Feb 16, 2017, 03:27 PM
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.
Feb 16, 2017, 03:34 PM
Buckshot is a little big, birdshot might be better, hammer them flat and paint them a bright color so they are easier to spot
Feb 16, 2017, 05:16 PM
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.
Feb 17, 2017, 05:56 AM
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; Feb 22, 2017 at 05:37 AM.
Feb 17, 2017, 12:31 PM
I have seen people using tungsten filings to emulate fine gold.
Feb 18, 2017, 08:36 AM
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.
Feb 18, 2017, 11:07 AM
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Birdshot testing is nothing new. We also used birdshot to teach greenhorns the basics of gold panning.
Feb 18, 2017, 05:52 PM
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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
Feb 18, 2017, 07:25 PM
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.
Feb 21, 2017, 06:58 AM
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
Originally Posted by benny
Feb 22, 2017, 02:07 AM
I've heard just run a few coins through
Feb 22, 2017, 05:43 AM
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!
Feb 22, 2017, 10:07 PM
I've got a dredging spot for you in CO Russ!
Originally Posted by russau
Kevin I may take you up on that offer. I do plan to goto Wyoming this July for dredge season BUT don't know for sure! We will have to make our plans to work with your "WORK" schedule! When I do go to CO. I try to work my friends claim on the Arkansas. and theres NOT many of them! I believe you know the owners of it!
Use slugs to ensure you are catching nuggets (ha ha).
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