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  1. 5 points
    Chris Gholson

    Relic hunt in the rain & mud!

    This past Saturday my detecting buddy Dean and I got to sneak in a few hours on the coin/relic machines. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate in the least bit. The moment we got in the car to head out it began raining. In less than fifteen minutes it was pouring so hard the road was flooded and every gutter and storm drain was overflowing! Of course the day we decide to go detecting we get hit with the hardest Monsoon storm of the season! The conditions were less than ideal, but we made the best of it. We’d get to hunt for half an hour, then the sky would break open again and we would be stuck in the car until it cleared out. It went this way all day, but we managed to pull a few goodies from the mud. I was swinging the Minelab CTX 3030, and him the Minelab Equinox 800. The best finds were two silver coins, a token, part of an old lantern, a piece of costume jewelry, and quite a bit of clad...The rains have been great this year here in AZ. As soon as the temperatures come down a bit, it will be time to hit the goldfields. Happy hunting everyone!
  2. 5 points
    frank c


    Where are you at Dick ? I've been using an 18 R. I did pick up a 13x17 like we were talkn bout. The rains did a lil bit of moving surface here so far this season, I caught a nice deep one awhile back at 8+ grams. Over a foot deep. And a 2.5 grmr. REAL deep. Haven't been swingin much this year so far. Hapy Huntn.
  3. 4 points
    Jennifer Bond

    Now THAT'S a speccy !!!!!!

    BBC article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-45468159 Jennifer......
  4. 3 points
    Chris Gholson

    Really nice Space Rock

    I got a chance to hold this lovely iron meteorite yesterday that was found here in Arizona with a metal detector. This one was a real beauty and probably the nicest I’ve seen this year. For those here not familiar with meteorites there are different varieties, this one consists overwhelmingly of an iron-nickel alloy called meteoriciron. The ‘irons’ are also the easiest to identify in the field because they are heavy, strongly attracted to a magnet, and highly reactive to a metal detector. They can turn up just about anywhere, so before you toss out that next “hot rock” take a closer look – it might just be a meteorite! Have a great weekend everyone!
  5. 2 points
    I get asked this question so much, I thought it would be a great way to test out the polling feature on the forum. What do you all think?
  6. 2 points

    EQUINOX Software Upgrade!

    I took my Nox for a spin the other day after performing the update (super simple to do BTW). What I noticed, post update, is that the machine is more stable (less chatter) to EMI. VDI #s are more stable. The place I hunted is right across the street from a large cell tower. The first time Chris and I hunted there I had to turn the sensitivity down to 15 to keep the machine stable enough to hunt with. Interestingly, Chris' CTX was unaffected by the cell tower. Post update, I was able to hunt with the sensitivity at 19 and probably could have gone higher but I prefer a very stable machine. I got in to my first ever jewelry spill and a Wheatie/Indian Head pocket spill as well. I recovered three matching sets of ear rings, two singles, and a copper finger ring. The ear rings have the old screw clamp-on style backs. I'm sure the mates to the singles are there and I will have to go back and locate them. The IHP is a 1906 and two of the Wheaties are 1909-S. Unfortunately, neither of the early Wheaties is the desired "VDB" series. Nothing of real value but a good test of the Nox with the update. IMO, the update is for the better and, if one chooses, the machine can be restored back to it's original version. HH. Dean
  7. 2 points
    If you are like most of the members here and spend a lot of time in the back country, I strongly advise you to consider investing in a pair of Snake Guardz. The manufacturer is known for their quality snake bite products that are a 100% percent snake-proof, durable, light-weight, and water-repellant. I have been a user for over ten years, and can say that I have found nothing else in this price range that is easier to use, and as comfortable as the Snake Guardz brand. Their products are penetration-tested to ASTM 1342-05 standards. No other company can make the claim of testing to these standards. I just spoke with the manufacturer today, and prices are set to rise across the board on all their products, so if you have been on the fence, now is the time to buy. I can hold the current price of $61 each until our stock runs out. Save some money and perhaps your life with a set of Snake Guardz. Drop me a PM with any questions, or order thru our website at: www.arizonaoutback.com. Be safe out there!
  8. 2 points
    Hey Chris, Good advice. I wear mine year round! Not just for snakes, they keep The cactus out of my legs too!
  9. 2 points
    dick ward


    Way to go FRANK! I’m glad the machine and the coils are working well for you. I haven’t been out for about 3 months. Its just been too darn hot to be much fun. Come on cool weather.
  10. 2 points
    frank c


    Thank you, I even like the "ugly" ones when I can detect em !
  11. 1 point
    I was just reading a new report on Hurricane Florence which is barreling its way towards the south eastern coast of the US. This storm sounds particularly nasty and it is expected to strike tomorrow. I can only imagine the chaos and destruction it will bring for those that live in the region, especially the Carolina's. Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our fellow Americans. Stay safe everyone!
  12. 1 point
    Terry Soloman

    EQUINOX Software Upgrade!

    Very easy to download and put into the Equinox. Much better response on deeper targets, and the depth gauge actually works now!
  13. 1 point
    Chris Gholson

    New EVOLUTION - coming soon!

    Hey Mike, the new EVO coils have shipped from Australia, and I am hoping to see them late next week. The price will be $410, which will also include a new Trash/Target Pouch, skid plate, and FREE Shipping. This first batch will be very limited, so let me know if you want me to hold one for you. I have about ten people on the pre-order list now. Hi Gravelwasher, it seems that each coil I have used is unique in its own way. Each coil has a sweet spot, and the Evolution are no different. I find that my larger EVO coils (like the 15" & 19") hit hardest down the center strip; similar to a DD. My elliptical EVO's (like the 14x9") also hit hard along the center strip, but it sounds off great near the nose & tail. I use the ends for pin-pointing targets all the time. When the weather cools off I will be doing some filming with the EVO coils and will demonstrate how each performs in the field. In the meantime, feel free to contact me anytime with questions.
  14. 1 point

    Bite Now & Save! Awesome Snake Protection

    They are some of the best cholla protection you can use.
  15. 1 point
    Chris Gholson


    Nice nuggets! I'm with you, I don't discriminate against any gold, they all go in the bottle! Keep up the good work, fall is right around the corner..
  16. 1 point
    Clay We originally filed the claim last year, not sure if it was signed into law yet. Nevada County allows you to use an exemption that you write on the filing form. I forget the exact wording. I had a claim in Nevada County back in the mid 90’s and they charged property taxes back then but not this time.
  17. 1 point
    Clay I have claims in both Nevada County and Placer county. Nevada County did not add the $75 fee to my filing fees but Placer county did. Neither county charged me property taxes.
  18. 1 point
    Mike, that may have been a county fee? I don't remember a fee specifically for that. Could have been.
  19. 1 point
    My buddy Dean texted me this photo of a great find he just made here in AZ. While detecting a strip of grass along an old sidewalk he picked up a signal that registered as if it were a nickel. The object was buried about 8” deep. He said he fully expected to see a Buffalo nickel, but instead out popped this beautiful & delicate cameo! It is wrapped in gold and appears to be carved from agate. It is not dated, but based on the history of the area; he’s guessing maybe 1920-30’s. He was using the new Minelab EQUINOX 800. Congratulations my friend - what a cool find!
  20. 1 point
    Chris Gholson

    Almost an Ounce!

    A friend and customer of mine over in California sent over this photo. He bought a Minelab GPX-5000 and has already found some beautiful gold. This awesome ¾-oz nugget is just one of his most recent finds. He said it was over two feet deep and found right next to someone else’s old dig hole. The area had obviously been detected before, but this lovely chunk had been overlooked, most likely because of its depth. This is a great plug for the Minelab brand. They are definitely pricey, but they get results! Congratulations to the lucky finder and thank you again for sharing with us! Keep up the good work...