Pros and Cons of Big Detector Coils
December 2016 by Chris RalphYears later I returned with a new detector with a smaller coil and detector technology more sensitive to smaller nuggets. I found my first nugget within five minutes. I had a second five minutes after that.
This type of thinking will get you discouraged pretty fast, and soon all of your mining equipment will be found gathering dust in your garage.
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• Miners referring to their activity as “recreational”
George was considering filling his dredge floats with closed-cell foam, ensuring that there would be no area available within each float for flooding.
I have figured out over the years that the winning combination is hard work, persistence, knowledge, and a little luck. This leads me to describe one of my best finds ever, a “honey hole” of placer gold, if you will.
There are clubs with claims in the area and there’s a section of the river open to the public, but the rest of the area is claimed up so do your research first.
There is a surprising amount of detectable gold under the water’s surface. The right tools make it much easier to find, and with a little patience and practice you can take advantage of this underappreciated bonanza.
So why would a modern-day prospector want to learn about a method of mining that was banned by the courts more than a century ago?
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