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  1. #1

    Mar 2014
    NorCal
    Fisher GB2, Bazooka Prospector 36", EZ sluice, Blue Bowl..
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    How do you run your bazooka?

    So ive been having fun running my bazooka on the north fork of middle fork American for the past few months but im still trying to figure out the most efficient way of running it. Where I run Im digging small flat drift gold that is a decent chase at the moment but it is a good 100 very difficult feet away from the trap making possible for me to run about 15-20 buckets a day. I understand this thing is meant to setup and shovel gravels directly into (im running a 36" prospector) but ive yet to try running it like that. I would suspect the river would have decent flood gold, do most of you dig dry and carry or dig from the bank nearby and carry not that far, or even dig a hold a few feet from the trap and just shovel in? I understand it really depends a lot on the gold content of the gravels but if you could shovel 2-3 times what ive been doing in a day maybe it pays off better? What method has paid off the best for you, im debating re thinking my setup and any suggestions would be appreciated!

    Here are some pics of my dig and my setup





    Last edited by Asmbandits; Sep 15, 2014 at 07:31 PM.
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  2. #2

    Nov 2013
    Bazooka Gold Trap 48", Keene A51 sluices and a Number 2 Shovel baby!
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    I run mine like the fist of an angry god.

  3. #3

    May 2013
    The Golden State
    Whites Goldmaster V/SAT. VibraProbe. Bazooka 48" Prospector Sluice. Shorts. Chickens + Goats + Goldhounds. 35' Chris Craft Caribbean motorsailer. FISH OIL + BURLAP
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    Strip the close by area down to bedrock and then carry buckets as little as possible. Shovel like hell and give her plenty of water.
    Last edited by Aufisher; Sep 16, 2014 at 02:13 PM.
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  4. #4
    us
    Dec 2013
    N. California
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    Run it wide open and bury it in paydirt or in other words try not to carry it to far. Wet the contents of the bucket before dumping on the plate. Nice Chunks.
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  5. #5

    Nov 2013
    Bazooka Gold Trap 48", Keene A51 sluices and a Number 2 Shovel baby!
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    Kidding, I run mine really fast and fearless. Drown it. You will still have the small gold when you are done.

  6. #6
    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prospector70 View Post
    Kidding, I run mine really fast and fearless. Drown it. You will still have the small gold when you are done.
    right!

    I'm amused by how often people don't even test the paydirt they are standing on as they feed their sluice with dirt from 100 yards away! Sample, sample, sample but start close at hand! Also, 10 min building a dam can often let you set up closer to the best paydirt and eliminate a LOT of back breaking dirt hauling. Work smart AND hard!!

    Also, If the dirt at my feet is half as gold bearing as the stuff "over there" but I can process 3 times as much of it for the same effort expended, then I get more gold with the less rich material. Follow me?
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  7. #7
    us
    Mine All Year Long!

    Feb 2013
    Mountlake Terrace
    4" Dalke Original Compact Dredge, 36" BGT Prospector, 30" BGT Sniper, D&D/Brawn Super Concentrator and Highbanker top, Brawn/D&D finishing table, pans and more!
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    Them are some pretty nuggets you got there!
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  8. #8

    Mar 2014
    NorCal
    Fisher GB2, Bazooka Prospector 36", EZ sluice, Blue Bowl..
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    Just wanted to share, I saw a guy using one of these and thought what a great idea, will hold 25+ gallons and can drag across the rocks and they somewhat flow depending on how heavy you load it. Made two for $10 total.. Just wanted to pass a good idea along!

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    us
    Aug 2014
    SoCal
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    Just got a 30" Sniper a last week and had a chance to run it yesterday. My hole was about 30 feet from my sluice and I spent nearly as much time toting buckets as I did filling them. Plastic barrel pay-dirt sleds, like those pictured above, would make life much easier in that situation. My water flow seemed very aggressive but the trap still held micron gold. I'm extremely impressed. A 36" Prospector is definitely in my future.
    Last edited by Hamfist; Sep 20, 2014 at 08:00 PM.
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  10. #10

    Apr 2013
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    WOW! Now I know how I'm gonna move a LOT more material.
    Great idea, and thanks for the pic.
    I'll be picking up one of those drums tomorrow!
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