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    us
    Aug 2013
    Coloma, California
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    Post Setting Up Your Bazooka Gold Traps

    We've tweaked and reformatted the Bazooka Instructions, adding a few pointers as well. We'd love for you all to take a look.. And if the Bazooka Guru's here see anything missing, please feel free to post suggestions.

    http://www.bazookagoldtrap.com/conte...structions.pdf

    Thanks!

    BGC
    Last edited by bazookagoldtrap; Mar 27, 2014 at 12:55 PM. Reason: Links Help!

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    It is more than a hobby. It is a lifestyle .

    Dec 2012
    Redding, Ca
    BGT Prospector BGT Super Mini Angus MacKirk Explorer South Yuba Mining Highbanker
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    I dont know how you could make it any clearer. Good job.
    Alan U
    "Crack Addict"

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    us
    Jan 2014
    Lotus/Coloma, California
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rdg Sluicer View Post
    I dont know how you could make it any clearer. Good job.
    Yep, what he said!

    Have the day off... May go run a bucket through the mini just for kicks!

    L.G.
    US Army veteran, libertarian patriot, angry voter, taxpayer, small business owner, geologist & engineer, Colorado School of Mines alumnus, charter member of the vast right-wing conspiracy.

  4. #4
    It is more than a hobby. It is a lifestyle .

    Dec 2012
    Redding, Ca
    BGT Prospector BGT Super Mini Angus MacKirk Explorer South Yuba Mining Highbanker
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    367 times
    Prospecting
    If your going to do one you might as well do two.
    Alan U
    "Crack Addict"

  5. #5

    Dec 2013
    Evansville, Indiana
    Garrett AT PRO; Garrett Pro Pointer; Bazooka Mini Gold Trap
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thanks.. printed this helpful gem out.. now just wishing tomorrow would get here so my mini arrives... Going to try and get 8 hours in of sluicing next weekend.

  6. #6
    us
    Lord King of the World

    Aug 2012
    Classic Hill Mine, Siskiyou County
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    Nice How to document. I saved it to my archives. Including a page on how to create a better water flow by channeling more or less water water to your sluice might be helpful to the newbies out there. Thanks for the manual.

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    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
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    Good stuff there Chris

    The advice about angle is more cautious than needed tho I think. I've run the Prospector and the sniper so steep the grizzly is flat and still had great retention of fine gold. This makes me think you could encourage a more aggressive slope to make the sluice more self-clearing...no?

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    us
    Aug 2013
    Coloma, California
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    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    Good stuff there Chris

    The advice about angle is more cautious than needed tho I think. I've run the Prospector and the sniper so steep the grizzly is flat and still had great retention of fine gold. This makes me think you could encourage a more aggressive slope to make the sluice more self-clearing...no?
    You're right. We're cautious on the directions because we have blown fines at high angles in certain conditions. It's hard to create a one-size-fits-all manual that doesn't seem to contradict itself for this thing, and people seem to show us up all the time with their results. But yes Kev, you're absolutely right.


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    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
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    Ah right, makes sense...thanks.

  10. #10
    us
    May 2014
    AZ
    Beach High Banker, Sweep Jig, Whippet Dry Washer, Lobo ST, 1/2 width 2 tray Gold Cube, numerous pans, rocker box, and home made fluid bed and stream sluices.
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    Have you tested or what are your expectations of gold capture efficiency when the feed material is exclusively fine ocean beach sands and the gold is pretty much all minus 100 mesh and what might be the best set up as to angle and flow?
    Last edited by arizau; May 21, 2014 at 02:39 PM.

  11. #11
    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
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    Quote Originally Posted by arizau View Post
    Have you tested or what are your expectations of gold capture efficiency when the feed material is exclusively fine ocean beach sands and the gold is pretty much all minus 100 mesh and what might be the best set up as to angle and flow?
    For -100 mesh gold on a Bazooka you'd need to classify down below -4 (not sure how far down but pure sand is totally good to go) and restrict the amount of water flowing into the fluidization tubes. Otherwise you'll catch virtually all the +100 but only a fraction of the -100 as some will get kicked out. Despite the classification advice, you also want to preload the trap with some gravel in the -4/+20 range to help create a stable initial bed of material. Sounds tricky but once you get it dialed in you can rock n roll.

    The alternative is a Gold Cube or the Doug Watson's Super Concentrator...both designed for beach sand and both solid pieces of gear.
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    us
    Sep 2012
    Tujunga, CA
    Bazooka Gold Trap, A-51, Gold Pan
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    Here's one thing I found. If the sluice seems to want to float just after you start feeding it make sure the box/end is supported. Once the fluid bed fills with material the weight shifts and it will fall into any space under the box.
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    us
    Sep 2012
    Tujunga, CA
    Bazooka Gold Trap, A-51, Gold Pan
    923
    1002 times
    Prospecting
    There has been some discussion on the main forum of the challenges of setting up and running the BGT. Maybe we can reignite this thread and point here for tips.

    It is important to start with the flow running in the box. It should be in line with the stream flow. Pick a spot where the current will flow straight through and is able to exit with enough force to take away most of the tailings. (You probably will need to shovel away some tailings as you go while at production speed. It also helps to throw some of the larger rocks off to the side). If you're working with low flow I have found a small vinyl tarp placed in the stream-bed can help direct all the flow toward the sluice.

    Generally the BGT can be run flatter than a regular sluice. But for the most production a proper angle will be enough to wash most of the oversize gravel over the grizzly. It may be run flatter for sampling. The deck will clear much slower and you'll need to knock off a lot of the overs by hand. But you will see some gold hanging on the deck. I'm not saying one way is right or wrong. Sometimes you gotta see some gold and other times you just want to move more dirt.

 

 

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