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Thread: "The Bullet Makers" painting from an old reloading manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonp View Post
    Thats funny, Mikey. I have showed various girlfriends how to shoot and reload. All left except the current one that said "cool" and told me I had to buy her an identical gun for every one I bought myself. After 6yrs it's gotten kinda expensive but it's worth it. Never questions what I bring home. "More Ammo"? Ok, I'll take some stuff out of the other closet.
    "You bought another Blackhawk"? "Wheres mine"?
    It's not cool to brag but. . . Thats awesome. Congrats!

    My wife was trimming .223 brass yesterday while watching tv. Sort of the modern day version of this painting.
    "Is all this REALLY necessary?"

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    That picture has been a favorite of mine ever since I acquired the 1st edition Lyman Handbook of Cast Bullets about 15 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsbock View Post
    She looks like she is about to pour molten lead on his bare feet. Ouch.
    No Compound W back in the 1700's - she's burning his warts off.

    I like my science WEIRD.

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    Women knew how to cast ball as they watched family members do it growing up. The rifle, horn and shooting pouch were common household items in many houses on the frontier. During the siege of Boonesboro in 1778 (depicted in another Gayle Hoskins painting), Dan'l Boone mentioned in his autobiography that they were running out of lead, so the women of the fort melted down their pewter in an iron skillet and 'ran ball' for the men so they could continue to take the fight to the indians and british and save the fort. After the seige was over, Dan'l wrote that the settlers living in the fort dug 125 pounds of lead ball from the outside walls of the fort. Lead for ball was a very valuable commidity. During shooting matches, winners were thrilled to dig the shot balls out of the tree that the target was hung on as the winning prize.

    There is another painting he did that was the whole front and back cover of a Lyman muzzleloader book that is one of my absolute favorites. It is called 'The Rifle Frolic'. How many times I wanted to be in that picture !! There are several woodsmen running ball in that painting you can see.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check