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  1. #1
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    Mar 2012
    Northern California
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    What's your method?

    Hey everyone, just posting this to see what other's preferred method(s) for finding gold is while panning, sniping, sluicing etc. For example, I usually use a hand dredge to collect deposits of gravel into a bucket then pan it out. Afterwards I go in with a viewing glass and scrape out any really small holes or cracks in the bedrock with tweezers and pick up any remaining gold.

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    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
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    My favorite...... is using a gasoline powered vacuum while creviceing, sniping with a viewing glass, high banking, feeding a trommel, running a dredge, using a drywasher, nugget shooting with a detector, using a hand dredge, panning, sluicing, using a pick on a vein mucking and crushing the ore, and I'm sure there are some others I forgot to include. My least favorite is loading and un loading all that equipment
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Apr 18, 2012 at 06:45 PM.
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    My favorite method is screen into bukets using no.4 screen.... wet or dry. Then run the buckets through a highbanker set up to recycle water. TTC
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    Hickory1

    Apr 2012
    NE Wisconsin
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    Depends on where one is looking for the gold....if in water or on bedrock, I would do as you have, then bring it home and put it under one of two lighted microscopes, one is X30 and one is X60-X100. I have a gravel pit which keeps me plenty busy with quartz, conglomerates, etc., There is a freshwater spring down there so need need for hauling it up for water I pan right there....snuffer it,,,then when I am done bring it home and put it in a pan and begin the process of "looking". Some "finds" are obvious like the quartz rock I found with a gold vein in it and pooling in depressions in the quartz....but mostly it is a labor of love!

    Good luck in your searches!

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    War Eagle

    Aug 2008
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodyguy View Post
    My favorite...... is using a gasoline powered vacuum while creviceing, sniping with a viewing glass, high banking, feeding a trommel, running a dredge, using a drywasher, nugget shooting with a detector, using a hand dredge, panning, sluicing, using a pick on a vein mucking and crushing the ore, and I'm sure there are some others I forgot to include. My least favorite is loading and un loading all that equipment
    It's pretty much whatever works at the time ain't it GG .

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    4 inch dredge!

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    Mar 2003
    Redding,Calif.
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    My ol' 6" with a 18 hp hi dome pump,triple sluice,highly modified was one gravel munching monster and as long as she put out them pans fulla righteous oro puro I was one happy miner. Look behing the dredge to canyon wall,how'd ya like to haul that monster up/down a 1,600' vertical cliff and climb in/out everyday. For the rewards it was easy for me but NEVER could find anyone else with the fortitude(censored) to do it with me hahahaha-John
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  8. #8
    us
    Mar 2012
    Northern California
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    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Hoser John View Post
    My ol' 6" with a 18 hp hi dome pump,triple sluice,highly modified was one gravel munching monster and as long as she put out them pans fulla righteous oro puro I was one happy miner. Look behing the dredge to canyon wall,how'd ya like to haul that monster up/down a 1,600' vertical cliff and climb in/out everyday. For the rewards it was easy for me but NEVER could find anyone else with the fortitude(censored) to do it with me hahahaha-John
    Nice pics Hoser, looks like hiking that dredge in there was well worth it! Do you know how much all that gold in the first pic weighs? -N8

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    Feb 2011
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  10. #10
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    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
    Bounty Hunter's, Whites TM 808, Whites GMT, Suction Dredges, Hand Dredges, Trommels, Gold Vacs, High Bankers, Fluid bed Gold Traps, Gold Pans, Sluices, Dry Washers, Miller Tables, Rp4 Wave table, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAKODA View Post
    It's pretty much whatever works at the time ain't it GG .
    Yep!
    I travel around a lot and you need to be prepared for any and all forms of prospecting, cause you just never know what tools you're gonna need to best get the job done.

    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Apr 23, 2012 at 08:30 AM.
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