• "Spreading the ideas of freedom loving people on matters regarding metals, finance, politics, government and many other topics"

Irons MD & Prospecting thread

newmisty

DUPPY CONQUERER
Site Supporter ++
Mother Lode
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
42,757
Reaction score
68,308
Location
Qmerica
Keep adding stuff to the program and you will soon be on TV.lol
These two totally need their own show! With Irons golden personality and rte's heart & experience it's bound to be a hit.
 

Irons

Outlaw Prospector
Survivor
GIM Hall Of Fame
Midas Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
33,075
Reaction score
69,020
Makes me think of the treadmill I saw posted on CL and thought about scavenging for parts.
----
Somewhat related...
Goldwheel3.jpg

2f8d4b806c08d466faa4212b9cf3367b.jpg


misc009.jpg
That mobile trommel set up is awesome! Needs bigger wheels though.


thumbsup.gif



2f8d4b806c08d466faa4212b9cf3367b.jpg
 

newmisty

DUPPY CONQUERER
Site Supporter ++
Mother Lode
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
42,757
Reaction score
68,308
Location
Qmerica

Irons

Outlaw Prospector
Survivor
GIM Hall Of Fame
Midas Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
33,075
Reaction score
69,020
These two totally need their own show! With Irons golden personality and rte's heart & experience it's bound to be a hit.
We'd get kicked off youtube. Desert prospectors are salty as hell and pretty much bat shit crazy. You can't take them anywhere.


.
cat-crazy.gif
 

newmisty

DUPPY CONQUERER
Site Supporter ++
Mother Lode
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
42,757
Reaction score
68,308
Location
Qmerica
We'd get kicked off youtube. Desert prospectors are salty as hell and pretty much bat shit crazy. You can't take them anywhere.


.
cat-crazy.gif

laughdog.gif
 

Irons

Outlaw Prospector
Survivor
GIM Hall Of Fame
Midas Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
33,075
Reaction score
69,020

rte

Silver Member
Silver Miner
Joined
Sep 7, 2011
Messages
1,275
Reaction score
1,582
Doug from our group that passed away a few years back had 2 gutted treadmills to take away his tailings from his drywasher.
He built a stepped up adapter to connect them together.
He worked the same area for years and had a very impressive pile of tailings.
Some of his DIY equipment is still out at the site where he was working alongside his sitting chair as a memento of his passing too quickly.
 

rte

Silver Member
Silver Miner
Joined
Sep 7, 2011
Messages
1,275
Reaction score
1,582
Went out today to pretty much socialize with the group.
I set up my trommel to check the rock tailings that go thru jim and Betty's DIY bucket trommel to see if they were leaving anything behind as their tailings are a little dirtier than what mine look like.

Didn't see anything they missed so I got to process 5 buckets from the site they are working on.
I Got a few flakes drywashing, they got 3 decent pickers and a bunch or flakes from 14 buckets or 140 shovel fulls sluicing with water.
That's better than average for them, I pretty much just loosened up more material the rest of the time and got a few bigger rocks out of their way for their next trip out.

A couple guys on the next claim over got permits to bring in a backhoe.
Talked with him today and he said things were digging right along for about 45 minutes before he lost hydraulic pressure on the boom.
They had to drive the backhoe out from the claim to the mechanic at 5mph...work to resume in a few days.
It will be interesting to see if they make enough to pay their gas bill.


Picked up some trash on the way out of the desert today.
4 aluminum Budweiser ultra bottles an aluminum modelo light can and 2 plastic water bottles.
The aluminum goes into a storage can at home and will convert to PM's later.
I usually run the proceeds across the blackjack table and double my take.
 

DodgebyDave

Metal Messiah
Midas Member
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
16,476
Reaction score
23,331
We'd get kicked off youtube. Desert prospectors are salty as hell and pretty much bat shit crazy. You can't take them anywhere.


.
cat-crazy.gif
that differentiates a water grave robber from a land grave robber in what way?

worms have graves too, you know.
 

Irons

Outlaw Prospector
Survivor
GIM Hall Of Fame
Midas Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
33,075
Reaction score
69,020
I have been following Levi for a while on youtube. He's a prospector in Tasmania and he mostly dives for Gold in shallow rivers with basic equipment. I would truly love to be able to take a short drive from home and hunt Gold like this! Lucky man.

Being a water based Pirate who prefers to keep things simple I would be all over this kind of treasure hunting.

Anyway, Levi makes excellent videos with great camerawork, I really enjoy them.

 

Thecrensh

Midas Member
Midas Member
Site Supporter
Joined
Jun 26, 2013
Messages
11,926
Reaction score
19,283
I have been following Levi for a while on youtube. He's a prospector in Tasmania and he mostly dives for Gold in shallow rivers with basic equipment. I would truly love to be able to take a short drive from home and hunt Gold like this! Lucky man.

Being a water based Pirate who prefers to keep things simple I would be all over this kind of treasure hunting.

Anyway, Levi makes excellent videos with great camerawork, I really enjoy them.

Have you seen the guy who does dredging in New Zealand? Pretty cool videos...beautiful work too. Probably cold water, but that would be a decent life if you could go out and nab $3k every weekend.
 

Irons

Outlaw Prospector
Survivor
GIM Hall Of Fame
Midas Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
33,075
Reaction score
69,020
Have you seen the guy who does dredging in New Zealand? Pretty cool videos...beautiful work too. Probably cold water, but that would be a decent life if you could go out and nab $3k every weekend.
I watch and follow Abyss Dredging, they are Kiwi's.


.
 

Irons

Outlaw Prospector
Survivor
GIM Hall Of Fame
Midas Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
33,075
Reaction score
69,020
Yep....those are the guys I've watched videos of. What a cool way to spend your off time.
Commenting on your previous post cold water isn't an issue, those big dredges have a hot water hose that constantly circulates warm water through the divers suits.



.
 

Irons

Outlaw Prospector
Survivor
GIM Hall Of Fame
Midas Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
33,075
Reaction score
69,020
Chris and Mick dial in a keene drywasher.

 

rte

Silver Member
Silver Miner
Joined
Sep 7, 2011
Messages
1,275
Reaction score
1,582
Were off to the salt mine....er GOLD mine to get a little fresh air.
Maybe a little shiney too.
Stay tuned...
Back in a bit.

Sifted the drywasher cons down to +150 mesh and only found 5 small pieces of gold.
Will run the -150 later in the week when the daylight comes around again.

Hardly enough to weigh and no pickers.
We were only out 3 hours working time and probably 7-8 5 gallon buckets thru the trommel.
Lots of black sand, but that's not what were after.
 
Last edited:

newmisty

DUPPY CONQUERER
Site Supporter ++
Mother Lode
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
42,757
Reaction score
68,308
Location
Qmerica
 

newmisty

DUPPY CONQUERER
Site Supporter ++
Mother Lode
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
42,757
Reaction score
68,308
Location
Qmerica
 

Irons

Outlaw Prospector
Survivor
GIM Hall Of Fame
Midas Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
33,075
Reaction score
69,020
Got my Arbor Fabricating 1/8 classifier today, took about a month. Worth it though it's built like a tank! This will really speed up getting sluice concentrates @ the creeks.

Arborclassifier.jpg
 

DodgebyDave

Metal Messiah
Midas Member
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
16,476
Reaction score
23,331
he posted that pic in 2014 on another forum

(this was after smooth talked his wife into putting it there)
 

rte

Silver Member
Silver Miner
Joined
Sep 7, 2011
Messages
1,275
Reaction score
1,582
Got my Arbor Fabricating 1/8 classifier today, took about a month. Worth it though it's built like a tank! This will really speed up getting sluice concentrates @ the creeks.

View attachment 244951

Interesting screen.
Most others are square holes, yours look more elongated.
I'd worry about throwing out those 1/4" and larger nuggets....but then again you have to have them to find in the first place.
 

Irons

Outlaw Prospector
Survivor
GIM Hall Of Fame
Midas Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
33,075
Reaction score
69,020
he posted that pic in 2014 on another forum

(this was after smooth talked his wife into putting it there)
Here's a nugget from 2021, I find them where the air smells like suntan lotion and the women wear next to nothing!

8-2021rs-1-jpg.221502
 

DodgebyDave

Metal Messiah
Midas Member
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
16,476
Reaction score
23,331
Did you see what this did for gold?
 

rte

Silver Member
Silver Miner
Joined
Sep 7, 2011
Messages
1,275
Reaction score
1,582
Here's a nugget from 2021, I find them where the air smells like suntan lotion and the women wear next to nothing!

8-2021rs-1-jpg.221502

Isn't that a guys ring?
So some muscle head took his wedding ring off to impress the ladies and didn't have deep enough pockets.
 

Irons

Outlaw Prospector
Survivor
GIM Hall Of Fame
Midas Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
33,075
Reaction score
69,020
Isn't that a guys ring?
So some muscle head took his wedding ring off to impress the ladies and didn't have deep enough pockets.
Yep, men's wedding band. Big heavy comfort fit wedding bands pay the bills for this Pirate. Folks go into the lake and their body temp drops, their fingers shrink and their rings fall off. Women lose more rings but men lose heavier rings.

The best area to find 14k Michigan nuggets is in waist deep water at a busy beach.


.
 

rte

Silver Member
Silver Miner
Joined
Sep 7, 2011
Messages
1,275
Reaction score
1,582
Yep, men's wedding band. Big heavy comfort fit wedding bands pay the bills for this Pirate. Folks go into the lake and their body temp drops, their fingers shrink and their rings fall off. Women lose more rings but men lose heavier rings.

The best area to find 14k Michigan nuggets is in waist deep water at a busy beach.


.
I've always heard the best thing you can do to loose a ring is apply sunscreen and play around water.
 

Irons

Outlaw Prospector
Survivor
GIM Hall Of Fame
Midas Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
33,075
Reaction score
69,020
I've always heard the best thing you can do to loose a ring is apply sunscreen and play around water.
I recommend lots of sunscreen and throwing things like frisbees and footballs. Also sitting in a floating lounge and paddling around with your hands a lot.


goldfun 019RS.jpg
 

Irons

Outlaw Prospector
Survivor
GIM Hall Of Fame
Midas Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 30, 2010
Messages
33,075
Reaction score
69,020
My girlfriend at the time lost ONE opal earing while sking...the replacement cost me $450 for a new set.
I found my best trophy ring up to my neck in the lake in front of a high dollar resort. It was also during a record low water in the great lakes event.
Women lose more rings than men do, but they lose them in shallower water. For this Hearts on Fire diamond Platinum engagement ring to be so far out in the lake odds are good Sabrina had a hissy fit, decided she didn't want to be engaged anymore and threw it.

Matters not, it went to a wonderful new home with a great young couple from this forum!

1RS.jpg

4RS.jpg
c5rs.jpg
 

rte

Silver Member
Silver Miner
Joined
Sep 7, 2011
Messages
1,275
Reaction score
1,582
Theres a story of a guy designing custom wedding rings, saved thousands of dollars on higher quality rings.
His and hers.
The first time she threw her ring at him, they had words...
The second time, he kept it.

Where's the emoticon of the guy hiding behind the couch?
After a year, a month and day on paper.
My mother got it all for cheap and made a very nice dinner ring with the pair.
 

rte

Silver Member
Silver Miner
Joined
Sep 7, 2011
Messages
1,275
Reaction score
1,582
On a side note...there's gold in them hills.
Resized_20220218_144937_737074661223868.jpeg

How much is a mystery but were on the right road.
Resized_20220218_144928_737078770900273.jpeg
 

rte

Silver Member
Silver Miner
Joined
Sep 7, 2011
Messages
1,275
Reaction score
1,582
Nice day in Arizona to sift dirt from rocks.
Definitely moved a yard of material today.
Resized_20220304_103443_2374425019038.jpeg

If Barry's figures are correct?
If the stars were aligned?
There should be 2tenths of a gram of gold in the cleanup.
Stay tuned...
 

rte

Silver Member
Silver Miner
Joined
Sep 7, 2011
Messages
1,275
Reaction score
1,582
Brother can you spare a dime?
I was hoping for 2 tenths of a gram.
Was a little surprised by the weight I guessed under a tenth of a gram.
I guess the little ones really do add up as that's all we really got this time around.
Resized_20220306_151706_62607823011986.jpeg
Resized_20220306_163625_62612666245370.jpeg
Screenshot_20220306-182625_Chrome.jpg
 

rte

Silver Member
Silver Miner
Joined
Sep 7, 2011
Messages
1,275
Reaction score
1,582
Phoenix gold and treasure show.
Alan's gold mining YouTube video...
Cameo appearance at the show @ the 8.17 mark.