Imagine you reach the end of your life and you have saved a few mementos of your favorite memories. You were an avid hunter all your life, and you saved the recovered bullets from each trophy you took. From your first mule deer when you were just a lad, to the bullet that stopped a cougar from munching on you.
Now with sense of history, you decide to pass this material along to a friend, another gun writer who will perhaps use the material for future articles. But, more important, he appreciates the lifetime of experience represented by your little collection.
Fast forward, Elmer Keith has long since left the hunting fields, his writer buddy who I was unable to discover by name, passes away too. His family decides to donate all his reloading gear to the gunsmith program at Murray State College in Oklahoma. In the box is discovered the collection of Elmer Keith hunting bullets. For unknown reasons the bullets were not immediately donated to a museum. A decision that the current director of the program regrets.
The entire collection disappeared a couple of weeks after these pictures were taken. I feel lucky to have seen these items and to have been able to photograph them. It is my sincere hope that the person who has this bit of history will realize how wrong it is to keep it locked away from gun lovers everywhere. There is an Elmer Keith Museum in the Cabela’s in Boise, ID that is the natural resting place for these items, along side many other items from the Keith collection.