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  1. Rick N

    2017 Plans

    JR. on the Mother lode in Northern California. Wife and I plan on holding this claim for some time so no hurry. No dredge as very little overburden and all slate bedrock so crevicing will be the order of the day. I attempted to use a gravity dredge but don't have enough drop for it to work.
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    2017 Plans

    I've got 36 acres claimed this year with over 1k feet of seasonal streambed to work, all slate bedrock. First sampling of a crevice above streambed.
  3. Geology of the area? Carlin deposit or?
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    Bedrock Sniping for 2017

    Decided to pull a claim, working slate bedrock in seasonal creek for obvious reasons this year. Area was worked in the 1850's but not during the 20's based on stacked rocks / trash. Have over 1000 ft of creek to work plus hilltop with quartz seams. Only been metal detecting since I began chasing au in 2012 so all new to me. Watched videos put out by Two Toes on YouTube, very good information. Able to crevice or snipe. Picked a slate seam to work just above the current water level so still has some water in it as I clear out the debris. Using new crevice tool and bulb sucker. Can't get URL to load images. Less than .01g I would guess, nice looking gold. Worked a section about 3' feet long. Unsure if larger gold is still in there but the size of the sucker tube prevents getting anything larger than 1/4" out. Have mix of fresh gold and some old gold, mostly fresh. Plan is to go across streambed to check for same on other bank to determine where to look upstream for source of new gold.
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    Ball Mill Question

    I am looking at using an old cement mixer as a ball mill, what size steel balls should I use? Material is quartz and shitz. I will be using an impact mill and screen down to minus 20 prior to using the ball mill.
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    Processing Tailings

    From my experience it is better to have a jaw crusher before the chain mill. I have a 10" chain mill that can process faster than my jaw crusher which is rated at 400 lbs per hour. I'm speaking of quartz ore.
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    Crushing And Milling

    Ball mill? Sample the ore inside and under the unit.
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    Rye Patch Gold

    Was a member of the Western States Prospectors but found we like to be off by ourselves. They have some claims but not sure where. While with them at an outing we got the word that the big lode claim holders didn't mind placer hunters on their claims.
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    Rye Patch Gold

    Roughwater, still getting the ATX figured out. Finding small shot with it but so far no gold. Always wanting to grab the GB 2 because of weight and frustration. Still in the mid 30's overnight there so may wait for warmer overnights. We just had a front move through so it may still be a little wet to the east of us.
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    Rye Patch Gold

    Thinking of heading over to RP this weekend. Haven't done my research since going there with the WPA so will need to location a section to go work. Any suggestions? I know it has been hit hard but I'm still looking for that first nugget with my APX. GB 2 will be swinging as well. Nice nuggets Terry.
  11. GB 2, still looking for my first with the ATX.
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    Small Scale Hard Rock Mining

    Eric, jaw crusher is rated at 400 pph, impact mill can keep up now with the new waterfeed but the 1 hp motor overheats easily. Just purchased a 6.5 hp gas motor to replace the electric motor. Gold Cube after screening to minus 20.
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    Small Scale Hard Rock Mining

    So, just ran one 5 gallon bucket (40 lbs) of randomly selected ore. Roughly .4 grams AU. Good, bad or ugly? Hoped for more as usual but would you move forward with this result? Test more or just set up and get going? Most was in the minus 20 +30 range. Bunch in the 200 mesh size but out of my range to collect.
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    Small Scale Hard Rock Mining

    Your location would be helpful. Have you confimed there is gold? Have you researched the mining history of the area? On the surface, pick it up and crush. If you find gold, either follow it on the surface or follow it down. Any structure to the reef?
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    Small Scale Hard Rock Mining

    After working my tailing piles for detectable gold I am now switching over to crush and recover the small stuff. What are the thoughts of this set up: Braun Chipmunk Jaw Crusher >3/16" discharge. Sluice box with 20 mesh screen at the outflow to catch the minus 20 stuff, all overflow going to impact mill to minus 20 hopefully catching the big heavys with the sluice. The minus 20 sent to Gold Cube and the tailing from that screened to minus 50 and 100 and re-run through Gold Cube. Mesothermal gold, very thin in shape. This stuff beeps, but plenty of small stuff in the quartz that I haven't touched yet.
  16. Where might you be Tee?
  17. moved to other forum
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    Gold Prospecting Drone

    Bob, got your license yet? I just signed up for mine this morning. Free (after rebate) if you do it in the first 30 days. Got my Parrot AR Drone 2.0 for looking on rooftop and rain gutters after a fall.
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    Help With Claim Location

    Thanks Clay. I have a BLM document in front of me but I got crosseyed trying to figure out how to write that.
  20. I am trying to get the location written but need some help. pulled the image.
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    Crushing And Milling

    I have a chain impact mill that is run dry. Front plate is spaced away from the housing to allow sized particles to fall out. I want to add some water to the process to get a slurry going but don't know where to put the outlet location on the mill. Any suggestions?
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    Red Waxy Clay

    Thanks Eric, looking it up now. Been testing / sampling as I go. Getting color but so minute it hasn't been worth the time but now I need to reduce some piles and so will be processing some this winter.
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    Red Waxy Clay

    Finding this red waxy clay in the quartz. Anyone know what material it might be and the process that it came from?