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What sluice do you use?
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JAMES PEACE
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03 Apr 2014 06:17 PM

    If you are like me you probably have more than a single sluice... I have Angus MacKirks, Bazooka's, Keene's, and a myriad of homebuilt. After all said and done for varying conditions it seems like I always fall back to the keene a52... don't know why but I do... I guess its my favorite. I like the A.M.'s but I don't like that water changes can easily cause it to blow out...

     

    What's your favorite?

    BRIAN HERBSTREIT
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    03 Apr 2014 06:47 PM
    Buckabilly Sluices. They are all aluminum and Stainless Steel nuts & bolts. Nothing to attract magnetic material (IE: Black Sands) and knock out the fine gold we encounter here in the south.

    I had a used SB4014 (40" x 7" with 14" flare) that my friends would borrow all the time. They called it "Money", since every time out they found gold with it. LOL Only problem was one friend thought that "borrowing" was that he could keep it for as long as he wanted. When I got it back from him, I ended up selling it. I took the same thing in on trade for a larger Buckabilly sluice recently. (I haven't told my friends I have another one yet. LOL)

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    04 Apr 2014 08:32 AM
    I have a A52, a Bazooka prospector , and a Bazooka super mini, I also have a Grizzly 3 sluice. I like all of the sluices but each one has its own pros and cons, The Grizzly sluice for example I can use when there's no running water and it does a awesome job, down side your back will hurt and its slower then the others , but if there's no running water or if its no moving enough for sluice it can be used. But I will say by far I love the Bazooka sluice and given the chance will use it every time. I use the super mini for very small creek were it not deep enough for a regular bazooka. .
    ARTHUR WAUGH
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    04 Apr 2014 09:50 AM
    Main one is a D&K composite, about 4 foot long.  Royal backpack model for sampling, an old Keene 52 still floating around, not used much, had it stored and have to clean the old girl up some.  Built the wife a small one she can carry on a shoulder strap, another to keep in the rig, but the Royal replace that one.  Built a beach sluice, spreading the water out from 12 iches at the top to 16 at the bottom, 36 inches long all "V" rib mat, and a feed box that hooks over the front edge.
    Scott Sprague
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    04 Apr 2014 11:34 AM
    I own and have built a multitude of sluices, but my go to sluice for sampling is the Royal folding sluice, with a few matting modifications.
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    04 Apr 2014 07:19 PM
    Like Scott I use a Royal sluice. I have a 24 inch portable and a 30 inch with a Recirc head kit. I would be interested in the matting modifications though. I have been using the carpet mat that came with the sluices and get mixed responses when I ask experienced prospectors if they would change the mat for moss or Gold Hog like mats.
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    04 Apr 2014 07:27 PM
    I use a Keene A52 with Gold Hog matting, which has greatly improved my fine gold recovery.  Also an older Keene A51A Mini.
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    05 Apr 2014 04:10 PM

    In a single outing with high water and heavy rain, I was fortunate enough to pull out nearly as much gold as I did in seven or eight outings last season now that I'm using the  Bazooka Gold Trap 48" Miner sluice. Since this sluice eliminates the need to classify and can accommodate dirt & gravel straight from the shovel, I was able to process more material in 3 hours than I could have gone through in a two day outing! The grizzlies can be modified so only 1/4 or 1/8" heavies are captured - and I did modify mine by attaching some wire mesh over the grizzly section. The amount of stuff in the back of the rig is reduced as well. I recommend sampling after an hour in each hole so you can be certain you're working in a productive location. I've used several sluices in the past, with simple ribbed matting, goldhog matting, and expanded steel over miners moss. The matting was never the problem - it was the tedious and back-aching classification that slowed me down.

    My next purchase will be one of their smaller models so I can travel light and fast down creeks and rivers sampling!

    Stephen Trent
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    05 Apr 2014 09:13 PM
    I use a keene mini sluice for sampling and a LeTrap sluice to run dredge concentrates thru. The LeTrap takes my concentrates down to nothing but black sand and heavy minerals, works very good!!!!!!
    MOSHE LEVINE
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    07 Apr 2014 03:30 PM

    i am using a 3" highbanker with gold hog mats.

    Joseph Loyd
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    07 Apr 2014 05:02 PM
    I still use one I bought 20 years ago .Its call a gold gem .And I do have a keene 152 but dont use it as I have to take my highbanker apart to use it .Then I have a home make mini I use for testing.
    JAMES PEACE
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    07 Apr 2014 05:41 PM

    The a52 I use is circa 1980's at least... the riffles are rusted the expanded metal rusted, the carpet old and worn, no miners moss... works great!!!




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    07 Apr 2014 05:42 PM

    I use a jobe 45' yellow jacket stream sluice but I had to buy legs for it to help setup.Maybe I am just inept lol. The beginning has slow water riffles and the bottom 3 are for faster water. Its really hard to get flow and angle right for both to be optimal. It is 4 inches deep which helps me judge the drop easier. A little more pitch than I see most recommend seems to do well on this model.

    JERE STARK
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    13 Apr 2014 08:41 PM
    I have a r d h recirculating mini sluice and for dry areas and then asmall sluice with gold hog matting
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    13 Apr 2014 10:32 PM
    keene a52
    BRIAN FRISCHOLZ
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    14 Apr 2014 07:01 AM
    Wolftrap 24", comes with reversible riffles for fast and slow water. Works great for catching fines.
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    16 Apr 2014 11:21 PM
    Brian, how do you like the wolf trap sluice? I have heard good things about it but still like to find out what others have to say. thanks.
    maui
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    17 Apr 2014 11:29 AM
    I do like the Wolf Trap. It works really well on fine flour gold all the way down to gold dust gets caught. It takes a bit more time to clean it out between buckets but the more I use it the easier it becomes to get the riffles in and out. It is great for smaller flake gold all the way down to super fine gold dust. I would recommend cleaning the carpet out when your done for the day and again once the carpet has had a chance to dry. I have always found the carpet releases the fine gold easier if it has time to dry first.
    RONALD LEWIS
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    17 Apr 2014 10:32 PM
    Brian, thanks for the information, I appreciate it. I have been thinking about getting one and now I will look into them.
    thanks Brian.
    maui
    RONALD LEWIS
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    12 May 2014 01:57 PM
    are those bazooka sluice worth the money and are you really saving that much time by not classifying?
    thanks.
    JAMES PEACE
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    12 May 2014 02:01 PM
    Yes and yes, if you can get a good deal used but good luck finding someone wanting to sell theirs...
    STEVEN ANDERSON
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    12 May 2014 05:50 PM
    I use a Royal Recirculating sluice, this gives me multiple options in one piece of equipment. I've mostly used it in areas where there is no water (desert) so I bring my own water. Began with 5 gallon buckets of water and graduated to a 30 gallon drum. Originally this was the first piece of equipment I bought and with the addition of a Royal Drywasher I use the sluice to further clean up my cons. Have never run a sluice in a stream as of yet, planning a trip to Lytle Creek soon, so maybe I can give it a whirl.
    JOHN DORVAL
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    14 May 2014 04:10 PM
    I use a Keene A52 , it works well for me.
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    15 May 2014 09:43 AM
    Posted By RONALD LEWIS on 12 May 2014 01:57 PM

    are those bazooka sluice worth the money and are you really saving that much time by not classifying?

    thanks.


    Yes it is worth the money, and it does save a lot of time, I own a super mini, and a regular prospector model. I have a friend of mine that runs a pro line , about the same as the A52 and I can do two to three 5 gallon buckets per his one bucket. I can do a cleanup and be back up and running before he can get his sluice broke down for his clean up.  and at the end of the day not only do I have more gold then he does because of the amount of material I ran but I have just as much if not more fine gold as he does with his carpet. I've ran several test on the tailings even so far as set it up where they tailings run into a container and it does miss hardly any gold, I would recommend the bazooka to anyone. One top of all that it is very forgiving when it comes to cleanup, set up, water flow. 

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    15 May 2014 10:46 AM
    thanks guys for the in-put, i am also looking at the wolftrap sluice.
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