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  2. Hey Steve, been following you for years, appreciate you sharing your knowledge. I have an opportunity this summer to travel up to a placer operation outside of Dawson City. The mine's owner is going to allow me to detect his tailings which, from a couple wash plants, is screened at 5/8" and the other at 3/4". I have used a GPX 5000 for a number of years but assume I should switch over to VLF for this trip. Without wasting too much of your time could you advise me on what I might expect gold wise (gold in quartz, nuggets) and in your opinion the best way to prospect for gold in these tailings. I will re-read your articles as related to this subject. Thank you sir.

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  4. mile 98 we have had them for 9years we work them for 30 days each year
  5. Doug. That sounds like a plan. How far out are your claims? How long have you had them?
  6. Im glad every thing is going well next summer when we go to our claims up the steese highway maybe we could get together for lunch or coffee be careful down there Doug
  7. Hey guys, sorry for taking so long to respond. I'm back down in the hole where it's much warmer than top side. Finally got all systems working well enough to initiate another round of drilling and thawing in my main drift. Unfortunately, my heat rods weren't working like I had hoped they would and produced an uneven thaw. Consequently I had a fairly thick wall of frozen gravel on the face and well thawed gravel behind which necessitated a good bit of jack hammering to clean it all out. So I brought all the rods home and reworked them so they'll heat more evenly and also run a good bit hotter. I'll be testing them over the next two days. My young help disappeared when the snow and cold hit and put an end to above ground work. I may get them back soon. The began putting down a new shaft about 150' from my shaft which I'll eventually connect to via my drift. We're thinking the main pay streak is much closer to being below the new shaft. I'm developing a system for operating my hammer drill that allows me to simply set up the various support members, position the drill and then just turn a crank handle to either pull the drill bit into the wall or retract it. I've already drilled about 20 holes using the system and now I'm just simplifying it. Hopefully soon I can include some videos and photos of the operation. Well, that's about it for now. Stay tuned.
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  9. Yes, time for an update! Also very glad to hear that you have some younger helpers!
  10. hi Jennifer , yep , they are a Mercedes benz unimog , mostly designed for a military application , top speed 50 mph
  11. flint are you doing ok we haven't heard any thing from you in a while hope every thing is going well for you doug
  12. I know this is a very old post, I've not been on this forum for years... but wanted to share that a few times I have seen amplifier boards, empty cases etc. for these batteries on eBay for sale. A prospecting retailer in Montana I believe was parting them out... let me go see if I can find the ad.... tick tock tick tock.. Nope, there are none listed right now but keep an eye on ebay, he had the audio boards and cases separately for cheap. Jen
  13. That's adorable....is it a real functioning unit?
  14. John, no replies must mean lots of gold and everyone's keeping quiet about it. I'm a desert rat so no first hand experience in the area. Here's a link to an article about Mokelumne gold: Mokelumne Gold If you are an ICMJ subscriber here is a December 2006 article on the Mokelumne River: Mokelumne River Canyon ICMJ Article Good Luck!
  15. Thanks, I need to make one correction It is processed with a silver chloride I suppose this is used to precipitate the other things out of solution. I'm told there is a formula but that seems to be locked up.
  16. All minerals are subsurface estate Mike. It doesn't matter if the minerals are placer or lode. Known lodes are not included in placer claim patents. If a placer claim owner knows of a lode deposit on his claim he must either declare it as a lode claim and pay twice as much per acre ($5 per acre for lode as opposed to $2.50 per acre for placer) for his purchase or the lode will be excluded from the patent grant. This was explained in detail in Section 11 of the 1872 General Mining Act. The inverse is not true. Known placer deposits found on a perfected lode claim are patented along with the lode minerals. Also unknown lode deposits on a patented placer claim belong to the patentee as long as they were discovered after the patent was granted. Until a patent is granted both placer and lode claimaints own all the valuable minerals within their claim as long as the initial discovery supports the type of claim located. You can't locate a lode discovery as a placer claim and you can't locate a placer discovery as a lode claim. A placer claim can never be located over a valid lode claim but a lode claim can be located over a placer claim IF the placer claim owner or an invitee discover a lode. Uninvited prospectors can not discover or locate either type of claim over an active claim. You will probably find it helpful download and read the entire 1872 Mining Act if you want to get a better understanding of the principles behind the mineral grant.
  17. thanks Mr. T , it was very good , too much hard work for sure , lol , trommel ran great , looking forward to melt off so I can get back in , ive been trying to find a warmer spot to frequent in the winter months , but I think its cold everywhere , have 5 buckets of fines to clean up , but winter is still long , , I will do a lot more of the same thing this coming summer and I would like to prospect colorado for a couple weeks if I can get in where I'm thinking . I hope everything works for you this year just leave some gold for me . lol
  18. Reading surveying notes from the 1890's, the survivor had to survey underground placer workings on the located claim he was surveying. They probably had to verify there was no known lode veins in the workings. When he signed off on the survey, from my reading of surveying notes, he had to state if there were known lode veins on the claim. When the located claim was patented, how did the yes/no on known lode veins from the survey effect the mineral rights on the patented claim? Can mineral rights on a patented claim be split between surface and subsurface minerals?
  19. William, good luck with your testing and I hope you will return here and let us know how it worked out.
  20. Gary, not sure where Chris is. I'll try giving your question a bump and maybe it will attract some attention.
  21. That is a good looking well designed and built trommel! A similar one is on my project list. How did your season at your 80 acre prospect work out? My prospecting this year was a series of distractions and I didn't get to nearly as many places as I planned on. Wait 'til next year.
  22. Hello tee , I know this thread is 2 years old , but are you still looking for a partner , thanks
  23. I am in the final stages of completing a 8 bank drywasher capable of 6 to 8 tons per hour. We will be running first tests this month. It has been a side project taking over a year, but are considering building a few more. This unit will fit in the back of a pick up and can be assembled in less than 30 min.
  24. I'm getting ready to retire from the Navy and move home just above Roaring camp on the Mokelumne river . Just looking for any info and history on the river. Always heard lots of stories as a kid from the area and did dredge the other forks as a kid.
  25. Chris, I’m not sure which one of the chlorites it is but I am told it contains the following: Copper, gold, silver, pgm’s and rhodium. I’m also told that the only way to recover these is to use a silver nitrate solution. It first has to be pulverized to 350 to 400 fine before being concentrated . Are you familiar with a process like this? I am setting up a small pilot plant.
  26. Generally, building a road takes some serious permitting and the posting of bonds for reclamation of the road once you are done.
  27. I've not heard of an inexpensive device for this. There is some interpretation to the use of these things, its not like even with the ones used by commercial geophysical companies have a simple readout like depth to bedrock: 23 feet. Which is in part why you need someone to interpret the data in addition to the equipment.
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