Home made wads

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  1. Dec 10, 2018 #41

    Feltwad

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    For me when I cut wads I use a pillared drill press the shank of the punch I turn round and fix in the jaws of the press , with a piece old flat wood in the vice on the press I place the card and working the up and down movement of the press to cut the wads . It is quite easy to cut 30 to 40 a minute the only trouble with this method is collecting the cut wads which are thrown in all directions .
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  2. Dec 10, 2018 #42

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    I'm from central Vermont. Lots of felt lined boots up here. Good point by John E: Make sure the liner is pure wool, or at least all natural fiber. With waxed wool wads I find my cleaning to be easier. They seem to squeegee the bore with each shot.
     
  3. Jan 14, 2019 #43

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    i have a smooth bore that measures .85 i am most likely going to need to make my own wads since there isn't many places in canada to get this kind of stuff. i read all the posts in this thread and it looks like have what i need to make my own, i do leather works as hobby so i have lots of scrap in various thickness'. my only problem is i'm not sure how big to cut the wads, is there a standard for how much bigger the wad needs to be compared to the bore?
     
  4. Jan 14, 2019 #44

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    I punch my 20ga wads (poster-board and cardboard mailing envelope) with a piece of sharpened 20ga barrel. Has worked well for some time.
     
  5. Jan 14, 2019 #45

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    I use paper towels works awesome
     
  6. Jan 14, 2019 #46

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    Aren't they a little thin and burn up?
     
  7. Jan 14, 2019 #47

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    The paper towels are not too thin if you ball them up. You can make wads from similar balls of tow. A wad of leather of bore size will work as a wad.
     
  8. Jan 14, 2019 #48

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    do you lube the paper towel or tow?
     
  9. Jan 14, 2019 #49

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    OK, thanks, I understand now.
     
  10. Jan 14, 2019 #50

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    You can lubricate balls of paper towel or tow. I would use an over shot card (nick the edge to let air pass the card) to separate the powder from the lubricated wad. Then you load the shot and a final over shot card.
     
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  11. Jan 14, 2019 #51

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    thanks, good to know
     
  12. Jan 15, 2019 #52

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    Just don't set the woods on fire.
     
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    I use highly compressed newspaper as wadding.
    It works in a pinch.
     
  14. Jan 15, 2019 #54

    Desperate Lee

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    I too use paper towels. I lay 2 sheets together and soak then in my talo, beeswax, olive oil lube. Lay out flat, let dry, then cut out cooties with my punch. I use a card, made from old business cards, between lube, powder, and ball. This works great in my c&b pistols. Have not tried in my Hawken yet.
     
  15. Jan 16, 2019 #55

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    Played with the paper towels in shotguns and smooth bore handguns. Stopped using them because they would often catch fire after smoldering a little while. Too many other things that doesn't for me to use.
     
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