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Thread: Arthos - Adventures in prospecting.

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  1. #1
    us
    Jun 2017
    Lake Elsinore, California
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    Arthos - Adventures in prospecting.

    Longing the adventures. Today I decided to check out a old prospect site in my local area, visited the remains of an old mill site and ended up with a flat tire! Stumbled across some old junk left behind maybe someone can help identify what I'm looking at.



    Unfortunately the tire puncture ended the day, but the following 2 pictures are what I wanted to look at.
    First image is the mill foundation and dump seen in the video.
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    2nd is where I was hoping to visit. Red circles look like portals, blue are interesting visible Elsinore fault line.
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    us
    Apr 2014
    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Interesting looking specimen there you have. Keep us posted on what you find out there in the desert.
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    us
    Jun 2017
    Lake Elsinore, California
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    Well guys I picked up my first detector. Its a Minelab xterra 705 gold. Fairly inexpensive at under 500 dollars. But I can say it does find gold. A couple nuggets located so far and I'm feeling good about the purchase. The Southern California desert still has chunky gold to be found!

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  4. #4
    us
    Hardrock prospector

    May 2017
    Middle Oregon
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    Quote Originally Posted by arthos View Post
    Well guys I picked up my first detector. Its a Minelab xterra 705 gold. Fairly inexpensive at under 500 dollars. But I can say it does find gold. A couple nuggets located so far and I'm feeling good about the purchase. The Southern California desert still has chunky gold to be found!

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    Love the picture of the nice nuggets. Thanks
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  5. #5
    us
    Hardrock prospector

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    Middle Oregon
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    The first object (or one of the first) is a type of battery with the carbon center. Many of the other objects are connected to engines or trucks / cars say 40's - 50's time frame.

  6. #6
    us
    Jun 2017
    Lake Elsinore, California
    Grizzly Gold Trap; Explorer. Garrett Gold Pans. Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Assembler View Post
    The first object (or one of the first) is a type of battery with the carbon center. Many of the other objects are connected to engines or trucks / cars say 40's - 50's time frame.
    Correct. I figured that out once i got it home and spent some time looking at it.!
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  7. #7
    us
    Northern California

    Aug 2007
    Southern California
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    Hi Arthos,
    First, thank you for sharing with us and the video/pictures are great as we love pictures!

    So you understand what the battery is all about. Blasting caps come in two variety's, electrical and old school burning fuse. Either type are roughly 1/4" outside diameter and roughly 2.5" in length. The electrical type has two wires coming out of it while the fuse type has hollow up to the explosive charge. The electrics can be set off due to static charge and either are dangerous as crushing could cause them to go off, either will easily blow a hole into a shoe! The Fuse type requires a fuse and a crimping pliers for forming the hole for the cap in the dynamite stick, cutting off a length of fuse(typically black, waterproof and burns accurately depending on the rating of each fuse type) - Insert the clean fresh cut end of the fuse into the cap till it bottoms out on the charge and crimp the top of the cap around the fuse. IF one does not follow the above procedure carefully it is possible the cap will not go off (a hang fire) requiring one to remove the stick of dynamite form its hole and to perform the procedure all over again. Having had ONE hang fire in my life I do not ever want to experience a second, at any moment it could explode ending ones life.

    Your detected nuggets are Fantastic and among the best (actually better than) of the detected items I've personally detected! Seems like you and your machine will have a long good life together. What coil or coils do you have for it. I think the company Nel Coils produces after market coils for your unit.

    You have an interesting location though due to its size it will take time to determine its possibilities. Use every helping hand Ma nature offers to assist you in your adventure, gullies/side canyons/bare rock outcroppings etc. Best of success................63bkpkr
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  8. #8
    us
    Jun 2017
    Lake Elsinore, California
    Grizzly Gold Trap; Explorer. Garrett Gold Pans. Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold.
    111
    153 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by 63bkpkr View Post
    Hi Arthos,
    First, thank you for sharing with us and the video/pictures are great as we love pictures!

    So you understand what the battery is all about. Blasting caps come in two variety's, electrical and old school burning fuse. Either type are roughly 1/4" outside diameter and roughly 2.5" in length. The electrical type has two wires coming out of it while the fuse type has hollow up to the explosive charge. The electrics can be set off due to static charge and either are dangerous as crushing could cause them to go off, either will easily blow a hole into a shoe! The Fuse type requires a fuse and a crimping pliers for forming the hole for the cap in the dynamite stick, cutting off a length of fuse(typically black, waterproof and burns accurately depending on the rating of each fuse type) - Insert the clean fresh cut end of the fuse into the cap till it bottoms out on the charge and crimp the top of the cap around the fuse. IF one does not follow the above procedure carefully it is possible the cap will not go off (a hang fire) requiring one to remove the stick of dynamite form its hole and to perform the procedure all over again. Having had ONE hang fire in my life I do not ever want to experience a second, at any moment it could explode ending ones life.

    Your detected nuggets are Fantastic and among the best (actually better than) of the detected items I've personally detected! Seems like you and your machine will have a long good life together. What coil or coils do you have for it. I think the company Nel Coils produces after market coils for your unit.

    You have an interesting location though due to its size it will take time to determine its possibilities. Use every helping hand Ma nature offers to assist you in your adventure, gullies/side canyons/bare rock outcroppings etc. Best of success................63bkpkr
    I just have the stock 18khz 6x10" double D Coil. Seems to work fairly good. Those nuggets were found in bedrock cracks on exposed bedrock in a stream bed. Different location from the above video. I'll look into the Nel Coils thanks for that tip!
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  9. #9
    us
    Jun 2017
    Lake Elsinore, California
    Grizzly Gold Trap; Explorer. Garrett Gold Pans. Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold.
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    153 times
    Prospecting
    Some high altitude exploring in the southern California desert. I visit 3 old mines, the first is known and located in MDRS and on Topo maps. The second one is more of a prospect shaft only went in a short distance. That third mine though is no joke, collapsing collars of vertical shafts that seem to have no bottom is not nothing to take lightly. Massive mine dump, and the remains of a hand stacked stone cabin.

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  10. #10
    us
    Jun 2017
    Lake Elsinore, California
    Grizzly Gold Trap; Explorer. Garrett Gold Pans. Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold.
    111
    153 times
    Prospecting
    Finally went back to the mine site from the previous post. Found an open adit. I located what must be the main portal for the site which looks to have had plywood placed against the face the portal then back filled with a dozer. The plywood is sticking out of the top of it. With the help of some careful satellite and foot searching i found an alternate mine on the site up a hill away from the "road" in an inconvenient place to cover over. I grabbed some hand samples but haven't done much with them yet. Found a chunk of white quartz in the mine dump but inside the mine it was less obvious, good mineralization though. The tailings pile for the mill site nearby is all grey crushed rock the consistency of fine sand the color of cement. So I don't think the old timers were processing this limonite looking material. Maybe only interested in crushing the quarts they found? I'd be interested any thoughts you all may have. Heavy pans guys.
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  11. #11
    us
    Jun 2017
    Lake Elsinore, California
    Grizzly Gold Trap; Explorer. Garrett Gold Pans. Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold.
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    153 times
    Prospecting

    Some interesting quartz.

    Back again checking out some old diggings. This time with lots of UGLY, beautiful quarts . This one is also near home in Lake Elsinore Ca. took some bushwacking to get to it as the old mine road is washed out and over grown. Actually it was the hand stacked rock retaining wall that I spotted from google earth that got my attention, its now washed out over grown and intermittent. There are at least 6 different dig sites along this canyon 3 of which actually went underground that I could see. I think the road was put in to support this workings. This quarts does not sound off for my detector so that's a bit discouraging. Other problem is I don't own a proper crusher.

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    I wonder what the red looking crystal looking material is one this one.
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    Anyway I'ts been to long since I found actual gold and its causing my fever to subside a bit (heaven forbid) So I think my next trip will be out to proven ground where I have found gold in the past. Hopefully i can make something happen.
    Last edited by arthos; Oct 08, 2018 at 03:11 PM.
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