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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.


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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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    "Principles and Practice of Loading Ammunition: a Treatise on the Loading of Ammunition With Particular Reference to the Individual Who Reloads His Own Cartridges Together with an Explanation of the Underlying Principles Which Govern or Limit Such" Earl Naramore

    "The Bulletmakers" is on the Dust Jacket and is the front piece. A Samworth book, and a standard collectors and users library. Always wondered about the bare feet
    I hope my photo is attached, otherwise email me

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    Jim: I knew I had that book(along with several others) in the shop. I didn't remember that it had a dust jacket much less what was on it. Glad you posted that. Mine is exactly like it.

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    Gayle Porter Hoskins

    Gayle Porter Hoskins painted "The Bulletmakers"
    According to Brian Smith, author of "Samworth books: A Descriptive Bibliography" it is a self-portrait. Works for me.
    Samworth developed the genre of firearm publications, and all of his titles are worthwhile, and collectable, and I have many.

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    I like the tiny little deer skull and rack over the mantel.....

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    Ahhhh. Thomas G. Samworth. Plantersville South Carolina home town boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrians View Post
    Here's the front and back of my ragged ,well worn copy,,,,,,
    definitely seen better days.
    But still most useful without a doubt. BvT
    Every lawbreaker we allow into our nation, or tolerate in our citizen population leads to the further escalation of law breaking of all kinds and acceptance of evil.
    Since almost all aspects of our cultural existence are LIBERAL in most states, this means that the nation is on a trajectory to dissolution by the burden of toleration and acceptance of LAWBREAKING as a norm, a trajectory back to the dark ages of history.


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    I want that fire place....I can almost smell the beans.......
    They call it "common sense". Why is it so uncommon?

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    In one of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Little House in The Big Woods, there is good description of Pa Ingalls casting round balls for his muzzle loader and cleaning the muzzle loader.

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    I like the way they had thought to pull the rug back.
    Lead on feet = OK
    Lead on rug = NO,NO
    Living like I do I sometimes think I have stepped back in time, In reality I know I have not.
    But there are times I have thoughts about how interesting spending some time with the great folks of the past
    and there daily tasks.
    Hate is like drinking poison and hoping the other man dies.

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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