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November 2012 by Chris RalphHow do I set up a small placer operation?
Once you have determined that the land is locatable, the next step in the claim research process is to determine if the land has already been claimed by a previous locator.
Before going into an analysis of the ore composition, two other major factors will affect the result. These are the accuracy of the assay and the effectiveness of the mill for the gold recovery.
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The first thing a person should do is seriously consider whether they want to go mining as a hobby or a business, and the tax implications of the choice.
Once you get down to the black sands or a few tablespoons of material, the technique changes dramatically.
The first step in my recovery process after milling the ore to the desired size is to table it. On this particular ore, I get good results milling it to minus 100 mesh.
It is this ability to hear and respond to the faintest of audio signals that I believe separates the best nugget hunters from everyone else.
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