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    Quote Originally Posted by gold tramp View Post
    You guys are showin high grade ? Not ore.
    Gt....

    Great old stamp mill pics.
    GT,

    That is the ore. Band of quartz that is loaded.
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    This is gold ore. .20 - .25 oz per ton.

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    90% of the gold mined in the United States is mined from this type of decalcified sedimentary deposit. All of the gold is invisible and can only be proven through chemical testing.

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    This is a mineral specimen.

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    Mineral specimens are most often associated with ores. This specimen contains no gold but it could easily bring more money on the market than the gold ore sample above.

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    This is high grade lead ore.

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    About 50% lead with no gold or appreciable silver content.

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    This is very high grade silver ore from the Comstock lode in Nevada.

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    Courtesy of my friend Chris Ralph. Check out nevada-outback-gems dot something to see the great mineral collections and information Chris has put into his website.

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    This is a specimen of silver Proustite crystals.

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    Silver is rare in a pure native form but it can be very valuable as a specimen. Do not use a rotary wire brush on silver nuggets if you find them when prospecting. (ask Silver Dog Doug why ).

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    Ore is the rock you process to get the valuable minerals from. Specimens are the occasional discoveries of the purest mineral crystal forms desired by collectors. Ore sometimes contains specimen grade mineral crystals that usually have a market value far in excess of the refined metals in the same ore.

    This is a fairly modern distinction because 150 years ago a beautiful crystal mineral specimen usually ended up in the crusher along with the regular ore. Today there is such a high demand for good mineral specimens that, even if they are microscopic, crushing ore for the mineral value could lose you most of the market value of your deposit.

    Times have changed and confusing collector grade specimen material for common ore can be an expensive mistake.

    I have a friend that owns one of the most famous gold mines in American history and despite being a former lead geologist for the worlds largest gold miner he only mines specimen grade material for sale to collectors from that mine. The billion dollar copper camp mines in Jerome have been mined by the owners for 60 years for their collectable minerals only. I'm sure some day they will get back to bulk copper mining but in the meantime specimen collection by a few individuals bring millions of dollars per ton of specimen material.

    Heavy Pans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Machinist View Post
    GT,

    That is the ore. Band of quartz that is loaded.
    When i find stuff with yellow hangin out its not what i consider ore.
    Yellow means i can get fast cash.

    Dont run it through a mill to procces.
    Just crush by hand. pan weigh n make mad dash for the cash.
    Heres some ore pics.
    Havin to use wifes phone.
    She catches me, my goose is cooked.

    Attachment 1600204

    Each sample group is differant pocket (vein) notice all have common color.

    Gt...
    Last edited by gold tramp; Jun 10, 2018 at 11:46 AM.
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    Dan

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    Pictures of hard rock ores? Even one photo of an ex-wife is too much to have around. Good luck with your prospecting though.
    Dig it!

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    Yea, I haven't gotten any ore that would go into a crusher from my claim.

    It gets wrapped up nice and safe and off into the mail after a couple baths.

    I sell the small chips in the store people love little pieces of quartz with gold in it
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    This would crush but it's high in sulphide

    I wish you could see the colors better.

    There's a lot of it
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    Few more ore shots.
    Youall are gettin a freebie today. Youll learn more from these pics than all geo lesson you would pay for.

    Heres a few cut pieces. And a couple more random vein pieces.
    All samples are differant veins. all are true ores, as there is free millin values in each.
    Some are heavier sulfide (pyrites) but run good values.

    Gt.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay Diggins View Post
    This is gold ore. .20 - .25 oz per ton.

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    90% of the gold mined in the United States is mined from this type of decalcified sedimentary deposit. All of the gold is invisible and can only be proven through chemical testing.

    ____________________________________

    This is a mineral specimen.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Apatite-Quartz-Pyrite-119120.jpg 
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ID:	1600112

    Mineral specimens are most often associated with ores. This specimen contains no gold but it could easily bring more money on the market than the gold ore sample above.

    ____________________________________

    This is high grade lead ore.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	lead-bg-900x400.jpg 
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ID:	1600114

    About 50% lead with no gold or appreciable silver content.

    ____________________________________

    This is very high grade silver ore from the Comstock lode in Nevada.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	comstock02.jpg 
Views:	66 
Size:	78.9 KB 
ID:	1600130

    Courtesy of my friend Chris Ralph. Check out nevada-outback-gems dot something to see the great mineral collections and information Chris has put into his website.

    ____________________________________

    This is a specimen of silver Proustite crystals.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	proustit_imiter_mine5_151.jpg 
Views:	57 
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ID:	1600131

    Silver is rare in a pure native form but it can be very valuable as a specimen. Do not use a rotary wire brush on silver nuggets if you find them when prospecting. (ask Silver Dog Doug why ).

    ____________________________________

    Ore is the rock you process to get the valuable minerals from. Specimens are the occasional discoveries of the purest mineral crystal forms desired by collectors. Ore sometimes contains specimen grade mineral crystals that usually have a market value far in excess of the refined metals in the same ore.

    This is a fairly modern distinction because 150 years ago a beautiful crystal mineral specimen usually ended up in the crusher along with the regular ore. Today there is such a high demand for good mineral specimens that, even if they are microscopic, crushing ore for the mineral value could lose you most of the market value of your deposit.

    Times have changed and confusing collector grade specimen material for common ore can be an expensive mistake.

    I have a friend that owns one of the most famous gold mines in American history and despite being a former lead geologist for the worlds largest gold miner he only mines specimen grade material for sale to collectors from that mine. The billion dollar copper camp mines in Jerome have been mined by the owners for 60 years for their collectable minerals only. I'm sure some day they will get back to bulk copper mining but in the meantime specimen collection by a few individuals bring millions of dollars per ton of specimen material.

    Heavy Pans
    If your like me Clay.
    My only $$$ is from gold and i can rarely afford to set on my product till it sells, and days of findin lots of easy gold is over.

    The show must go on,
    Fuel, reapirs, food n water all cost $$$ only way the tramp gets that is yellow metal.

    And that stuff is really hard to find.!!

    So it all goes to market these days...

    Be easier if i could find a grubstaker share my finds with.

    Just my blood, sweat n tears now,
    The daily routine i call desert rock prospecting.

    Ohwell i chose it.
    Dang i love prospectin.
    Gt.....
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    2.4 ounces per ton

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    5.7 opt

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    Next to nothing at all for these.

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    That's why I cannot stress enough that just because a vein looks good, doesn't mean squat. You can have gold tied up in the rock that will not get liberated with crushing and gravity, and you won't know it until the assay proves it one way or another.
    This ain't Michigan, its GOLD COUNTRY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold tramp View Post
    You guys are showin high grade ? Not ore.
    Gt....

    Great old stamp mill pics.
    What do mean? Seems to me I've have heard the term High-Grade Ore before.

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    I got me a new sample yesterday. Had to go deep and up in the stope of a narrow vein mine to get it. It's got lead in it and so much so the safety lady told me I need to wash my hands some way before I take a pinch a crew. I didn't tell her I use to bite and pull out with my teeth the lead slugs of my .22 shells in order to get the powder out of them when I was a kid, but yeah anymore lead in my system probably wouldn't be all that good. Other elements are copper, zinc, a little gold and a lot of silver within that vein. I had more ore samples from various other operations I picked up over the years, but I gave them to friends with kids that had interest in rocks and other folks. Maybe I'll start gathering more up again when the opportunity permits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gold tramp View Post
    If your like me Clay.
    My only $$$ is from gold and i can rarely afford to set on my product till it sells, and days of findin lots of easy gold is over.

    The show must go on,
    Fuel, reapirs, food n water all cost $$$ only way the tramp gets that is yellow metal.

    And that stuff is really hard to find.!!

    So it all goes to market these days...

    Be easier if i could find a grubstaker share my finds with.

    Just my blood, sweat n tears now,
    The daily routine i call desert rock prospecting.

    Ohwell i chose it.
    Dang i love prospectin.
    Gt.....
    Well here's a little story I'll tell ya about a gold prospector I know that goes by the name Mucker. I've known him for years. He'd call me over time about his new poke hole prospects and wondered about the price of equipment and that, but chasing gold never really did him any real favors. He was out in the west central part of Utah looking over some old gold operations and while there started looking more into the previous short-lived tungsten operations that had been long abandon. He determine that there was value in the ore deposits of those old tungsten mines. He was taking samples to buyer's of tungsten like Kenametal the makers of tungsten-carbide and they said he could go ahead and leave his rock samples and they'll try to get back with him if they're interested. Months later Kenametal contacted this grubby old Prospector called Mucker and said to him they were very interested in his little plans of running this tungsten mine and what could he produce for them. Other investors offered him capital to get him started and he got underway. I'll never forget the day he called me all excited and his exact words was, hey man I hit it big this time. He wanted all kinds of stuff he was saying to mine the project. I didn't believe him at first, until I went out to see his new operation he was telling me about and I will say I was a bit surprised to see that Mucker finally did succeed with a legitimate mining operation. He's now crowned himself president of Scheelite Metals.

    Here's a little video he narrated himself and put together using a drone to promote his company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tamrock View Post
    What do mean? Seems to me I've have heard the term High-Grade Ore before.
    Guess i should of said specimen, i dont have much chance hunt trophy gold , and havnt found any thing close lately. so dont use that term much.

    I have a 3 baggin system i use for ore its just the way i do things.

    So i calls my first bag highgrade, its the stuff has the yellow hangin out. I can crush n pan get metal and cash same day. I rareley gets one of these.

    My second bag is the straight mill run it could be ore of1 to 2 oz a ton. Any thing over 2 oz you can see the stuff in the vein.
    i get this stuff it usually never runs a ton rather a few lbs of ore.

    Anyways all this chunky stuff i can pick out of the zone
    If i dont see the yellow hangin out it goes in the second bag.

    I get lots of these if the dig is big!

    3rd bag is sweepins n crumbles its straight mill run.
    I usually end up with as many as the chunky stuff.


    Hope this help, sorry for confusion
    Gt.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by gold tramp View Post
    Guess i should of said specimen, i dont have much chance hunt trophy gold , and havnt found any thing close lately. so dont use that term much.

    I have a 3 baggin system i use for ore its just the way i do things.

    So i calls my first bag highgrade, its the stuff has the yellow hangin out. I can crush n pan get metal and cash same day. I rareley gets one of these.

    My second bag is the straight mill run it could be ore of1 to 2 oz a ton. Any thing over 2 oz you can see the stuff in the vein.
    i get this stuff it usually never runs a ton rather a few lbs of ore.

    Anyways all this chunky stuff i can pick out of the zone
    If i dont see the yellow hangin out it goes in the second bag.

    I get lots of these if the dig is big!

    3rd bag is sweepins n crumbles its straight mill run.
    I usually end up with as many as the chunky stuff.


    Hope this help, sorry for confusion
    Gt.....
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    Indeed it is an ultra rare mineral specimen. How'd ya like to have been the jippo miner that found that gem? I'll bet the mine owners never even knew that piece was taking out of the mine in some lucky cooches pie can and sold for money to get good and drunk on. The mine it was found in stopped mining in the 1980s I think it was? This mine called Fire Creek in Nevada will run into some visible gold at times. I'm told when that happens only a few trusted employees under close supervision will then take it from there. https://www.google.com/amp/s/elkodai...?source=images
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwasher View Post
    This would crush but it's high in sulphide

    I wish you could see the colors better.

    There's a lot of it
    Crush it.... cyanide does not care much ��

 

 
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