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    Worth running lots of this dirt?

    Hello my best spot I've found so far out of about this much dirt


    I usually get this much gold. Mostly all fines, it's screened to -50. Bigger gold removed first of course.



    Bigger gold has been hard to find in this spot. Once I found a 1.2 gram nugget, but that was it for big stuff except the occasional cornflake sized flake, but I usually only find stuff bigger than 30 mesh- one piece every 5 or so trips there.

    Is this worth chasing after, cause I kinda feel there's bigger stuff in general area somewhere. The spot used to be known for big gold.


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    us
    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
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    Is that first pic your concentrates from sluicing, or is it just a pan
    from the material?

    If I was getting that kind of gold in every pan I'd sit there panning all day, all night
    and probably all day again...at least until my wife came looking for me and made
    me go home...
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    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
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    If you think there's better gold, go looking, you may be right. But first carefully write down what you know about this spot...memory is a funny thing.

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    That's straight off the bank classified to -50


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    MAGA

    Dec 2015
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    Can you run a motor there?
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    us
    Mar 2015
    Mississippi
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    Oh yeah. That's a nice amount of gold for such s small amount of sand.
    Are you on private property? In some places your not allowed to dig the banks.
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    us
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    Old Timers had a saying " Never leave good gold". That is good gold!

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    us
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    An old miner's saying..Don't ever leave gold to find a better spot.

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    Awesome! It is public blm land. But here in californistan we can't run anything, in fact I get hassled by people walking the trail above the river saying using a sluice is not allowed. So I try and stay hidden behind rocks. Plus this stuff was right on bedrock. A yellowish red clay layer that I dried and had to crush it down then screen it to be able to pan it. It will just roll out of a sluice


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    us
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyeechinook View Post
    Awesome! It is public blm land. But here in californistan we can't run anything, in fact I get hassled by people walking the trail above the river saying using a sluice is not allowed. So I try and stay hidden behind rocks. Plus this stuff was right on bedrock. A yellowish red clay layer that I dried and had to crush it down then screen it to be able to pan it. It will just roll out of a sluice


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    Cleaning bedrock.....Don't forget to clean out the cracks! Don't let the ignorant greenies intimidate you assuming that you are within the regulations.

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arizau View Post
    Cleaning bedrock.....Don't forget to clean out the cracks! Don't let the ignorant greenies intimidate you assuming that you are within the regulations.

    Good luck.
    The best is deep in the cracks! Takes a long time to get a pan full so I usually do a pan or two and fill a bucket for panning at home. I wish I could run it in a sluice, too much clay. I can sluice the over burden though, not near as much gold in it, but sometimes it surprises me. In some overburden I've found just as good gold as on bedrock and in the cracks. In fact my only nugget was about 2 ft deep in a 4 ft deep crack.


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    Scott

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    Seeing what you found in that pan , I would not move an inch . Thats good , Gold no matter where you are , keep digging and getting that Gold !!!!!

  13. #13
    us
    Treasure hunter

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    Great spot! Get it all before you move!!

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    us
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    Your classifying to -50 at the bank before you sluice? Thats good gold i would figure out how to run way more and not classify as much. If your finding bigger stuff mixed in then I would stick to a 3/8 classifier.

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    I'm classifying to 8 mesh at the river. I pan everything I dig separate. I'll classify to -50 once I get home. I bring a bucket or two home every time. Quick way to get into shape is carry two buckets full of dirt and gear 1/2 mile back to the truck through mountain goat trails. I usually sluice or pan until I get to a few inches of bedrock. Then I take the very bottom stuff home, which usually is full of reddish or yellowish and sometimes black clay. I get the -50 good and wet, let dry and crush to powder. I've found that this way when I pan it the clay particles wash away quicker and I can pan faster.


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