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Old February 21, 2012, 06:54 AM   #1
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Wax slugs?

The concept has my wallet's attention. Heard they are good out to about 40 yards or so which suits my range needs just fine. Interested to hear what all you shotguns guys think.
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Old February 21, 2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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I have never heard of anyone I know using wax in a shotgun. They work fine in a .38. That's all I know.

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Old February 21, 2012, 02:07 PM   #3
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Same here johnbt.

Have played with wax and soap out of handguns but never shotguns.
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Old February 21, 2012, 02:41 PM   #4
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Old February 21, 2012, 03:03 PM   #5
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Old February 21, 2012, 03:52 PM   #6
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Sorry guys. I realize my post begs a bit of clarity. Here is what I mean by making your own wax slugs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBWWq...e_gdata_player
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Old February 21, 2012, 06:49 PM   #7
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For all the trouble he's going through, I think I'd just get a Lee slug mold. In an earlier thread, one of the members reported outstanding accuracy with his Lee slugs.

The thing with wax slugs is temperature control, a warm day and a hot gun could turn wax slugs (in the mag) to soup -- what a mess.
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Old February 21, 2012, 07:08 PM   #8
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OK, got it.

Pop grew up in coal country PA during the first Depression. His version used melted tallow instead.

As an emergency improvisation, it's OK.

But good slugs are neither scarce nor expensive. Better choice, IMO.

I doubt shoving a semi solid mass of wax and lead through any great degree of choke is dangerous, but I believe accuracy will be iffy.
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Old February 21, 2012, 07:18 PM   #9
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Richard - I followed these directions a few months ago. Worked great! I was impressed with the power, and accuracy was just fine.

It is a simple and good experiment - try it!
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Old February 21, 2012, 09:03 PM   #10
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Thanx guys. Had a few extra minutes today and put 6 of them together. Was pretty easy and kinda fun. Will report back after testing these few at the range tomorrow.
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Old February 21, 2012, 10:50 PM   #11
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I wondered who in the world thought a wax slug would be useful. After finally getting home and watching the video I see it's not a wax slug at all; there's shot in it.

I guess the guy wasn't sharp enough to figure out how to put together a double boiler and melt wax the safe way. It's a hydrocarbon mix and burns easily. You know, like methane, etc. I guess he never did any canning with his granny.

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Old February 22, 2012, 05:04 PM   #12
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John's correct, they might be called wax buffered shot shells, or shot buffered wax shells. I wonder what the fish & game officials think of them.
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Old February 26, 2012, 12:59 AM   #13
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Fun!

Took out the six shells out that I made earlier this week, and man, I wish I'd made more! Punched quarter size holes in the metal plating of a computer tower a 20 yards. Gonna test more at varying distances later next week.
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Old February 26, 2012, 07:31 AM   #14
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Probalby less hassle to just cast the things in a mold for slugs in the long run. Or fill the mold with 7 1/2 shot then pour the lead in and have a sintered shot load.
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Old February 26, 2012, 11:55 PM   #15
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Punched quarter size holes in the metal plating of a computer tower a 20 yards.
Now that's the kind of thing that encourages public support for gun ownership. For real fun try shooting at passing vehicles.
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Old February 27, 2012, 09:50 PM   #16
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What's the problem with shooting an old PC?
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Old February 27, 2012, 10:26 PM   #17
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Holy crap! When I was a kid the neighbors horse used to get out and run through the garden and flower beds. Chased my mother and tried to stomp the dog. On an old guys advice, I opened up the crimp on a paper 12 gauge shell, poured out the shot, and melted a candle in and recrimped it. Next time the horse came around I shot it in the butt and it lit out of there like it was in a race. After seeing that video I have to wonder how bad I screwed up that horse. The old guy said it would come out as melted wax.
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Old February 28, 2012, 01:37 AM   #18
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After seeing that video I have to wonder how bad I screwed up that horse. The old guy said it would come out as melted wax.
In the videos he was mixing shot in with the wax, saying that it wont lose even one ball of shot until it hits the target, so as long as you didn't mix any shot in with it the horse probably just got a good sting.
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Old February 28, 2012, 03:30 AM   #19
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Any idea what kinda of pressure these things run?
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Old February 28, 2012, 01:19 PM   #20
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Now that's the kind of thing that encourages public support for gun ownership. For real fun try shooting at passing vehicles.
You don't know what a computer tower is, do you?

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Old February 28, 2012, 02:59 PM   #21
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Is it like a cell phone tower?

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Old February 28, 2012, 05:50 PM   #22
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Computer tower- The metal box that houses old PC computers. Usually about 24" tall by 10" wide, and about 18" to 24" deep. Super fun to shoot at with slugs/centerfire rifle rounds.
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Old February 28, 2012, 06:37 PM   #23
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Not so much this:




But this:

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Old February 28, 2012, 06:51 PM   #24
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But, the first tower looks more challenging and possibly more fun.
And, the possibility of incarceration adds to the adrenalin buzz.
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Old February 28, 2012, 10:16 PM   #25
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Zippy- Dig your style
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