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  1. when is a pan test considered good

    Depends on the goal you have set for yourself. I consider anything close to a gram an hr. to be good dredging and enough that I'm going stay and grind it out. My goal is at least to cover expenses, and one or two ounces a month will do that for a one man dredging operation. I would not invest...
  2. No copper stripe?

    Odd, one would think it a silver proof. But the proof sets I know of come from the S mint. And it dose not quite look right to me for silver, and from the P mint? Do you have a known silver quarter on hand to compare it to? side by side it should be easy to know if they feel, look, sound the...
  3. I am looking for an old mine shut down for war, with a dump to work. Quartzsite?

    Also Steve, Can foreigners like me even own a claim in the Yukon or Klondike? I did not think so. Do you have dual citizenship or something? What I thought I had learned, was that we can only work for a Canadian mine owner and only for part of the year (summer only). What's the scoop on all...
  4. I am looking for an old mine shut down for war, with a dump to work. Quartzsite?

    Hi Steve, I'm from Oregon too. I spend part of each winter prospecting in Jackson and Siskiyou countys (pocket country) Are you familiar with the "New 49er" club on the Klamath river? They also have a couple properties near Quartzsite AZ. I'm sure that's not exactly the sort of option you are...
  5. If you could move where would it be work/prospecting "not prospecting for a living"

    I've been daydreaming of North Carolina. There were some Huge nuggets found out there. 28, 25, 17, 15 pounds! When gold was discovered in CA, NC was mostly forgotten about. Best of all, it's mostly private, so there haven't been the hoards of public beating it to death for the last 170 years. I...
  6. 15 Gallon Barrels

    AIH
  7. Some Copper Finds

    That doesn't look like any of the Chititu stuff I have seen. Is your "front yard" in that neighborhood?
  8. Grand Canyon Gold

    I took a pan down the canyon and yep got color. Just a couple specks, but gold in the Grand canyon for sure
  9. Keene 3 stage vs Proline Wave Classifier for dredge.

    IMO Proline is just higher quality construction regardless of design. I love my Proline 4'', it just works with no tinkering around with it. Run it at 95-98% throttle and if it starts to load up with rocks, then it is not steep enough. Loading up is where gold loss happens worst. One thing about...
  10. Sluice plans? Additional tips?

    You can just use a door mat/rug and lay it in a small trough you dig in the creek. Dump dirt onto it and if there is gold in the dirt it will get stuck in the fibers. To clean it out you will need to let it dry and shake it out onto a tarp or something then pan it out. Maybe crude, but it will...
  11. California to Allow Suction Dredging in 2019?

    Disturbing murcury hot spots is exactly the activity that this ban is supposed to put an end to! I know you recover 99 percent or better and think you are helping. But, this is partly why dredging is not allowed at all right now! When/if we get back to work in CA, there will be a substantial...
  12. Sore hands from dredging?

    I bring a turkey fryer to the creek and dip my hands in Hot water once in a while. Also, vitamin I (ibuprophen) with a pinch of salt for the muscles. Wearing wrist braces at night really helps too.
  13. The beginning of a floating dredge

    If you really do have a place to go dredging, just buy a Proline factory built dredge off craigslist and be done with it. One good day producing gold to pay for it. vs. however long you spend trying to build one. There is A LOT of engineering that goes into those things. Unless, do you already...
  14. Hunting for Gold with Garrett ATX Extreme

    I just bought one. An ATX. Still waiting on the mail to deliver it. Gonna try it out up here in AK on known ground b4 heading down to Oregon in search of that retirement pocket.
  15. Gold and silver nuggets question

    Yes, I work a creek for Gold and have found a couple of silver nuggets there and copper too. So far it's been like 10-12 pounds of copper to the pound of gold, to less than an ounce of silver. Silver from rice size to about an ounce. For me, at least, silver nuggets have been way more rare than...
  16. Hunting for Gold with Garrett ATX Extreme

    I love my Gold Bug pro with the little 5'' coil. The small coil is not so frustrating bc the pinpointing is dead on. It is a true dual purpose machine, sensitive on small gold, light weight, has silent search mode and good target id. I really recommend it. I winter in SW Oregon and am a member...
  17. Small Hammer Mills?

    Thanks for the input guys. All I have now is a mortar and pestle. I did not consider the direct drive vs belt thing. I saw here on Tnet, a cement mixer used as a ball mill. Portability dose matter, as I plan on crushing in the feild, not my parents back yard.
  18. Small Hammer Mills?

    I've decided to take my sampling to the next level and buy a hammer mill. I see there is quite a difference in price $1,500 ish for a K&M, or $5000 ish for the Global mining "gold stryker". I'm sure the price dose reflect quality here so am tempted to just shell it out. But just being a...
  19. How much gold did you get in your first season?

    My first time finding gold was with a sluice. Not enough to register on the scale but I had found gold and was over the moon about it. Something about that place keeps me coming back, though it only gives up a couple specks. That was 15 years ago and I have come a long way as a prospector. I...
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