GodComplex wrote:ANd I believe it's been beat to death, but anyone with access to fire and a dung heap can make full on firearm cartridges.
you are correct. The melting point of brass is between 900 and 940 degrees Celsius. The average temperature of a campfire ranges between 900 and 1100 degrees Celsius. [Trivia: The tip of a burning cigarette burns at 900 degrees Celsius.] HOWEVER, to manufacture casings and then turn them into bullets, you would need raw brass (any brass musical instrument will do) and the very precisely shaped molds for the exact caliber cartridge that you need. And keep in mind that while pouring molten brass, the fumes given off are poisonous. Once you have your castings, they are still NOT bullets. Next you will need _smokeless_
), something which is not readily available unless there is some substantial industry base providing it. Lastly, you would need a center-fire primer (http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t531999/
) which absolutely requires an industrial base to be produced. Compared to those three elements, casting the actual lead bullet is child's play.
Prometheus wrote:That's nice. Why would I want to trade my medpack for your bar of gold again?
Gold is pretty universally perceived as having value. As such, it acts as a medium of exchange
. That is, pretty much anybody WILL accept it as payment for whatever it is that they are selling. And then later, you can then use that gold to buy pretty much anything that you want
. The drawback of gold ingots is that it is difficult to "fine tune" transactions. For instance, how much of bar of gold would it take to buy just ONE loaf of bread? Yes, that one bar of gold could buy 1,000 loaves of bread, but 1) who ever needs 1,000 loaves of bread at one time, and 2) most vendors wouldn't have that quantity in stock anyway. So in the end, because of the difficulty in "making change", the owner of the bar of gold will most likely end up having to barter anyway in order to get full value for his bar of gold.