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Reno Chris last won the day on November 24 2018

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  1. 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.
  2. Reno Chris

    Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft

    OK, how about mudslide or just ground creep over a long period. The net result can be similar to glaciers in that it can stir things up.
  3. Reno Chris

    Is there really a vein here?

    Focus your pick work in line with the quartz from where you found the last piece to maybe 10 feet above that.
  4. Reno Chris

    Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft

    Got any ideas? Heavy flood event?? Sounds more like glacial movement. Glaciers stir up everything and result in very spotty gold.
  5. Reno Chris

    Is there really a vein here?

    Likely there is something there, but you have given me so little to go on its real hard to say. If it were me I would dig around above the spot where the upper most piece was found. I dont know exactly what you mean by hard pan - caliche? Hard clay? hard bedrock? If its possible to dig through the "hard pan" I would do so. The upper most piece could be 2 feet below the location of the pocket or 20 feet below it or something in between. Its also possible that all the pocket has spilled out and no more of the quartz in place remains. The density of gold bearing quartz is much less overall than the density of solid gold. So the quartz specimens tend not to sink so far into the soil. They also give a weaker response than solid gold, so you may not be detecting them as deeply.
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    complex ore

    Gary - I think there is some miscommunication here. I have no idea what you are asking, and I am kind of thinking you are not very clear on it either. Chlorite is a mineral which does not contain precious metals. Chlorides are a group of minerals, but the only ones you might see in an ore are silver chlorides, the mineral name of which is Chlorargyrite. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorargyrite Other precious metals do not form mineral chlorides because they are water soluble. I know of no process which extracts precious metals using silver nitrate. Pulverizing to more than 350 mesh is a mistake, and will cause lower recover of metals rather than more. You should not crush that fine. So the whole thing is pretty muddled and maybe you could start fresh and tell us in detail what you have and what are wanting to do,
  7. Reno Chris

    new claim holder

    Generally, building a road takes some serious permitting and the posting of bonds for reclamation of the road once you are done.
  8. 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.
  9. Reno Chris

    Yearly Claim Renewal

    That sounds great. Sorry for getting off on the tangent of claim sellers. Just a personal thing with me. Ask the BLM folks at the claim office in Phoenix about fees. If the claim is not already in your Aunt's name, you may need some sort of documentation to show your uncle passed and the claim now belongs to your Aunt. Otherwise they may not accept a quitclaim from her. There is a fee for quitclaims. Best of luck to you and if you have any questions at all about things related to the claim, feel free to ask. I'll ask one - is it a hard rock claim or a placer claim?
  10. Reno Chris

    Yearly Claim Renewal

    Are you staking a claim or buying a claim from someone? You originally said "staking a claim of our own", but now say you are "receiving" a claim. If you are buying not staking, I have a warning for you. There are vendors who go out and stake abandoned claims that no one has bothered with and then promote them as if they are something great and sell them on ebay or through other channels. Normally the claims have few if any values left, but the sellers make a lot of money doing this because its a dream that a lot of folks identify with. Often what they are selling is a just a pipe dream - not something that is commercially valuable. I have to say I am highly dubious of these claim sellers and the methods they use. Often the claim buyers end up contacting me because once they have your money, you are on your own. If you are thinking of buying a claim, take as step back and re-think what you are doing and why you are doing this. Consider learning more and eventually staking a claim of your own when you find something worthwhile. Federal mining law is 90% of claim law and it is the same all across the USA. Many of the Nevada claim laws are the same as elsewhere, so the difference between Nevada and AZ is small. The county recorder is involved every year just as the BLM office is, and you must file paper and pay fees.
  11. Reno Chris

    Yearly Claim Renewal

    Yes, the claim needs to be filed with the local county recorder. The county recorders have their own set of fees - some big and some small, and some counties even charge property taxes, and you need to pay them in addition to the BLM fees. I'm not really sure what you mean by "when the claim is first registered or re-opened". There are a number of laws and specific requirements for staking a claim. If you dont follow them, no one will tell you, but your claim will be invalid and worthless. It not impossibly hard, but you need to know what you are doing. You need to know what you are doing before you go out to stake or you are just wasting your money. Before you stake the claim or file any paperwork read these two documents carefully. (note: most of the Nevada state rules apply everywhere, so its not just a Nevada thing) https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/MiningClaims.pdf and http://data.nbmg.unr.edu/public/freedownloads/sp/sp006.zip
  12. Reno Chris

    Old stamp mills

    What is the goal in rebuilding - to use them for milling or to display as a museum? Do you mean "functions" in as it spins around a few times to show tourists or actually works day to day for hours so you can process ore in one? The term "for display" implies to me that you are just wanting to display for tourists. If you want a small mill to process a few hundred pounds here and there buy a small jaw, a chain or roller mill and a shaker table - it will be worlds cheaper than hiring a custom fabricator to create the parts you need. Nearly all stamp mills used copper tables covered in mercury to capture the gold, and you probably dont want the headaches of permitting a mercury based operation. I dont recommend it. You can download an old text book on how to build and operate stamp mills here: https://archive.org/details/stampmillingatr01margoog
  13. Reno Chris

    Old stamp mills

    What is the goal in rebuilding - to use them for milling or to display as a museum? The modern technology of ball mills is markedly superior to stamps, and the cost to rebuild something like a stamp mill where all repair parts will need to be all custom fabricated will likely exceed the cost of new equipment. To be honest, I have never heard of anyone who rebuilt stamps for serious use in rock milling. All examples I have heard of were for museum display and to show tourists, so the re-build is not to full operational specs.
  14. Reno Chris

    Help Analyzing Placer Ditches

    Check any exposed bedrock between the piles closely.
  15. Reno Chris

    Virgin Ground to Mine

    Part of the problem here is the need for capital - and thats a problem for miners everywhere. You can't get into serious scale mining for cheap. Many small miners are undercapitalized.