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1 Replies and 8944 Views What's With That Name ?  8944  1 Started by  rockkingron@gmail.com      Something that is often overlooked is the names on maps and how they can help the prospector to locate likely areas to hunt.  A good example of this is the colorful and strange names the 49ers gave to towns, ravines, creeks, streams, hills, and mountains where they hunted for gold.  Also some of these place names have been renamed several times over the years.      One area that I hunted, I had with me an old 1890s map, a 1950s 15-min. topo map,...
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by  ADAM ANDREWSJump to last post
21 Oct 2016 11:37 AM
21 Replies and 18386 Views Folding Sluice Box Classifier  18386  21 Started by  Stumbletown Miner     Hi everybody,     I made a cheap inexpensive classifier for a folding sluice box. It's made from a $3 IKEA strainer and a Dollar Store strainer with Home Depot plexi-glass, and Epoxy.     The main reason I did this is because the folding sluice box's load up with 1/2' rocks and they stay loaded up. So 1/4' or smaller is best. My classifier is in the water so it rinses all the rocks and materials. The first grate (Grizzly) puts the bigger rocks in t...
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by  ADAM ANDREWSJump to last post
21 Oct 2016 09:09 AM
26 Replies and 27908 Views Gold mining bucket tip  27908  26 Started by  Stumbletown Miner
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 If you've carried a bucket full of Gold mining tools very far, like four miles up a river, then you'll like this bucket tip. A snappy grip & a closet rod bracket bolted onto the bucket to carry the Gold pan & a classifier. And in the bucket are the usual tools...small blue pan, rock hammer, crevice tool, scooper, paint brush, black sand magnet, sucker bottle, pouch with viles & tweezers, etc..     Stumbletown Miner
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by  Benjamin CrainJump to last post
07 Sep 2016 04:31 PM
7 Replies and 14441 Views USFS Roads  14441  7 Started by  waugh1198@gmail.com If you are using USFS roads, go to any office of the National Forest you are in and get a copy of the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM).  These are free, so no excuse to not have them in the rig, and for each Forest you visit.  This will show the road system that is open for motorized travel.   It is up to the user to know where they are and if the route they are on is open for use.  They are not required to post routes as open, as the policy now is 'closed unless posted opn', ...
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by  JON STEINERJump to last post
04 Sep 2016 10:47 PM
5 Replies and 13412 Views T- 80 pump useing a wr brown speedy compresser  13412  5 Started by  garyschwall@yahoo.com Can you use a speedy wr brown compresser for under water dredge diving it is a paint compresser  what I have heard it is the same as the t-80 compresser  it is oil less  the breather is on top the t-80 is on the side which makes for cooler air no bearing heat like the t-80 .
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by  GARY SCHWALLJump to last post
01 Sep 2016 07:40 PM
9 Replies and 10432 Views Prospecting equipment?  10432  9 Started by  ompomelet@gmail.com So, I have a pair of Garret pans, (14' and 10') Classifyers at 1/4', 1/8', 1/16' and a screen colander. I had a 1/2' one but I left it back in Texas. Might have to have sis' mail it to me. Also have a good heavy rock hammer/pick, a set of 3 heavy cold chisels, a set of 10 smaller masonry chisels and punches, a gold snuffer bottle, a few plastic pasture pipettes I scored from an essential oil seller (these are really nice for picking up the fine gold out of the pan and transferring it directly in...
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by  myrton woolenJump to last post
12 Aug 2016 02:30 PM
0 Replies and 3989 Views The Big Dig....  3989  0 Started by  Mike Primer Fun day up at GNG in North GA.  Added a few tips at the end as well.  http://www.youtube.com/watchv=n-yYIwl1PbU
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08 Aug 2016 03:35 AM
1 Replies and 7704 Views Clays and dirty water  7704  1 Started by  BoooYA316 I have notice lots of people asking how do I get my water clear when panning out in my tub..Lots of people use Clay gone, but there are many other products out their your local pool supply store or Home Depot/Lowes. I have worked over a decade in mining industry as a washplant/Tipple operator. these products are environmentally safe to use at home or in a controlled area. I'll try not to sound to nerdy or scientific on the process of what these chemicals do and a lot has to do with PH levels of...
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by  Mary McCartyJump to last post
05 Jul 2016 07:07 AM
3 Replies and 5858 Views Free Learning Days June 3 and 4 at Loud Mine  5858  3 Started by  Mike Primer Anyone can come, just make sure you register and we ask that those coming be able to attend both days.  More info on our facebook page.  http://www.facebook.com/goldhog Thanks
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by  Brad LambJump to last post
09 Jun 2016 06:27 AM
9 Replies and 11330 Views what claim to visit out west from the mining guide ?????????  11330  9 Started by  24kmining Good afternoon all,    I am looking to take a trip to one of the claims in the mining guide the week of March 20th 2016, ( my first one )! My choices are AZ,CA,or OR. I would prefer  a claim that will be semi warm that time of year. I just want to know if anyone had any info or knows wich claims have really good gold to pan and sluice. A claim that has fairly easy access to and is in a relativly safe area. Im planning a 4 day trip and plan on renting a jeep too. 
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by  JEFF W HIGGERSONJump to last post
26 Apr 2016 06:26 AM
4 Replies and 10479 Views Bubble level  10479  4 Started by  roysleight@citlink.net Anyone else done this  I haven't seen any others.  Makes the initial setup really quick and easy.  With this sluice and the bubble centered, it shows that I have a 3 inch drop for the 36 inch sluice, then I can adjust from there.
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by  TIM LEIBELJump to last post
23 Apr 2016 11:21 AM
3 Replies and 10958 Views MINE CACHE  10958  3 Started by  garyschwall@yahoo.com   Hey just got mine cache which is great I guess kind of new  program for me I like that it gives you gps location on mines and prospects and tells what kind of  mines the are hard rock ,surface , placer, ect.  which is great because I am in nc  and there are like 500 spot but some of the gps spots put me in people front yards and some are like on farm lands ect. I also have gold maps just want to get my shovel in the ground with out getting  matching bra...
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by  LEO LORENZJump to last post
04 Apr 2016 09:21 PM
1 Replies and 5391 Views Great Warranty Service, The Gold Miner Spiral Wheel  5391  1 Started by  voodoo My Gold Miner Spiral Wheel developed an issue last Sunday while I was getting ready to use it to go through some tailings....the motor/gear ground and then stopped.  I unplugged it and tried again.  No Luck. I gave Karen a call at Treasure and Gold Products in Hudsonville, MI (Manufacturers of the Gold Miner) and she said go ahead and send it back and we will fix it or replace and send it back to you. I boxed it up the next day and sent it off.   It was back to me today and loo...
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by  Brad LambJump to last post
15 Feb 2016 02:42 AM
12 Replies and 13991 Views Getting Started (Metal Detecting)  13991  12 Started by  Nugget Shooter GETTING STARTED Getting started metal detecting for gold nuggets is as easy as buying a metal detector and hitting the gold fields right Well the answer to that one can be yes or no. There are many detectors on the market designed for different fields of the metal detecting hobby, although there are a large number of professionals that metal detect for a living. To them nugget hunting, treasure hunting, etc. is much more than a hobby this is a living and full time business to many miners! &nb...
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by  SHELDON SWEATJump to last post
02 Jan 2016 03:13 AM
7 Replies and 11373 Views OK - you found some gold - but now what???  11373  7 Started by  pixrob Just curious, what does everyone do with their gold that they find I'm really curious if anyone has given it to a jeweler to make a piece of jewelry! Take care, Rob
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by  D M TURNEYJump to last post
25 Dec 2015 09:55 AM
9 Replies and 12170 Views Hard Rock Prospecting  12170  9 Started by  bfrischolz6@live.com How to tell the difference between pyrite and gold when still in the rock What's the chances of gold being found with large amounts of pyrite Best way to extract
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by  LEO LORENZJump to last post
24 Dec 2015 01:45 PM
6 Replies and 12594 Views Fine gold trick  12594  6 Started by  frankn1937@hotmail.com   This is a little trick that I have used to pan fine gold. The surface tension of water has a tendency to make fine gold float.   To overcome this, add a couple of drops of dish washing soap liks Dial, etc. It breaks up the surface tension and the fine gold sinks and 'pans' properly.   Frank...-
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by  john McGrathJump to last post
24 Dec 2015 01:05 PM
21 Replies and 16977 Views Frustrated  16977  21 Started by  akajam Hi, I need to vent and ask for help. I'm in north Idaho, I belong to a local club with several claims, and this is my second summer prospecting. I research, I read everything I can get my hands on, I watch endless YouTube videos, I work hard and try to work smart when prospecting, but except for three small flakes I found my first day out last summer, I'm not finding anything. At all. Even in a creek where I know there's gold - I've seen it in others' pans - but it eludes me. I am so frustrate...
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by  JEFF MARTINJump to last post
20 Dec 2015 08:12 PM
6 Replies and 11401 Views power sluicing  11401  6 Started by  golddog2 Is it legal to power sluice in CA. High banker in the stream feeding stream material. Can't dredge need some way to get gold.
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by  JERE CLEMENTSJump to last post
08 Dec 2015 11:23 AM
4 Replies and 8819 Views Randy's New Gold Adventures Forum Now On-Line!  8819  4 Started by  C-17A Hey GPAA Gold Prospectors... Well, after some on-line effort and much waiting..... I simply couldn't recover my 'old' Gold Adventures web site Forum on createforumhosting.com.   So, I have started up a brand new Gold Adventures Forum at a different hosting site and we'll just have to start over... PLEASE join and/or rejoin my 'new' Gold Adventures Forum: Located here off my web site page:    http://goldadventures.biz/new_forum Or, directly to the Login page: ...
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by  joseph LoydJump to last post
02 Dec 2015 07:47 PM
2 Replies and 5949 Views I need help on what types of equipment to use  5949  2 Started by  kyleclay I need help on trying to determine what kind of equipment I can use or convert to for 25 dump truck loads of sapphire ore I have access to. I would like to go through about 20 five gallon buckets per day. Any advice will be helpful. Just to give you an idea of what I have already done, I used a screen to wash the material about two coffee cups at a time and it took me two days to go through 3 five gallon buckets.
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by  ANTHONY BAILEYJump to last post
29 Nov 2015 05:14 PM
8 Replies and 5784 Views Carrying nuggets in the field  5784  8 Started by  tpleibel@gmail.com I am unfortunately Diabetic. My own fault and genes but I have to test my blood several times a day. The little containers that the test strips come in are plastic and have a seal that makes them air and water tight. I carry one on my pocket to put any nuggets or interesting gems etc. in.  If you have friends that are diabetic, they will have lots of these laying around.  If not come ask me on a claim, I always carry about 10 or so in my supplies to share.
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by  Brad LambJump to last post
05 Nov 2015 06:52 AM
1 Replies and 8919 Views Gold Trails on YouTube  8919  1 Started by  GregMiller Good Day Prospectors!  Has anyone been checking out the new Gold Trails YouTube Channel We're working on getting a lot more videos up there to help everyone find more gold! Let us know what you think so we can make sure we're putting up the videos that people want to see. Here's the link -> http://www.youtube.com/goldtrailstv Happy Prospecting!!
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by  ED GREANYJump to last post
04 Nov 2015 10:04 AM
6 Replies and 9244 Views Gold Pans  9244  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 5182 Views Roaring Camp CA  5182  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
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