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Post  kiwijw on Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:32 pm

Hi there guys, We had some pretty radical weather for summer....or supposed to be summer. Woke to this friday morning. affraid





We had our xmas work "do" on friday which involved white water rafting down the Shotover River, that snow was going to make for rather chilly water, followed by drinks & dinner afterwards. Mrs JW had a wedding to video on saturday & I wanted to be bright eyed & bushy tailed for a detecting mission on saturady. So we were very well behaved on the drinking side of things.
I got off earlyish saturday morning which dawned a nice summers day. Bit of a surprise following the last couple of days.
Got to my detecting destination & went to a hill side slope where I had scored a nice little patch out in open country with no old time workings, back in my GP 3000 days. It was hard going as I had thrashed this area & it is where I got those good sized slugs in my avatar. I finally got a mellow double blip signal. Was it going to be a pellet or gold.
A few scrapes & the signal was still there. Down about 4" & I was feeling confident.



YE HA. Small bit of gold



That was it. 3 hours of detecting for just that one bit. It was getting bloody hot so I decided to move on to another spot where I had done well but my last few times there I had got nothing. I hadnt been there for a while as it can have long grass which doesnt help. Got there & rigged up. In 5 minutes I had a signal that wasnt a double blip & it wasnt screaming, so hopefully not a .22 casing. Wasnt holding my breath though. Top soil was about 6" deep & then in to a bit of shattered crumbly schist. Signal still in there. I was getting a bit excited now. Had to use the pick end & smash in to the schist. Signal still there. Oh boy.....this has got to be gold now. Surely.



Notice the broken out schist



YE HA    T18  T18



4.70 grams  T33  my biggest for.....goodness knows how long



At about 300 mm, 12"



Then 6 meters away & no further crap targets I got another good hit.



In to the shattered schist again & signal still in there & sounding bloody loud. No pellet this sucker & I doubt it is going to be crap now that I am smashing out schist

What this.....Kinda surprise??



You bloody beauty.  Q16   Q25   Q21



5.98 grams. Yer Baby  Q24





At 200mm I was surprised that I hadn't got that with my 4500 & a number of coils that I have thrashed this area with  scratch  Oh well....got them now  Q27





Well that deserved a break & a well earned coffee

Back into it & a faint double blip. Some thing small & some thing very close to the coil. Damn....shot gun pellet??

couple of inches down &



Same again...but down 4" & in to the schist again





And again





Oh...ok...again. Another double blip





Once more





That was it. I was bloody hot & decided to call it quits. Had it been cooler I would have gone on until dark, which is after 10pm. I was pretty well satisfied so ended at 7pm

So all up 8 bits for 12.10 grams. Thats my best haul for ages, & off thrashed ground. The mighty Zed doest it again.



Cheers guys

Best of luck out there

JW   V08
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Post  GOLDGASM on Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:58 am

Absolute beauties there JW, very happy for you!

Cheers GG
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Post  davsgold on Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:14 am

Very nice JW, and those couple of chunky ones just tells you the Zed is better than what you were using before. A great effort, well done. Very Happy

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Post  deutran on Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:51 am

A really good result and excellent post Jw
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Post  Digginerup on Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:57 am

Not happy with the little stuff any more eh! Rolling Eyes you will need a pack mule soon to cart out the big ones lol! , well done! Merry Xmas to you and yours, best of luck!

Wayne cheers
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Post  Guest on Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:45 pm

Very nice finds again for the Zed JW.    T06     Congrats again for your nice finds and thanks again for sharing your story, pics & finds.  

kiwijw wrote:At 200mm I was surprised that I hadn't got that with my 4500 & a number of coils that I have

I'm wondering if your 45 would have detected these as well as the Zed?? as over here we have had similar experiences between the Zed & 5000 on some gold.   Shocked    

Cheers.

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Post  kon61 on Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:29 pm

Don't be surprised at all in not being able to pick up certain types of in-ground nuggets JW. Variables such that of nugget orientation, compared to coil field approach, can sometimes play a big role, as to whether or not the nugget can be heard. Other factors such that of detector timings used over certain type of ground/nugget, can have a similar effect, as can the different size/type coil in use. In ground variables such that of temperature/moisture saturation, degree of mineralization, from one day to the next, can affect nugget detection depth. One to many changing variables to work it all out. Laughing
Nice going/colour. Well done.

Cheers Kon. Q11
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Post  Axtyr on Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:27 pm

Well done there JW, excellent day out for you again.

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Post  AnnieL on Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:31 pm

Excellent finds ... glad you have found bigger nuggets. Early Christmas present. Very Happy
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Post  Guest on Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:39 am

Isn't it great to have a choice of using a different detector, 
and with each one, you get different results 

Awesome finds there  Q15  
You must be loving the Zed

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Post  Hoffs Gold on Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:29 pm

Killing it John, i'm so happy to see some bigger nugs coming to light for ya! cheers
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Post  kiwijw on Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:29 pm

Thanks guys & gals for all the feedback & comments. Yep...loving the Zed but still scratching my head as to why the 4500 didnt get some of those.  I was following beside a sheep track using it as the edge of my gridding line. Just like I have done many times before with my GP 3000, 4500 & many different coils over the years. The first piece at about 350mm, 14"  Maybe if it was up on edge I may not have got it with the 4500 & NF 17 x 11 ......I dont know.....scratch but that 2nd one at 200mm   Embarassed  Weird. My next 8 targets after those two slugs were all .22 shells. Some shallow & real screamers but some mellow & deep. Maybe I had dug a few of those in earlier times & put those signals or that one at 200mm down to part of a .22 shell grave yard & on the very rear occasion that I dont dig all signals gave that 200mm signal a miss. But I got the sucker this time.   T06

Hi Kon61. Have to agree with all you said. The number of times I have gone back over ground with the same detector, coil, settings on a different day (hence, like you say, different conditions) & pinged more gold, & is the reason I go over ground more than once & with different coils day time & night time. Maybe not with the Zed though, different coils that is. Rolling Eyes  Cant see a 19" coming on.

Thanks again guys & I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas & a happy new year & hope the gold gods smile upon you in 2017.

Good luck out there

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Post  Guest on Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:51 pm

G'day JW, just curious if you have tried the 4500 over those nuggies and see if you find they'll give a good signal on them, like the Zed. As I have said we have had nuggies over here that the 5000/4500 don't get as good as the Zed/2300 do.
Same to you and your family,wish you all a very Merry Christmas and safe Happy New Year.

Cheers.

Mike. santa rendeer

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Post  kiwijw on Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:45 am

Hi Mike, Thanks for that. T25

Those two slugs of gold are pretty solid. So will be a real hit on the 4500 now they are out of the ground Hard to know now that they are out of the ground. I really feel the 4500 should have got them out in the field. I am mysterfied that the 4500 didnt get at least one of them. Maybe I just didnt swing over them & get them in the sweet spot but due to the number of times I have been over that area I am sure I would have. Guess I will never know now. Bring on some more. I will take the 4500 with me from now on & do some in ground comparisions before digging. That will let us know. Be a pain, but be interesting. Cheers Q39

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Post  Guest on Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:57 am

What Mike was getting at.. even though you found those nuggets with the zed
Just wave them over your 4500 coil ( yes air test ) and see how well they bang in,
and how close to the 4500 Coil you have to be..
We have found gold with the zed, in areas that other detectors have been over..
The zed just sniff's out this different type of gold, and also are solid pieces.
It would just be interesting to see if your zed ( also air test ) which machine hears them the best

P.s we know air tests me nothing, but if you compare the same nuggets, it should tell you which machine loves
To find that type of gold..

Our son has a piece of gold, solid 1.7 grammer .. the only detectors that will scream on it, is the zed and sdc2300
The zed will get this piece at 10 inches from its coil.. other gpx machines have to nearly have it rubbing the coil.

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Post  kiwijw on Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:19 pm

Hi Jen & Mike. Ok....air tests will be done. Might be tomorrow. Guess I should use the 14" Elite on the 4500 to be of a close size to the Zeds 14". But I will try a number of coils too, just out of interest. Results to come. Cheers.  Q39

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Post  determined1 on Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:33 am

Ah Kiwijw. You are killing me. lol!

The story just gets better and better and good onya.

What a truly fabulous result and how good is it to see snow up there at this time of the year.

Long may the success continue and wish you and Mrs JW all the best for Christmas.


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Post  kiwijw on Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:46 am

Hi Bernie, Oh shucks man Embarassed  Thank you for your kind words.  The snow certainly didnt hang around. Just a wee southerly cold front that went through over night. Can happen any time of the year. I went back to that spot yesterday to do the air tests with the 4500 & took a wide variety of coils Rolling Eyes  but things didnt turn out the way I had planed. I will fill you all in a bit later as I am off on a mission at the moment. Cheers. All the best for the xmas season

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