“Replenishing Supplies”

“Snapshot Saturday”

A gang mold with lead shot.

At the trading post, beside a warm fire, the woodsman cast lead balls, buck shot and duck shot to replenish his hunting supplies. Drip shot (left to right), cast duck shot, buck shot and bulk tower shot. Old Northwest Territory, not far from the River Raisin, in the Year of our Lord, 1798.

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2 Responses to “Replenishing Supplies”

  1. James Vatter says:

    I gotta ask!
    Where did you come up with that “fowler shooter’s dream” gang mold, Dennis?

    • Dennis Neely: Traditional Woodsman says:

      I bought that gang mold off a trade blanket at one of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association’s National Shoots at Friendship, Indiana a number of years ago. I can’t recall the maker, and their name is not stamped on the mold itself. If I recall correctly, the mold was made in the late-1980s or early-1990s. They show up from time to time so I suspect a fair number of them were made.

      The ball size is .600 and the buckshot size is about a #3. Making “duck shot” with such a mold is impractical as drip shot is much faster to produce. I should note that I refer to the smallest shot as “duck shot,” only because that is how it was labeled in old inventories. Lead shot is no longer legal for hunting waterfowl in the United States.

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