Darrell D

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  1. Hi all I would like to thank you all for the interesting replies to my question. I would also like to tell the whole story behind the question. Last winter, while I was trying to research an area that I am interested in, I came across a report from 1988 done by a company that had done some testing in said area. The results were very good according to the Geologist that did them (2 grams per yard in some spots). So I tried to find other info about the site and found a government report from 1906 that stated," two men have been ground sluicing the cut and have found 12 ounces of gold from 900 yards of gravel, an average of .25 cents a yard". They then set up a hydraulic mine which ran for two years, but couldn't make it pay, the reason I heard, was the gold was to fine to be caught in a hydraulic mine at a rate that pays. Anyway, I am not really interested in the tailings, I believe that there is still some ground there that has not been mined. Next month I hope to go up there, when the snow is off, and see what I find. Darrell
  2. So you are not really any further ahead, I mean there is no economic advantage, and it also costs you some time to melt your gold into a bar. Thanks for the answer Darrell
  3. I have a question for anyone out there. What is the advantage of melting your own gold into bars before you sell it? thanks Darrell
  4. So I am thinking that if they where getting $17.10 by ground sluicing then the same ground would pay more using a more efficient method. Will have to see if I can find that same ground. I would think recovery by ground sluicing would be in the 50% range? Don't know Darrell
  5. Thanks for the answers, the reason I am asking is I have researched an area that had an old hydraulic mine on it. It ran for two seasons in 1906-07. This area had also been ground sluiced and was reported to have got 12.5 oz from 900 yards, ground sluicing. So I am wondering if this area may be more viable with better recovery methods. It has 5 feet of snow right now, so it will be a few months before I can get out to it. thanks Darrell
  6. Yes, I am wondering what percentage of the gold was lost in these types of setups. I am thinking it was around 50% efficient. Does anyone know the answer to this?
  7. Hi I am wondering what the recovery rates would typically have been on hydraulic mines, and also what recovery rates would have been when ground sluicing? thanks Darrell