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PostSubject: Home made wads   April 17th 2018, 8:19 pm

Punched out over 300 of these .50cal felt wads today! A fellow on another forum gave me a yard of 1/8" felt to try out with the real bullets. I lubed a small supply of them with my anti rust & patch lube, then put them between a layer of paper towels and squeezed out the excess lube.

If it's nice tomorrow, I will give them a try and see how the felt wads do over the veggi wads.

Wads on the lower right are lubed.
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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 17th 2018, 9:47 pm

Nice,
I have been making my own lubed wads for my 1858.
Mutton Tallow and Bees wax, works great.
I get my Felt form these guys.

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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 18th 2018, 6:40 am

Duro Felt is where I get mine too.

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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 18th 2018, 9:40 am

same here as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 18th 2018, 1:33 pm

Duro-Felt for me too.  I punch those out and card wads from empty cereal boxes.
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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 18th 2018, 3:37 pm

Duro felt for me to,  should have got onto wads for my cap and balls years ago, no leading and no mess.

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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 18th 2018, 5:41 pm

Shot some of those reals today with the wads and they did fantastic! I used a chilled lead mix which was a hard lead. The reals loaded much tighter and I feel like they would be the best choice when hunting as they will stay put on the powder charge.

Plan on shooting some patched balls tomorrow with the wads and see how that goes.
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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 18th 2018, 8:00 pm

What punch did you use and where did you buy it?
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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 18th 2018, 8:02 pm

Similar to this,
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-2-Half-Inch-Rubber-Vinyl-Paper-Leather-Hollow-Hole-Punch-Tool-NEW/253515964181?hash=item3b06ba9f15:g:4NIAAOSwuHZatkHc
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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 18th 2018, 10:56 pm

I use the same punch setup in my drill press.
Going slow just for the video.
I punch out about 100 in a few minutes.

Punching out Wads
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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 19th 2018, 12:33 am

That's freaking awesome! !! Now I have to try that tomorrow. Such ease!
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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 19th 2018, 8:40 am

I don't think my punch will fit in the chuck of my drill press. I'm going to go see.

It should be good for punching patches too. Just fold the fabric several times and punch away.

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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 19th 2018, 9:45 am

I had file my punch down just a little to fit.
Once the wads are cut I drop them into a cup of melted lube to soak it up.
Remove them with a small set of finger grabbers.
You can also cut a small sheet of felt and melt a pan of lube, lay it in to soak up the lube.
Let it setup then cut the wads out and put them in your choice of container.
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PostSubject: Re: Home made wads   April 19th 2018, 4:11 pm

I also soak the felt in a saucepan of hot minnie lube then lay it out on some baking paper in a flat tray. The wads cut well after they have been lubed. Does gobble up a lot of lube doing it this way though.  I use a thick felt wad over powder with my .72,  English bore rifle with a patched ball on top. It seems to work well. I have been told that a rifle needs to be .50 and larger for wads not to upset accuracy, but have not tested that theory. 

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