how did the old dead guys do it?

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how did the old dead guys do it?

Post by YosemiteSam » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:15 pm

How did the old guys in the Buffalo camps handle:
cleaning used brass?
depriming and priming cases?

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Re: how did the old dead guys do it?

Post by Ranch 13 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:40 pm

They washed the brass. The used the pick to remove the primers (cartridges were Berdan primed then) and used the tool to seat the primers.
The reloading job often fell to the camp tender, if the outfit had one.

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Re: how did the old dead guys do it?

Post by rbertalotto » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:03 pm

I just finished reading a number of books on the buffalo hunters.

Lead casks held the powder so they melted the cask after the powder was gone. But they tried to shoot the Buffalo so they could recover the bullet!

They melted the lead in the same pan they cooked breakfast in!

Primers were worth more than gold in the Buffalo fields.

The hardest part was keeping powder and primers dry.

The highest paying job at the time was a wood cutter for the railroad as the engines ran on wood. These folks made $10 a day.

A Buffalo hunter could make upwards of $10 per Buffalo! The limitation were his skinners. He could only shoot as many as they could skin in a day.

The hunters made lots of extra $$ with wolves. After the Buffalo was skinned, they would disperse poison baits around the area and the next morning they would collect a half dozen or more dead wolves. There must have been an enormous wolf population at the time as this was reported in many of the book I read.

But in the end, the Buffalo hunters only killed about 10-20 Million Buffalo. Domestic cattle disease and habitat encroachment took a much larger toll. Recent studies suggest that upwards of 40 million animals died without being shot.

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Re: how did the old dead guys do it?

Post by YosemiteSam » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:44 pm

Does anyone make repros of the historically correct tools they used in re-loading? OR are the original tools found for sale very often?
just curious
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Re: how did the old dead guys do it?

Post by Ranch 13 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:30 pm

There really isn't anybody that makes those commercially.
Altho technically you could use a lyman 310 and be pretty close to the time period.

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Re: how did the old dead guys do it?

Post by YosemiteSam » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:58 pm

I see that a pope style capper/decapper tool is available, and that is supposed to be historically accurate?

I wonder if original tools are not too hard to find if one knew what to look for?

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Re: how did the old dead guys do it?

Post by Ranch 13 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:20 am

Original tools are not alot different from the Lee hand tools. Except for the follower which was used to compress the wad and powder.
The pope capper is post boxer primed. Most of the primers during the hayday of the buffalo shoot were berdan, and nothing more complicated than an ice pick was need to remove them.

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