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  1. I'm not contesting the facts of the matter, but something seems amiss. I have a Bass Pro Shop rewards credit card. That credit card is issued by Bank of America. If B of A was so vehimitely apposed to firearms, why would they provide a credit card to a company like Bass Pro Shop? Bass Pro Shop probably does more to facilitate the distribution of firearms across the country than McMillan Group does. Doesn't make much sense. I don't care for B of A and don't bank with them. My only connection to them is through the Bass Pro credit card, however my gut tells me there is more to this story.
  2. $1712.00 oz.
  3. Tom I haven't received my august/sept. issue yet. When it comes in I can let you know.
  4. A friend and I recently found some heavily mineralized rock. I brought the piece home and crushed with a morter and pestle and then panned out the crushed material. I didn't see much but there was a single white flake that acted a lot like gold in the pan. Was curious if anyone knew if silver behaved the same as gold in a pan? I figure that it might also be a piece of lead. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  5. Obviously, you have a better view of the image than we do, but my wife and I think it looks like a woman. Appears to be long hair with ringlets on the side of the head. Let us know what you find out. It's a really neat find.
  6. I graduated with a degree in Anthorpology and worked as an Archaelogical Technician for a couple of years when I was younger. During that time, I saw a lot of ground stone artifacts throughout th central valley of California. Although the type of rock displayed in the video is different then the rocks I am used to seeing, they appear to have the same characteristics of a morter. Given the symetry, size, and smoothness I would find it very unlikely that they were naturally formed. Most likely they are Native American artifacts. Nice ones at that.
  7. I agree with you Bill. I have been on some other forums and I hear a lot of people trash talking PLP. No organization is perfect but considering their size and monetary resources I think that PLP has accomplished a lot. The court system is slow and expensive. You don't always get the verdict you want right away and you may have to appeal your case up through the court system. PLP has been diligent in using the courts to argue the miner's case.
  8. They can't leave me hanging like that !!!!!!! Where's the rest of the story?
  9. Thanks for the advice everyone. I was using headphones at the time I found the nugget but have run tests with the machine without the headphones and get the same result. I tested the machine by passing the nugget over the coil while in the air and after placing the nugget on the ground. I think I will try burying it a short distance to see if I get the same result. If that fails, I will take your advice and send it back to Whites for a tune up. I know that the person who owns the machine kept it in storage for a long period of time and I suspect the temperature variations may have played havoc on the electronics. Thanks again for everyone's input. I knew this was the place to come for some answers.
  10. I have been borrowing a White's GoldMaster V/Sat from a friend for the last year and a half. I have recovered a lot of trash targets including some very small pieces of iron and lead up to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. Last week I recovered my first nugget. I haven't weighed it but I believe it is approximately 0.4 or 0.5 grams. I am basing this weight on comparing it to the size of some nuggets I own that have been weighed at 0.5 grams. When I found the nugget it was right on the surface and the detector made a faint zip zip tone when the coil passed over. Now that I have found the nugget I have been using it to test the machine and I have noticed that the only way the machine picks up the nugget is when the coil passes in very close proximity to it. I don't understand why I the machine doesn't make a stronger sound over the nugget and why the coil has to be so close. Could this be an indicator that the electronics on the machine are going bad or is it a possible indicator that the ground balance is not set correctly? Any advice would be appreciated. I'm not expecting the V/Sat to pick up targets several feet down but I am concerned that I may be missing targets that are only a few inches below surface.
  11. Yes, I meant to type Iron Canyon. I think you and Bill are correct that the BLM probably filled in a vertical mine shaft. I know there are quite a few in the surrounding areas. It just never occurred to me as I was looking at the aerial view. My first thought was a fire break but it didn't make any sense to have a dozer cut a line for a bunch of desert scrub brush. Then I wondered if someone had tried to remove top soil in order to access old river gravels but due to the randomness of the dozer tracks that didn't make much sense either. The most logical explanation would be filling in an old shaft. I appreciate the response from everyone. I knew someone on this forum would have an idea. Thanks again. John, if you are still interested in checking it the tracks they are on the eastern slope of the canyon about 600 or 700 yards southwest of the Red Chispa claim.
  12. Well I guess that may be a possibility! :-) Not sure how long the dozer marks have been there. I don't think they are too recent.
  13. I was recently out on the GPAA claim in Iron Mountain and noticed a lot of old dozer activity on the eastern slopes of the canyon. Does anyone know what happened there? Is this old prospecting activity? When you look an an aerial view of the location it looks like someone took a dozer and drove around in circles. The activity doesn't appear to have been very organized or purposeful. Was just curious if anyone knew anything about the location and its history. Thanks
  14. I have heard from many experienced prospectors that the Echo PB 251 is the best blower on the market. I believe it comes with a 5 year warranty as well.