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    I live in CA aand want to buy a dredge, good idea or bad idea?

    I love prospecting and would love to someday be a dredger. Will I ever be able to do that in CA ever again? I would hate spend thousands of dollars on some piece of machinery I can't use. What you guys think? Seems like you could probably score a good deal on one now.

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    Well, if you bought a dirt track car and ended up junking it out after a wreck, you'd just chalk it up. If you look at it that way, is it worth it to lose it to the
    man? Plus a thousand dollars for possible fine. If I was young enough, i'd do it in a heartbeat. First, I know where to get a couple ozs with a dredge, second
    I would MAKE them stop me from mining! Its easy to say this from the rocking chair tho. You have to decide what's best for you.

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    You could always go up to Oregon (if they don't ban that as well) and I think Nevada is open. I have a 3" dredge I'd sell for cheap if you drove lol

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    You can get one cheap somewhere. Oregon is going to the same fate as Ca. unfortunately. Miners there are trying to fight this ban. If you read the WMA newsletter this month some are calling on to fight this ban with an "Occupy The Rivers" protest to force the issue because the lefties control everything in Sacramento. Letters to the state senators and e-mails are being done but have to tell you that it is a waste of time, but it is the all they can do for now. If you and someone you know has any ideas and how to save this right that we are losing and would like to fight this, keep in touch.

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    NOT ONLY NO BUT LL NO JUS' GET A NICE DETECTOR and a sluicebox and have a ball. Feds closing in now too in 2 more states BANNED,TRYING TO BAN OR FEDS ALREADY DID IT. John

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    Thanks for all the different opinions. I'll probably hold of to see if this political muddy water clears up. Which will be probably never?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesP View Post
    Thanks for all the different opinions. I'll probably hold of to see if this political muddy water clears up. Which will be probably never?
    Good idea. I cut my losses last year and sold mine to a guy in Oregon. Figured I'd get it sold before they shut it down up their also.Heartbreaking to say the least.
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    I've cut back also-down to 4 units John
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    I kept my 2.5 inch. The engine comes in handy
    Last edited by calnatv; Jun 25, 2013 at 09:09 AM.
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    I cut back also, to only recovering an Oz. a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravel Hog View Post
    I cut back also, to only recovering an Oz. a week.
    Can I just say with a smile I'm jealous. I'd settle for a gram a month. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravel Hog View Post
    I cut back also, to only recovering an Oz. a week.
    Nice !

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    parked the 8" a while ago

    to obvious when driving down the road
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    Quote Originally Posted by dredgeman View Post
    parked the 8" a while ago

    to obvious when driving down the road
    Just need to do it in pieces at the right time of day,no?

 

 
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