Picks & Pans: The Professional Nuggetshooter
September 2002 by Jim StraightI recently returned from a nugget-shooting trip somewhere in the extensive Basin Range of Nevada. While there, I happened to meet “Young Fella,” a professional nuggetshooter.
The right speed accumulates only the heavy materials and allows all of the lighter stuff to flow through. This optimum speed is dependent on the size of the gravel you need to move through the system.
It was my fourth prospecting trip to Paradise Valley, Alaska, and I arrived in late July. I spent the first seven days with claim owner Mick Manns and his helper, Brian. It was one of my best trips yet and I wish I could have shared it...
I know big mining companies use cyanide and other leach systems to recover gold from ore. Is this the only economically feasible way to recover the values?
How do sluicing and drywashing compare in effciency?
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
...it’s been a little known secret that one man was involved in designing many of the most respected very low frequency (VLF) nugget detectors on the market. Dave Johnson has designed gold-oriented detectors for Tesoro, Whites, Fisher and others for more than 25 years.
Clark talked about the history of dredging in California over the last couple of decades, the legal fight PLP has been involved in, and how in the last few years PLP has paved the way for this activity by winning a case in California state court and one in federal court.
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