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    Can you guys camp on that river? Or is it day trip only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldfleks View Post
    Can you guys camp on that river? Or is it day trip only?
    It's dawn to dusk only but there are RV parks fairly close by. Closest campground for tents is probably a 20 min drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    It's dawn to dusk only but there are RV parks fairly close by. Closest campground for tents is probably a 20 min drive.
    We stopped by the Walmart near by (kids and pregnant wife) and noticed a RV parked there. I have a bumper pull tailer and am really tempted to come stay there, after baby is a bit older. Lol

    Here is what I have so far. Premise is that even with pay dirt my wife has bought me, I spread it over time, because I don't get access to these rich goods like kevin and the like. The attached photos will show what I came home with, and what pan set I'm using, and the little speck from my first pan. I will probably spend the planning over some time, just to re-live the excitement. Any one else see that little speck. Ah yeah! I know there is more to come, because I saw it as I was panning.
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    Here is an update. I see a lot of flour sized gold but I don't know how to get to it. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    Perfect, thank you. I need to get my hands on some classifying screens now.
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    Here is one of the classifier sets that I own. https://www.amazon.com/Camel-Mining-.../dp/B009WV1QW4
    Even though the smallest screen size is listed as 60 mesh it seems, for some unknown reason, to be the same opening size as a 100 mesh screen from another set that I own since the same material will pass either screen equally. For that reason, and since it is larger in diameter than my other set, it is what I mostly use. In any case the camel set should be adequate for your use but a google search may reveal a less expensive supplier or manufacturer that better suits your budget.

    Good luck.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arizau View Post
    Here is one of the classifier sets that I own. https://www.amazon.com/Camel-Mining-.../dp/B009WV1QW4
    Even though the smallest screen size is listed as 60 mesh it seems, for some unknown reason, to be the same opening size as a 100 mesh screen from another set that I own since the same material will pass either screen equally. For that reason, and since it is larger in diameter than my other set, it is what I mostly use. In any case the camel set should be adequate for your use but a google search may reveal a less expensive supplier or manufacturer that better suits your budget.

    Good luck.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00C7...TZ4YR430NV3W0K

    I was also looking at this set. I don't think I need all of them but they may be nice to have.

  10. #25
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    Get the ones arizau suggests, that's a better set for several reasons.

  11. #26
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    Here are a couple of reasons.....those are bucket classifiers intended to handle large volumes of feed material and the smallest mesh size is 20. Your picture of the panned material indicates to me that much or all of what you have is already smaller than that. At least a couple of reducing steps smaller than that (say 40 or 50 mesh and 80 or 100 mesh) will advantage you when you are panning. Gold when it is about the same size as everything else in the pan is fairly easy to pan since it will be two or more times as heavy as other individual particles of it's own relative size. I have bucket classifiers too but do not use them for already concentrated material since, at the end of the day, I usually only have a quart or so to process.

    Good luck
    Last edited by arizau; Mar 20, 2017 at 06:24 PM.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arizau View Post
    Here are a couple of reasons.....those are bucket classifiers intended to handle large volumes of feed material and the smallest mesh size is 20. Your picture of the panned material indicates to me that much or all of what you have is already smaller than that. At least a couple of reducing steps smaller than that (say 40 or 50 mesh and 80 or 100 mesh) will advantage you when you are panning. Gold when it is about the same size as everything else in the pan is fairly easy to pan since it will be two or more times as heavy as other individual particles of it's own relative size. I have bucket classifiers too but do not use them for already concentrated material since, at the end of the day, I usually only have a quart or so to process.

    Good luck
    Awesome. Thank you for the input, still trying to figure it all out. I will take a closer look at the ones suggested.

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    Nice bit of color for your first outing! Looks like you are hooked on prospecting - its a great way to get into the outdoors and the kids can join you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunt4gold View Post
    Nice bit of color for your first outing! Looks like you are hooked on prospecting - its a great way to get into the outdoors and the kids can join you.
    Got the camel sieves that were suggested yesterday. Tried driving when wet and didn't like it, so dry some if the cons I brought home tonight.glad we don't get rid of old pans right now, but since we are moving soon I don't like the idea of moving them.

    Btw, I did find a few more bits yesterday after sieving some wet. Still working on my technique for getting that fine gold.

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  15. #30
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    May 2014
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    Wet or dry probably the best way to screen is to progressively run each screen separately and save what passes for the next smaller size screen, etc. Do not try to run a lot of material at a time as the screen might clog or some of the material will not even migrate down to it so in both cases there may be incomplete classification. Of course keep the different sized material separate.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by arizau; Mar 24, 2017 at 08:39 PM.
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