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Swampstomper Al

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    Metal detectin', guitar pickin', motorcycle ridin'..

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  1. Question about the first photo, Lanny.. Is that: 1) Primary water recovery ( dredge / high-banker / sluice and/or pan & screens etc. ) or 2) Need to crush vein material \ other hard rock source / contact zone material prior to recovery..? Earlier days regardless..? Thanks, Swamp
  2. I saw that and wondered the same thing too.. I did come across knife steel somewhere, could find it again in my history I'd think -- seems to me for real deal stuff it started around 56 & went up from there (I don't like tossing around unconfirmed info, but just did lol..) The ID thing just went sailing overtop a mah haid in the moment; I was only looking right at them the whole time geez.. Swamp EDIT: kac -- confirm titanium men's ring @ 50 on AT Pro..
  3. They're still here.. Try fighting your way out of one after you've plowed into it half-drunk on a motorcycle on a sand lane heading out to hardtop from a bonfire on the beach.. ( It should be noted though this took place back when it was still sorta ok to be driving half drunk and considered normal surfing a street bike through 3/4 mi of sand ruts.. ) Swamp
  4. Hi.. We're going to need a bit more input from your chief machinist: Upon which scale is " 33 " based?, meaning Rockwell A, Rockwell B etc., not bathroom or gram.. The machine and method used too please.. It should be mentioned the " 33 " could be inexact regardless which scale was used, primarily due to during setup for greatest accuracy a painfully flat standardized material is used.. It takes only a slight variance at the subject test point to throw off the reading 10 points.. Just saying, while assuming accuracy.. I have no idea what " ID = 12 " is supposed to represent.. Not wanting to be a bummer here, merely pointing out we're still missing some vital information to name it and claim it.. Here's a couple charts that hopefully will be helpful up the road: Swamp PS: Gilding Metal = 95% Cu, 5% Zn..
  5. Mannnn, talk about being nearly as far NE in the Gold-Pyrite Belt as is possible to get..?! Kewl..! And I as well could be forced into learning to deal with dipping a pan off my back porch.. Yes, please do keep us updated as you move forward.. I'm thinking if the old-timers did their job well there should be no more major auferous veining for you to find.. But that doesn't mean they did; nor does it mean there isn't plenty more Au yet to be had, as you're already showing.. While exploring, do include trying to locate their mining dump site(s).. Depending how coarse they crushed there could be a goodly amount of gold still locked up in tailings etc.. Hoping you're able to locate sources and/or accumulation points.. Swamp
  6. Row, meet ducks.. Plus how can one beat the reliable destination advice and go-with or meet-up offers extended by forum members for when you're there..? It all adds up to sounding like a great trip in the making, Mitchel..! 👍 Swamp
  7. Sorry flak -- didn't understand you were seeking actual boundary lines :-/ Swamp
  8. Mitchel -- try to buy the little things here before you jet.. Even something as common these days as a memory chip will cost you close to double there.. An Oz made pick I understand tho.. Swamp
  9. I hate when that happens.. Try Googling something like: 2019 death valley details.. Many times Google can get to an article a site's direct link paywall prevents.... And by now there should be other site links as well.. Swamp
  10. https://www.sbsun.com/2019/02/12/senate-passes-massive-lands-bill-that-expands-joshua-tree-and-death-valley-national-parks/
  11. You're correct, of course.. The above was typed at 5AM when I got up to, welll, not type the above.. Looking at it now I'm fairly sure alaskaseeker saw "fine gold" and set about describing best recovery practices without considering the entire setup whereas I saw it as him telling another it was ok to interchange a part onto floats not designed to support it -- a prelude to disaster.. Also, when I said move more material I did not mean through the existing setup; I meant larger dredge.. But that didn't mean get a larger dredge either since I believe smaller nozzles do better in fines -- less disruption in sluice = better recovery moving less material, a net positive as long as one can get back for the remainder.. Anyhowww, thanks for reaching in and awarding reality checks.. Much appreciated..! Swamp
  12. These are a couple good examples of why I don't generally respond to questions, especially questions of this nature: Because in order to give a proper answer one needs to write a friggin' book examining and explaining the pros and cons of just about everything having to do with the recovery of fine gold.. First off let me say I know of and respect both these gentlemen.. But..! Yes, it's true: One can never have too much sluice box when it comes to recovering every bit of Au running through it's length.. And therein lay the first rub: Length.. This post is about width.. It's also about addressing if it's alright to upset the balance of a well designed and well operating machine and a couple other truths and assumptions that will be addressed forthcoming.. Sure, we can go onto the net right now and find video of a person chasing Lake Superior gold who's running a four-stack Gold Cube, another approx. 20' of Gold Hog sluice and their mixed matting and he's still not capturing every bit of those fines.. Cut to home cleanup of cons and halfway through an 1/3rd full 2 gal bucket he's recovered 2 grams.. Dean states he's doing that well in, what, 3' of sluice, maybe 4'..? Which brings us to rub #2: The Law of Diminishing Returns.. 'Nuf sed about that, yes..? And a couple of assumptions: I was assuming Dean Stone is backpacking and carrying everything in in one trip & really doesn't want to make a second trip and further assuming he is already running Gold Hog matting.. I'd already be running Gold Hog matting in this situation; wouldn't all of you as well..? This is far as I'm going to go.. I was responding both written and inferred to specific points in regard to a specific circumstance.. I was not responding to how to capture every last drop of fine gold using a triple stage or a permanent / semi-permanent sluice run consisting of three stages.. Swamp
  13. You've answered your own question.. I know I would not do it.. An ozT+ is most excellent for an OH season, much less 6 days.. Sounds like you've come across a really nice glacial Au spot.. Keep it quiet, as they don't tend to replenish themselves.. Swamp
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