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Revolutionizing Wads
« on: August 18, 2012, 02:14:44 PM »
Everyone is satisfied with performance of felt wads, but they are time & labor intensive to produce, with the need to cut them out, lube them, then package them for storage.

I propose eliminating all manufacturing steps prior to the point of use:

Place a pinch of fiber material directly to the chamber, then tamp it down firmly.
Add a tiny dab of your favorite ball lube, then seat the ball.
Simple, direct & no prep, stamping, dipping or any fabrication work necessary before you use it.

The secret wad material? - it's FREE!   it's Dryer Lint.  I've loaded up a cylinder for my 1858 Remington with the dryer lint wads & after compression, they look pretty solid.  Only the smallest amount of lube is necessary, just to prevent any excess from getting pushed thru the wad material & into the powder while being compressed. 

If I can get out to the range tomorrow, I'll compare the accuracy with that of the accurate TP wads I'm already fond of.


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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2012, 06:33:18 AM »
Neat idea AZshooter! I got plenty of that here!  (?^
I'll have to try this.  ;)
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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2012, 06:47:30 AM »
That wont scrape the bore like wads will...Just sayin.
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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2012, 06:55:05 AM »
Does the bore need to be scraped?
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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2012, 07:03:01 AM »
Not going to say it "needs" it but it sure doesn't hurt.
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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2012, 01:04:51 PM »
So when is somebody going to try belly button lint?  (k-
Btw great idea on the dryer lint. Let us know about fouling when you compare the two.
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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2012, 01:16:56 PM »
I'm keeping my belly button lint for tinder. {:( :-X

My concern with this is the amount of synthetic fabric in use, will this equate to burning plastic in the bore?
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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2012, 01:48:13 PM »
That's a good point Sheriff Langston.  {?|
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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2012, 02:54:09 PM »
I'm keeping my belly button lint for tinder. {:( :-X

My concern with this is the amount of synthetic fabric in use, will this equate to burning plastic in the bore?

Got a whole bag of dryer lint from cotton towels.  No synthetic to be concerned with.

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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2012, 11:15:20 AM »
 So , What's the verdict on the cotton dryer lint wadding ?

 On a side note . Dryer lint makes a great fire starter when mixed with paraffin wax . Again, best to use cotton only . Don't need to be burning synthetics when you don't have to.
 Cotton dryer lint mixed into melted paraffin wax and then poured into pressed paper egg cartons . Fill the egg cups and allow to harden .
 Break off one egg cup with cotton and paraffin mix and light the paper egg carton cup. No other tinder is needed as this will burn for a long time.
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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2012, 10:52:32 PM »
I'm keeping my belly button lint for tinder. {:( :-X

My concern with this is the amount of synthetic fabric in use, will this equate to burning plastic in the bore?

I out source my belly button lint to a company in Nigeria that makes pillows for pigmies... ;)
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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2012, 05:41:05 AM »
So , What's the verdict on the cotton dryer lint wadding ?

 On a side note . Dryer lint makes a great fire starter when mixed with paraffin wax . Again, best to use cotton only . Don't need to be burning synthetics when you don't have to.
 Cotton dryer lint mixed into melted paraffin wax and then poured into pressed paper egg cartons . Fill the egg cups and allow to harden .
 Break off one egg cup with cotton and paraffin mix and light the paper egg carton cup. No other tinder is needed as this will burn for a long time.

Here's a couple of pics of a test I did using just that. The countdown timer was set to 1 hour & the 2 wads lit. The one on the right is a cotton ball soaked with vaselene as a control. The lint/wax/egg crate burned for almost 12 minutes before extinguishing. The vaselene & cotton ball lasted about 8 1/2 IIRC, more than enough to start a fire even with dubious materials!

This was a mix of whatever lint was in the trap BTW so it probably has some syhthetic in its mixture. Maybe that's a use for the mixed lots & keep the cotton only for wad making?



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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2012, 08:11:21 AM »
So , What's the verdict on the cotton dryer lint wadding ?

 On a side note . Dryer lint makes a great fire starter when mixed with paraffin wax . Again, best to use cotton only . Don't need to be burning synthetics when you don't have to.
 Cotton dryer lint mixed into melted paraffin wax and then poured into pressed paper egg cartons . Fill the egg cups and allow to harden .
 Break off one egg cup with cotton and paraffin mix and light the paper egg carton cup. No other tinder is needed as this will burn for a long time.

Here's a couple of pics of a test I did using just that. The countdown timer was set to 1 hour & the 2 wads lit. The one on the right is a cotton ball soaked with vaselene as a control. The lint/wax/egg crate burned for almost 12 minutes before extinguishing. The vaselene & cotton ball lasted about 8 1/2 IIRC, more than enough to start a fire even with dubious materials!

This was a mix of whatever lint was in the trap BTW so it probably has some syhthetic in its mixture. Maybe that's a use for the mixed lots & keep the cotton only for wad making?




I have to agree with you Sheriff . The vaselene soaked cotton ball is as good and less bother. You can store them in a 35mm film container or small perscription bottle.
 Let's keep the cotton lint for wadding.
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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2012, 08:53:43 AM »
I think you misunderstood my post a bit. My point was that the vaselene/cotton balls do work just fine, but the waxed lint/egg carton works even better & may be a way to use up mixed lint you don't want in the gun.

If it makes a difference its a little easier to start the cotton ball/vaselene with a steel match than the wax/lint egg carton.
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Re: Revolutionizing Wads
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2012, 09:58:00 PM »
So , What's the verdict on the cotton dryer lint wadding ?

 On a side note . Dryer lint makes a great fire starter when mixed with paraffin wax . Again, best to use cotton only . Don't need to be burning synthetics when you don't have to.
 Cotton dryer lint mixed into melted paraffin wax and then poured into pressed paper egg cartons . Fill the egg cups and allow to harden .
 Break off one egg cup with cotton and paraffin mix and light the paper egg carton cup. No other tinder is needed as this will burn for a long time.

Took some premium cotton DL to the range.  It had a generous quantity of cat hair mixed in, which I reasoned would help simulate felt, when compressed.  It works --- kinda. 

DL is fluffy enough that it takes a lot of it to compress down to make a proper thickness wad, so it's awkward & messy to use.  When fired, it disperses, and the powder flame ignites the cat hair.  Guy at the bench next to me wondered if I was launching tiny, flaming mammals downrange, since my powder cloud had that obnoxious burning cat smell in it.

Think I'll stick to the 2 ply paper wads, since they produce a controllable thickness wad that gives me quite good accuracy.