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6 Replies and 8838 Views Gold Pans  8838  6 Started by  dmcelyea@gmail.com Good morning folks.  In the new Pick and Shovel is an article on the world's best panner's competition in Spain.  I have looked high and low for the type of pan they are using.  It seems almost impossible to pan 40 lbs of dirt in a little over a minute.  Anyone got any info on these pans  Thanks
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by  Julia McCormackJump to last post
20 Oct 2015 04:43 PM
3 Replies and 4893 Views Roaring Camp CA  4893  3 Started by  Riggerson My brother and I will be spending 4 days at Roaring Camp in early September and will not be purchasing a pile of dirt. Anyone have any prospecting tips/suggestions that would help us maximize our chances of success there We'll have gold pans, a few crevacing and digging tools and an Angus M sluice. Traveling from Ohio, I'm just excited to have a real chance to find anything but specks and flakes!
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by  WILLIAM HALLJump to last post
04 Sep 2015 02:45 PM
2 Replies and 5313 Views Tulare County Prospecting  5313  2 Started by  GP1400 Hello. I'm new. Are there any places to prospect in Tulare County I live in Exeter, CA. Any assistance will be appreciated.
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by  Gabriel PerezJump to last post
03 Sep 2015 06:53 PM
18 Replies and 13744 Views Western Colorado Rookie  13744  18 Started by  JasonShelley Hi Everyone,  I have recently picked up panning and prospecting. I have been in it for a couple months now and am learning most from the web and a few shows on the outdoor channel. My biggest problem is actually pinpointing the gold. I have gone to a couple places where gold mines are in teh area. But alas, I caome up with nothing. I live in Mesa county (Grand Junction) Colorado. Any advise or even specific areas where people have had luck would be helpfull.
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by  Benjamin CrainJump to last post
09 Aug 2015 10:49 AM
2 Replies and 6828 Views feather river (need info)  6828  2 Started by  davidaleessr@hotmail.com looking for info on the feather river..any tips tricks
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by  ARTHUR WAUGHJump to last post
17 Jul 2015 12:02 PM
9 Replies and 8943 Views Pump power supply  8943  9 Started by  ScottSn3@aol.com I'm thinking about buying a 12 volt pump that draws 1.8 amps for use at home to do a little garage prospecting. Rather than get a battery for it I have a Radio Shack unregulated 12 volt 1.75 amp power supply. Would that work in place of a battery
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by  Scott LeidenbergerJump to last post
30 Jun 2015 05:37 PM
3 Replies and 6913 Views panning  6913  3 Started by  akgoldseeker have trouble with finger and hand fatigue while panning try this,go to hardware store and buy a smooth cupboard handle and mount it on outside of goldpan where it is comfortable to grip with your fingers. this greatly reduces finger and hand fatigue while panning.a handle comes with mounting screws at a cost of about 2 bucks,and helps tremendously try it as soon as you get used to it you'll be greatful for the idea may your pan turn yellow and enjoyment of panning increase.good luck to all
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by  DON TAYONJump to last post
11 Jun 2015 02:45 AM
44 Replies and 23052 Views Rattlesnakes  23052  44 Started by  jdslayiii@gmail.com
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We encountered a Black Southern Pacific Rattlesnake on the trail at Bautista Placer, as we headed back to our vehicle yesterday 4-15, we weren't wearing snake chaps but will be wearing them next time. Walk with caution and wear your chaps!
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by  Benjamin CrainJump to last post
07 Jun 2015 11:01 PM
4 Replies and 6269 Views Sun Shade  6269  4 Started by  dmcelyea@gmail.com The wife and I are planning an adventure in prospecting in New Mexico this month.  We have been searching for a canopy of some kind to take along as we are both aged and will need some shade.  I cannot understand why a canopy costs more than a good tent.  It makes no sense.  I had a brain fart this morning.  4 ten foot lengths of pvc pipe, a cheap tarp, cheap tent stakes and paracord. Has anyone tried this method
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by  Don McElyeaJump to last post
17 May 2015 08:12 AM
4 Replies and 8862 Views Floating very fine gold Recovery  8862  4 Started by  BoooYA316 It's very hard to recover fine gold or flour gold maybe I can help with issue. Some times gold floats due to clays oils from vegetation. don't worry buy an inflatable kids pool and fill your bucket full of water and let the clays and dirty water wash your gold out of the bucket into the pool by swirling the matirieal around with your hand and tilt the bucket so that the gold washes out. then use my method in this link with a pump to recover it  http://www.goldprospectors.org/Community/Forum...
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by  Benjamin CrainJump to last post
06 May 2015 06:20 AM
2 Replies and 8288 Views Dry Washer Operation  8288  2 Started by  gchilders3@cox.net I have a Keene 140 (old style).  I have been searching for a video showing the does and don'ts on how to operate this equipment.   I would like to see what the riffle board looks like when the machine is running properly.  I know all material is different and the machine should be adjusted to accommodate these differences.  I would like to know the basics on what to look for when it is running correctly and some of the things that would indicate it needs adjust...
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by  Frank LillyJump to last post
29 Apr 2015 06:02 PM
10 Replies and 6462 Views equipment  6462  10 Started by  zziipp I just joined the GPAA and want some advise on the equipment I plan on bringing with me on my first outing. I have a generator, pump, garden hoses, extension cords, gold pan. That's it. Can anyone help me out and advise me on any thing else I should bring with me. I don't have a lot of money so please be gentle. Any help would be gratefully appreciated. Also when would the best time be to start prospecting
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by  Alex SantosJump to last post
27 Apr 2015 01:46 PM
1 Replies and 5031 Views Reporting suspected Claim Jumpers?  5031  1 Started by  crashcrain@gmail.com I am on a GPAA claim with my wife and we are just unloading and two vehicles pull up on a run off trench and 4 men jump out of their vehicles and start digging into the hillside and clarifying dirt as fast as possible. They fill up about 8 buckets of dirt throw them into the back of their truck and vanish. They acted like poachers do, hit the site quick, load up, and hit the road. So when you see people behaving in this manner what is the best way of handling this, call the BLM, police, etc......
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by  ARTHUR WAUGHJump to last post
27 Apr 2015 06:17 AM
0 Replies and 3562 Views Dry washers  3562  0 Started by  Mike333 I have a Keene 151 dry washer.  I've made a few modifications to make it easier to set up, and I changed out the honda, which didn't run unless the choke was half way engaged.  The hopper and riffle tray work very well.  I've panned the tailing and did not find any losses.  Any thought from other 151 owners
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08 Apr 2015 08:15 PM
2 Replies and 8077 Views The Colorado River is basically dead  8077  2 Started by  crashcrain@gmail.com All of the gold that washes out of the Colorado is trapped by a dam a few miles East of Grand Junction and unless you can dig some old clay banks from old floods you might as well as forget about prospecting there. I am sure the State makes a killing on the gold that is deposited at the base of the dam each year, but if you are an amateur prospector just forget about it. I spent the day yesterday teaching my wife the layers and how gold is deposited and the way they set up the dam not one flake ...
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by  WILLIAM HALLJump to last post
26 Mar 2015 03:41 PM
8 Replies and 9160 Views desert clasifier  9160  8 Started by  cshirsch Here are few photos of a classifier I made for a friend. I have another one that I made before this but the parts I used for his are readily available at Home Depot. This really increased my production the last few times I went to SW Arizona. I used a wire drawer, a plastic tub. some 1/4' good quality plywood, some light angle-aluminum, and 1/4' hardware cloth. The drawer fits perfectly into the tub but is still easy to remove so you can dump the larger material. I used mine for about 10 days of...
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by  CHRIS HIRSCHJump to last post
23 Mar 2015 05:58 AM
5 Replies and 10613 Views Sampling Tips and Techniques to Find New Areas?  10613  5 Started by  alohajim I have been using two sampling methods to find new areas to prospect.  First is either bring water or use available water to pan and finish pan samples on site. If there's the slightest bit of gold it will show up in the finish pan. I'll sample at different depths and locations at one site. The next way is to take samples from an area in quart ziplock bags or larger buckets, label the bags for location, then either pan and finish pan them at home or run them through my gold cube t...
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by  Don McElyeaJump to last post
17 Mar 2015 10:48 AM
5 Replies and 12189 Views maps of LDMA claims  12189  5 Started by  mrbillwej Are there any maps of the LDMA claims If yes, where can I obtain copies, if no, Why NOT I am a life member and I noticed that the LDMA handbook only has locations, but no site maps of the claims.  I would also like to see the LDMA acquire more claims in the Southern Gold Belt. Any help will be appreciated, Bill-
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by  E. JIM/PAM HANEYJump to last post
16 Mar 2015 04:44 PM
1 Replies and 8235 Views DIY bucket classifier  8235  1 Started by  JeepGold Found a cool way to make your own bucket classifiers.  Maybe everyone already knows this but I thought I'd share since I'm geeked up on saving the money.  I googled how to do this and results came up on how to cut a bucket about 6 inches down, then cut the original bucket again about 4' down. Lay the screen of choice over the 2nd cut piece then wedge the two together. YEAH RIGHT! I spent and hr trying to do this, cutting myself on the trimmed mesh, NO WAY it was happening. At that po...
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by  John HilligossJump to last post
27 Feb 2015 02:49 PM
2 Replies and 6288 Views Don't overlook the quartz! Even in placer claims!  6288  2 Started by  CrazyCrusher &60;&115;&116;&121;&108;&101;&32;&116;&121;&112;&101;&61;&34;&116;&101;&120;&116;&47;&99;&115;&115;&34;&62; p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120; } &60;&47;&115;&116;&121;&108;&101;&62; I recently sold a crusher to a geologist out of Las Vegas. He opted to make the short drive here instead of me shipping it. Glad he did! What a great guy! He even brought me 8 dvd's jam packed with over 2,000 files. (Video, Doc, PDF, etc) with tons of stuff on gold, pr...
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by  joseph LoydJump to last post
12 Feb 2015 05:32 PM
3 Replies and 6557 Views Poison Oak  6557  3 Started by  rockkingron@gmail.com   Just because it is winter time, one is not safe from getting poison oak. In the fall, the leaves dry up and drop off the poison oak plant and the sap / oil gos down into the root system. All one has to do is dig into the roots and presto a rash can appear. So if you are one of the unlucky ones that can catch this crud, forget the ' Calamine Lotion '. The best product that will stop this crud dead in it's tracks from spreading, that I have found, is ' Tecnu '. Tecnu can be found at most st...
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by  ARTHUR WAUGHJump to last post
31 Jan 2015 07:53 AM
0 Replies and 6227 Views Gold Screw Panner  6227  0 Started by  pat2090 I traded for a Gold Screw panning machine. The second day I went to use it the pulley came off the motor. After looking at it, it looks as though someone did some work on it that was sub standard. Basically I think I need a motor because I cannot get the pulley to re-mount. Is there anyone out there that can help I tried contacting Gold Screw direct, but they have not gotten back with me. I traded for this machine because I don't have the money to buy brand new. I live in AZ. My name is Pat 623...
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28 Jan 2015 09:23 AM
2 Replies and 9729 Views Dry Washing  9729  2 Started by  ptorre65@aol.com Going to be in Wickenburg for two weeks. Would like to rent a dry washer, or buy one and bring it back to N.H. We have a 2' dredge, and have a friend with a 4' that we use in N.H. and Maine. I think we'll add a dry washer . We come out every year for two weeks and soon it will be for 5 or 6 weeks.   Thanks Peepaw
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by  Greg MillerJump to last post
23 Jan 2015 10:43 AM
0 Replies and 3814 Views Need Keene 8 oversize power jet dimensions  3814  0 Started by  bebopgeo@gmail.com I would like the dimensions of the new keene 8' over size power jet to check it with the old one if any one has them like the OD and ID of the power jet tube and length from where the suction hose stops in the clamp to the end of the tube and the size of the orifice in the water lugs the two lug type they start at 3' and go down to 1.5' ID. I think the old ones did anyway so if they made the power jet tube bigger thin the lug orifice should be bigger too
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05 Oct 2014 08:03 AM
2 Replies and 4871 Views Mokolumne River  4871  2 Started by  worldavi@gate.net Has anyone explored or had luck prospecting in the area around Highland Lakes and the rivers creeks flowing through It seems like great country. I spoke to several fire rangers in the area but they said gold located south at altitudes around 4000ft. They said something that the area up around 7500 -8000 ft had no gold. Is there a direct correlation to the altitude at all Is it less likely to find anything at all. This area that I am speaking about is around highway 4 Ebbets Pass, and associat...
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by  LEO LORENZJump to last post
22 Aug 2014 05:02 PM
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