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    "Roll your own"? Please stop it!!!

    For years I've been reading or hearing this term when relating to handloading. Is there a reason this term was used? I ask because nothing outside of the archaic method of lubing cases, involves "rolling". Same with calling bullets "pills, heads, slugs", etc. Lol
    I shoot so that I can handload.

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    I always assumed this was adopted to mean reloading by people who already rolled their own cigarettes. It was easy to use the same phrase for two different practices.

    As to the slang for bullets, I got nothing there. Pills may have been coined when people started joking about a bullet in the head being a cure for stupidity, violence, etc. That is just a guess though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Electric88 View Post
    I always assumed this was adopted to mean reloading by people who already rolled their own cigarettes. It was easy to use the same phrase for two different practices.
    This was my understanding as well. Even though the only thing I "roll" are boolits I'm sure I've used the term a few times before too.
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    Home made vs. store bought. Folks "rolled their own" (made their own from scratch) cigarettes, the term carried over to reloading (made their own ammo from scratch). I guess newer generations never saw much rolling yer own (except for pot)...

    I remember watching my Grandpa roll his own cigarettes with his 4 fingered hand (he said he lost his index finger when he roped a steer and his finger got caught between the rope and the saddle horn and "twisted that finger right off").
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    Well I'll be.... I have never thought about rolling cigarettes.


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    I shoot so that I can handload.

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    It is just an inclination toward more picturesque speech, or writing as it were. I know the trend is toward one word for all purposes or even acronyms and I find that boring. The worst case is using the word that begins with F for every adjective , noun, verb that a person wants to spew. I guess it saves having to think of what to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatelvis View Post
    Well I'll be.... I have never thought about rolling cigarettes.


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    What did you think......some illicit substance (joint) rolling ?
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    Do you have Prince Albert in a can? ..... Well you better let him out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frkelly74 View Post
    Do you have Prince Albert in a can? ..... Well you better let him out.
    Oh yes, do I remember that phrase from my (much) younger days. I grew up with Dad rolling his own from Prince Albert.

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    Grandpa didn't like Prince Albert, now Sir Walter Reilly (sp) was his preferred.

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    The ones that I don't like are: "Bullet heads" and "shoot under one inch all day long".

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    Quote Originally Posted by frkelly74 View Post
    Do you have Prince Albert in a can? ..... Well you better let him out.
    How many Drug Stores did we call to ask that question...then, hang up quick and roll in laughter! On top of that think we might get in trouble if they ever figure out who called...high suspense committing our calling crimes!
    This done in that day where we all had the same color phone, black and you actually had to dial the number.


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    Cast boolit? Check this out. I think it's bangin man.
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Boolit
    Boolit
    Street pronunciation and/or spelling of "bullet".

    Plural: Boolitz, or sometimes Boolits, meaning Ammunition.

    Freddy: Hey, yo - you got some boolitz fo my Deagle Fity?

    Gun Store Clerk: Get lost, punk, I don't sell ammunition to gangsters!

    Yo, Jo-Jo, I got me a tin of boolitz for my JJ (Jiminez .22) - how 'bout we makin some bling bang.

    Man, all them whitey-nazies be buying up all the boolitz - even Wally (Walmart) ain't got none!

    Leroy, you clean, so how about you go to the Army Navy and get Franklin hear to get us some mo boollits.


    And a couple more here:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traffer View Post
    Cast boolit? Check this out. I think it's bangin man.
    I've posted this many times. People will defend the term "boolit" all day long.

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    Probably from the days where everyone "rolled their own" cigs. I just snicker at those that get all worked up about such things.
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    Yeah from rolling smokes, grandfather had a tin contraption for rolling his own. Knew a couple cowboys still carried Bull Durham and papers, rolled their own.

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    Rolled my own at 14 , .22 hornet w-Lee Loader,and Prince Albert in a can. Then strike a wood match on the back of your Levis back when they made real matches

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    I roll my own smokes/fags in the UK /load my own boolits ,have central heating but have an open fire as well ,I like not being reliant on mains supply .I'm a contrary creature.

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