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  • #61
    I have some quartz with yellow in them I need to hit with the detector .

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    • #62
      I’ll buy one of those cool specimens! This is a fantastic thread! Congrats on the finds!

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      • #63
        My son brought me some ore samples he found metal detecting no visible gold weak signal. But after a little mortar and pestle work some dirty gold, it will go in the smelt jar for refining. Click image for larger version

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        • #64
          Helped my son clear a trail so we could ride the quads closer to an old mine dump so he could metal detect. It's a lot easier to haul rocks on the quads than our backs this two-pound rock had around a 1/4 ounce of gold. Broken with a single jack then ran through the chain mill then panned to recover the free gold. Just a random Click image for larger version

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ID:	656904 rock that the detector toned out on the old timers didn't have the technology to recover this without milling every rock.

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          • Ron Kelley
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            Outstanding Dennis! I will bet that the detector will be busy looking for similar ore.

          • Ron Kelley
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            The Quartz veins are great.

          • south fork
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            The batteries are charging

        • #65
          Unbelievable 😱
          Bruce
          In life there are losers and finders. Which one are you?

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          • #66
            These concentrates are what washed through a number 30 screen then a ribbed sluice box next the blue bowl concentrator. Then panned again the micro gold is so fine mercury is used to collect I will build a retort or buy one to recover the mercury to keep this prosses environmentally friendly. Look like the two-pound rock will give up a half ounce of gold total hopefully lol. Clean the mercury off and you have some nice gold. That pile of grey mud is mercury and gold. Click image for larger version

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            • #67
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ID:	658650 Smelted some ore and the cupel cracked letting the molten gold leak down onto the furnace plate. Another crack in the plate the gold ended up in the bottom of furnace I melted the slag and gold again success. Nice button 17.5 grams Click image for larger version

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              • #68
                I love this thread

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                • south fork
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                  Me too I thought my gold mining days were over.

              • #69
                Yeah , this is fun to watch and learn.
                Searching the fields of Northwest Indiana and Southwestern Michigan

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                • #70
                  I smelted some more gold ore yesterday not sure what's smelting drives out it takes a couple runs to cleanup. You can see all the iron sulfide? in the bottom of the cupel it cracked also I tried using it twice may be some gold in the cracks? I save all the used cupels and smash and grind to retrieve any precious metals nice button 15.5 grams all from the new spot my son has been metal detecting. So, 33 grams for last week and I still have all the concentrates to cleanup waiting on a pump. My son left me with a pile of rocks lol while Click image for larger version

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                  • #71
                    WOW Two real nice buttons Dennis!
                    Michigan Yooper
                    If You Don’t Stand for Something, You’ll Fall for Anything

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                    • #72
                      We have a number of different metal detectors, but my son has his Minelab Nox 800 dialed in on gold in trashy areas like mine dumps and placer diggings the right tool for the job. If you run the Equinox 800 in Park 2, recovery speed 3-4, sensitivity 21-22, and iron bias second setting at 9, you can detect incredibly small gold. Gold 1 and 2 are extremely noisy- almost like a Whites GMT and it's easy to miss small gold/specimens. With Park 2 you can get a clear signal response and ignore iron giving you way better odds in a trashy mine dump area. This is how Seth has been finding an incredibly large amount of gold in trashy mine dumps and placer workings. This photo shows how small some of the gold is from his recent trip to Nevada. Click image for larger version

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                      • 2ndoldman
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                        That is good to know. 👍🏽

                      • Hoss
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                        Awesome information.

                    • #73
                      Very cool thread to follow.
                      Hong Kong, but from Indiana/Florida

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                      • #74
                        My son likes hunting in the rain his finds from the last couple of days metal detecting. Just using a mortar and pestle to crush then Click image for larger version

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ID:	662067 pan. Great couple of days from some dirty rocks 18 grams

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                        • #75
                          A couple days ago my son was out prospecting with his Minelab SDC 2300 spotted an open cut under the brush. After clearing off some forest duff he found this specimen of gold vein this will get some light cleaning and kept as a specimen maybe 227 grams of gold and rock. Crazy right I've been walking past these piles for over forty years. I was out burning brush when he drove by on a quad it was only 30 minutes, and he had this one. The small picker in the bottom of the pan is more the normal size finds at 2-grams. Click image for larger version

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