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Old January 27, 2011, 06:55 PM   #1
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How can i make 12 ga shotgun blanks for WWII reenacting?
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Old January 27, 2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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Reloading press, used hulls, and a bunch of primers.
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Old January 28, 2011, 03:45 PM   #3
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This is from 1998 edition of Dixie Gun Works catalog.
"How to load black powder blank shotshells.
Black powder is used in factory loaded blank shotshells, and should be used in handloaded blanks also. FFg granulation is recommended,
Either paper of brass shells can be used. The inside diameter of bress shells is greater than of paper shells,requiring special over size wads which are available. Also brass shells should be scrubbed in soapy water with a bristle brush after firing to remove black powder residue which would corrode them.

10 gauge blank shells are loaded with 6 to 8 drams of black powder.
12 gauges are loaded with 6 drams of black powder.
16 gauges with about 4 drams of blak powder and 20 gauges with about 3 drams of black powder.

It is absolutely necessarythat you use an extra heavy wad over the powder.
Either use commercial wads or newspaper carefully packed in tight.
Seal the wadding into place with Canadian Balsum or glue or candle wax."
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Old January 28, 2011, 04:49 PM   #4
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Is there a real danger of shooting someone with the wadding?
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Old January 28, 2011, 06:56 PM   #5
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You shouldn't really shoot any blank at someone ....espeically if the shell has a wad in it ...
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Old January 28, 2011, 07:03 PM   #6
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Never really could get into reenactment, kinda violates Rule #2
Never let the muzzle of a gun point at anything you do not want to destroy or kill.

That being said, I do enjoy watching them, and really like going to Maryland to watch Jousting, but the lances aren't loaded
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Old February 2, 2011, 11:04 PM   #7
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yah I know but its kinda helping someone out. I feel the same way but where I live there is a big WWI trench system dug out. Living history is what I like more.
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Old February 3, 2011, 12:54 PM   #8
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I live not far from the San Pasqual Battlefield monument. One of the few sites where the early Californios whipped the Yankees. I talked to one of the re-enactors about his musket. They pour loose BP down the barrels. They use no wads and don't allow ram rods during the re-enactment for safety reasons. For the pleasing the crowd, the flash and smoke are more impressive than the volume of the shots. But, for a WWII re-enactment is a black powder blank period appropriate?

Have you checked out Western Stage Props? They offer half (stage) and full (outdoors) charge blanks with a special hull that eliminates the need for an over powder wad.
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Old February 4, 2011, 01:46 PM   #9
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Black powder will light the news paper wad
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