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Post  Trot on Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:35 pm

Hi to all you hunters and collectors, my names Trot,I'm 58 been married for 38 yrs, i live in south freo WA. Brought my first detector a month ago as my wife and i were going to the gold fields for three weeks. After much thought I brought a Minelab GM1000. Had no luck in the gold fields despite all the maps and books and reading. Have decided i need to do a course on how to recognise ground features in gold bearing areas. One question i do have is Iwas told you are looking for ground with a 60/40 iron stone quarts mix, is this true ?

Finding gold would be a bonus but also love finding artefacts. Went to our local beach yesterday and found $5 in coins. my wife & I do a lot of traveling in the bush and being self sufficient. so more prospecting trips are planed.

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Post  Kon61gold on Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:55 pm

G'day Trot, welcome to the forum

There is no one complete answer to your question. Gold is & always will be where one happens to find it, although the three main ingredients associated with gold bearing ground, are quartz/ironstone & slate. Even more of a dead giveaway when prospecting/metal detecting for gold, is checking ones surroundings for any previous gold workings by old timers of the past, such that of near by diggings, surfacing's/surfaced ground, reef workings, old mullock piles from dry-blowing's or main gold bearing leads etc,etc.
The rest (after having done your research on any given area/locality) relies on time spent on the ground. Best of luck to you out there.

Cheers Kon. T25
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Post  geof_junk on Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:58 pm

Your detector is known to be very good on very tiny gold at shallow depths. Look for worked ground like blade patches and go slow over the ground. You most likely not find any thing above 0.1 gm but that is $8 to $9 and you might find a few of them, as well as learning what ground gold is in. By the way gold can be found on the beach (I have found more than 4 oz in rings and necklaces on beaches) Your detector is well suited for this purpose. Best of luck but remember detecting can be very additive.
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Post  joe82 on Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:53 am

Addictive indeed!!!!! Welcome mate I would be saving up for a gpx series detector to give yourself a better chance in the gold department as it’s getting harder to find but none the less you have a good machine for the parks and beaches

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Post  adrian ss on Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:16 am

G/Day Trot.Welcome. You chose a great forum to join.
Wish you success in your hunt for gold.
The Monster is a nice detector for finding small shallow gold in Aussie gold field ground conditions, which is what most of us find,(in my case it is (Used to find) the big nuggs are rare but you might get lucky.
At the beach the machine will not penetrate wet salty sand so you will be confined to the dry beaches where it will find everything   from invisible bits of foil to nice gold rings n chains, silver jewellery and tons of coin.

https://www.goldprospectors.org/News/ArtMID/406/ArticleID/694/A-Field-Test-MINELAB-GOLD-MONSTER-1000
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