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What is the meaning of "pumping lead into the pack" in the following context?

In those days we had never heard of passing up a chance to kill a wolf. In a second we were pumping lead into the pack, but with more excitement than accuracy: how to aim a steep downhill shot is always confusing. When our rifles were empty, the old wolf was down, and a pup was dragging a leg into impassable slide-rocks.

Context: Thinking Like a Mountain By Aldo Leopold

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    Lead, as in a bullet? Pack, as in a group of wolves. – Cascabel Jan 18 '17 at 22:52
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    The “pack” is the wolf pack, and bullets are/were made out of lead. “pumping” connotes how fast the lead was flowing into said pack. – Jim Jan 18 '17 at 22:53
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To pump (full of) lead is a synonym for to shoot1 or to blast2.

The pack is of course a pack of wolves.


[1] Webster's New World Roget's A-Z Thesaurus
[2] Oxford Thesaurus of English

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