Ask The Experts
August 2016 by Chris RalphWhich comes first, claim filing or staking?
Most small-scale miners want to know how they can set up a system much more cheaply. The difficulty is in the balance of putting together a decent small-scale system at a reasonable cost.
Digging in the right spots will produce excellent results, like this group of nuggets taken by the author while metal detecting during the last few months. The biggest nugget is over an ounce.
Once you get down to the black sands or a few tablespoons of material, the technique changes dramatically.
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.
• Making a noisy dredge more quiet
Ore testing and other advice for starting up a mining operation.
Most placer equipment is really made with gold in the 30 and larger mesh sizes in mind, though if carefully used can often get reasonable recovery down to the 50 mesh size.
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