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About chrisski

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    Phoenix AZ
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    Desert Prospecting, Drywashing, Recirculating, Detecting

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  1. I think that article is a bit misleading. They detected neutron stars colliding, and then theorized that much, much gold was created. I actually can believe that, but what I can't believe is the articles about the octillions in gold created https://www.forbes.com/sites/samlemonick/2017/10/16/stars-collided-to-make-your-gold/#67a616132efb (May be the first article, I read this in a few places.) People using science to their own ends is not limited to global warming. Certainly makes Forbes point to say a lot of money in gold. I really don't think we have an instrument that can tell the elemental makeup of a single star 130 million light years away, so to claim we detected it before, during and after, I doubt that. To my middle school math education, it seems logical it did occur, but I don't think we had a spectrometer focused on that single star so, so far away.
  2. KLM Files

    I would be interested to see if this exists. The US Forests maintain websites that have a lot of metadata for electronic maps, but I'm not sure how many mines they contain. AZ has 30,000 documented abandoned mines, and I don't know where good coords for all those are stored. With the maps the USGS has put out since 2010, they have removed historical sites such as mines, shafts, prospects, and tailings piles. I think its there way to keep people safe and protect the environment, or maybe just transcribing it to electronic format cost too much. Closest I know of is MineDat, and those coords are by no means accurate. If they get me within a couple of miles, I'm happy. For Accuracy, the only thing I can tell you is PDF files of the 1:24k maps from the USGS webstore which are accurate enough to put a coord in a GPS and hike to. That is not KML, but that is the best I know. There's software available, like FootPrints, but that is only built for a few areas like the San Domingo Area by Wickenburg, maybe a couple hundred square miles. That has electronic formats for mines. You may live in one of the areas it is available for. After hiking to many a mine in this area, I have come to a conclusion that all the mines, shafts, and prospects I've hiked to were closed for a reason.
  3. Inspiration From Ridge Runner

    D-Smith--Looking on an update from your five hour hunt. I'm imagingin you got a nugget so big you're bringing in heavy equipment to clear the ground down to bedrock and detect for the rest of its extended family.
  4. GPAA Claims Listed

    The GPAA's once every two month Pick and Gazette has started to show active claims. I think this is good since the last guide is about four years ago. With all the GPAA claims opening and closing, you never really knew for sure you would be at an authorized GPAA claim. There really have been a lot of changes since the guide was published. Currently 620 acres open to all GPAA members in Maricopa county, mostly the same as was in the original guide, with most of the ones put in since the guide was published getting withdrawn. Getting excited because I'm almost at a point in work where I will have my weekends back!! That means more metal detecting!!
  5. Gold Cube Feedback wanted

    I agree, but only after spending 16 hours running 10 buckets. 10 hours of that was digging and classifying; 3 hours cleaning and setting up, maybe 3 hours running and panning the material. I would not have agreed with you before th
  6. Fluid Bed Gold?

    Website I looked at did not tell how much material it could handle. It did say multiple 5 gallon buckets of material and end up with a 1/2 a pan of concentrates. I'm not sure how that translates into buckets per hour. It also says it needs to be screened to 1/2" or 1/8", and that takes a while. The video shows the material being sorted to 8 mesh, so where I go, it takes me an hour to fill a single 8 mesh bucket digging as quick as I can. The price did not include the pump or recirculating system. I still think a sluice with a grizzly to separate the rocks out is the way to go. You'll have much more than a 1/2 pan of concentrates left over, but the volume of material will make up for it.
  7. 10 Million Acre Mineral Withdrawal

    That's great news.
  8. five hour hunt yesterday

    I use a digging bar. It can be called a wrecking bar or heavy duty bar. They're about $45 at home depot. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ludell-72-in-17-lb-San-Angelo-Heavy-Duty-Bar-50030/204326729 That will get through rock my pick can't. It's also a great workout. I do recommend detecting large chunks of the ore once you get it out of the whole. I don't have a GM 1000, but I had some ore sounding off like a target to both my GPX 5000 and pinpointer, and did not sound like a hot rock. I found that the ore was making the detector go off. It didn't sound like a hot rock at all but a strong target. I crushed the ore and panned and got nothing except mud and sand. I've got a chunk of it in my garden for further investigation. This ore looked no different than the surrounding rock, but along a certain wash would set the detector off with a good signal.
  9. Gold Cube Feedback wanted

    I will put a couple of drawbacks I've found. I have a four stack that sits in my garage. I basically got sick of spending an hour screening a bucket to -8 mesh that produced not enough gold to be worth my time. It can move a reasonable amount of material only if it is already screened. I can move four to 12 five gallon buckets per hour pre screened, probably more like six to eight. Keep in mind 1 ton of material is 36 buckets. If your sand is -8 mesh, it could be fine. I can't speak to the trommels and goldbanker additions to screen material, but those do not look like production and look like it would really slow you down. If your material is not 8 mesh you're moving, then you probably need to consider sticking with a recirculating sluice that can. I would think the cube is much more suited to clean up a five gallon bucket of sluice concentrates than it is an actual production model. My experience with recirculating is in soil that turns to mud when recirculated, and that slows the process down a lot and also ups the requirement for water. I imagine ocean beach sand to be clear of that silt, so I hope you don't have these issues. As for the $400 price, I'd add a $200 to it. A $75 battery at least, a stand maybe $75, a ten gallon concrete mixing buckets from home depot $7, a thirty gallon concrete mixing buckets from home depot $15, ten five gallon buckets with lids $50, and of course a roll of duct tape $5. To really put bling on it, you can replace the hoses with braided PVC tubing to make it durable, maybe $25. To save money you can use the wife's hairdrier to make the PVC soft enough to fit over the attachments. If ever in Oregon, I'd love to search the beaches for gold.
  10. Need Opinions

    You can pick up a used GPX 5000 approaching the price of a new GPX 4500 if you wait long enough. I was lucky enough to find one on the board here. Odds are it won't be in your hometown, but if you're lucky, you can drive to it. I drove about 4 hours to pick mine up. I did not get the lesson from a dealer since I bought it used, and that has set me back. I feel comfortable with setting it up now and the different settings, but a day at a claim with a lesson would have been awesome and speeded up the process.
  11. Monster Mods

    Nice mods. That detector just looks like its getting used a lot!!
  12. Sumpin ain't right

    I will be in a white F250. I will probably put a cot in the bed to sleep.
  13. Sumpin ain't right

    azdigger--I'm also looking for my first nugget, although I have not got out since May. At the beginning of the year, I got a PI. I've used that 4 times and found a few hundred pieces of trash lead bullets to rust to wire, etc, but no gold. I think both our problems are only putting the detector over ground that has gold. Nothing more than that. IMHO if you had a PI when you went out, you probably would have ended up with those six nuggets, but I'm not sure the purchase of a PI for a couple of grams of gold would be worth it. That's a personal call. At the beginning of the year work kept me so busy, I had some extra coin to spend on a PI, but thinking back on it now, not so sure I should have. All I can say is my four times out with the PI have yielded nothing, and I know another avid detector who got one of the earlier Minelab PIs, and after a couple of years had only netted a 3/4 ounce specimen with an undetermined amount of gold. His dry spell after the first nugget was over a year long and had not found a second. I do hope to see you at the November outing.
  14. My DIY Gas Vac

    The bigger bucket would be good, because they don't fill all the way up before the suction stops. The 5 Gallon home made leaf blower vac I used would lose a lot of suction after it got about halfway full. I'm guessing the two gallon bucket would be the same. When we lugged the the 5 gallon vac from the truck to the creek, it would be good to stuff things in to carry down to the creek. I wonder if you could use a material similar to the lawnmower bags to make a collapsible container.
  15. Might Help Me Some

    I like to think I've read a lot about prospecting, and I think Chris Ralph's book is the best reference book on prospecting for the small miner. Another good thing is Chris Ralph sometimes comments here, continues to make You Tube videos, writes for the ICMJ, and is available at the gold shows I've been to. I asked him a few years back at a show if he was going to write a sequel, he said another edition was coming out. He is a mining engineer, so he has both the college education and practical experience. One thing from the book that I just had to test myself: He said where he found good size nuggets detecting in a patch, he doesn't tend to find placer gold in a drywasher. Doesn't make sense to me, but when I went to a patch and drywashed, no luck for me. Another story is about a father son teaming up to find gold and after a summer of heavy equipment, they recovered around two ounces of gold, deep, deep in debt. Moral of the story: sample, sample, sample, and come up with a decent plan. It talks a little bit about all types of mining for the small miner from metal detecting to dry washing, to sluicing, to dredging, and mentions some of the older methods.