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Old June 22, 2009, 01:40 AM   #1
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Wadding in my 1860

I am sure by now some of you are getting tired of the NOOB asking questions but there is more.

I have read the sticky on Cap and ball revolvers many times.

In it using a wool felt wad is suggested. It is also suggested to buy a felt cutter from Buffalo arms.

I went to there sight and found the cutter I then went o buy some wadding.

However they had many types.

Plant material

However they did not have wool.

So if I am going to buy a sheet of fabric which kind, works best. Also how do you lube these other materials.

I little help would be much apperciated.

I get my pistols next tuesday and I want to be ready to go shooting right away.
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Old June 22, 2009, 01:42 AM   #2
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I also have a rifle so if it was possible to use only one powder that would be great

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Old June 22, 2009, 01:51 AM   #3
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A lot of people seem to think that Black powder is the only way to go.

I am one who has been of that opinion for about 30 years and still recommend Black Powder fffg for under .50 cal ffg for .50 cal and over...
But you can buy either here... I buy 10/lb lots mix and match at a good price...shipping and hazmat included.
BP is more accurate less corrosive and cheaper than Pyrodex...also eazier to clean my opinion.

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Old June 22, 2009, 07:11 AM   #4
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You'll find that powder is a personal choice and there are some strong opinions on what to use. Try them all and use what works best for you. Do a search on 'grease cookies', you can make these at home, they well replace the wads and eliminate the need to grease the end of the chambers. They seal the chamber, keep things lubed and fouling soft. They are great for lubing the arbor too.
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Old June 22, 2009, 10:45 AM   #5
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gokyo - Buffalo Arms also has precut wool felt wads, either dry or prelubed. Cost point for each is reasonable - 1000 dry wads for $20.00 & you can use your own lube.

There is also - He has lubed felt wads for $6.00/200.

I prefer fffg in my revolvers & ffg in my .54 cal rifle; but either ffg or fffg would work just fine in both.

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Old June 22, 2009, 11:10 AM   #6
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You can probably go to a thrift store and get an old felt hat pretty cheap. They make good wads and there's a bunch of them in a hat for a buck or two. I answered the powder question on the other thread.
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Old June 22, 2009, 02:31 PM   #7
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Story break - my neighbor bought an old felt cowboy hat at the local thrift store for $1.00 a week ago. Went home and banged out a couple dozen wads, lubed 'em up and headed to the range to try them. Worked just fine. When he got home he couldn't find the hat - while he was gone the wife found the hat, all cut up and ragged, and cut up the remains for her sewing basket.

Gotta keep them valuables locked up.
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Old June 22, 2009, 05:25 PM   #8
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An outfit going by the name of Durofelt is the "official" supplier to all American muzzle loader and C&B shooters. They negotiated and won the big national felt contract, and control all of the nation's dense wool felt production and sheep too.
As a matter of fact, it's considered to be illegal to buy dense wool felt from anyone else but them.
So just buy theirs and try to stay out of the slammer!

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Old June 24, 2009, 04:17 AM   #9
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Hmmmm...Think I will get some of that Durofelt and try it out.
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Old June 26, 2009, 01:53 PM   #10
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For a 44 cap and ball pistol, go to harbor freight and buy the metric set of hollow punches(about $6). The 11mm punch makes great wads with the Durofelt. Soak them in the lube of choice(I like a harder lube for the wads than most folk) and you are good to go. I made enough wads for a years worth of shooting for less than $20 in the felt.
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Old June 26, 2009, 02:20 PM   #11
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Great suggestion on the punch set thank you.
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Thanks, I'll get that 11mm punch.
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Old June 26, 2009, 05:45 PM   #13
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Punch set what fer? you wanna make wads for a 44
well do what i do use a 45 colt case, bin useing them
for years.
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