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SDC 2300

Metal Detecting Underground

August 28, 2015 11:28am

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 11:28am | 0 Comments

Metal Detecting Adventures on the Infamous Oak Island

August 14, 2015 03:17pm

In 2014 I was honoured to be invited to help the owners of Oak Island (located in Nova Scotia, Canada) in their quest to solve the mystery of the famous “Money Pit”.

For those who do not know the story, Oak Island is rumoured to have buried pirate treasure hidden in a mine shaft with an elaborate booby-trapped flooding system to prevent people from recovering the treasure.

Posted by Gary Drayton on August 14, 2015 03:17pm | 0 Comments

Gold Trip to Costa Rica (Part 1)

April 01, 2015 10:02pm

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

The 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

Minelab SDC 2300 Metal Detector - Child's Play Part 2

January 21, 2015 12:56am

The SDC 2300 is an amazing little metal detector, I can confidently say this because my son Timothy has achieved amazing results with his SDC in minimal time thanks to the simple switch on and go design. 

Posted by Jonathan Porter on January 21, 2015 12:56am | 0 Comments

Why Every Dry Blower Owner Ought to Purchase an SDC2300

November 06, 2014 11:51am

This summer I’ve been using my SDC 2300 for patch hunting and cleaning and just recently found a couple concentrations of small nuggets a few hundred yards apart. I recovered nuggets from these patches as small as 0.03 to 0.05 grams (some very small gold indeed), but I still wondered if there was even smaller gold present as well in the gravels of these nugget patches. 

Posted by Chris Ralph on November 06, 2014 11:51am | 1 Comment

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

August 15, 2014 11:56pm

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

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

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 | 1 Comment

The SDC 2300 Finds Both Little AND Big Nuggets!

July 25, 2014 05:41pm

I am just back from a two week prospecting trip to Alaska (11 days of digging), and I now have about 120+ hours of prospecting with the SDC 2300 and I have really been impressed with it. Just to show how successful the SDC 2300 has been for me, here are 50 grams (1.6 ounces) of SDC 2300 gold I have dug from both California and Alaska. 

Posted by Chris Ralph on July 25, 2014 05:41pm | 0 Comments
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