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Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part I

The very first thing to find out...is if the detector has the ability to be ground balanced.

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Where Should I Start?


Digging in the right spots will produce excellent results, like this group of nuggets taken by the author while metal detecting during the last few months. The biggest nugget is over an ounce.

The Hunt for Remote Canyon Gold


A large, 8-pennyweight piece popped out of a very small crevice where the water had been extremely swift in the winter, leaving no visible gravel.

Following the Clues


It took me awhile before I finally got a nice mellow signal. My nugget turned out to weigh in about two dwt (pennyweight). Over the next few hours, we all picked up a few more nuggets apiece.

Metal Detector Testing Methods


It will not be any easier than on your table at home, and so testing a very small test target like the ballpoint pen can tell you immediately if a detector is suitable for looking for tiny gold nuggets.

Our Old Friend, Mr. Crashbox


…what adjustment can I make to my dredge that will enhance its gold-catching ability?

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Your odds of going home with gold will be higher using the discrimination mode, even if you might have misread one of the targets you rejected.

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