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  2. Thank you Scott and Clark for your untiring work on behalf of miners large and small. I will be ordering the book you referenced and calling my state rep. and my senators. I call on all PLP members and ICMJ subscribers to get the word out. Let's get some energy behind this. Bugler
  3. Winter Prospecting on the Feather Watch as Jeff does some winter Prospecting for Gold trying to get the jump on Gary ( Two toes ) on there yearly Gold contest !!! I only had a short window between storms so I took a short drive to the River in search of Gold. Thanks for watching the video I hope you enjoyed it, Jeff
  4. Anyone out there ever applied for a mining permit for a suction dredge in AK. 6" or less is recreational, I am thinking 8". Seems like a lot of stuff to deal with. Would be for dredging on inland state land.Any info would be appreciated.ThanksEasygoer
  5. Michael Valadez

    Small Trommels - 1 Yard Per Hour

    Photos to follow.
  6. Michael Valadez

    Small Trommels - 1 Yard Per Hour

    I have a Summit Mining Pro 14" Trommel for sale. Very good condition. Upgraded to chain drive from belt drive. Custom Angus MacKirk sluice. FOB Shipping Point - i.e you have to pick it up in Grovetown, GA. Photo is not an actual photo of my trommel, although it is nearly identical. Price is $4k firm. Serious inquiries only. mdv
  7. I was born in N.D. and raised in MN. I went to school in Atwater MN. And Willmar MN. I spent 3 years in the military 2 tours in Vietnam. After leaving the service I met my wife of 42 years, I worked in the utility industry as a high voltage lineman for over 30 years, with 5 different power companies, in three different parts of the country, from the Colorado Rockies to the freezing cold winters of Minnesota and finally sunny southern California. I retired from the utilities in 2004, we sold our house in CA 2013 and now we are Full timing in our Motor Home traveling around the country and am working on our bucket list.

  8. hardrockpaul

    Manganese Markets

    Been a hardrock prospector for years here around Wickenburg, Az. Have often run across what looks like some reasonably good Manganese deposits. Is anyone aware of any potential manganese markets for the small miners, I understand that big companies and big government try to keep monopoly on things to try to keep the little guys squeezed out, but there might still be an opportunity somewhere. Thanks for any comments.
  9. Crevicing for Gold another day another Crevice Tag along as Jeff and Gary ( Two toes ) head to the Hills in search of Gold filled Crevices !!! Thanks for watching, I hope you enjoy the video, Jeff
  10. Plumas-Eureka State Park Hope you enjoy this short video, thanks for watching. Jeff The historic mining area includes a museum in the miner's bunkhouse, the Mohawk Stamp Mill, Bushman five-stamp mill, stables, a blacksmith shop, and the Assay office. Located in Plumas County, California, USA
  11. Lost Treasure Forbidden Gold Hope you enjoy the video we had a great time doing it !!!!
  12. Smithsgold

    Crevicing for Gold

    Crevicing for Gold Watch as Jeff and Gary ( Two Toes ) head to the Hills in search of Gold !!! On this adventure they will be Crevicing the Bedrock cracks in search of Hidden Gold !!!! Thanks for watching I hope you enjoyed the video, Jeff
  13. I recently saw a video on Liberty, Wa gold by Nick Zentner.His explanation was geothermal gold intersected calcite at a shale boundary and that's where the gold precipitated out. I was wondering if the makeup of the solution that had the gold is known or if it might be something like natural aqua regia, where the calcite and shale(iron) could have dropped the gold out or was there something else in play. Just curious because some of the gold is embedded in calcite.
  14. Red lake miner

    Retired. ..buy stocks for something to do, LOL

    I won't mention the stocks I like since I talk about them on different forums. ..it can get exhaustive. Yes, I do like penny stocks. Try watching a couple stocks...you might like it too!
  15. Smithsgold

    Mystery Creek Gold

    I forgot to add this spot is below the snow line so I'll be returning this winter to look for More Gold !!!!
  16. I've been watching and buying a few stocks and reading a couple hours a day. I really enjoy it. The money I spend I won't miss if the stocks collapse. I will put a stop/loss in to keep from losing too much money. I know there are scams out there. I buy my stock through a reputable bank at 6.95 a trade . So far I've made an average of 20 %. I've spent hundreds of hours on the computer reading about mines to invest in.?. I realize that one in a thousand exploration companies ever become a mine... I'm looking for the monthly 10 % gains are ok with me. Anyone else do this as a hobby ?
  17. Smithsgold

    Mystery Creek Gold

    Mystery Creek Gold Join Jeff as he goes on a hike to a small Creek to check and see if there's any Gold in it !!! Mystery Creek Gold Thanks for watching, Jeff
  18. I need some advice - I am going to batch leach some milled ore samples and plan on using AC to capture the values. Instead of stripping the AC I was wondering if it can be smelted, maybe with a bit of litharge as a collector and some borax to slag off contaminants. I understand the carbon can be “ashed” in an electric muffle furnace at 650 celsius for 6-8 hours (I don’t have a muffle furnace) and thinking a gas furnace or torch (which I do have) might create too much wind and either volatilize the microscopic gold particles and/or blow the particles and ash out of the pan - hence the smelting question. I’m talking about a handful of AC per batch.
  19. https://www.blm.gov/press-release/public-land-mining-claim-fees-and-waivers-are-due-september-4
  20. Smithsgold

    High Sierra Gold

    High Sierra Gold Join Jeff and Mike as they look for Gold and Treasure in the High Sierra's , Watch as Jeff finds a .45 Gram nugget. High Sierra Gold Hope you enjoy the video, Jeff
  21. Smithsgold

    Gold on the Feather

    Gold on the Feather Watch as Jeff takes you on a short panning trip on the Feather River in Northern California in search of Gold !!! Gold on the Feather
  22. Trail riding & Bedrock Busting for Gold Take a trip with Jeff and Mike as they go on a trail ride up in the Sierra's to look for some Gold trapped in Bedrock . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNI4hF0yOMk
  23. JR BOI

    Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft

    Thanks for the update, glad to hear you are making progress. Let us know when you get into the pay, I hope all your hard work pays off for you! JR
  24. flintgreasewood

    Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft

    It's almost summer, though it still doesn't feel like it. I prepared well for spring run off by removing snow from all around the shaft area, tons and tons of snow and all by hand. It was good to get my body ready for mucking pay. I've had reasonable success thawing gravel with my heat rods and I'm getting more efficient with the drilling apparatus. But just when things were clicking along, my generator died on me mid way in a thaw. I tried repairing it but had no immediate success so I decided to have another try at getting my 8K Lister running. I've had the Lister for over a year and never been able to get it started. So I removed the injectors and tubes, checked for good fuel pressure, tightened all connections, adjusted valve lash and made as sure as I could all the air was removed from the system and gave it a crank. It fired up. Yessss. And I had good voltage off the generator. Now the job was to get it down to the shaft. I strung a log chain between two trees on either side of the generator, raised it off the ground with a come along and dropped it into my Otter sled which I then pulled down the hill to the shaft with the wheeler. Since there were no trees there to work with I rigged up a tripod tall enough to do the same hoist procedure out of the sled. The final 20 feet were accomplished with a chain saw winch. I fabbed an outlet junction box from an old generator, mounted it in the hoist shack and ran a power cord from the Lister to the box. All was in place for power down in the shaft. Couldn't get it started again. I had replaced all the filters and found the main fuel filter had a second gasket that was not supposed to be there, so I took that out. Air must have been getting through at that point. Also I discovered the former owner had incorrectly plumbed the water separator. I re bled the system and hooked up a brand new battery. It started and ran just like it came from the factory. Praise God. I now had power. I could get down to the bottom of the shaft and see what headaches were awaiting me from the rain and melting shaft ice that had accumulated over the two weeks I was without power.. It was a mess, but I got my deep well pump running and removed what water had not yet frozen (a considerable amount). Loose ice was shoveled into the hoisting bucket and the remainder I busted up with the jack hammer and hoisted it out. A number of tools were coated with ice and had to be knocked clean and or thawed out up top. Now I can get back to the incomplete thaw I began three or four weeks ago; the rods are still in place. It will take an additional 20 hours to complete, but at least I'm back in business.
  25. Harry Lipke

    Is there really a vein here?

    The old timers did dig there but not to much depth. Maybe 4 or 5 feet. Little "pickers" in their tailings. 4 or 5 grains. I'm thinking they did not go deep enough. Where they did put their adit was in a strange location.... not related to the intersection and no signs of gold in their tailings. They were in bluestone and the area of the intersection has some igneous material.
  26. Reno Chris

    Is there really a vein here?

    I found one a while back that was maybe 300 feet long down the side of a hill and it was surprisingly straight down the hill. Your line of gold may be a pocket in the quartz vein that has eroded out and freed to roll down the hill. Knowing that there is a vein, I'd detect and dig in the vein where your line crosses the vein.
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