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    afreakofnature reacted to Chris Gholson in Couple of Ounces!   
    A friend and customer of ours shared this awesome pan-full of gold that he recently recovered from a trip way up north, using his new Minelab Gold Monster and a sluice box. I always love the feedback, especially when photos like this are attached!
    Keep up the good work my friend, & please drop me a line if there''s anything else I can do for you..and feel free to send photos anytime!  

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    afreakofnature got a reaction from frank c in Not your average bullet casing!   
    I’ve heard those stories before but super cool to finally see one!  Makes me want to detect this gulch I know that supposedly has a Sucrets can with nuggets it that someone lost.
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    afreakofnature reacted to Chris Gholson in Fun day with Future Prospectors!   
    Every spring I head over to the local preschools to teach the kids about metal detecting and panning for gold. The kids love it because they have a free pass to play in the dirt, and I love it because I get to skip work for the day! I held the class last week and we all had a blast. They learned to use a detector, pan for gold, identify various rocks, and they even got to crack open geodes. It is a bit of work to organize, but seeing the expressions on their face after finding a piece of “gold” always makes it worth it! Here are a few photos of our future prospectors in action. 

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    afreakofnature reacted to Chris Gholson in Gorgeous multi-oz gold nugget!   
    A friend & customer just sent over these photos of a stunning gold/quartz specimen that he found while metal detecting in Arizona. He located it with a MINELAB GPX-4500 at a depth of 14+ inches. Including the rock, it weighs in at 2.87-ounces. What a stunning find, thank you so much for sharing with us!

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    afreakofnature reacted to Chris Gholson in Detecting an AZ Patch - NEW VIDEO   
    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! 
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    afreakofnature reacted to Chris Gholson in 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!

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    afreakofnature reacted to Chris Gholson in 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!   

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    afreakofnature reacted to Chris Gholson in 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!   

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    afreakofnature reacted to Chris Gholson in Unusual relic - any ideas?   
    I dug this up the other day and have been wondering what it might be. It came from a very old mining district which dates back to the mid 1800’s. There are no markings that I can see. Each of the little discs are smaller than a dime. Could it be a pair of cuff links? I appreciate any input.

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    afreakofnature reacted to Chris Gholson in Unusual relic - any ideas?   
    Thanks for the link Jen! I didn't see any designs on mine, but it is still pretty dirty. I will try gently cleaning tonight to see if anything appears beneath the crud. 
    Here's another weird find I made that same day. This one should have been a nugget for sure. It was just downhill from where the patch was and was buried about 8" deep. I knew it was a half ounce at least, but instead pops out this retro wristwatch! I have no clue how it got there...I was just glad I didn't find an arm still attached 

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    afreakofnature reacted to Chris Gholson in Glad he dug it!   
    Check out this unusual nugget that a friend of mine found while metal detecting in Arizona. He calls it the “SEE THROUGH” Nugget! He said it was buried ten inches deep, and gave off a very weird signal response. He almost didn’t dig it, but then luckily decided to go back and investigate. I’m not sure what the two brownish spots are, but I believe they could be limonite…Great find!!! Thanks a million for letting me share with everyone. Keep up the good work! 

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    afreakofnature got a reaction from geof_junk in Help on Jim Straight and Larry Sallee books (kind of a repost)   
    I got help with Larry's, still looking for help with Jim's
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    afreakofnature reacted to Chris Gholson in BIG nugget to kick off the season!!!   
    A friend of mine that bought a Minelab GPZ 7000 not long ago just sent me these photos of an awesome discovery he made. While swinging along he picks up a very low, mellow signal. He said it wasn’t much of a signal, but since gold had already been found nearby he decided to scratch on it. Once he broke open the ground and got down a bit the signal really improved. By the time he hit two feet it was an overload. He said the target was hidden down in a bedrock crack and as he swept the dirt with his fingers he caught glimpse of gold. He said he kept sweeping aside the dirt and the exposed gold just continued to get bigger and bigger. When it finally came out of the hole he was rewarded with an absolutely stunning 9-ounce nugget!!! This is the largest piece I have heard of so far this year, and I think he’s going to have a tough time beating it.
    What an amazing find! A huge congratulations to this hard working prospector. Thank you again for letting me share your photos; keep up the good work!

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    afreakofnature reacted to frank c in NORTHERN ARIZONA   
    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.