  18. Just recently I have re aquired a interest in using the 19" coil on the 7000. I was at a spot yesterday which was known for big gold in the early days of detecting. Years ago I met a guy at this spot that told me he got a 60 ouncer there with a SD2000. Yesterday I was using JP`s deep gold settings and got this piece on the surface. I moved it on the very first light scrape and the only reason I got it was because the sweet spot of the coil happened to go over it. When I changed over to High Yield I could hear it pretty clearly. Now I want to find the exact opposite to this piece. This one go
  19. i have a bet with Goldbrick as to which of us will be the first to find a pocket. He works very syentiphiclee, studying history and geology, and methodically and laboriously taking samples (booorrrriinnnggg}. I, on the other hand, go about it like I do all of my prospecting which compares well to slapping mosquitoes - no plans, split second decisions, some hits and some misses. So who do you think will win the bet? I might be getting close.
  20. It is summer and to stay till late with friends and childs drinking and roasting meat in the evening is a pleasure without doubts... After few hours however it is also time to go in the beach, in a hurry, early, before people start to fill the water and the search area... So even this morning, after a long stop due to some bad waves, I was trying to do my best and luckily I hitted a promising spot... I'm that kind of hunter that never trust all can be picked up, so even if I pulled last pieces from here when most of competition was already done for this area, I tried again, ano
  21. Due to the high danger in entering the house with grains of sand and rusty materials when my woman is there, I keep my buttocks safe leaving any find that is not gold outside in the garden, inside a basket ... I do not remember how many hunts ago I left this pendant and other coins in the basket, perhaps distracted by the rings, much heavier ... Also it is rare to see pendants with red paint ... It seemed like costume jewelry. Anyway with my daughter yesterday afternoon, we rummaged in the basket and I showed her how many coins that I discard can return as new with a bit of hard work .. She
  22. Here are my last 2 gold finds with the NOX. Was in Oregon over the 4th and as I always do I like to hunt areas most other have issues with, the old workings that has the iron trash. These 2 finds are very different kinds of gold and pretty far apart, but yellow metal no less. The large specimen is 3.96 ozt and the small nugget is 1.6 grams. Did anyone else get out for the 4th or recent hunts and add to their heavy metal collection?
  23. A short trip out to Tibooburra in far west NSW Australia, we managed to get about 150 nano nuggets, for just over 12 grams, but hey it was fun and catching up with people we have meet over the years as well was great. The gold and some of the places along the way. 10" and 12" spiral x-coils were used on the Zed Towns along the way A hill over looking Tibooburra in the distance Sturt Desert pea, grows in the outback desert areas Cameron Corner this is where three states meet, NSW, SA and QLD cheers dave
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