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  1. Question About Miners Moss

    Here in Illinois our gold is almost all super fine. I've got an old Keene sluice and I'm thinking about putting all Gold Hog mother lode mat in it with 10 mm thick miners moss on top. I plan to run a punch plate about 1 1/2 inches above the miners moss. Does anyone think this will work or am I...
  2. Is Anyone Else Getting Pop Up Ads Again?

    I am getting pop up ads on here again. Is anyone else getting them, or is it just me?
  3. Thank you for fixing the pop up ads

    Who ever is responsible for fixing the pop up ads, a huge THANK YOU!!! These things were driving me and I'm sure others nuts.
  4. A question about dissolving ultra fine gold out of black sands with HCL and bleach.

    I'm from Central Illinois and we have to work for our gold. A lot of our black sands have a large amount of ultra fine (only visible with a loupe) gold. I know that hydrochloric acid and bleach will slowly dissolve gold. I've searched the internet and can't find any information about using hcl...
  5. Can't play videos

    When anybody posts a video on here, all I see is a black box. This has been happening for the last few days and I've seen a few others complain about the same problem while others don't seem to have any problems. Youtube videos play fine on all other forums I view. Any idea what the problem is?
  6. 10 Bags Of Wheat Cents

    Back before I was married in the early 70's I used to get a few rolls of cents and nickels from the bank every week when I cashed my paycheck. After receiving my tax refund, I decided to splurge and asked for $50.00 in Lincoln Cents. The bank teller left for a couple minutes and then returned...
  7. Service at Gold Hog Is Second To None

    WOW, a huge thanks to Doc and his crew for the unbelievable quick service I've just recieved. Yesterday afternoon I sent an order and payment via PayPal for a Raptor Flare 2.0 and several other accessories (has to be shipped in two different boxes). I figured that now was a good time to take...
  8. Decorative Brass Field Finds Off Of What?

    These pieces came from a home site in a field in West Central Indiana. The pieces measure 1 1/4 inches in height. The site dates from the early 1800's up until probably the late 1800's or early 1900's. Large cents and Unoin infantry buttons are also found at this site. Any thoughts on what...
  9. 1989-D Lincoln Cent - What Am I Seeing

    My daughter sent me this picture hoping I could ID it as an error. I'm stumped, maybe someone here can help. Sorry, the picture lost a little clarity when I copied it from Facebook. The area in question is between the rim and the top of the letters GOD WE T. Your help is appreciated. Thank you.
  10. WOO HOO! Just Ordered My New Gold Hog Stream Sluice

    Just a few minutes ago I ordered my new Gold Hog stream sluice and the new motherlode mats. I am putting the mats in a little 10 by 36 inch Keene sluice. Most of our gold here in Central Illinois is very fine flour so I plan on using the Keene as an extension to hopefully help catch any of the...
  11. Classifiers

    A year or so ago I read a post about some reasonably priced classifiers that ran all the way down into the 400 mesh range. I wrote all the information down and now cannot find it anywhere. I've spent several hours searching these posts and still no luck. Does anyone remember this or know where I...
  12. Bazooka Or Gold Hog Sluice - Which Is Best For My Area?

    I'm in Central Illinois where all of our occasional pieces of color are brought down here from Canada and were ground to mostly very fine flat flour gold during the long trip here. The size we have found ranges from a 1/8 inch wide x 1/8 inch tall thin flake to specks that I can only see with a...
  13. Question About Making An Artificial Crevice In A Clay Bottom Stream

    I'm doing some panning in a stream in Central Illinois and having a small amount of luck. The stream bed is mostly glacial sand and gravel but there is the occasional strip of bare solid clay. I am thinking about using a spade to dig several artificial crevices/trenches in the clay that would...
  14. Selling positive feedback on Ebay

    I just ran across this on Ebay. There are a number of people selling positive feedback on Ebay. I had to laugh at this creative way to make easy money until I did the math. Now I just set back and scratch my head wondering why these folks would go to this much trouble to make a couple cents on...
  15. Panning In Central Illinois

    I hope the experts on here can help me. Just for fun, I am going to try my luck at panning for a little of the flour gold deposited by the glaciers here in Central Illinois. Should I work the sand bars or try panning the gravel bars? I am aware that any flakes will be tiny any that there will be...
  16. How to check all non-private feedback for negs. & neutrals for any Ebayer

    I've used this site for years. Some of you probably know about it, but most might not. Check anyones non-private Ebay feedback for all negative and neutral comments. www.toolhaus.org
  17. Possible Good Book Bought At Auction

    Went to an auction this last Sunday and all I bought was a milk crate of books for $6.00. Out of date gun books, dollhouse books, depression glass book, Wisconsin engine repair book, and a couple other misc. antique childrens books were well worth the $6.00, but I bought the lot for just one...
  18. Crab From Coon Creek, Tennessee

    This is one of my favorites. Its a 70 million year old Late Cretaceous crab from the Coon Creek Formation. I dug this out of the bank of Coon Creek (the locals call it Shell Creek) in Tennessee around 1971. It measures about 9 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. I let Dad clean away the material on...
  19. ✅ SOLVED Is This A Rein Guide?

    Found this field hunting. I'm not sure but guessing its a rein guide. Its brass and 3 1/4 inches long by 1 inch at its widest. The teardrop shaped hole is at a 90 degree angle to the round hole. What are your ideas?
  20. ✅ SOLVED Need Help With .570 Diameter Bullet ID Please

    Found this today. Its been fired so the length might be a little short. The diameter is pretty consistant at .570 and the length is .710. There have been quite a few 69 caliber minnie balls found in the area that this was found in but I don't believe this dates that early. Any help with caliber...
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