Leather Over Powder Wads.

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  1. Feb 15, 2020 at 1:17 AM #1

    Just-a-hunter

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    I do a bit of custom leather work and have a huge supply of scrap leather...

    I'm sure I'm not the only person who has ever thought of using leather for an over powder wad, but it seems to be working well.

    I bought a cheap Chinese made 14 mm hole punch of the big online retailer and it seems to be just the right size for .54 caliber.

    I shoot cast conical bullets and PRB's and I personally like a wad for both. I like to protect the base of the bullet with conical bullets and I like to protect the powder from a lubed patch with PRB's. The leather seems to be working great and seems to help with fouling.

    Just thought I would share the FYI,

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    It is a snug fit. I know leather can be a little abrasive to steel/metal finishes, but it being quite softer than steel it should be just fine on the bore. Time and thousands of shots will tell.

    Happy shooting,

    Todd
     
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  2. Feb 15, 2020 at 1:30 AM #2

    Carbon 6

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    I lube the edges, Been using thick leather wads in shotgun for years, best op wad there is. Reusable too if you can find them back.
    Leather is what pump seals were made out of before things like Acrylonitrile-Butadiene came along. Makes a great gas seal, much better than card wads.
     
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  3. Feb 15, 2020 at 1:38 AM #3

    Carbon 6

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    I notice it looks like you're not getting clean cuts.

    Instead of a Dead blow I use a regular 4lb engineers hammer and strike on the end grain of a large block of very hard wood. 6 lb would be even better.
     
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  4. Feb 15, 2020 at 7:30 AM #4

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    I have been advocating this for decades, for rifles and smoothbores.
    Good for you.

    B.
     
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