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Post  AraratGold on Tue May 28, 2019 3:17 pm

Gidday All,

Managed to get two hours in today with the 17 inch Russian X coil, before rain chased me home.

Blew me away just how good this coil is ! I purposely picked a small area of State forest that I have flogged for the last 10 years, with all 3 different GPX detectors, with coils from 11-25 inches, the SDC, and even a QED. This spot has yielded many ounces of gold to me from 0.05g up to 33g. I had declared it " dead ", as my last 10 or so efforts with the standard GPZ14 and GPZ19 have yielded nothing more.

2 hours in today, nearly back to the car, and I get an obvious signal. This was slightly downhill from a small patch of small reef gold, in an area that I have literally smashed.
Coil was about 2 inches above the ground because of sticks and clumpy grass. Removed said obstacles and signal firmer. 4 inches in and I am in nice gravel, target now screaming, out pops what turns out to be buck shot. Bugger, but this is from a spot that I have NEVER managed to get a target in !  Shocked

Moved about 10m along and same thing, another obvious target, once again coil 2 inches over the ground. Dug in and same again, 4 inches down in nice gravel, target screaming louder than the buckshot, out pops what turns out to be an 0.65 gram bit of reef gold ! I'll be buggered, I thought !  Laughing

Rain then chased me home.

Coil was very sensitive, being able to pick up my 0.11g test piece at 2 inches. I tried knocking the coil against a tree a few times and no bump sensitivity. 17 round weighs the same as the GPZ14. All in all, a fantastic coil. Don't know what the Russians have done differently, but Minelab need to have a good hard look !

Further testing to come when our shitty weather finally breaks.

Cheers, Rick

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Post  Travelergold on Tue May 28, 2019 5:25 pm

Rick,  yes the russian guy has certainly done something that minelab have not achieved. We have the 18" and that is brilliant as well, and have bumped/banged it a fair bit with no touch sensitivity. Am also a scrubber but does not false signal. I loaned coil to a friend with patch lead late last week and he got 2 nuggets at jupitor creek along with lots of junk for a half day outing. One was 0.3 and other 0.5. Do not have pictures but he was impressed how much deeper it went than the 14". He wants to hire from me now when he goes out next time. Might give him the 10" round next time to give a run and see how he likes that one.

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Post  moredeep on Tue May 28, 2019 5:43 pm

Well done Rick, that's very encouraging ,I hope it rains gold with this x coil. Very Happy

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Post  davsgold on Tue May 28, 2019 8:57 pm

That's impressive Rick, thanks for the report and that the X-Coil is an improvement on the 7000 Very Happy

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Post  AraratGold on Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:55 pm

Got out today for a few hours in between showers and managed to get one nice little 1.5 grammer in an area I have carefully gridded with stringlines. Was detecting in HY Normal, sensitivity 18 and no smoothing. 17 inch X coil.

Ground was damp and normal moaned a bit, but the targets still yelled out. Normal general ran noticeably quieter that normal HY.

Filmed in 4K with a new dedicated video camera, hope you enjoy. The X coil is dynamite, and I can see many more nuggets coming ! Very Happy

Cheers, Rick

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Post  Travelergold on Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:34 pm

Nice video rick, and a nice find.
What are you using for sound. Looked like you are connected to the machine. 
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Post  AraratGold on Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:39 pm

Travelergold wrote:Nice video rick, and a nice find.
What are you using for sound. Looked like you are connected to the machine. 
Cheers TG

Thanks mate.
SP01 enhancer, but am using an audio cord to the detector, as the WM12 module crapped itself after 4 years of hard use, and I can't justify Minelab's price tag for a new one !

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Post  davsgold on Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:14 pm

Very nice Rick, well done, the coil is running great and the camera is as well, it looks like the ground is very wet as well, and your still able to run in Normal and a very high sensitivity Very Happy

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Post  Mike54 on Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:53 am

G’day Rick,

Looks like the 17” X coil is working well for you and hope you find many more nice nuggies there.
Thanks for sharing your video of your findings Rick. T25

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