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    us
    Oct 2012
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    Finally found it!

    Well as most of you know, I am still just a greenhorn as far as prospecting goes. I have been covering lots of ground and taking lots o sample for the last 4 months in my little piece of paradise. Well today I decided to hike in along the creek and test pan some areas I had never seen. I dug and panned for a couple hours this morning, moving upstream every few pan fulls. All o a sudden I realize I am walking along on a gravel bar from when these couple small creeks were a raging force. Then I find a nice big hole someone left behind and the remains of a wooden framed sluice box, maybe 12"x40". So I decided to dig. I had no buckets with me, just a couple pans, a 1/4 classifier and a short handled #2 shovel. So I dug 2 pans at a time and panned them out 30 feet away. I probably panned 30 big full pans from this hole. Yes it's only one little piece, but it a nice little piece, and I found it by covering ground, reading maps, and studying the history of the area. I'll be back, hopeful next weekend with a couple buckets. Time to buy that sluice box I've been looking at. :-)
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    Here's the hole and the sluice box
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  3. #3

    Nov 2012
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    Color! Grats!!

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    Dec 2012
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    sounds like dredge time to me

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    us
    Oct 2012
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    Thanks Gene! Jeff, I'm in Ca, so no dredges, and this is BLM land so I'm limited to panning and sluicing.

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    May 2012
    nevada
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    That gravel looks dry enough to set up a cheap grizzly, a piece of 1/2 or 1/4 inch expanded metal propped up to throw shovels of dirt at. Then classify down
    to an 1/8th, either wet or dry. Then get sluicing! Good luck.
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    us
    Oct 2012
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    Thanks Fullpan, yes nice and dry, was easy classifying with my home made 3/8 classifier. Good looking gravel.

  8. #8
    us
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    why can't you run a drywasher? And Congrats on your first color

  9. #9
    us
    Sep 2012
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    Congrts on your first color. Where in CA are you?

  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2010
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    First color is always exciting no matter the size or amount.A hoard starts one piece at a time.

    B H Prospector
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    us
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    Thanks everyone. Pville, this is BLM land, no mechanized equipment the way I understand.

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    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldog View Post
    Congrts on your first color. Where in CA are you?
    (Bostonia is near El Cajon) TTC
    I went to the grocery store. There was a sign on the door. No food or drinks inside...... so I went home.

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    us
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    Congrats! I still have my very first flake in a little bottle.
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  14. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldog
    Congrts on your first color. Where in CA are you?
    Oh yes, sorry this is San Diego county

  15. #15
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    Oct 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by B H Prospector View Post
    First color is always exciting no matter the size or amount.A hoard starts one piece at a time.

    B H Prospector
    Drywasher are Allowed on BLM
    In all the advancing we can do to improve this world, the sharing of knowledge and wisdom is the most important.
    We stand on the shoulders of giants.
    I am so glad I joined this Message board.
    If I post anything that inspires anyone to do better mining then me, I did my part.
    And If anyone inspires me to try something new, or better, I thank them now.

 

 
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