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  1. #1
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    Jul 2011
    Bakersfield
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    Newbie - Test Garden Question

    Howdy all. Getting into metal detecting - Tesoro Vaquero on order. Wanted something in the lower price range that will let me at least feel like I have a shot at a bit of everything. I live a couple hours from my claim where I recover using traditional methods, and I want to try my hand at the parks/beaches/old sites ect. as well as look for any nuggets on the claim. Tall order, I know, but what the heck. Also, went to school in Prescott so liked the idea of a Tesoro.

    Getting to my question, if I put a vial of flake gold in my test garden, do you think it would make my metal detector react like a little nugget would? I'd used a plastic one - would hate for glass to break when I recovered it (been there). Might have to just try to trade to get a little test nugget.

    Also, keeping a lookout for adventures in the Kern/SLO county area as far as myths and legends. Looking forward to this.

  2. #2

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
    Explorer II, Compass 77b, Tesoro shadow X2
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    Re: Newbie - Test Garden Question

    I don't know much about nugget hunting, but from a quick scan of the vaquero spec's, it appears to be one of the cross-over hybrids that can do both nuggets AND coins/relics (?) Most machines that can swap back and forth between both venues, excell in neither arena. Ie.: they may do decent, but there will be specialty machines, for each venue, that will do better.

    Not sure if the vaquero can do FLAKES though. Start with pinhead sized nuggets, and see if you can get an air test signal. Then put the vial on top of the ground, and test some more (so that the back-ground of the nugget is now the ground the nugget is sitting on top of). Then try burying it a hair, and so forth.

    As far as Bakersfield area, I'd done some hunting in your area. Good luck!

    PS: also pulled barbers, IH's, mercs, etc... from the courthouse lawn in Prescott. But that was nearly 20 yrs. ago. Perhaps it's been worked out by now by others
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  3. #3
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    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
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    Coinshooting, Gold prospecting, and Nuggetshooting
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    Re: Newbie - Test Garden Question

    Hey 8,
    Yes, most detectors will sound-off on gold. But how much is needed is the question. As Tom mentioned, a gold/coin machine is always a compromise. Choose one or the other for the best bang for your buck. Get two... one for each. If the wallet is not fat enough for both... hmmmm...... pick one and go for it! I have done very well over the years on the FL and NC beaches. I have found JARS of baubles and some good rings. As for gold, I have both the GMT and the GB2 yet have NOT found any nuggets. I no longer work and I have a somewhat fat wallet so I am able to buy more detectors than I need. As for the vial of gold, use the whole vial with the Tesoro then "thin it down" to the smallest amount you can get a signal with. Don't go too deep---- 2 inches is fine. Once you "tune 'r in", then consider putting the vial deeper. Satisfied with the results? If not, use it on the beach. Wow, my two typing fingers are getting blistered. This is enough for now! Good Luck. TTC
    ONE MIND - ANY WEAPON

  4. #4
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    May 2008
    Tesoro Silver uMax
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Newbie - Test Garden Question

    If you try the above suggestions but still can't seem to pick it up, try getting a smaller coil.

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    us
    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
    4,307
    1631 times
    Coinshooting, Gold prospecting, and Nuggetshooting
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: Newbie - Test Garden Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Customx_12
    If you try the above suggestions but still can't seem to pick it up, try getting a smaller coil.
    Thanks Custom,
    I forgot to mention that important suggestion. TTC
    ONE MIND - ANY WEAPON

  6. #6
    us
    Jul 2011
    Bakersfield
    Tesoro Vaquero
    22
    9 times

    Re: Newbie - Test Garden Question

    Thanks for the great suggestions. That's what I love about internet forums - actually having someone who cares about the same things you do. The gold test is a nonissue now - I finished my cleanup and sent ALL my placer to my smelter/broker. At almost $1600/oz. spot these days, I'm to greedy to keep any for tests - I guess I can use my wedding ring!

 

 

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