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  1. #16
    us
    Jul 2004
    Angels Camp,Ca.
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    The older mining picks were much heavier and had a bigger eyelet.

  2. #17
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    TerrysKnifeStore.com

    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
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  3. #18
    if it flies, it dies

    Jan 2015
    gpx 4500 sdc 2300
    603
    1316 times
    ducks, bucks and gold
    with smooth bedrock i look at a broader stretch of the creek when determining where it is hanging up. usually the very bottom of the pathway, but i look for where the bedrock rises as you go downstream. it produces well for me.
    Bejay likes this.
    got the fever? dont scratch the itch.

  4. #19

    Oct 2018
    N. California
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Well I took everyone's suggestions and purchased a metal detector (White's Goldmaster 24k (hasn't arrived yet). The problem is I'll have to wait until late spring to get back on the creek as the water is way too high this time of year. In the meantime I found an old hydraulic site that is tough to get to and in three trips I found 0.75 grams after many, many hours of crevicing the bedrock. Biggest piece was .22 grams. My hope is that the 24k will help save my back!
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    I also found a hand hammered nail. That must be pretty old?
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    beekbuster: thanks again. I will definitely keep that in mind when I'm able to get back on that creek.

  5. #20

    Mar 2016
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    Check out your PM..you may have a new place to try it out on..
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  6. #21
    if it flies, it dies

    Jan 2015
    gpx 4500 sdc 2300
    603
    1316 times
    ducks, bucks and gold
    good luck with your new unit! if youre finding birdshot, youre doing it right.
    Last edited by beekbuster; Jan 08, 2020 at 07:44 PM.
    got the fever? dont scratch the itch.

  7. #22
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    Brian

    Mar 2014
    Central Oregon Coast
    Whites GMT Garret fully underwater
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    Your thread/post began telling a story I could have told many years ago. A couple of my comments may offer some insight. The smooth bedrock gives evidence that the movement of gravels over the many years has created the smoothness....and allowed gold to be flushed further downstream. But......where and if you can find "places that catch and hold" you can find nice gold.....and usually they are heavy pieces (as the fines tend to wash downstream). Over the 40 years of working such a stream I have come to appreciate any huge boulders that are tucked into the streambed and or stream bank.

    That said I also acquired some claims 6 miles downstream of such an area I just described. 6 miles downstream I find lots of flakes, fines and some pickers.....nuggets are few and far between. Down there The gold is located in the extensive gravel bars and old river deposits alongside the streambed.

    Bejay

  8. #23

    Oct 2018
    N. California
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    87 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    beekbuster: Well, I didn't find birdshot, but I found about 40 nails, 20 shell casings, aluminum foil, hot rocks and wire on my first time out with a metal detector in the rain. No gold, until I spent an hour or so crevicing with hand tools (one piece, .10 gram). Definitely a learning curve but still really fun.

    Bejay: I appreciate your insights and I think you are right. Part of the fun is trying to figure out the mysteries of why the gold happens to be where it is and not where it "should" be. I can't wait to get back on the creek and check out some areas around a couple of large boulders. Thanks.

  9. #24
    Captain Silveraith

    Dec 2019
    Where The Four Winds Blow
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    I admire your determination. Best of Luck.

 

 
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