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    First Gold.

    Went out sluicing for a couple hours, came back home to pan and found my first Gold lol not much very small flakes about 6 in total. I dug down in a black sand creek about 2ft next time i will go deeper.
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    Good keep at it.Where there's some...there's more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mine Shaft View Post
    Went out sluicing for a couple hours, came back home to pan and found my first Gold lol not much very small flakes about 6 in total. I dug down in a black sand creek about 2ft next time i will go deeper.
    Looking promising. Deeper may be better but also remember or learn about where gold is also likely to deposit....elevated bars, inside bends, cracks in bedrock, etc. and sample/exploit them too.

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

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    Thanks, i was running the sluice pretty quick and for it to collect little specs like it did i,am impressed lol. I forgot what to use when i am panning some of the little specs were floating, do i use dish soap ? and how much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mine Shaft View Post
    Thanks, i was running the sluice pretty quick and for it to collect little specs like it did i,am impressed lol. I forgot what to use when i am panning some of the little specs were floating, do i use dish soap ? and how much.
    Dish soap is a "used to be" or "in a pinch" kind of thing nowadays. It works but it foams too much. Jet-Dri is what to use. It too foams if you use too much. A few drops is all you need. By the way, you can run a sluice too slow and lose gold. In fast water reduce the angle so it is flatter. That reduces scouring and the sluice is still efficient if not more so than in calmer flow.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

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    Congratulations on your first Gold. It all adds up regardless of how small the amount or the size. Save it all! Also, have fun out there, don't make it all work! Best of success to ya!..................63bkpkr
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    Thats it jet-dri. Jeff lol. Thank u 63. I did let go 3 pieces this size ( . ) i will keep it all from now on.

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    Is what you are working pretty much sand?
    If so I would change out that expanded for deep V mat... Then tune it till it just keeps a little bit of black sand in the V's...
    I think you may find what you will capture surprising.
    You have to tune the sluice to the gold you are after.
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    The work getting it makes you appreciate every speck! Good job man! Welcome to gold fever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnedoe View Post
    Is what you are working pretty much sand?
    If so I would change out that expanded for deep V mat... Then tune it till it just keeps a little bit of black sand in the V's...
    I think you may find what you will capture surprising.
    You have to tune the sluice to the gold you are after.
    Hi johnedoe, lots of sand up top but down a foot or so it becomes a mixture of all sizes from small pebble to fist size stones. What was left in the mat was pebbles and a lot of black sand. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnybravo300 View Post
    The work getting it makes you appreciate every speck! Good job man! Welcome to gold fever!
    Yes it does i was very happy to see the little specs lol. I might repan the stuff i tossed in the garden to get it all. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mine Shaft View Post
    Hi johnedoe, lots of sand up top but down a foot or so it becomes a mixture of all sizes from small pebble to fist size stones. What was left in the mat was pebbles and a lot of black sand. Thank you.
    In that case set things up as a high banker and let it pre-classify everything down to the size gold your getting ... maybe classify to 8 mesh.
    I run into the same kind of problem at some of the beaches I hit... sand on top then as I get deeper it starts turning into mixed aggregate and cobble.
    Here is my beach high banker with the 1/8th punch plate classifier..... then over deep V mat , 4 tooth per inch sawtooth mat and finally over a cleangold magnetic section.
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    Which is also why we have the second
    amendment.

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    I johnedoe, thanks for that info i don't think i am ready to make a high banker yet. I am new to sluicing that was my first time using my DIY sluice and finding gold and it did bite me lol. I want to go tomorrow but heavy rain for the next 4 days. Btw i panned the stuff i tossed in the garden that had 3 little specs of Gold and found them lol its amazing how gold acts plus its good practice for me. Again thanks everybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff-gordon View Post
    Donít forget to report it to the irs
    And check that your not mining on someone elseís claim.
    They are going to come looking for those three specks!
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