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  1. #16
    us
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
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    Wow.. i didn't expect TNET to have a thread about the easiest way to get the least amount of gold...

    Yet here it is
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  2. #17
    us
    Oct 2018
    Central Valley California
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwasher View Post
    Wow.. i didn't expect TNET to have a thread about the easiest way to get the least amount of gold...

    Yet here it is
    How so? I've gotten more gold from the gravel I bring back home. I understand what other people say here by wanting to experience being outdoors instead but where I'm at that goddamn bear is still lurking about so it's not really relaxing for me at all.
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  3. #18
    if it flies, it dies

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    i suppose if i were able to drive up to my intended prspecting location, and needed some fill, then it would be a no brainer, but its hard enough packing in a full size sluice and buckets, shovel, water and food. i couldnt imagine trying to pack out buckets of dirt. if my intention was to pack out paydirt, then it would only be material from cleaned cracks. not material from a gravel bar. then again the medicine to my fever requires my batteries to be charged....... speaking of, better get it on the charger if i want some newyear's day gold!!!
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    got the fever? dont scratch the itch.

  4. #19

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    I often bring buckets home to a small wash plant I have set up. Where I live water is scarce, and where it flows is often claimed. High benches where I can drive to are an easy way to process material. I live in the country and regulations are more lenient at home. I have a place for the tailings and the washed screened gravel is a bonus. I don't have to wade in cold water and bend over and carry a lot of gear. I can process 20 buckets in a few hours. I pour the buckets into a wheelbarrow that is easy to shovel out of into my hopper. For me it works. Some times I go to the mountain, and some times the mountain comes to me.
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  5. #20
    us
    Jun 2018
    Arazona/montana
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    Yea I do the same but I have a dump truck and haul gravel rocks and all home and run it through a trommel😎

  6. #21
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    Roger

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    Bringing home classified material (to work on it in my leisure), works for me .This months take on my DIY (20x44" Miller table) Click image for larger version. 

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    And its far more enjoying than watching a 500 channel TV,with Nothing on it

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    I only bring small samples from good looking ground I come across while working, hunting or fishing to try and locate new potential. I have brought home a few partial buckets of screened material, from proven ground, for friends or folks staying at my cabin to learn how to pan. As much fun teaching then watching people learn how pan and find their first natural gold.

    Mike
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  8. #23
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    Nice gold RTR. The one vial, third from the top, looks like you might have mercury covered gold in with a more natural colored one. If so I’d separate them as the mercury will migrate to the natural nugget.

    Mike
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  9. #24
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    Apr 2014
    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Yes, I bring dirt home. I work until I have to leave. So I am taking home concentrates in a bucket and any material I dug but did not have time to run. Usually that is a bucket of screened material that I see no reason to dump out.
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  10. #25
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    Roger

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    Quote Originally Posted by delnorter View Post
    Nice gold RTR. The one vial, third from the top, looks like you might have mercury covered gold in with a more natural colored one. If so I’d separate them as the mercury will migrate to the natural nugget.

    Mike
    I believe the 'white' pieces are platinum and Falcon says their gold.
    Also they come from a mine that produces platinum.I have other pieces that are coated in mercury but these are way too shiny than the mercury pieces.
    Last edited by RTR; Jan 02, 2019 at 10:33 AM.

  11. #26
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    I do this with hardrock ore, bring the rock to the mill.
    My drywashin cons are also brought home as the bees are still on the attack even in the winter, something about open water, anyways it's more comfortable pannin at home.

    I've seen guys haul out buckets to sluice at home with success.
    Gt........

  12. #27
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    Nov 2014
    Northern California
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
    Bringing home classified material (to work on it in my leisure), works for me .This months take on my DIY (20x44" Miller table) Click image for larger version. 

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    And its far more enjoying than watching a 500 channel TV,with Nothing on it
    Dang that's awesome, mind sharing your homemade miller table. I want to make one.

  13. #28
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    Roger

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    Quote Originally Posted by CA Gold Hunter View Post
    Dang that's awesome, mind sharing your homemade miller table. I want to make one.
    Basically I wanted one bigger than you could buy (to do more volume quicker). So I made this one 20"x44". Total cost just about $100.00 Actually its quite easy to make thanks to Utube Click image for larger version. 

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    Used this paint & pump. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1668010 Money pit (for catching Minus 150 -200 mesh). Works great ,width & depth of a table saw blade.Click image for larger version. 

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    Only complaint is I didn't make this Years ago !
    Magnified shot of money pit w/ - 100 mesh trapped in it w/ water flowing over it.Click image for larger version. 

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    Last edited by RTR; Jan 06, 2019 at 08:03 AM.
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  14. #29
    us
    Jan 2012
    Oregon Coast
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
    Basically I wanted one bigger than you could buy (to do more volume quicker). So I made this one 20"x44". Total cost just about $100.00 Actually its quite easy to make thanks to Utube Click image for larger version. 

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    Used this paint & pump. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1668010 Money pit (for catching Minus 150 -200 mesh). Works great ,width & depth of a table saw blade.Click image for larger version. 

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    Only complaint is I didn't make this Years ago !
    Magnified shot of money pit w/ - 100 mesh trapped in it w/ water flowing over it.Click image for larger version. 

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    Nice job .......
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  15. #30
    us
    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
    Nokta FoRs Gold, a Gold Cube, 2 Keene Sluices and Lord only knows how many pans....not to mention a load of other gear my wife still doesn't know about!
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    Haven't run my miller table in a couple years, but seeing the pics of RTR's
    table made me go dig it out.

    Built much the same as RTR's (old thread about it here somewhere), it's
    16" x 48" inside, and built on a solid oak, former table leaf.

    Brought home buckets of classified material many, many times. I think
    the last time was a trip to Calif., and brought home over a dozen buckets
    of material I had dug..and all from the wrong end of the 10' rectangular
    hole we had dug. got zilch...
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