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Offline Lead Balls

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Wads are expensive, no way!
« on: September 25, 2016, 05:26:45 PM »
Nuts what felt wads cost! No way, I'm way too cheap for that, not when there is a better way. Felt sheets. Check this out, this comes to $20 and some change, and by my math, this will make 1,780 revolver wads @ .45", and 1/8" thick. The sheets come in different sizes and thicknesses. I just need an empty .45 casing to use like a cookie cutter, I'll tap it with a ball peen hammer to make the cut, and drill the primer pocket out so I can push the cut wads out. I'm probably not the first one to think of this, but it doesn't seem to have been brought up lately. And lubing them would be a matter of melting the lube in a pan, and stirring in the wads until they soak it up. As a bonus I can make polishing wheels for my roto-tool out of it, and any size I want. I make all my own gaskets, too, it's faster and cheaper, and I can make them for anything, a trick of the trade you kind of need if you are rebuilding an engine for something they don't make parts for, anymore, and I used to do a lot of those. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FM1812M-Off-White-Felt-36-Wide-x-12-Long-x-1-8-Thick-Med-F-5-from-Duro-Felt-/371727930514?hash=item568cb61492:m:mTOMD_xe22oGOes6IKi6_4g

My only problem now is finding a casing, since I don't have a .45.
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Re: Wads are expensive, no way!
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2016, 05:59:36 PM »
You'll need something more durable than a .45 cartridge to cut very many wads from that felt.   There are commercial wad cutting punches available from places like Buffalo Arms or you can get a set of gasket or leather punches in the diameter you need cheaper.   A .45 cartridge will work for a few but as soon as you hit it too hard or tilt it a little it will bend out or shape or the edge will roll over.   The 1/2 inch one from this set   http://www.harborfreight.com/9-piece-hollow-punch-set-3838.html  will work fine.   

I have made my own wads in the past but when I consider the time and PITA to make them I'd rather buy them.   I spend that extra time doing something that is more fun or makes money.    Lately I don't use wads much in my C&B revolvers.  Mostly only in BP cartridges.

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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2016, 07:35:21 PM »
Yep,

Nope, a .45 case doesn’t last long and really doesn’t work very well anyway. 

Durafelt and Harbor Freight punches, the chuckable type, work good together. You can lube that felt to your own specs, use dry or just skip them.  Here - that’s how we role on wads.
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Re: Wads are expensive, no way!
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2016, 12:56:41 PM »
Several years ago someone suggested asking for roll end pieces of Duro Felt; I got 2 pieces 26" X 22" for around $6.00. Haven't used them yet as I still have some commercially made wads to use up. You can punch out a BUNCH in half an hour.

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Re: Wads are expensive, no way!
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2016, 02:22:29 PM »
Go to a thrift store and get an old felt hat for a buck or so, just make sure it's real wool felt. Sometimes you can even get 10X beaver. Those make nce stiff wads.
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Re: Wads are expensive, no way!
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2016, 03:03:01 PM »
Felt hats, even used ones, around here are quite expensive. I look every time we go to a thrift store (which isn't all that often!). I think a better place to shop is garage/yard sales. Prices in the thrift stores are not cheap! Think shabby chic! That would explain all the Caddie and Lexus cars in the parking lot.

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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2016, 10:26:02 PM »
I haven't bought one in awhile but the Salvation Army stores sold them for a buck or less. Good Will stores are high.
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Re: Wads are expensive, no way!
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2016, 04:57:21 AM »
Walmart sells big felt butterflies, smiley faces, etc in their craft dept for $1.97 each.......which will punch out 400 wads for $2
many BP supply companies sell punches for making wads........well worth the initial investment.
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Re: Wads are expensive, no way!
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2016, 12:39:54 PM »
Me, I'd have problems trusting any felt from Wally-world to be 100% felt (no rayon or polyester crap)! Been through problems of cleaning little hard plastic "beads" melted inside a '51 barrel back in '70's (Dad's '51 - went shooting it with cheap felt wads and it's a pain to get outta yer barrels - them and the "smears")!

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Re: Wads are expensive, no way!
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2016, 02:20:35 PM »
Paper mache egg cartons.
Punch 1/2" for a .44, 1 drop olive oil on each side.

Not the foamed plastic. }),

Free as you bought the eggs anyway.
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Re: Wads are expensive, no way!
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2016, 05:40:23 PM »
Me, I'd have problems trusting any felt from Wally-world to be 100% felt (no rayon or polyester crap)! Been through problems of cleaning little hard plastic "beads" melted inside a '51 barrel back in '70's (Dad's '51 - went shooting it with cheap felt wads and it's a pain to get outta yer barrels - them and the "smears")!


no problems yet with beads etc.......and ive picked several up downrange after firing, basically unchanged.
I clean with "reverse bristles" anyhow so any plastic remnants would be ripped right out.
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Re: Wads are expensive, no way!
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2016, 06:44:41 PM »
People buy eggs?  And they come in cartons?  Ours just come wrapped in poo.  :)
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Re: Wads are expensive, no way!
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2016, 07:37:50 PM »
Nix on the Wally World felt.
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Re: Wads are expensive, no way!
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2016, 12:54:24 PM »
"Poo wads".
There's a mental image to make me sleep well at night!
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Re: Wads are expensive, no way!
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2016, 12:23:47 PM »
i use durofelt 1/8" hard felt, punched out with a cornell .45 press die punch, soaked in melted gato feo lube.  cheap, fast, works great.  (T^