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  1. 9 points
    Chris Gholson

    Not gold, but still awesome!

    A friend of mine from high school sent me these incredible photos the other day. His passion is chasing lions with his dogs here in the mountains of Arizona. I wouldn’t really call him a hunter since he doesn’t shoot them, he just enjoys tracking them and getting video/photos and relaying that info back to Game & Fish. He just recently bought a GPX-4500 from me, so I have a feeling some of his time will get diverted to chasing the yellow stuff! …Anyway these were such cool photos I had to share them with you all.
  2. 7 points
    I just put together this short video over the weekend and thought I’d share with you all. I am getting excited again about filming, and my goal is to post a couple new videos each month on the channel. I hope you guys enjoy!
  3. 7 points
    Chris Gholson

    More "EVO" gold!

    A customer and friend sent me this photo this morning. He just bought a Nugget Finder 17x13” Evolution coil for his GPX last month and has already paid for it! This was the gold found from his most recent outing; it’s just shy of ½-ounce! Keep up that lucky streak going, and thanks again for sharing your find with us!
  4. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Dry-Washing for Gold!

    A good friend and customer of ours sent over these photos of some amazing gold he recovered using a dry-washer. Even though all the gold was small, it quickly added up to over 2-ounces! It was found not far from Randsburg, CA and was taken in only two outings!...We always love seeing the yellow metal and I want to thank Daine (the lucky finder) for sharing these photos with us. Keep up the good work
  5. 5 points
    Wishing all of the lovely ladies in our lives a very special and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
  6. 5 points
    Chris Gholson

    WOW, some nice GPZ gold!

    A friend and customer just sent over this great photo of the gold he has found so far this winter in southern Arizona. Everything shown here was detected with the Minelab GPZ 7000. I didn’t get a final weight from him, but I know that a few of the nuggets near the top are close to an ounce…A huge congratulations to this hard working prospector! Thank you so much for sharing with us, keep adding to that pile!
  7. 4 points
    Reno Chris

    Dry-Washing for Gold!

    Dry washing is an important tool to go with detecting. I've found plenty of little patches that give a dozen or more smaller nuggets in a limited area. Dry washing is a great way to clean out that patch and get all the gold in the area. The photo below is from a little patch about 5 x 30 feet in size. Nuggets on the right were detected when the patch was found, gold on the left of the coins was dry washed from the same spot after the nuggets got harder and harder to find. The dirt was only 6 to 10 inches deep at this spot. Detected gold was around 15 dwt, dry washed gold around 10 dwt. I've dry washed a few more dwt from this area since and detected a few more as well, but this was the heart of the area. Interesting too on the original photos of the gold the guy got near Randsburg. I dry washed near there maybe 40 years ago. Its surprising how small the size of gold a dry washer will get. On the dust sized gold you are not getting 95% recovery but even of you are only getting 75% on the really small stuff, it still can add up to a lot of gold.
  8. 4 points
    Chris Gholson

    Coil Maintenance Tips

    Coil Maintenance Tips: The search coil is the part of the metal detector that is swung over the ground, and as you can imagine, it receives the most abuse. Coils are tough, but like any piece of equipment they must be maintained to ensure proper function. Here are a few tips to help you get the best performance and extend the coil’s life: 1. The coil connector will become corroded over time. This buildup is easily removed with any over the counter Control/Contact Cleaner & Lubricant (see photo). Simply spray into the connector and wipe away any excess liquid. 2. Most coils include a skid plate on the bottom. This skid is there to protect the coil as you scrape it over rocks and dirt. Always inspect the skid prior to use and replace before wearing through (see photo). Failure to maintain the skid can void the coil’s warranty, and in time will eventually damage the coil itself. Keep in mind that it is much cheaper to replace a skid versus a coil. 3. Periodically remove your coil’s skid plate and dump out any dirt and black sands that have accumulated. This will help reduce the likelihood of false signals. 4. It is our recommendation that the coil cable wire be strung straight from the coil up the lower shaft, then held in place with either our coil cable clips, Velcro strips, or tape. Once you reach the “knuckle” or screw cap, the coil cable wire can then be wrapped along the upper shaft and finally inserted into the detector’s control box. Ensure that the connector is properly seated before tightening. 5. Most coils are fairly water resistant, however the drier it stays, the longer it will last. Unless designated as water-proof, a coil should not be washed with a pressurized hose. A soft brush and damp rag are recommended for cleaning. If anyone else has any tips they'd like to share please do so.…Happy hunting everyone!
  9. 4 points
    Chris Gholson

    Fresh from the ground!!!

    Fresh from the ground! A friend & customer just texted over this photo about ten minutes ago. Take a look at what he just unearthed with his Minelab GPZ 7000 at over 25 inches! This is his biggest nugget to date. I asked what it weighed and he said his scale only goes to an ounce, and the nugget causes an error message. I hate error messages, but in this case it’s a good thing! I can’t say exactly where, but it was found in the Arizona desert…I am so excited for this gentleman. He’s a great guy who works hard and definitely deserved this trophy piece. Well done my friend – thank you for letting my share!
  10. 4 points
    Chris Gholson

    Another piece of fallen treasure!

    A friend of mine that likes to detect in Arizona sent me this photo a few days ago. What he thought was going to be a nugget actually turned out to be a really nice meteorite! It is a “stony” or chondrite and is a beautiful example of the type. The total weight is 187-grams. He is swinging a Minelab GPZ 7000 with the 14” coil. Way to go!!!
  11. 4 points
    Chris Gholson

    Fresh from the ground!!!

    The owner just sent me this photo of the nugget all cleaned up. It turned out stunning! The final weight was 31.4-grams. Gravelwasher, I don't think that's the hole.
  12. 3 points

    Couple of Eagles Today

    I found my first two Civil War Federal Eagle buttons today with the Nokta FoRes CoRe. The one with the "C" in the shield is a Calvary officers button. Rare finds in AZ. I have found a good number .56 caliber Spencer cases at this site as well. No real old coins...YET. Good luck! Dean
  13. 2 points

    Fresh from the ground!!!

    What a fantastic piece ! I know that road !!!
  14. 2 points
    Chris Gholson

    Some recent Space Rocks

    A friend and customer sent over this photo showing off some of his recent finds. The gold has been a little skinny, but he is doing well on cleaning up some meteorites! This variety are known as chondrites or "stony", and although they don't contain a tremendous amount of metal inside they do have enough nickel/iron to set off most detectors. Many people have walked away from these believing them to be hot rocks; I know I did in the past. However, once you have seen & handled a few you can't help but recognize them. He found these using his Minelab GPX-4500 and his new Nugget Finder Evolution Coil. A big congratulations to the lucky finder, I really appreciate you sharing with us. Hopefully the next photos you send will include a multi-ouncer! Happy hunting everyone..
  15. 2 points
    Chris Gholson

    Great find beneath the old Oak!

    A customer of mine back in Missouri just sent over these photos of a great find he just made. His house was built in the 1830’s and there’s a big old oak tree in the backyard that must be ancient. He decided to run his new detector beneath that tree and it paid off nicely. Check out this incredible 1835 bust dime that he detected at less than five inches! He said it was tough to see the date until he soaked it overnight in baking soda and water…Congratulations to this lucky finder; I can’t wait to see what else turns up beneath that oak!
  16. 1 point

    Equinox Relic Hunt

    I took the Equinox to an old rail road yard and ran it in Field 2 mode. Tried a couple of different Iron Bias settings and settled on 2. Speed setting 6... the iron trash is thick. The Equinox is incredibly fast and separates very, very well even wearing the 11" coil. I was able to pick some cool relics out of the iron including my first Indian Head Penny and a really odd shell casing... a .38-55. Early reports on the Equinox have been excellent on all fronts. Dean
  17. 1 point
    Thanks for the feedback everyone! Yes, the desert is gorgeous right now, with all the fresh grass it was like detecting on a golf course! Quite a bit different than the chilly weather we've had up north...I'm working on a new video now, so maybe by next week it will be ready to post up. Thanks again!
  18. 1 point

    More "EVO" gold!

    Nice gold. Those EVO coils are really something special ! Kudos to Rohan from Nugget Finder. Rick
  19. 1 point

    Winter Prospecting on the Feather

    Winter Prospecting on the Feather Watch as Jeff does some winter Prospecting for Gold trying to get the jump on Gary ( Two toes ) on there yearly Gold contest !!! I only had a short window between storms so I took a short drive to the River in search of Gold. Thanks for watching, I hope you enjoy the video Jeff
  20. 1 point

    Freedom System Gold

    I finally got out yesterday after a month or 2 absence working as a fly fishing guide and building a new house this summer certainly cuts into s guy's detecting time. This is my second trip out with Arizona Outback Freedom System and other than two little quirks I have to give it 2 thumbs up. If you are not familiar with Chris's Freedom System it is a very small light weight battery and charger and a deteknit wireless head phone and after using it I have to say I will never go back to coils again. I found 5 nuggets in a few hours all but the largest were very deep signals just a faint break in the threshold. This System did a great job massaging them out. This area has been heavily worked by others over the years. I was using the 5000 along with the 12 inch round Evo. As far as the two quirks I mentioned earlier first thing I noted is the head phone control touch pad has to be on the detector's side. If not, it would blank out often. The other thing I noticed the transmitter had to be tucked under the right arm pad. If not blanking was also noticed. Give Chris a call and try out this System. You will be glad you did. 5 nuggets totaled, 4.4 grams in all, largest 2.1. Keep on digging! Enoch
  21. 1 point
    Chris Gholson

    New spot - new coil test drive!

    I was able to get in some detecting right before that snow storm hit central AZ earlier this week. I headed out to a spot that I have been eye-balling for a while. All the geological indicators for gold were there, so I figured it was worth a swing. I decided to take my new Nugget Finder 12x8” EVO coil out for a test drive. It performed beautifully on my Minelab GPX…actually almost too well. The sensitivity is unbelievable and I found myself digging shards of metal that were so small I had a hard time spotting them in my hand even after they had come out of the ground. The depth was good as well, but it was the overall sensitivity that blew me away. In really trashy spots this might be a disadvantage, but for patches that held lots of tiny nuggets and have been worked hard, the new 12x8” is in my opinion the way to go. A perfect size coil for wash or creek bed hunting. I didn’t hit any new patches, but I did score this 1.4 gram piece. The most challenging aspect of this area was the sheer amount of magnetite. Just about every wash I walked was loaded with black sand and the bedrock cracks were packed with heavy black hot rocks. They were noisy for sure, but I found I could work the ground by backing off the Gain, holding the coil slightly higher than normal, and moving a little slower. Now that I know there is gold I might try some dry-washing this spring to see how much fine gold those washes carry…Anyway I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and 2019 if off to a great start!
  22. 1 point
    Chris Gholson

    Nice start with the Equinox 800!

    I sold a Minelab Equinox 800 a while back to a gentleman up in Wyoming and mentioned that I always love seeing photos of customer finds. Well he didn’t forget, because I just got these in the mail! From the looks of it, he has definitely gotten the hang of the machine. He has found all sorts of goodies. My personal favorite is the bar token from Montana…Great work Tom, thanks so much for sharing with us!
  23. 1 point

    Equinox Relic Hunt

    Got out yesterday and did a little old house and curb strip hunting. Really fun hunt as the owners were a great group of young guys doing some garage band practice. They gave me the run of the place and an invitation to go back. Found a little silver and some other neat old relics... Holy cow! The pics turned out huge with the new website format. Gonna have to resize differently. Dean
  24. 1 point

    The Equinox

    Nice finds Dean. Definitely looking forward to what else will be turned up with the Equinox in the next few months. I'm hoping to score some nuggets with it here soon.... Luke
  25. 1 point
    Steve Gholson

    SD2100 - SD2200 - GP Extreme!

    Hello everyone, I have watched with keen interest the debate that continues on most of the forums about the Minelab SD series of detectors vs. the GP Extreme and thought the data enclosed might be of some interest. While in Western Australia in 2001, Chris G. and myself joined up with a group of prospectors and spent some wonderful time out bush looking for the yellow metal and enjoying the company of some colorful characters. Each evening everyone would gather and weigh the gold that was found that day by each prospector and listen to all the wild tales of how good we all were at detecting. As you can imagine, there were lots of laughs and plenty of embellished stories regarding hole sizes, hole depth, faint whispers, etc. etc... While the data is not scientific, it is a true representation of the actual finds out on the goldfields. To my knowledge, there was no other machine being used other than the SD2100,SD2200 and the GP Extreme. All prospectors were hunting the same area’s and spending approximately the same amount of time each day out in the field. I would estimate that each prospector spent a minimum of six hours detecting each day for ten solid days. If we consider that there were 31 operators, the total man hours spent in the field would equal 1,860 hours (31 X 6 X 10 = 1,860 ). This data was generated from those 1,860 hours on the goldfields. There are at least two important variables that were not gathered at that time which would have an impact on the final data. Unfortunately the coil information (size & type) could not be accurately recorded as some operators were switching back and forth depending upon the conditions. Also, the experience of each operator was hard to judge and subjective in nature. I have presented the data in one form but you can take the numbers and generate lots of things to look at. This information is presented here only to give you some more “ammo” that you can use in your debates regardless of which type of machine you prefer. -Steve Gholson Total number of prospectors = 31 100% (percentage of total) GP Extreme users =10 32% (percentage of GP Extremes) SD 2200 users =13 42% (percentage of SD2200’s) SD 2100 users =8 26% (percentage of SD2100’s) Total number of days prospecting = 10 Total amount of gold found = 815.9 grams, ( 26.2322 Troy ounces). Total number of nuggets found = 394 Average weight per nugget = 2.0708 grams, (all machines, 815.9/394). Average wt. per nugget, GP Ext. = 2.3156 grams Average wt. per nugget, SD2200 = 1.818 grams Average wt. per nugget, SD2100 = 2.0284 grams Average weight of gold per day = 81.59 grams (all machines, 815.9/10) Avg. wt. of gold per day, GP Ext. = 37.05 grams Avg. wt. of gold per day, SD2200 = 25.27 grams Avg. wt. of gold per day, SD2100 = 19.27 Avg. number of nuggets per day = 39.4 (all machines, 394/10). Avg. # of nuggets per day, GP Ext.= 16 Avg. # of nuggets per day, SD2200= 13.9 Avg. # of nuggets per day, SD2100= 9.5 Total amount of nuggets found = 394 (all machines). Total amt. of nuggets found GP Ext= 160 ( 40.61% of all nuggets found) Total amt. of nuggets found SD2200= 139 (35.28% of all nuggets found) Total amt. of nuggets found SD2100= 95 ( 24.11% of all nuggets found) Total amount of gold found = 815.9 grams (all machines). Total amt. of gold found, GP Ext. = 370.5 grams (45.41% of all gold found) Total amt. of gold found, SD2200 = 252.7 grams (30.97% of all gold found) Total amt. of gold found, SD2100 =192.7 grams (23.62% of all gold found) Total weight of gold and quantity of nuggets per day, (all machines). DAY, Weight (grams), Quantity of nuggets 1, 55.4, 45 2, 68.7, 44 3, 111.6, 67 4, 60.7, 34 5, 4.3, 5 6, 53.7, 27 7, 79.5, 40 8, 167.4, 50 9, 80.9, 33 10, 133.7, 49 ------------- ------------ Total 815.9(grams), 394(quantity) Total weight of gold per day for each machine. Day, (Grams per machine)- SD2100, SD2200, GP Ext. 1, 4.5, 36, 14.9 2, .8, 22.1, 45.8 3, 42.6, 26.2, 42.8 4, 17.6, 18.9, 24.2 5, 0, .2, 4.1 6, 21.9, 11.5, 20.3 7, 9.6, 17.5, 52.4 8, 19.1, 19.5, 128.8 9, 19.7, 53.9, 7.3 10, 56.9, 46.9, 29.9 ---------- ---------- -------- Total 192.7 (2100), 252.7(2200), 370.5(GP) Total quantity of nuggets found per day for each machine Day, (Quantity of nuggets)- SD2100, SD2200, GP Ext. 1, 6, 25, 14 2, 2, 20, 22 3, 26, 17, 24 4, 8, 10, 16 5, 0, 1, 4 6, 7, 7, 13 7, 8, 9, 23 8, 15, 11, 24 9, 7, 18, 8 10, 16, 21, 12 Total ---------- -------- ----------- 95(2100), 139(2200), 160(GP) Data for each prospector by name Name, Weight of gold(grams), Quantity of nuggets, Machine type Steve G., 64.1, 34, GP Ext. Chris G., 61.8, 35, GP Ext Bob A., 57.1, 13, GP Ext. Doug S., 53.9, 15, SD2100 Erik M., 51.9, 24, GP Ext. Spencer, 50.2, 40, SD2200 Bryan, 37.4, 12, SD2100 Dave A., 36.1, 14, SD2200 Ken D., 34.1, 16, SD2200 Tony, 32.5, 24, SD2200 John F., 32, 12, GP Ext. Peter, 29.9, 3, SD2200 Hermann, 28.8, 24, GP Ext. Graeme, 28.7, 7, GP Ext. Peter P, 28.2, 14, SD2100 Phil B., 25.6, 6, GP Ext. Mary P., 21.6, 12, SD2200 Alan, 21, 10, SD2100 Orlando, 20.5, 16, SD2100 Graeme P., 18.6, 18, SD2100 Bruce, 18.5, 2, GP Ext. David E., 16.2, 11, SD2200 Charlie, 15.7, 10, SD2200 John A., 10.8, 4, SD2200 Peter Dean, 6.6, 3, SD2100 Ray, 6.5, 7, SD2100 Chuck, 4, 3, SD2200 Vic W., 2, 3, GP Ext. Tom T., 1.6, 2, SD2200 John M., 0, 0, SD2200 Kim, 0, 0, SD2200 ------------- ------------- Total = 815.9(grams), 394(quantity) Top five weight producers and their machine type Steve G. 64.1 (grams) GP Extreme Chris G. 61.8 GP Extreme Bob A. 57.1 GP Extreme Doug S. 53.9 SD2100 Erik M. 51.9 GP Extreme Top six nuggets producers and their machine type Spencer 40 (nuggets) SD2200 Chris G. 35 GP Ext. Steve G. 34 GP Ext. Erik M. 24 GP Ext. Hermann 24 GP Ext. Tony 24 SD2200 Top two weight producers for each machine Steve G. 64.1 (grams) GP Extreme Chris G. 61.8 GP Extreme Doug S. 53.9 SD2100 Spencer 50.2 SD2200 Bryan 37.4 SD2100 Dave A. 36.1 SD2200 Top two nugget (quantity) producers for each machine Spencer 40 SD2200 Chris G. 35 GP Extreme Steve G. 34 GP Extreme Tony 24 SD2200 Graeme P. 18 SD2100 Orlando 16 SD2100 Top five best day total weight results by any machine 128.8 (grams) GP Extreme 56.9 SD2100 53.9 SD2200 52.4 GP Extreme 46.9 SD2200 Top five best day total nugget (quantity) results by any machine 26 (nuggets) SD2100 25 SD2200 24 GP Extreme 24 GP Extreme 23 GP Extreme Partial summary; Total gold found = 815.9 grams Total number of prospectors = 31 Average gold per prospector = 26.32 It would be expected that an average or above average prospector should find at least 26.32 grams. The following analysis is based on any person with any machine that found at least 26.32 grams of gold. Out of the 31 prospectors that were detecting, 15 of them found at least 26.32 grams of gold. The total amount of gold found by these 15 prospectors was 626.7 grams which represents 76.81% of the total gold found by all of the prospectors. This means that approximately 50% of the prospectors found about 77% of the total gold found within the group. By using 26.32 grams of gold as our reference, the data below should be a better representation of how each type of machine preformed. Generally speaking, the new or inexperienced operators should be eliminated from the final data. Summary Total prospectors above 26.32 grams = GP Extreme, SD2200, SD2100 7 out of 10, 5 out of 13, 3 out of 8 70%, 38.46%, 37.5% Total gold found 324.4 grams, 182.8, 119.5 Average gold per machine 46.34 grams, 36.56, 39.83 Total quantity of nuggets 149, 97, 41 Average quantity of nuggets 21.29, 19.4, 13.67 Average weight of nugget 2.177 grams, 1.884, 2.915