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The SDC and Me

SDC 2300

August 21, 2014 09:00am

If you’re looking for a prospecting machine that can go anywhere, ignore hot rocks and hot ground while sniffing out the smallest of nuggets, then look no further. The SDC lives up to the hype and then some. This machine will become a staple in any prospectors tool set. I’ve nicknamed named mine “Ole Blue, The Skunk Chaser” because I have yet to get “skunked” while using it. 

Posted on August 21, 2014 09:00am | 0 Comments


GPX 5000

August 10, 2014 08:00am

So, trip planned, caravan hooked up and off to Victoria I go. I meet up with a guy from QLD and we camp in a State Forrest near Stuart Mill for 3 days. He found his first piece with a VLF (non Minelab) on the 2nd day of about 1gr. He had been in the GT for 10 days and commented that I had at least another 8 days to go before my first find.

We moved on to camp in the forest near Tarnagulla and on what was my day 5 were on the diggings at Wet Gully near Waanyarra and only 5 minutes after starting for the day, I got a target signal. I scraped the leaf matter with my boot and signal gone, "another bullet" I thought, but I thought I would check anyway. After picking up the signal again and halving bits of dirt, there in my hand is my first piece of colour, a nice shiny 0.2gr nugget, off the surface, without any digging. I halved his time and we had a laugh over a beer as I stirred him up about that.

Although only a small piece, it vindicated in my own mind, upgrading to the GPX5000. After parting ways with the guy from QLD, I moved on to Avoca and found 3 more pieces of gold, the last being a 0.8 nugget that was about 15cm in hard ground, for a total of 2.2gr. All finds were with the Minelab Commander 11" mono coil. 

Posted on August 10, 2014 08:00am | 0 Comments

trip to desert

GPX 4500

July 31, 2014 08:00am

...but in one night and the power of God torrential rains and we are now over a pool of fresh water and gold in the area very close to the surface and close to some of had a productive day almost ranges from 60 to 90 grams and discovered that whenever we went westward many gold and decreased obstacles and after a month of our determination to return to our home in the end of the trip I received a 3 kilo and I sold my 130,000 Libyan dinars and was the reason for going to the gold I wanted to study abroad, away from Libya, problems and now luck of God got on the amount of well I can study abroad.

Posted on July 31, 2014 08:00am | 0 Comments

First Trip with SDC 2300 Strikes Big Gold Nuggets

SDC 2300

July 27, 2014 08:00am

Went to Nome, Alaska and stayed at AkAu Mine for a week. The tailings piles are from the earliest gold rush to Nome area. These have been pushed several times each year for the past three years and the SDC 2300 still produced some heavy nuggets there. I am very impressed with this rugged detector! Way to go Minelab you have a winner because it can stand up to the weather and rugged conditions of Nome prospecting.

Posted on July 27, 2014 08:00am | 0 Comments

50 Grams of gold with the SDC 2300

SDC 2300

July 23, 2014 09:00am

Here is 50 grams of gold nuggets (1.6 troy ounces) found with the SDC 2300 in California and Alaska, USA. The largest piece is 3/4ths of an ounce. The gold was found over about two weeks detecting time.

Chris R. – Alaska, USA

Posted on July 23, 2014 09:00am | 0 Comments

Digging out my very first SDC nugget

SDC 2300

July 17, 2014 08:00am

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I did squeeze out my very first SDC gold nugget and it was actually the biggest target of the day. It weighed in at a whopping 0.4-grams! OK, maybe noting to write home about, but gold is gold, and the fact that it came from an old patch was certainly noteworthy. The following day I revisited the patch once again and was able to pull yet another nugget. It was smaller than the first, but still gold nonetheless. The only thing about the SDC I struggled with a bit was the coil design. The angle (or position) at which it sits on the lower shaft is a bit odd, but I think in time it is one of those things a person can get used to. I will be doing a lot more testing in the days to come, but so far I think Minelab has once again produced an incredible PI gold machine…


Chris Gholson - Arizona, USA

Posted on July 17, 2014 08:00am | 0 Comments

83 Grams From 9 Nuggets at AKAU

X-TERRA 705 Gold Pack

July 15, 2014 10:00am
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I had long read about people finding nuggets in Alaska using a metal detector but only dreamed about being able to do so. I learned about Gaines Creek and tried to go there. But, by the time I tried to make it up to there, they had already closed to the public.

It looked like all the places open to the public that catered to nugget hunters had closed down for commercial mining. Then, I learned about Alaska Gold and Resort, AKAU, close to Nome, Alaska. I reserved 2 weeks at the end of June 2014.

The metal detector I used was a Minelab X-Terra 705 with the Gold Pack. On my 2nd day there, I found a nice 28 gram gold and quartz specimen. Then my luck turned cold for the next 5 days. However, I finally started to dig every signal, carefully check any hole for additional targets, and recover even the faintest of signals.

Posted on July 15, 2014 10:00am | 0 Comments

SDC 2300 smells tiny gold

SDC 2300

July 08, 2014 09:00am

Check out how small this one is, a clean, clear signal...

Professional Prospector - Australia

Posted on July 08, 2014 09:00am | 0 Comments

Check out how small this one is

SDC 2300

July 08, 2014 08:00am

Phantom SDC nugget... Does not weigh anything therefore it does not exist!!

And you can make it find even smaller pieces Bruce? Wow!!!


Professional Prospector - Australia

Posted on July 08, 2014 08:00am | 0 Comments

Finding gold with the SDC 2300

SDC 2300

July 07, 2014 05:00pm

I got out and did a little more prospecting with the SDC 2300, and got 3 more nuggets, total weight 2.5 grams. The more I use this detector the happier I am with it and its finding good gold for me. I took my brother in law out with me and with the external speaker gave him a few lessons in nugget detecting. There were a bunch of old 22 caliper brass shells at this one place, and I told him we needed to get these out of the way because they would shield us from hearing any smaller targets. Sure enough, we got them out of the way, and right in the middle of where they were was a fainter target. I told him that while larger nuggets would sound like those brass shells near the surface, most gold would sound like this fainter target. We dug it and it was the smallest of the three nuggets shown in the photo.


Chris R. – Nevada, USA

Posted on July 07, 2014 05:00pm | 0 Comments

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