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Nathan J

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  1. Thanks Chris, sorry for the slow reply - I went under the radar for a while. I see what you mean. We recently approached a rancher with so good ground. There was no way he was going to lease to us. Also I recently found out that Federal land can have split estates - making the mineral rights quite complicated. I see why larger scale mining can be serious business with a lot of potential cost involved - even at the business/litigation end. Thanks again, Nathan
  2. Hi all, I am a newbie miner on my first season bulk testing my two adjoining claims that are under one SMES. I have a proposed plan operations (working on) that I am getting ready to submit to the DEQ and Forest Service here in western Montana. I made a miscalculation on the historical dredge results of the ground I am on. I thought that the gold values were $20 p/oz in 1947 but just found out they where $34.71 p/oz. This puts my estimated ground averages at $7.70 per yard (Historical dredge results at $17 cents per yard in 1947). I have a minimal outfit, 2 people, one 12 ton excavator and a 10 - 15 yph trommel that has a water recycling system and sand screw. I have done the math a few times and it seems that this ground might be too lean - bringing in around 1/2 oz per day for and 8 hour day. Without going into to many details about my plan (which I am willing to do), am I out of my mind? Best, Nathan
  3. Hi All, I am new to this forum but have been a member for a while. I love all the hard work and good insights that go into this community. I thought I might start with a quick question on lease agreements. We are looking at proposing a placer mine lease here in Montana on private land. I assume that if it is unpatented that we need to work with the landowner and get a claim underneath it to start? My main question is does anyone have a good Lease agreement template for small acreage mining operations (2 - 5 acres)? If not, any guidance on how to prepare one of these would be greatly appreciated. Best, Nathan