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The Bawl Mill


• There’s no place like home...
• To comply or not to comply, that is the question...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


Oregon Senate passes Senate Bill 3

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How many claims can I file in Arizona?

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What should I do with a large amount of old placer concentrates?

Shaker Tables for Processing Hard Rock Ores


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.

Becoming a Successful Detectorist


During my adventures I’ve learned a few key best practices that help me to consistently find gold nuggets with my detectors. You can apply many of these best practices to any type of prospecting. These best practices are really common sense; however, they are easy to neglect.

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Hand Panning Micro-Fine Gold


Once you get down to the black sands or a few tablespoons of material, the technique changes dramatically.

Sampling, Hydro-Shocking & Cleaning Quartz-Gold Specimens


Many specimens have a small amount of gold and are not pretty to look at. There is a nifty way to give them a makeover and make them much prettier than they were when you found them. 

MMAC Update


... officials with BLM have been impressed by MMAC’s professional approach and consistency.

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My Lucky Thirteen Nuggets


Even with my favorite top-of-the-line gold detector there were several false digs. Many of the hot rocks gave a solid signal that was too much like a nugget to ignore. After trying several tests I just dug everything because it is better to be safe than leave a big, deep nugget for a more diligent gold hunter.

Crushing, Grinding and Pulverizing


ball millThere are many different ways to get the gold out. We will take a look a few examples of crushing and grinding, and potentially which ores they may be best suited for.

A Break in the Weather


Back at the entry point of the mine, we took turns slowly crawling down the slope leading into the mine portal with our metal detectors, hard hats and flashlights. The mine was hand dug and is about 75 yards long.

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From the Editor


First, I want to mention our new website. For over 18 months we’ve been working on a new design to make it easier to find the articles you are most interested in...

Prospecting Knowledge -- Pass It On!


I had two of the guys go down into the creek and each one picked out a small island of bedrock. I had them detect their piece of bedrock and then gave a critique to all on how they did.

Melman on Gold & Silver


The Federal Reserve just reported that inflation exceeded their 2% target for the first time in five years and the University of Michigan reported their inflationary expectations have now risen to 2.7%.

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Over The Divide: Miles John Mitchell


Weathering, Erosion and Placers


The big interest to prospectors thinking about the effect of erosion is not what might happen long into the future, but what they might find in the rivers later this summer when the water levels go down.
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The PIGMI—a DIY Crevice Tool


I’ve had great success using it to gather gold from crevices. I’d like to share the design with all of you gold miners reading this article and hope that you get as much satisfaction building and using it as I did.

MMAC Update


We spent our evening at some informal get-togethers at two private residences in the DC area, which provided the opportunity to talk with staff members from Congress, other agencies, and a few consultants working on public land issues. We found common ground with many of them, and found a strong ally in a former Congressman turned consultant who agreed that Mining Districts provide the smartest legal route...

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