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PostSubject: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 5th 2018, 4:04 pm

Hey has anyone ever used your empty shot bags for patch material?
I have about a half dozen not employed at the moment.
Thanks in advance,

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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 5th 2018, 4:05 pm

I thought about it, but comparing it to ticking showed it was too thin, and in fact not as tightly woven.† Too many other patch options in the house, I never went ahead and tried it.† Let us know the results if you do!
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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 5th 2018, 4:37 pm

I have a .32 Pedersoli Frontier. Maybe for that then.
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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 15th 2018, 2:51 pm

Pillow ticking is so cheap why bother?
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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 16th 2018, 9:37 am

1) Because I have a dozen or so unemployed empty bags.
2) Pillow tick is not a common find up here in Canada. You are pretty much forced to buy pre lubed patches made by TC or Traditions which cost around $20/100
3) For the above reasons is why I bothered to ask my question on this muzzle loading forum. If you have some spare yardage of pillow ticking Iíd be happy to pay the shipping for some. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 16th 2018, 11:18 am

If you can't get pillow ticking then I get it. I guess I just assumed everyone has a Walmart nearby and can buy ticking. Thats where I bought all that I have. I used my shot bags filled with sand for shooting rest bags.

I guess the best way to find out if the shot bags will work for patching is to cut one up and fire a few shots and see if the spent patches hold up to the ride down the bore.

And if the bags don't work let me know and I will pick up a couple of yards and send it to you. Hows that? I have used the precut patching myself and didn't like it.


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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 16th 2018, 1:22 pm

Much appreciated Mr Burlesontom Very Happy
Believe me. It checked Walmart, Fannys Fabrics, Fabric Wharehouse Wonderland and every time I asked they looked at me like I had a toaster on my head.
I plan on trying a bag when I get home. If they dont work then sand bags like you mentioned seem to be the best alternative.
Thanks Mr Burlesontom Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 16th 2018, 2:39 pm

Well it sounds like you have at least looked. The last time I looked at WM they had some red striped PT and I should have bought a couple of yards. There would not be any doubt about which patches were mine. Plus it looked cool after looking at blue striped stuff for so many years. Laughing

If the bags don't work let me know I will get you fixed up. Thomas
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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 16th 2018, 2:46 pm

Thomas,
I am in your gratitude Sir!
Many many thanks and kindest regards,

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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 16th 2018, 2:47 pm

I thought I would mention that in the BP manual written by Sam Fadala he stated he had used blue jean material for patching. Anything that will ride out the firing and ride through the barrel will work. But patching is important.

My first BP rifle was a 54 Cabelas Hawken and I bought a starter kit with it. The patches in the kit were so thin (.010) that every shot blew a patch. I nearly gave up on BP shooting because I couldn't hit anything and couldn't figure why. Sam Fadala told me why. Once that was learned I was off to the races and never looked back.
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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 16th 2018, 2:49 pm

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Thomas,
I am in your gratitude Sir!
Many many thanks and kindest regards,

Jamie



You are more than welcome.
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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 16th 2018, 4:45 pm

I use empty shot bags for "sandbags" to be used on the bench.† I like heavy canvas for patches even better than denim.
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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   May 17th 2018, 9:57 am

@BrownBear wrote:
I thought about it, but comparing it to ticking showed it was too thin, and in fact not as tightly woven.††

That was we found 30 years ago and since then haven't given it another try.

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PostSubject: Re: Lead shot bags for patches?   Yesterday at 9:11 pm

I measured the bag thickness and one was 30 thou and the other was 20 thou...... too thick for my uses.
The bags are from late 70ís Iím figuring. The weave looks pretty good and tight but just too thick.
So like mentioned I will use these for sand bags.
Thanks again all.
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