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    diginupdirt

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    Panning Sand bags

    Has anyone here tried panning or slucing the bags of sand from Lowes or Home Depot? I saw the show where Tom Massie tried some and got a little gold. I live in Arkansas so I'm not sure if there would be any or not. The sand might come from the Arkansas river though, so there is a chance. Thoughts on the subject are welcome.

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    Pannin' Fer Gold!! WolfPack="WP"

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    Search old threads...I know I followed one a little a month or so back...It appears some people do find a little gold in the baggged sand..
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    that's pretty cool

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    Heard that Home Depot/ Lowes that sells sand from Georgia sometimes has gold in it. I guess the trick would be to find enough gold to offset the cost of the sand. Great excuse to make that sandbox for your kids.

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    If the sand is bagged in a gold producing area, then there is a chance to find something. I tried a 50 lb bag from Home Depot one time, but didn't really find anything. The bags are only about $3 so not a big investment. Nice way to practice panning or test equipment as well.

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    Where are you located lownslow? I have searched the Arkansas river and have found gold. It is minus 70 mesh. I just ran 19 buckets of coarse dredged sand Saturday. This sand came from The Van Buren plant.. Hopefully later tonight I will add a picture of it. The Ar. GPAA chapter will meet this coming weekend north of ozark. There is a lot of gold that is super tiny. I use a 17x magnifying lense to see it. I also use one of the deer blood led trailing lights to see it. Red and blue leds. The gold is easier to see.

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    Last edited by Timmy Tom; Apr 08, 2013 at 06:11 PM.

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    Feb 2013
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    There is a thread or two about this already, I've panned out a few bags, and have a few more in work. So far I have found gold, but it's the tiniest of specks. It's really not worth amount of effort it takes, I'm just doing it for kicks. But yes, it's completely possible to get gold out of bags of sand, just not likely, and certainly not profitable! But if your like me and have a little bit of extra time on your hands and just want to satisfy your curiousity... Go and grab a bag or two and find out for yourself! They only cost a couple bucks, try to get sand that hasn't been washed. It can't hurt, and if nothing else it's a good way to practice your panning on days you can't make it out to the creek.

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    Oct 2012
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    This is an interesting concept and it can be tested all over the country. Every region has its own gravel and sand pits. So the chances finding gold in any of them could be good. if you get raw unwashed Sand and gravel you probably have a better chance. If you need to buy some sand or gravel anyway it really wouldn't even be much of an investment. and while you got the sand you might as well run it through a wash plant and see what you find. I would.
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    Mar 2012
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    There was an AMA on Reddit (Ask Me Anything thread) where a line operator of one of the dirt bagging companies was answering questions. Here's one that came up about gold and whether the company uses a sluice in any part of the process:

    comments on I am a line operator at a company that makes and distributes dirt, mulch and rock to major companies like Menards, Home Depot, Walmart, etc. AMA

    His answer: "Its run through 2 screeners to get the big chunks, that don't break up, out of the dirt. But that's the only type of screening we do."

    So the chance of finding gold in one of these bags increases a bit.
    Last edited by soupfreak; Apr 09, 2013 at 03:06 AM. Reason: edited for content

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    diginupdirt

    Dec 2008
    Fayetteville Ar
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    Hey Timmy Tom, Are you saying you can't see it with the naked eye? I live in Fayetteville. I am a GPAA member. I have been off & on for about 12 years. I've never been to any local AR meets. Not sure what I'll be doing this weekend, maybe working. Is there much gold to be found in AR? I've read stories and looked, panned some but never found any I knew of. I thought about going down to Antlers OK since I saw their place in the GPAA claims guide last year. Where do you live? Are there many members here in AR?

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    diginupdirt

    Dec 2008
    Fayetteville Ar
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    Thanks Sackett, I do remember seeing that thread too. I'll look for it. Happy Hunting

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    diginupdirt

    Dec 2008
    Fayetteville Ar
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    Thanks soupfreak.

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    diginupdirt

    Dec 2008
    Fayetteville Ar
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    Thanks AlwaysBusyJ, I appreciate the feedback.

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    Well. Some is visible but a lot is super tiny. This gold is probably from Colorado according to Kevin. I have done a lot of research and I can say that their is gold in the southern ouachita mtns. I have yet to venture down there. I am in Mansfield. I am not sure of how many members are in the club. I only went to one meeting so far.

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    diginupdirt

    Dec 2008
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    Thanks Aurabbit79er, That's the reason I ask the question. It would seem more likely in gold bearing regions of the country, but I'm game for a little fun when I get board.

 

 

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