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    Anchorage, Alaska
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    Buckshot trick

    I was told yesterday of a trick to use buckshot to see if your sluice is positioned correctly. Anyone ever heard of this trick? I want to try it! I guess you just throw a hand full of buckshot into your sluice and if it catches, you'll catch gold.

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    Dec 2013
    Crockett, California
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    Buckshot is a little big, birdshot might be better, hammer them flat and paint them a bright color so they are easier to spot
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    if you can't catch buck/birdshot in your sluice, you have a SERIOUS problem. Like NLB said, take the smallest birdshot and hammer it paper thin, then try it. Even that should be fairly easy to catch. Run it with full scoops of sand/dirt/gravel. Just dumping lead into a clean sluice isn't an honest test.

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    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    Even bird shot might be to big for most of the guys out there getting gold. if you try this way of testing your sluice mix up a variety of different size , shapes of lead ! Because in Nature all this gold is of different size and shapes.
    Last edited by russau; Today at 05:37 AM.

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    Dec 2013
    Crockett, California
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    I have seen people using tungsten filings to emulate fine gold.
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    Oregon
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    Tungsten is about the same weight as gold. One thing to note is that tungsten filings will be very hard to flatten. Round pieces will tend to role along the bottom in the current. Flattened pieces will stay put until the current lifts them. Then they'll blow some distance just like leafs in the wind.
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    Birdshot testing is nothing new. We also used birdshot to teach greenhorns the basics of gold panning.

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    Federal Claim owner- 4th generation California Prospector

    Dec 2015
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    in my area i get the bird shot after in my bazooka and i know everything is positioned fine, its hard to mess up a bazooka
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    Dec 2013
    Crockett, California
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    I can vouch for the quantity of birdshot in the Tuolumne, that and any other kind of lead you can think of. In a spot i was working it was normal to have a furry sluice at shutdown all the bits of fishing line still attached to sinkers poking out all over the box lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benny View Post
    Tungsten is about the same weight as gold. One thing to note is that tungsten filings will be very hard to flatten. Round pieces will tend to role along the bottom in the current. Flattened pieces will stay put until the current lifts them. Then they'll blow some distance just like leafs in the wind.
    Benny is correct! the tungsten I have for my TIG welder is hard and will break/crack/splinter if you try to cut it with a diagonal pliers
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    I've heard just run a few coins through

  12. #12

    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    It all works showing you how the gold (of that size / shape )will react to your current setup! I carry with me in my trailer , different riffles ,carpet , ETC. to try out in the different states that I used to go to. This year I want to try it again BUT using my new Gold Hog mats in two of my dredges. I want to hit Ill./ In. / Mo./ Wyoming /Co. IF I can keep my legs working under me!

 

 

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