who was buying them, Charlie Pardue??The advertising that the brass plating protected shooters from lead reminded me of my own experience with handling lead bullets. It's funny how so many people think that handling lead bullets is going to kill you almost as fast as getting shot with one of them. If that was so I'd be long gone since myself and my roommate in college sold many many thousands of bullets to a local gun shop/shooting range all through our college years. We cast bullets 1 or 2 days every week for 5 years in our dorm room and never ever bothered to clean anything. Ate on our desks right where we cast bullets. Take that OSHA!
I paid for all my shooting expenses all those years from cast bullet sales and never keeled over from lead poisoning yet. Makes me cringe to think of how little we got for them back then. 1,000 140 grain .358 bullets we sold for $18. 1,000 255gr .429's went for $22. Obviously not as much profit in the 44's but we produced what the gun shop asked for. They'd give us 30 caliber gas checks for free on the condition that we put them on 1,000 150 grain .309 bullets. We didn't have many molds being broke college kids and what we had were LEE brand due to price. But we had an inexhaustible enthusiasm for all things guns so we could care less how little our hourly rate was so long as we could make enough money to buy more wheel weights and have profit for powder, primers, cases, etc.
Charlie and his wife and his sister are really good people,,,my youngest son spent lots of Sat mornings out at the range in Hilham shooting NRA 5 Meter BB guns,,Yep, it was Charlie. We'd sell bullets to Charlie and beg Jerry to do other work out at Bend of The River. Anything to get money for reloading components. I remember one time when we'd done a bunch of work for them and they were running low on money. They'd been paying us $3/hr for all the jobs up to that point. I used my shrewd negotiating talent with Jerry and said, OK, what about if we're willing to keep doing the same work for $2/hr. I remember he thought about it for a second and said OK. That may have been when he put me to work with the post hole digger building the big dog pen. I still have the boxes from some of my loading tools with Charlie's hand written prices on them. For instance my RCBS lube master/sizer has $68 marked on the side of the box.
I do remember selling a a bunch of bullets one time to some gun shop in Nashville and getting in big trouble over not paying sales tax or something like that. I let my room mate go to that audit so just got second hand news about it. Made us cautious from then on about who we sold to.