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  1. Do we have any beach miners here? I'm in Oregon and do a bit of sand sifting. The Oregon laws for the beach include No Power equipment so you have to ground sluice or have a recirculator above the high tide line or above the grass line. Kind of a pain but doable. Anyway I have a thread going over at TreasureNet that is a little rambling but it will show ya what kind of equipment I use and some of the results.... Nope nothing like the Nome beaches but it gets me off the couch and I manage to eek out a little color. So here's a ink to the thread, hope you find some humor in it as well as maybe a little info. too. If we get a discussion going here I will just post anything new here instead of a link to another forum. Thank's for looking. Also does anyone have any info on beach mining in northern cal.? I can't find a thing on it and I have heard of a couple very promising beaches. But I won't spend the time and energy on them and the trip without some knowledge on the regs.
  2. On a side note Steve, I bought my first sluice, a Keene A52 hand sluice, from AMDS back in 2010 when on my first and so far only trip to Anchorage. You built an awesome store, and the staff were super friendly and helpful. Definetly a good reason to go back there, once the exchange rate improves. Cheers! It's now the secondary recovery section on my wash plant setup.
  3. I'm wanting to recover CW Bullets faster and easier from the cracks, pockets and holes on the river beds. I'm wanting to build it out of plastic as not to interfere with the detector. It will have different sized and shaped tips depending on the size of cracks if needed. This would be an intermittent pump just for bullet extraction. It will have a longer wand that would enable me to suck lead standing in 4 feet of water. I would build a simple catch area for the outflow. It looks like Keene's smallest pump is 100 GPM/6000 GPH for their 2 inch model. I am looking at a 12 volt system and have my eyes on the 4000 GPH Johnson Bilge pump. Now my question is do you think I can build an electric dredge that can suck big lead to the surface? Any and all ideas are welcome such as size, nozzle design etc....
  4. Quite often l have seen detectorists arrive at a new spot full of enthusiam and upon arrival jump out of the car, grab their detector and race off hurrying here and there like a headless chook swinging aimlessly in their excitement to find that first elusive bit of gold. Only to be dissapointed at the lack of gold finds and quickly ready to write the area off and move on. I speak from experience because l was one of those. However several of those spots kept calling me back. And when I did return it was with a contolled enthusiam. Instead of jumping out of the car and racing around I took the time to look about and read the ground. I took the time to get the detector running smoothly and most importantly I took the time to carefully detect the area I had chosen, thouroughly working the area in a unhurried manner. And on most occasions I was rewarded with gold. Yes gold from an area I was too quick to write off initially because I was in too much of a hurry to properly access the potential that was right in front of my nose. So all l can say is slow down, plan you attack and have patience and work the area properly and don't be too quick to write a spot off or you will leave it behind.
  5. Just was wondering if you nugget hunters find fine gold/flakes in the same dirt you find gold nuggets in? Do you go back and drywash/highbank those areas? Just curious. -Tom
  6. what are your opinions on highbanker cleanout times? I like to clean it out after about 10 buckets, of course it depends on the type of material, and how the riffles are running. a friend says he does it at the end of the day, end of the day for us would be 80 to 100 buckets.
  7. Out of boredom and while cleaning up around the garage I decided to re make my pac vac using my old blower ang an old back pack weed sprayer, hope it works out better than carrying the 5 gallon bucket...already was great for wasting a couple hours.
  8. Anybody got a cheap way to recover fine gold from concentrates that can be used indoors and is about idiot proof? I found some Miller table setups on Ebay and from Martin Prospecting in South Carolina but I'd rather not fork over more than $100 for a home setup. I know a GoldCube is made for this also, but $500 is a bit much for those of us on a tight budget. One thing I did like about the Martin Prospecting Miller table is the small hole at the head of the table into which you can sweep the gold with a tiny paintbrush which eliminates the use of a snuffer bottle. A vial is screwed into the bottom of the hole to catch your clean gold. They want $250 plus with shipping for this unit. I saw a homemade unit like this on YouTube made with wood and parts from Hobby Lobby. Has anybody made one of them? Thanks. -Tom V.
  9. This is not exactly new since it was announced last October, but I was wondering if anyone has seen or used these yet? The new Garrett 14" gold pan has a asymmetric design and fixes one of my pet peeves, which was the small bottom area. The Garrett gold panning kits now include these new pans. Here is the new pan next to the old design for comparison...
  10. I have a couple of these..... They are fantastic for production panning, and even work pretty darn well for cleanup though I have a special cleanup pan.
  11. Here is a Gift for Some of us for 2017! I have No Idea what year the product was Introduced?I was watching another random year old video of detecting in Oz.. tonite. And youtuber "Matt yes thats how short his call sign is. . had a short vid on crevicing....i watched it and it had this funny miners mat in his.....Lose" your gold keene box. so I asked him about it. He commented i looked it up! get it here in Montana ! And found a true test from another Mate' Downunder ! Watch vid below.....Excellent Product! Cheers, IG Steve-Sorry if this is in the wrong category......but the panning area didnt seem like Much action over there?In fact Tonites the first time i ever looked over there. IG
  12. Here's a few solutions to deal with the ban on non-motorized mining near any California stream. The first is to process "select" material off site with a 12 volt pump driven recirculating high banker. The second is to process material on site with a coffee can driven recirculating rocker. The rocker requires 5 gallons of recirculating water. After getting the hang of feeding, scooping and rocking, the amount of material the rocker processed was surprising. The pay material is hammered and chiseled from an old cemented bench above Big Jackass Creek. The pay sets on a feldspar clay deposit 4 feet above bedrock (black slate). Soaking the material prior to processing helps break up the heavy clay. The third option is a battery driven metal detector. The claim sets right in the Melones Fault Zone. The workings date back to the 1850's with signs of ground sluicing, hydraulic and a few small pocket mines. The placer deposits appear to be from a contact between feldspar porphyry and diabase located upstream on a lode claim. The only cabin site discovered is of 1950/60's, found some depression era trash. Metal detecting to date has only produced recent poker change- pennies and dimes. Several exposed quartz stringers in heavy thick brush but no gold detected. Been using both the TDI Sl and Xterra 705 with 5x9 coils, both detectors handle the ground conditions. Lots of magnetite. Use the TDI Sl over the serpentine. The smaller coils are a must, just can't sweep the larger coils in the brush while unwrapping the headset cable. Been looking at the Fisher F19 and F75 ($599 Xmas version) which both seem comparable to the Xterra 705 and AT Pro. Like the option of searching for coins when hung up in the brush detecting for gold. Any opinions on either the F19 or F75 compared to the X705?
  13. Minelab has released what has been dubbed the "lifestyle video" which leans more to being a short travel guide about Placer County than about the PRO-GOLD Panning kit specifically. I am sure a lot of people here will recognize many of the locations. It is actually quite a bit of work doing a video like this but we had fun also so I am fortunate to have taken part. Thanks Minelab! The video also has an accompanying blog post by Chris Ralph at Minelab Treasure Talk.
  14. Thought this was a good tip on using a detector like the GMT in conjunction with traditional techniques. Just need a machine that can track black sand to locate a paystreak, mark the deposit with stakes and start processing material. Horrendous 144p resolution (filmed with potato) but info is solid!
  15. Klunker, On the River, Prospecting thread, you alluded to the superiority of the steel pan. Some people booed your opinion. I've used a steel pan forever because it's substantial and I hate plastic; almost every piece of plastic gear falls apart relatively quickly. But I'd like to know your reasoning for its superiority over the plastic ones. Does it retain the gold better? And I think a few other guys were curious, too. Thanks, no rush, Joel
  16. As the title indicates this weekend I am looking to try out dry washing for the first time. My mining buddy picked one up earlier this spring and we are pumped to try it out. Coming to CA from another state means that I don't have many opportunities to mine. My question is regarding how dry does the dirt need to be? I saw that it rained a little bit in the foothills this past week and now I'm concerned that the dirt may be too wet. Any advice and tips are greatly appreciated
  17. Hey guys! Just got my hands on the new Pro-Gold kit from Minelab. It's my first product review video, so be gentle on me ;) Anyway, hope you enjoy it. I know I did!
  18. A bit away from the metal detecting, so I hope nobody minds if I post this. I have been working on a "mikes hand trommel" that i came across a few years ago while surfing youtube. Seems like it will be pretty nifty little unit and it is easy to build. And cheap too boot. Still need to add a hopper and figure out what I am going to do for a feed chute off of the bottom to dump into my sluice. Just felt the need to show off a bit. Here is the link to the direction to build one.
  19. Is it ok if I make a new thread about the White's DR-PRO? If not please delete. Figured people might want to discuss this new product from White's Electronics. Will be releasing the announce video at 1pm PST today (just got approval to do so). I'll post a link then for all to see.
  20. Here's a short video from my first gold prospecting trip of 2016. This trip was to Wanlockhead, Scotland close to Leadhills, we have visited this area a number of times and my friend wanted to revisit a boulder he had previously worked so we went with a 7 day plan to get to bedrock. In this video, I was testing my new sluice I have made specifically to use in narrow streams rather than this wide river, but as it was new I had to test it out and from my very first bucket of concentrate, using my DIY narrow stream sluice for the first time, the sluice managed to stop this lovely little picker right at the top of the vortex matting. I was really pleased with how this sluice operated and I have another video to come showing material going through it so you can see just how it runs, but I couldn't help filming not just the first visible gold of the trip, but also the first picker too. This trip was one of my most successful trips to date and I have more videos to come showing the area we worked and the gold I found, so if you haven't already, why not subscribe to my channel to keep up to date with my videos.
  21. Well, Chris Ralph and I have had a bit of fun being involved in the development of a new gold panning kit just announced by Minelab. I lent my endorsement to the project because frankly, I think this is a very good panning kit. All people that pan gold a lot have their favorite features. I learned to pan gold with an old steel gold pan and I have personally always favored pans with a similarly large open bottom area to work with. I don't like pans with a small bottom area. And while some people really love drop center pans, I do not. The drop center catch area just gets in my way when I shift from regular panning to final cleaning using the side of the pan. These pans feature the clean transition from bottom to side that I prefer. I like the dual riffle system on the large pan, one for quick panning coarse gold, and one for separating the smaller gold. This kit has pan features that check off all the boxes for me, including the dark blue color, which is the same as the color of the SDC 2300 and GPZ 7000. You even have the little hole along the edge to hang the pans on a hook. It's the details that make the difference. I also like the screen because up to now most all of them on the market are the same. They all do fine, but I want to see something different, and this sieve features two large grip handles so you can really grab and shake. The sieve will be popular with people who really use one a lot to screen out and fill five gallon buckets. It even has a carry bag included for once you take everything out of the box. The bottom line is it sounds like hype me being quoted saying this kit is vastly superior to any panning kit on the market, but you know what - that's my opinion so there you go. It is the one I would buy looking at all the other options, and that's a fact. OK, the news release at says: "The PRO-GOLD kit will be on display at the Minelab Wedderburn Detector Jamboree 2016, being held on March 12th-13th, and available for sale from our Australian dealers soon afterwards. PRO-GOLD will be available outside of Australia from April/May onwards. The two pans and classifier will also be sold separately" Product information page at You can download the Pro-Gold panning kit Getting Started Guide And the pdf of the Full Color Brochure (jpg copies below) What does it sell for you ask? I don't know yet! I assume I will know by tomorrow since I will be in Las Vegas for the GPAA Gold Show the next two days to participate in the introduction of the panning kit. Maybe I will see a couple of you there.
  22. A short video introducing the dryblower I got to process a bit of dirt. A photo with riffle trays in. Should have her catching some gold next week.