Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 58

Lock, Stock & Barrel
By Dave Ehrig

Part	of	the	fun	of	hunting	with	a	muzzleloader	is	having	
the	ability	to	make	your	own	gear.	Many	savvy	shooters	
still	participate	in	this	enjoyable	endeavor	of	“molding	
their	own”	bullets.

Running Lead
T

HE SPIRIT of the hunt lives
on in the stories swirling round
the campfire like the rising pungent
smoke generated by the oak fuel. In
front of their eyes glowed a hunters’
fire. Behind them and hanging from a
stout maple crossbeam was the object
of their journey — a white-tailed deer.
Just like the circle of life, from earth
and fire, wind and water, the denizen of
the forest took life, and then in death
returned. So, too, was the lowly orb of
lead coming full circle in its own way.
The buckskin-clad hunter reached
under the deer’s hide, opposite of the
side that had been targeted and struck
by the bullet, and there laid a perfect
coin of lead, expanded to more than
100 percent of its original diameter.
After examination by another longhunter, and time-stretched by a few
tall tales about the fantastic shooting
prowess of its original owner, the lead
was carefully laid into the ladle to be
heated. The fire burned bright with
hot red coals and reminisces of past
hunts, as the orb of lead relaxed into
a shiny, silvery, molten state. It would
live again as a new bullet, carefully cast,
and painstakingly loaded. A new bullet
58	

for the next hunt was born again.
If this adventure lights your fire,
then you are ready to take the next
step in muzzleloading. It is a simple job,
“molding your own,” but one of satisfaction and honest heritage. People
have been casting projectiles of lead
since the days of the Roman Empire,
and bullets since the 1400s. But here in
North America, the campfire-casting of
bullets was a weekly necessity, as there
was no corner gunshop, supercenter

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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Contents
Another Doorstep
Whitetail Predation
Pymatuning and Conneaut
Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
From the Field
Field Notes
Conservation News
Making a Difference
What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another Doorstep
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pymatuning and Conneaut
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - From the Field
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 31
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Making a Difference
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Crossings
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