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On 7/12/2018 at 8:26 AM, Steve Herschbach said:

It depends purely on the location and nature of the gold. In an area with nothing but fine gold a detector may find nothing where dredges, sluices, and even just pans succeed. Nuggets are the prerequisite for nugget detecting. Most dredgers get used to consistently finding gold and have a hard time with detecting, where you can go ages between finds.

Legalities aside I would rather try and make a living with a dredge rather than a detector. It would not be a 1.5” dredge however, which I consider to be more like a gas powered crevice cleaner.

this is different than what you said of your later when you're going to get rid of your dredging and stuff for only metal detecting. I'm trying to find out the best loose dry washer setup, and I keep coming across your conflicted feelings about quitting everything else but metal detecting

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