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Old August 22, 2012, 08:11 AM   #1
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Video - Making and shooting home made C&B revolver wads

In this video I'll show cap and ball shooters how to save a lot of money by making their own lubricated felt cap & ball revolver wads. The video shows how I make my black powder lube, and how I make lubed cap and ball revolver wads. Then we'll load an Uberti 1860 Army revolver using our homemade wads and do some shooting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgNVPC2wmWI
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Old August 22, 2012, 11:09 AM   #2
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Another great vid thanks Mike!
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Old August 22, 2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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Ditto to that, and me, too.
Thick gasket paper, available from auto parts stores, seems to make pretty good wad material, too.
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Old August 22, 2012, 03:10 PM   #4
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Mike,

Another great video.

I make my wads out of felt from a 100% wool felt hat. It is not nearly as thick as 1/8...Maybe just over a 16th.

I am going to start using a recipe that is closer to yours for the lube too.

I am a devout tightwad so a hat for two bucks at the thrift store and a pound of beeswax here and there from keepers who don't want to filter their wax and hence just throw it away is right up my alley.
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Old August 22, 2012, 07:15 PM   #5
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Good Information

Thanks for the write up Been a decade since I shot any firearms for recreational or fun. And I am looking forward to getting back into the fun of black powder shooting.
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Old August 23, 2012, 09:15 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum, Whetstone.
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Old August 23, 2012, 05:56 PM   #7
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I do much the same except I use the 50/50 beeswax and crisco. I punch the wads first, grab what I need, and soak them in a little lube in a dedicated empty tuna can.
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Old August 24, 2012, 10:23 AM   #8
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Keep em coming !!!

If nothing else, you have given us the source of your materials which is really helpful. I use to get Lamb Tallow years ago and needed a new source. Might also add that I use these wads on my M/L rifles. ....

Mike, have you ever used any additives to reduce them getting rancid? Knowing how you shoot, yours don't get a chance to do so. We use to keep ours, in the refrigerator. ....

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Old August 24, 2012, 05:36 PM   #9
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I have about six pounds of lube in a tupperware-type tub with a tight lid that I store in my basement shop. I've never had a problem with it going rancid.

I use this lube for wads, greasing round ball patches, and to lube black powder cartridge bullets. So I do go through a lot of it, but when the tub gets low, I just brew a new batch and pour it in with the old stuff.
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Old August 25, 2012, 01:21 AM   #10
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Duelist

Two aspects of your 6:36 post.

It is good to know you use the same lube for cartridges, patches, wads and so forth.

Also, I agree about shelf life. I had some lube sealed for a very long time, several years. No problem.
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Old August 25, 2012, 11:13 AM   #11
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Wha? Nobody uses spit anymore?
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Old August 25, 2012, 06:11 PM   #12
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Thank you for posting that video, Mike. I had ordered the felt a month or so ago and have a connection with a bee keeper, so I'm gathering the ingredients. Your video tutorial was most helpful!
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Old August 25, 2012, 06:45 PM   #13
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You can use papier mache egg cartons to make wads.
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