Reno Chris

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  1. So I double checked and - sure enough, Kieth does have an article in the January 2015 issue, my mistake. Its a short article about finding a patch out in the Pershing Co. - Rye Patch area. He finds a big nugget about 1 ounce in the patch. And sadly, Smokey Baird, Kieth's friend mentioned in the article, has since passed away.
  2. I have no idea when the last time Kieth wrote an article for us - nothing recent, not even as recent as Steve's cover. We used to have an authors feature on the website that listed all the articles for the last decade or so by author, but apparently that disappeared when we updated the website the last time a year or so ago.
  3. Jenifer - It was the ICMJ, but this is a nearly 2 year old thread. Steve was on the cover of the January 2015 issue. See:
  4. Just an FYI to readers that this "keystone" is in central Nevada and is not the Keystone mine area in the Eugene Mountains of Pershing County where much gold has been found with detectors in the past. .
  5. Well, part two and part three of my videos on the Gold Monster 1000 are now complete and up loaded for viewing. In part 2 I do a field demonstration of the GM 1000 in different soils, and in Part 3 I am giving hints and tips on how to get the best performance out of the GM1000, but a lot of that info applies to many VLFs, not just the GM1000. I also focus on the types of places that the GM1000 will perform best and make some suggestions to prospectors on how you can increase your chances to find gold. Doing these videos has been an educational experience and I will be doing more in the coming weeks on a variety of prospecting topics, not just metal detecting. Here is part 3, part two is below 3. Here is Part 2, a field demonstration of the Gold Monster 1000 and its capabilities:
  6. Greetings prospectors! For a more than a year I have intended to do up some Youtube videos on prospecting and I wanted to share that I finally have done it! This is the first video of a 3 part set taking a look at Minelab's new Gold Monster 1000 detector. This part one is an introductory discussion about its various features and settings, then part 2 will be on testing the GM1000 out in the field and part 3 will cover some practical suggestions for prospectors on getting the most out of your Gold Monster 1000 and a discussion of some of the best kinds of places to use the GM1000. I will publish those other parts soon, but for now, here is the part 1 video. The quality may not be perfect, but there is a lot of good information and content in this to see. There will also be other videos on different prospecting topics coming later in addition to these 3.
  7. I'd say that was a pretty fair assessment.
  8. This is my GPX 5000 and I’m putting it up for sale. I am selling it because I have the GPZ 7000 and the SDC 2300, and with those two, the 5000 is not really necessary. I only used it briefly in 2015, and not all that much in 2014 as I was mostly using the 2300. I purchased it in 2011, and used it frequently 2011 – 2013. I found a lot of gold with it – it works just great! I am selling it with two power cables, two extra lower rods (not shown) and an extra 12V car type power connector (comes standard with a 110V and one 12V). It includes an AZO control box cover. It came standard with the 11 inch mono and DD coils, and I will also throw in a 20 inch mono – for those really deep nuggets, an 11 x 17 coiltec mono oval – great for ground coverage with excellent sensitivity, and an 8 x 6 inch mono small coil for those tight spaces and maximum sensitivity to small gold. Basically it's a kit to cover everything you need with a GPX 5000. It’s still Minelab’s top of the line PI and will handle some very bad ground that other detectors just can’t process. I’ll also toss in a free, signed copy of my book, Fists Full of Gold. This detector lists new for $5,795 – without all the extra coils, etc. I am tossing in. I am asking $3000 for this detector and all the extras. You pay shipping and insurance to where ever I need to ship. I accept PayPal, U.S. Postal Money orders, and checks if you want to wait for the check to clear (might be a week or two delay). Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
  9. Plumas County

    Finding your own spots is part of the quest. The other possibility is to join a club. WSPA has claims in the area.
  10. Plumas County

    You probably won't get any specific advice on where exactly to go, but there are plenty of locations in both Plumas and Sierra Counties which are within a reasonable drive from Portola. Do some research and explore.
  11. Even when I am doing well, the gold by itself is not enough to pay the bills. I have other sources of income, which make life as a whole a lot more comfortable. Plus I think having to depend on just the gold would make my wife crazy. So life, as it is, is good.
  12. Some pieces have some quartz.
  13. Hey while you AZ guys are sitting in your air conditioned homes trying to stay cool, its nice weather up this way in a lot of the northern part of the mother lode country. Although there is overlap of the detecting seasons in the spring and fall, in the summer when the heat is unbearable in AZ, its nice up in the shady pines of the Sierra, and when its nice during the winter in AZ, its all deeply buried in snow up this way. So here is the gold I've been getting in various locations in Plumas and Sierra counties in July, August and early September - just going out and prospecting a few days at a time. I'm probably out prospecting about 1/3rd of the time. This is just the gold from my detecting in CA - it does not show about a half ounce of fines and small bits from some days of dry washing nor does it show the gold I have detected in Nevada. This is gold which was detected using either the Minelab GPZ 7000 or the SDC 2300. I use the GPZ in areas with more open country and little in the way of trash, and the SDC 2300 when I am in trashy areas. The SDC does not have iron discrimination, but its so much faster for me to pinpoint and get the trash out of the ground, especially when you are digging a lot of targets and you may find multiple trash targets in a single swing of the coil. The two detectors make a great team, and have given me one of the better seasons I've had in recent years. The largest nuggets across the top are 0.52, 1.10 and 0.41 ounces from left to right. Good gold is still out there to be found and as the weather cools off in AZ, you guys will be out finding it in the hills soon. Just thought you'd want to see some to remember what it looks like.
  14. Jim, they had the new Minelab GPZ 7000 on hand the top of the line - anything that will get depth and see mossy of dendritic type gold. The big 14 inch coil however is a limitation on the irregular walls of the mine. My SDC 2300 was the first one in the 16 to 1 and I kind of convinced them that its small coil had some advantages and it also ignores some hot rock within the mine that sounds off on the GPZ. All in all it was quite the adventure, and the 3rd time I have been underground at the 16 to 1.