The earth is first beaten down with a V-shaped rammer, and then surfaced with one with a flat bottom.
The bottom of the rammer consisted of three ridges, each 1-in.
Suddenly all went black before him—the rammer dropped from his nerveless hand, and he fell beside his gun.
Turning the handle dumped the charge, which then had to be packed with the rammer.
At this moment, a small splinter struck my hand, as I withdrew the rammer, and almost divided my forefinger and thumb.
The rammer was a wooden cylinder about the same diameter and length as the shot.
No. 1, the sponger and rammer, had been killed by a pistol-shot.
These may be mashed with a stout hoe or shovel, or with a block like a pavier's rammer.
The man with the rammer dropped to the earth and the rammer fell beside him.
Overhead are suspended the Sponge, rammer, and Worm, for each gun.