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Metal Detecting Underground

August 28, 2015 12:18pm

Chris Ralph
Chris Ralph gold prospector

Now I certainly don't recommend going into old abandoned mines because I well know - better than most - how dangerous that can be. Normally it’s best to detect old dumps and ore piles on the surface when working around old mines, and even that requires a close eye on safety. However, I recently had a very special opportunity to do some gold detecting in the Original 16 to 1 mine in Alleghany, California. 

Posted by Chris Ralph on August 28, 2015 12:18pm | 0 Comments

Gold Trip to Costa Rica (Part 1)

April 01, 2015 10:02pm

Gordon Heritage
Gordon Heritage metal detector professional

I have been travelling to Costa Rica for a few years now, taking a metal detector in my hand luggage in the hope to find some gold nuggets out in the jungles.

Over the years I’ve had reasonable success using the Minelab GPX 5000, last year finding 4 grams including a 1-gram nugget on my hotel’s beach. Okay, this is not the greatest of examples of success, but considering the challenging environment it’s not surprising I list this meager gold with pride.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on April 01, 2015 10:02pm | 1 Comment

Scrape and Detect – with the SDC 2300

February 13, 2015 01:43am

Steve Herschbach
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he Minelab SDC 2300 is a remarkable metal detector, and more people are finally realizing it. The SDC 2300 has exceptional sensitivity to very small gold and even larger gold that other pulse induction detectors have difficulty with. Porous specimen gold is being found that is surprisingly large in mass but which due to the spongy nature of the gold has been missed by other detectors.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on February 13, 2015 01:43am | 0 Comments

SDC 2300 – Experiences from the Arizona Goldfields (Part 2)

August 15, 2014 11:56pm

Chris Gholson
Chris Gholsion expert metal detector operator showing gold that he has found with a metal detector

The following day I returned to the patch and decided to stay out of the main “run” and instead focus on the fringes of the patch that were covered in heavy scrub. The thick oak brush and Manzanita made it virtually impossible to work with a large diameter coil. The constant snags and hang-ups were beyond frustrating, but this brush provided the perfect hiding place for a few more nuggets. By the end of the day I left with scratches on my arms, but not empty handed. Careful searching produced four small bits of gold for a total weight of only 0.5 grams; the deepest of which was roughly four inches. The SDC’s 8” monoloop coil was easy to maneuver around the brush, and its solid design kept it from getting snagged on the many low hanging branches. I feel it will be a good choice for working most of the central Arizona goldfields. 

Posted by Chris Gholson on August 15, 2014 11:56pm | 0 Comments

SDC 2300 – Experiences from the Arizona Goldfields (Part 1)

August 12, 2014 12:30am

Chris Gholson
Chris Gholsion expert metal detector operator showing gold that he has found with a metal detector

When I looked down at the minuscule shard of iron in my hand I couldn’t help but be impressed. It was paper thin and only about a quarter the size of a grain of rice. This was my very first target found with the new SDC 2300 and it was incredibly small. So small in fact, that it would not trigger my digital scale! In the days to follow I would discover that not only could the SDC find incredibly small targets, it could pull them from ground that had been detected many times in the past.  The place I chose to take my new SDC was one of my old nugget patches located in central Arizona in the foothills of the famed gold-bearing Bradshaw Mountains.

Posted by Chris Gholson on August 12, 2014 12:30am | 0 Comments

Beach Hunting with the SDC 2300

July 30, 2014 04:36am

Gary Drayton
Gary Drayton beach metal detecting with Minelab Sovereign GT metal detector

Because I am a beach and shallow water hunter, I was happy to hear the news that Minelab had introduced another new waterproof metal detector. After doing the hard part of convincing my lovely wife that I really needed an SDC 2300, it was off to the beach for some testing.

Posted by Gary Drayton on July 30, 2014 04:36am | 0 Comments

SDC 2300 Field Test Part 2

July 23, 2014 06:07pm

Gordon Heritage
Gordon Heritage metal detector professional

After the success of finding my first Roman gold coin with the SDC 2300, I decided to take it in my hand luggage to Croatia.

The trip was hastily organised when we received news that a field had been harvested, where Richard Lincoln and I had found 55 hammered coins in November 2013 (picture below). The Croatian archaeologists wanted us to identify the area of the hoard, so the race was on to do this before the farmer sowed his crop.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on July 23, 2014 06:07pm | 1 Comment

The Minelab SDC 2300 "Alaskan"

July 18, 2014 12:51am

Steve Herschbach
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I have been prospecting in Alaska for nearly 40 years and it is dramatically different than the prospecting I read about on the internet. Everyone else seems to be out detecting in desert locations, and I am always detecting in pouring down rain! Others are out detecting in wide open country, and I am detecting in brush so thick I can barely squeeze through it.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on July 18, 2014 12:51am | 1 Comment

SDC 2300 Field Test Part 1

July 17, 2014 12:45am

Gordon Heritage
Gordon Heritage metal detector professional

I’ve been using the new SDC 2300 for a few weeks now, testing it out for coin and relic hunting.

The first thing I noticed was how easy this detector is to use. Assembly is simple and quick... resembling something from Transformer movie. Then at the end of the day it folds back down in less than a minute, and can be slipped in to a backpack for discrete transfer home. 

Posted by Gordon Heritage on July 17, 2014 12:45am | 0 Comments

The New “Super Detector” from Minelab - the SDC 2300

June 26, 2014 05:05pm

Jonathan Porter
Jonathan Porter metal detecting gold

I have always wished for a metal detector that had the sensitivity to find those sub half-gram nuggets but at the same time ignore the mineralisation. Sure the GPX 5000 in Fine Gold with a small Monoloop coil attached does a pretty good job of things, but I always felt I was still a ways off from getting down to the sensitivity required for the tiny nuggets that are still sitting there for the taking, still waiting there patiently after all this time, waiting for something special to come along, something super. Enter the SDC 2300, that’s “Super Detector COMPACT”, and boys does it pack a punch! 

Posted by Jonathan Porter on June 26, 2014 05:05pm | 0 Comments

Trying Out Minelab's New SDC 2300

June 23, 2014 05:46pm

Chris Ralph
Chris Ralph gold prospector

I've been enjoying the opportunity to test out Minelab's new SDC 2300. I do a lot of prospecting with various metal detectors and I have been excited about getting my hands on one ever since I heard some of the details of what this new detector would offer to prospectors.  Minelab is known for their cutting edge Pulse Induction technology, and the SDC 2300 certainly continues the tradition of revolutionary design that allows prospectors to accomplish things that just couldn't be done before. 

Posted by Chris Ralph on June 23, 2014 05:46pm | 0 Comments

The Minelab SDC 2300 – My First Impression

June 06, 2014 07:21pm

Steve Herschbach
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Great things come in small packages! When a box showed up from Minelab recently the first thing that struck me was how small the box was. Like a kid at Christmas I tore the box open and lifted out my new toy – a Minelab SDC 2300 detector. There is not a box full of parts to assemble, just this little detector all folded up, and nothing quite prepares a person for just how small the SDC 2300 is the first time you see it.

 

Posted by Steve Herschbach on June 06, 2014 07:21pm | 0 Comments

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