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    Good Gold Or Not?

    Well, we finally found a decent spot that isn't claimed yet.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1591010 What do you all think? It is easy access. We worked for about 8 hours with a gold cube. It was easy classifying and shoveling. The only problem is a water shortage due to the snow melt water being gone now. Also, there are lots of black sands so you have to feed the cube slow. We were considering getting a claim and better equipment if it is worth it.(Couldn't figure out why the pictures were double posting)
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    Gold is always goo.

    But how much did you process to get that; then decided if it is worth it.
    Quote Originally Posted by G.I.B. View Post
    I'm not an Idiot Whisperer. I can't help you any further with the math.

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    us
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    i am not exactly sure. maybe 2-2 1/2 yards? we just put stuff in a bin and filled it as needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProspectorALEX View Post
    i am not exactly sure. maybe 2-2 1/2 yards? we just put stuff in a bin and filled it as needed.
    OK, then next four questions.

    First how many grams is it.

    Second did you plan on doing this full time for a sole support income.

    Third, did you want to break even this year.

    Last, have your prospected around to see how much more you have around.
    Quote Originally Posted by G.I.B. View Post
    I'm not an Idiot Whisperer. I can't help you any further with the math.

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    Make America Great Again

    Apr 2013
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    the gold cube is not really made for production,
    since its fine gold do a cleanup often, guys doing beach mining with pure black sand
    say they do a full clean up after 2 five gallon buckets. One cubic yard is like 45 mostly full buckets.
    build a pond or find a way to get water to use a sluice or high-banker.
    ratled, et1955 and arizau like this.
    " A pessimist is an optimist with experience "

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    May 2014
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    The pictures show what appears to be less than a gram of gold or something south of $40 so less than $2/hour take per person assuming there were two of you doing the work. Probably not worth a claim unless you can do better or you just want to insure that you protect a spot that only you can mine legally. In times of better water availability, a sluice/beach sluice would allow you to run much more material in the same time frame...Just guessing that you are processing beach sands(?).

    Good luck.
    Last edited by arizau; May 16, 2018 at 05:09 PM.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

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    us
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    Will take more then this to pay for some equipment. Could be more near by worth checking out.

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    for 8 hours you could make more delivering pizzas
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  9. #9
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    Hardrock prospector

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff-gordon View Post
    for 8 hours you could make more delivering pizzas
    Good one and thanks for posting.

    Say almost looks like your avatar has something on top or over the head. Kinda like this one's avatar cat has something over the top of the head......LOL
    Like minds think alike......
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    Looks like good gold and if you don't stake a claim there someone surely will. At least it will be yours to prospect fully and to decide if it's worth keeping. That's what it's all about.
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    us
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    Yeah, that's what i was thinking. I know the cube was losing gold because i was test panning the tailings. I was thinking maybe a gold hog highbanker?

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    www.FindingGOLDinColorado.com

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer, Bazooka Goldtrap Prospector, Bazooka Goldtrap Sniper highbanker, Bazooka Goldtrap SuperMini, Angus Mackirk Expedition, custom metal sluices, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProspectorALEX View Post
    Yeah, that's what i was thinking. I know the cube was losing gold because i was test panning the tailings. I was thinking maybe a gold hog highbanker?
    Or setting up the cube correctly and running it correctly? Was it level? Did you prep the mats correctly, etc?

  13. #13
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    the cube loses gold when it is fed too quickly like for " production"

    it's not what it's made for. Running 2 1/2 yards through it should take forever at the proper feed rate.

    A gold Hog or a sluice with large expanded over moss or carpet would run material quicker and catch fine gold.
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    The $$$ rate per hour is appalling. If this is a hobby, go for it, other than a hobby, it will not put food on the table.

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    Apr 2013
    Clam Gulch, AK
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    Or setting up the cube correctly and running it correctly? Was it level? Did you prep the mats correctly, etc?
    we removed air bubbles, leveled it, and kept the pump clean as much as possible.
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