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  1. Howdy folks! After my previous bout and serious loss to a Whites GM2,Im currently just a few weeks shy,again, of a very important and scary(for me)purchase.The good old "whats the best detector for everything, ever?"question has fallen on me.After gruesome amounts of research,countless nights spent reading my eyes bloody and days spent listening to anyone who would give an opinion,I think Ive finally come to a decision.1 thing Ive found over and over in my research, is that the goldbug2 seems to be an all around great gold detecting unit.Though it may have its limitations in certain areas,people who own goldbugs really enjoy them and aren't shy to vouch for their effectiveness. Aside from that,they have been proven time and time again to be an excellent piece of equipment to add to any mining arsenal. On the other hand,in all this certainty about the proven goldbug2, lies a concern (and the source of all my lifes worries),the very thing that handed me my previous nasty "whoopin". The stinking,the oh so dreaded, hot rock. Now I'm not one to complain but a good day with the ol GM2 held hot rocks every few steps.(Which is not the GM's Fault)but day after day,every few steps.I got very discouraged but kept at it.Finally,a while down the road, with nothing but more of the same going on,I let the GM2 go. I still fill like less a man for it too. So now Ive arrived at my decision and here I am looking forward to purchasing a detector that is not the best at hot rock discrimination.I just cant,at this time afford anything in the realm of a gpx, which I know would do me great in these highly mineralized soils and hot rock concentrations.But with a budget of less than a grand,the goldbug2 just seems to be a sturdy champ for the price.A no lose machine. These days Im feeling, and really always have felt, with the necessary dedication,detecting for gold is a very viable way to gain not only gold but valuable information about areas and the way gold works within them.I really really enjoy detecting and always find myself craving a trip out to look for and dig, anything I can.Ive realized that I just have to buckle down and put the time in to learn this thing inside out. Quit being in such a hurry and take my time to learn right.Take the time to really really learn the tones, as any successful detectorist has.Ive also found some common sense somewhere and decided to maybe move to a location not so infested with hot rocks and try my hand in a easier to learn,less mineralized area.I have acquired some good ground in a very different part of Alaska and I'll be mining it this season.Cant wait to get a detector on it. I will post my results as well as video of the hunt ,issues I may be having as well as soil conditions as the mining season gets underway.I wrote this in hopes that it may help someone,somehow,sometime.I would also like to thank you all for your contributions to the abundance and wealth of information I was able to dive into.Information that for the most part was very educated,honest and real.
  2. I've seen this pop up in the news here and there.Using cornstarch to isolate gold.Has anyone had any experience with this?Does anyone have the ability or knowhow to test this?Came across this article today and started thinking about it again. Cornstarch Replaces Cyanide In Clean New Gold Extraction Method Researchers at Northwestern University recently stumbled upon a solution that uses cornstarch instead. It involves some complex chemistry, but it's cheap, biologically friendly and nasty-ingredient-free. Led by Sir Fraser Stoddart, a chemistry professor at Northwestern, the team discovered this method by accident when looking for something else. A postdoc named Zhichang Liu was trying to make three-dimensional cubes out of gold and starch, aiming to use them as storage containers for gases and small molecules. But a liquid mixture of dissolved gold-bromide salts and a starch-derived sugar didn't form cubes, it formed needles. This was strange, so the team decided to try to replicate it and tested different forms of sugars. Alpha-cyclodextrin, a cyclic starch fragment with six glucose molecules, is the best way to isolate gold, they found. "Zhichang stumbled on a piece of magic for isolating gold from anything in a green way," Stoddart says in a statement. The spontaneous bundle of needles is made of thousands of nanowires, each 1.3 nanometers in diameter, which contain a charged gold atom inside four bromine atoms. The interaction between the starch fragment and the gold allows the precious metal to be selectively recovered from other materials, including platinum, palladium and others. The researchers already developed a process to isolate gold from scraps, and they hope this will lead to an environmentally friendly, cheap way to recover gold from anything. The research is published in Nature Communications. Read more here. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-05/cornstarch-replaces-cyanide-clean-new-gold-extraction-method
  3. New videos up! Short but eye popping! 1 scoop of the Bering Sea floor Looking for love | Seas Lion comes around daily to get his piece of the dredge hose. He is infatuated with it. Quick peak from aboard the barge. Small cleanup 2 weeks 30 ounces.The season got much better later! Thanks for checking out the video.Subscribe on youtube if you havent already!
  4. manVSgold

    Detector Purchase A Must.

    Oh and thanks all for the comments and especially geo for his vast writings. So much info but so good! Thanks buddy! I do appreciate it and read it all. haha
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    Detector Purchase A Must.

    How do you guys feel about the ATX display? Or better put,how do you feel about a digital display Vs. a more (analog?) style display like the ATX has? Do you guys just feel more comfortable with a display that shows all the various things it could be, as well as at what depth it might be found? Some of you old timers are sure to eat me up on this 1. But I used a 350 for a while this summer just because it was the only thing around and I enjoyed using it. Didnt find #&*(^% but it was kind of a fun detector! haha
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    Detector Purchase A Must.

    Well we made it back from another season of mining and this year some fishing as well. As far as metal detectors go, we somehow ended up with a Garrett ATX PI(wink). Way over budget but it showed up none the less. We did get some time to use it but not enough time to figure it out just yet. Kinda bummed about the display being so....so.....non digital? Hahaha, i somehow fell like i missing out on something. We did do some prospecting with it though and did come away with a bit of gold. We dug a 5' deep hole to then have it start reading iron,the last foot or so from the object. So that was pretty disappointing. But with the depth of the hole and the way the detector was acting,I kinda knew in my heart it would be junk. But i dug it anyhow. Did pull some gold off some bedrock walls with it. Just scanned somebedrock walls and found there was gold in the cracks. That was great haha! All in all I have no real feeling about the ATX thus far. We are to new with it to really know its abilities and the gold we did get was on bedrock, so there was no real depth challenge. But hey, I hadnt found a lick of gold with a metal detector before the ATX. So with that in mind,so far so good Got some video coming along when I get around to it. Thanks guys and gals!
  7. such a nice winter but im ready to mine!

  8. manVSgold

    $1000 Gold Within A Year?

    My research seems to have brought me to the same conclusion as Steve stated above. But i do believe in 20 years, gold will be way way up.I think holding onto my gold is gonna be the best bet for me.
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    Rip Gordon Burton Of Golden Caribou Mining

    Sorry to hear about the loss.Hopefully someone picked his mind for all the great info he must have accumulated over his many years.May he rest in peace.
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    Cornstarch Replaces Cyanide

    Long time Geo! Thanks for the great explanation.I have zero chemistry experience and that explanation helps a lot!
  11. manVSgold

    Blasting Frozen Muck

    Found these pdfs. Might help in some way. Experimental study on blasting characteristics of permafrost Permafrost Considerations for Effective Mine Site ...
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    7.7 Ounce Gold Crystal

    Wowowow i didnt even know gold could look that way. If I found something like that Id never be able to let go of it. Excellent specimen!Thanks for the share!
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    Detector Purchase A Must.

    Thanks a ton guys! Appreciate the info!
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    Proline Or Keene Pumps

    If im not mistaken, the proline pumps are the highest rated gpm output pumps of all of em. At 360gpm proline pumps are just above the D&K nugget dk350 pump,rated for 350gpm.Last you would have Keene with the p180's at 310gpm. I have used all of them quite a bit and I do lean towards the proline pumps.In my opinion they seem to be a smother running pump.All of them did work great though.No problems to report and haven't lost a seal in any of them.I will however replace them all before this season.Best of luck to you. Proline=360gmp max D&k Nugget=350gpm max Keene=310gmp max
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    Dad's First Nugget

    Thats great! Haha Congratz!
  16. manVSgold

    Nice Nevada Gold Specimen

    Wow I was not expecting to see that.What beauty!
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    Digging Underwater With A Shovel

    I agree Steve! Underwater shoveling has been very inefficient for me in my experience. Let me know how it goes with your new shovel. Im aways in the market for new mining tools.Thanks!
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    A Madman's Gold

    Hiya MADMARSHALL ! Love the videos my friend! Very well done! Love looking down in those crevices haha. Beautiful gold too! Thanks for sharing
  19. Sorry for posting this here but i didnt see a general chat or suggested videos area to post it.Move it if need be Just something fun to watch This is my roommate "damit dan."Hes been mining with heavy equipment in the woods of Alaska for over 30 years.He has pulled out many many thousands of ounces and the discovery channel has as asked me to shoot a few films of him for review. Here is the footage.Some good heavy equipment talk at the end to.If he does go to Gold Rush Alaska I cant image how it would go.Hes one crazy character. Let me know what you think of the footage.This is part 1 of 2 and 2 has some great gold mining stories about the old timers. Thanks for watching guys and happy gold hunting to all my mining friends! Heres the link.Thanks for watching guys! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA6FBSogtgA
  20. Heres my idea on it.I wont be going to Nome but I have my thoughts. This idea would use a boat to pull a weighted head with a sturgeon like mouth coming out of the bottom.Looks like this.Sorry i made it in like 2 min so its not to detailed.Its just a basic illustration and the actual intricacies of how it would work are not pictured. Draging it would keep rocks of the bottom of the grizzly.
  21. I vote for miners moss.I dont mind that nomad packs up with a bit of unwanted material. I have a gold cube and and extra material is no problem what so ever. Nomad has worked great for me. I would suggest using a few different methods for catching gold. Maybe some "v" mat 1st then some carpet with a hunk of nomad on top. You can also look at how the latest dredge boxes are being set up.They spend money and time to make sure their products work great.You can learn a lot form just looking at a new style Keene box. GL ma friend!