Burnt Powder said:
Geeze, Case, I can't believe you don't scrounge wheel weights and linotype metal and cast your own bullets so as to save a penny a shot on .44 mag ammo? You don't dig through the bullet trap for fired bullets to recycle? If you don't, and you just said you don't, you have NO idea what the meaning of frugil really is! :shock:
I used to cast bullets with wheel weight metal, sometimes mixed with a little linotype, but wearied of the mess and just started buying hard-cast slugs from a guy outside Tampa, FL. I'd just call Al and have him bring me what I needed to the next gun show in Fort Myers.
Worked out much better -- and the bullets were excellent, much better than any I ever cast, and were really cheap, all considered.
Hell, I even made some for light .30-06 and a bunch of other calibers.
What folly -- and a PITA.
We didn't have a bullet trap at the range, but I've plucked many a chunk of good lead out of the big dirt backstop.
I've never been much of a deer hunter. One easy shot and you've got a lot of heavy hauling and work ahead.
I grew up in Central Oklahoma hunting rabbits, dove and qual with an old Winchester Model 97, which mostly belonged to anyone in the family who happened to retrieve it from behind a door at any given time.
Nobody hunted deer around there in the Fifties because there weren't any.