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Bushcraft ball casting......

Boring day around the house. Couldn't hunt, and was looking for something to do. So, I took my bag mold, my home made ladle, some scrounged lead from the range, out to the back yard fire pit. Sparked a fire bushcraft style with the fire steel and some tinder made from what I call "stringy bark". Took only 15 minutes this time to get the fire going. Those fire steels aren't as easy to use as they make it seem on youtube. This is why I like to practice in the back yard.

I had a nice fire cooking within a few minutes, then let it burn down to a nice bed of coals. Got out the mold, made a handle out of a green limb, for the ladle, and proceeded to make some round balls. I made a total of 8 nice shiny balls for the bag. That's all the scrounged lead I had. I don't use the good stuff for this. The good lead goes into the Lee pot when I want to make a large quantity of balls.

I must say, for a cheap little bag mold from TOTW (mold is an offshore knockoff from india, pee'd me off when I bought it, almost sent it back), it does make some decent ammunition. I've shot many balls made from this mold and they're just as accurate as the ones made with my Lee double cavity.

Just thought I'd share.
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