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#1 LeRoy in Montana

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 08:50 PM

Sunday October 30 here in SW Montana was the finest day a gold detectin' guy could hope for.
A light jacket was too warm so I stashed it so I could pick it up on the way back to the truck.
Anyway I started working my way across some sidehills and down into a wash and then over the ridge
and down into another wash and got bullets, bb's and rusty tin and no gold. I kept getting further away
from the truck and by the time I decided to turn back the truck looked pretty small and it was all uphill
back to the truck. I made a loop so that I could cover different ground on the way back and by now the
sun was dropping down.

I crossed over a couple of ridges and down into a dry wash and started working my way up. It's
getting pretty dark when I get a good solid signal. I get it in the scoop and sort it out and get it into my
hand but it's so tiny I can't really tell if it's gold. I drop it in my vial and go on. It's rocky and dark but
I've still got the detector going and another 20 foot or so and another solid signal. Digging this one I
remember to use the Garrett Pin Pointer. I never had it on in the dark before and did not realize that the
little light was as bright as it is. I went a little ways farther and got another solid hit. Got that one put
away and went on and amazingly got yet another solid signal but somehow lost that one and I gave up
for the night.

It was about 7:30 when I got back to the truck and I had left it just before noon. Another hours drive
home and my 78 year old bones were pretty stiff and sore when I got out of the truck.
I was using my GP 3500 with the 8" Mono.
Lumpy turned me on to the pin pointer and it does save a lot of unnecessary digging. For me it
became an essential tool real quick.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 04:56 AM

Nice nuggets LeRoy, gotta get back over to that area at sunup next time Hapy Huntn.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 06:50 AM

LeRoy,

I started reading your post with slight trepidation,
thinking this might be an unhappy tale of a robbery or some tragic accident in the outback.
Instead it was an interesting and evocative account of your hunt.

Thanks for putting it up,
well done.

Continued good luck and happy hunting.


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Posted 03 November 2011 - 07:27 AM

Way to go LeRoy. Maybe you should get some lights and START your hunts at sundown. :lol:

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 08:08 AM

nice work leroy,it's nice to get in a good hunt this time of year up in big sky country.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 08:40 AM

LeRoy
Nice gold, sounds like a great day. You did remember to retrieve you jacket on your way back??
Take care, Wes

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 03:36 PM

Holy smokes LeRoy most of us might not be around to see 78 and yet your still out there puttin in the work...hats off to you sir...I agree with Flak, I thought you were going to say a rattler was in your jacket when you got back and it nailed you! Very nice story...very nice ending!!

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 05:17 PM

Well Done LeRoy I've used the G pinpointer for quite a while now one of the problems is the 5000 does not like it around LOL so I usually have to shut the unit down to use it, great for locating stuff tho for sure....Geo

#9 LeRoy in Montana

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 04:27 AM

View PostBucket, on 03 November 2011 - 03:36 PM, said:

Holy smokes LeRoy most of us might not be around to see 78 and yet your still out there puttin in the work...hats off to you sir...I agree with Flak, I thought you were going to say a rattler was in your jacket when you got back and it nailed you! Very nice story...very nice ending!!
Thanks for the nice comments. Here's a link to a YouTube video I just recently uploaded. It's a high
altitude bird hunt we do in Nevada. This was in 2010. LeRoy


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#10 LeRoy in Montana

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 04:55 AM

View Postseeker, on 03 November 2011 - 05:17 PM, said:

Well Done LeRoy I've used the G pinpointer for quite a while now one of the problems is the 5000 does not like it around LOL so I usually have to shut the unit down to use it, great for locating stuff tho for sure....Geo
Yeah, My GP3500 and my GPP don't like each other either. I'm not tethered to my detector and I just swing it around
to my right while using the GPP.Then if I have to use the detector again I set the GPP away to my left. But your 5K GPX
may be too sensitive for that to work. LeRoy
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#11 LeRoy in Montana

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 05:02 AM

View PostHawkeye, on 03 November 2011 - 08:40 AM, said:

LeRoy
Nice gold, sounds like a great day. You did remember to retrieve you jacket on your way back??
Take care, Wes
Thanks, it was a great day, and yep, got the jacket and it was cool enough by then that I needed it.
LeRoy
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#12 LeRoy in Montana

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 05:13 AM

View Postbeatup, on 03 November 2011 - 08:08 AM, said:

nice work leroy,it's nice to get in a good hunt this time of year up in big sky country.
Thanks, I never used to pay attention to the weather like my coffee friends do. But when you're a
detectin' guy you find yourself doing the same thing.Might get a few more days in before freeze up.
Claims!? We ain't got no claims. We don't need no claims!
I don't have to show you any stinking claims!
Adapted from "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 05:23 AM

View PostDakota Slim, on 03 November 2011 - 07:27 AM, said:

Way to go LeRoy. Maybe you should get some lights and START your hunts at sundown. :lol:
You know, I'm glad you said that cuz I have one of those little 5 light thingy's that clip onto
a baseball cap and it would have helped not only for diggin' but for stumbling back to the truck
in the dark with all the loose rock and sidehilling.<new word)
Claims!? We ain't got no claims. We don't need no claims!
I don't have to show you any stinking claims!
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 05:27 AM

View PostFlakMagnet, on 03 November 2011 - 06:50 AM, said:

LeRoy,

I started reading your post with slight trepidation,
thinking this might be an unhappy tale of a robbery or some tragic accident in the outback.
Instead it was an interesting and evocative account of your hunt.

Thanks for putting it up,
well done.

Continued good luck and happy hunting.


Flak
Thanks for the nice comments, I probably should have put an LOL in the title.LeRoy
Claims!? We ain't got no claims. We don't need no claims!
I don't have to show you any stinking claims!
Adapted from "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"

#15 LeRoy in Montana

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 05:33 AM

View Postfrank c, on 03 November 2011 - 04:56 AM, said:

Nice nuggets LeRoy, gotta get back over to that area at sunup next time Hapy Huntn.
Thanks, yep maybe today just waiting for a decent day. It's 15 degrees right now at 6:30 AM.
I have hunted in coveralls on cold days but I'm not sure I can still get in them.
LeRoy
Claims!? We ain't got no claims. We don't need no claims!
I don't have to show you any stinking claims!
Adapted from "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"




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