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2015 Prospecting Trip

GPZ 7000

October 05, 2015 08:00am

I found the GPZ to be extremely easy to use and as you can see by the photo very good on small nuggets, some less than 0.1 of a gram. We also had 2 of the 5000 detectors which were also picking up a lot of the same size but I found that even after my mates had finnished a spot I could still go in with the GPZ and find a couple that were missed by the 5000. I ended up with 136 nuggets weighing in at 32 grams and a few small speci's.
All in all it was another awesome trip in very ruggered terrain with some good company and a lot of beer.

Posted on October 05, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

First find with GPZ 7000

GPZ 7000

September 15, 2015 08:00am

first day out using my newly purchased GPZ 7000 couldn't believe how sensitive this machine was picked up 25 grams of the best nuggets in no time at all
luv the new machine hopefully can enter many more in the future!!

Clint – WA, Australia

Posted on September 15, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

Success in the GT

GPX 4500

September 09, 2015 09:00am

At around 16 inches another tree root things were now getting difficult, I continued using a plastic scoop scraping as I couldn't get the pick in. I then hit what looked like compacted river gravels, my heart started pounding, I thought surely can’t be trash. Scraping the gravel with my scoop what appeared to be a familiar gold speck. Ran and grabbed my bottle of water and proceeded to splash and clean yes there appeared a nugget sitting vertical in the gravel. I scraped around with my pocket knife ever so gently and managed to gently pry the nugget loose. In my hand was a little beauty my first major find with the 4500 after having it for 2 weeks. My first thought was I have paid for the detector, great investment. After giving the nugget a quick clean and weighing it came in @ 36grams, I thought to myself I have finally joined the ounce club. Below is the shot of the nugget in its natural state, and after it has been cleaned. I hope my luck continues and more stories like this come out of the GT.


Tryhard1968 – Vic, Australia

Posted on September 09, 2015 09:00am | 0 Comments

I love this 7000

GPZ 7000

August 27, 2015 08:00am

Day one unpack it,

Day two found about 4g,

Day three found about 6g on ground that I flogged to death

Day four paid for it

by Day eight I got just under 20 ounces


I love the new GPZ 7000 thank minelab.



Dave – QLD, Australia

Posted on August 27, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

My First Find

GPX 5000

August 19, 2015 08:00am

Have just found my first gold nuggets, on my second trip away with my Club, we set off for a 15 day detecting trip, to Wedderburn, Inglewood and the last 7 days at Kingower.
Wasn't too happy after 13 days of digging every target, with plenty of the usual, and even an old rusty rabbit trap, however had to get the positive cap back on and headed out again.
The last hour of a long day up came a little 0.2 g nugget, then i stepped onto an old digging heaps and a signal, 6/8" and then 10" and realised then it was back into the wall futher, Out came a 1.6 G.
Out to the same spot next moning and first 2 signals up came another 2 and totalled 2.5 g for my first finds.
Would like to thank Bernie Cooper and Greame Fuge for their assistance and advice for my second trip with the club, and the opportunity to travel with these people, Thhanks also to Minelab for this opportunity and my new found hobby at 67, recommend it!


Childsy – NSW, Australia

Posted on August 19, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

My biggest nugget.

GPZ 7000

August 06, 2015 08:00am

 Finally it was in my hand and oh boy how rusty it looked, this flat piece of metal. I gave it a good wash and it looked like gold now but I still wasn’t convinced. Another wash and it now looked like a really good nugget of about 13 or 14 grams. I’ve never found a nugget over 13 grams and this looked like it might go half an ounce if I was lucky.

It gave me quite a surprise when I weighed it. 30.9 grams all up. It has some ironstone and a very small amount of quartz in it and after soaking in an acid bath for 2 days the final tally was 28.8 grams of beautiful shiny gold.


Posted on August 06, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

GPZ 7000 the best ever

GPZ 7000

July 13, 2015 09:00am

I bought a Minelab GPZ 7000 in March from George who owns Miners Den in Cairns where you can get an excellent service and George will always try to help you when you need it . I would like to share my first experiences, for me it is a formidable detector and so easy to use , my first trip in the goldfields was in March for 10 days to test it and I could find many very deep specimens on an area I have previously detect with a return of 5 ounces of gold , a good start. I am retired so I have plenty of time, I am not a professional it is only a hobby , so far I spent around 7 weeks in the Queensland goldfields and run the Minelab 7000 only on pre-set factory settings and get gold nearly every day . I camp in the bush then I go detecting with a motor bike, for me it is so easy to set up this detector as I carry it in custom made bag and so quick to start compare to some I own before. I go slow and low and I have some excellent results to my level, I balance it very often and it pays and if the threshold is a bit noisy as soon I find a target, even a faint signal I will pick it up , it will cover the threshold sometimes a bit noisy but you need to be very attentive . I talked on the field with a few people who were using a GPZ 7000 and most of them are happy and for the one who was not convince yet I believe regarding what he said to me , is expectations are a lot to high , first of course you have to be on the gold and listen very carefully , with this one you can find some tiny nuggets with a very loud signal , some very deep specimens with a very clear signal , the deepest I found was 80 cm deep with 100g of very shiny gold showing through . So now for me we have to stop ignoring any signal because this detector is so responsive that we will walk away from gold. I think personally that it is the one to buy when you can afford it but we have to remember one thing this detector do not make gold it only help us more than ever . So far I found nearly half a kg of gold for 7 weeks of fun, with some very exciting moments when you dig so deep.
I would like to tell you how I am happy to own the new GPZ 7000 so functional and easy to adjust the settings and how you are lucky to have Minelab dealer like George in Cairns.


Marc – QLD, Australia

Posted on July 13, 2015 09:00am | 0 Comments

GPZ 7000 Harvest

GPZ 7000

July 07, 2015 08:00am

Eventually found 3 grams of gold at a depth of nearly 50 centimetres. My partner said there was no longer any gold left, but the GPZ 7000 certainly found it. Haha, thank you for my GPZ 7000, let me have a nice day, harvest a lot.

Posted on July 07, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

Dispelling 4800 "Relic Hunter" myth

GPX 4800

July 02, 2015 08:00am

After a few junk targets got a nice "mellow" signal, a bit of a scrape and things started getting louder and I was beginning to think large nail, piece of iron or??. Small picks and big coils on a GPX can NOT be recommended .... once past the 12" mark the target was out and on the 3rd or 4th scoop full something heavy fell into my palm ...... a nice dirty nugget that when cleaned indicated 21.6 gms.
GPX 4800 and 14" Elite had combined to give me my best nugget to date AND dispelled forever the unwarranted "Relic Hunter" tag that's so common when people refer to the GPX4800.


Posted on July 02, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

GPZ 7000 gives me my first nugget

GPZ 7000

June 24, 2015 08:00am

That all changed last weekend. I had been detecting all day, trying a few different areas I had selected all to no avail. I set off to my final spot only to find a fallen tree over the forestry road. Not having a 4WD, I decided to try a spot I had seen on my drive in. It was almost time for me to leave as the sun was getting low but as usual I just had to give it one more go. I had only been in the spot about 10 minutes when a signal nearly blew my headphones off. I figured it was probably trash but I would have a look anyway. I had only dug down about 10cm and the 7000 was screaming. I got down all ready to remove a piece of iron when low and behold there was a yellow object looking up at me. My first though was it had to be a bit of gold foil. That soon changed when I picked it up! Gold! I finally had gold! It weighed in at 15.55 grams. Not bad for my first piece.
God I love my Zed!

Posted on June 24, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

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