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    Sep 2019
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    Talking First Pan Ever

    Today my work took me up to Montana, just outside Butte. I bought a pan about a year ago and never used it, today I figured why not, nothing else better to do after work.

    This picture is from just 1 pan, 1 shovel full. Needless to say I now have a 5 gallon bucket of dirt to take home.

    I feel like this is an EXCELLENT first pan. But I知 so new so I知 not sure.

    Also, my panning skill sucks. Any tips would be helpful, I知 pretty sure I知 loosing gold when I知 doing it.

    I decided to dig in the layer right before the black clay in the side of a bank on the river. You can see my shovel next to the hole

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    Mike

    Dec 2014
    Bodfish and Marin county CA
    Garrett , Whites keene puffer drywasher , Keene A51 Sluice
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    Drywashing , Sluicing , Panning
    If that's gold quit your day job.
    If it's Mica keep your job.
    Welcome to the forum
    Mike
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    Stay thirsty my friends

  3. #3

    Sep 2019
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    How can I tell the difference. Still new to this
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    ghostminer
    Here's the real deal.
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    Mike

    Dec 2014
    Bodfish and Marin county CA
    Garrett , Whites keene puffer drywasher , Keene A51 Sluice
    437
    1138 times
    Drywashing , Sluicing , Panning
    Rub a flake between your fingers. If it disintegrate -- it ain't gold.
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    Stay thirsty my friends

  6. #6

    Sep 2019
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    Son of a..... guess I’ll put it all in a vial and give to to my 3 year old son. I was even in an area where people told me there was gold. What a waste of 5 hours

  7. #7

    Sep 2019
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    Guess I’ll go try my luck back in Utah.

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    Ed Tracy

    Jan 2015
    Shoreline,wa
    Equinox 800
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    simple test weather it is mica or gold, just block the light coming to it, mica will go dark but gold won't, no matter what you choose the right place to mine, good job. Don't give up and it sure looks like gold that I mine on a certain river here in Wa. state.

  9. #9

    Sep 2014
    Midwest, North of 36ー60'
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiNko View Post
    Son of a..... guess I値l put it all in a vial and give to to my 3 year old son. I was even in an area where people told me there was gold. What a waste of 5 hours
    Not a complete waste, you leaned quite a bit. You gained experience.

    Around my part of town a couple specks the size of a grain of sand is a decent pan. Prospecting is generally a waste of money too, not just time. But I get something for my money. Sluicing and panning is therapeutic. And I might just hit just the right spot...
    "Ah! But a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a Heaven for?" - R. Browning.

    'When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are
    everything your heart desires will come to you'
    - Cliff Edwards

    Choose your heroes carefully. In God We Trust.

  10. #10
    us
    Apr 2014
    SW Oregon
    349
    605 times
    Prospecting
    If you can pan and just keep the mica you are doing a fine job of panning. Mica is not very heavy and tends to float out of a pan. Job well done.

 

 

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