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Old November 10, 2016, 09:17 PM   #1
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Altoids in round tins

Are they not available anymore? I wanted to make char cloth and they're perfect for it.

I've a couple of musket cap tins that would work but they're filled with musket caps right now.
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Old November 10, 2016, 09:24 PM   #2
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You could send me the tins with the musket caps and I'll remove the caps and send the tins back so you can use them. : )

On a serious note, could you transfer the caps to a small glass canning jar and use the tins to make your char cloth?
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Old November 10, 2016, 11:31 PM   #3
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Do you have a bb gun? Daisy sells BBS in the round tins. Screw on lids, nice little units. Check into them.
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Old November 10, 2016, 11:47 PM   #4
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What diameter?

There are shoe polish cans. Travel size Eucerin cans. Maybe Burts Bees?

And there are other candy/mint cans besides Altoids.There is a fruit hard candy one.Name escapes me.
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Old November 11, 2016, 12:47 AM   #5
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The fruit hard candy one is Fruities. I use them as pillboxes also and they are a lot cheaper than buying a pill box. I am on my second one in 13 years and they spend a lot of time in my jeans pockets. I am pretty amazed they hold up as good as they do. They would work great for your use.
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Old November 11, 2016, 06:45 AM   #6
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Do you have a bb gun? Daisy sells BBS in the round tins.
Crosman pellet tins also.
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Old November 11, 2016, 08:06 AM   #7
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^^^
Yes.
As much as I shoot airguns these days, the round tins of various sizes seem to be growing out of hand.
How many do you want?
Better yet, get yourself an airgun or two for practice and start your own collection of tins.
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Old November 11, 2016, 10:08 AM   #8
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Thanks guys. Next time I go to Wally World I'll look for pellet tins. Hopefully I have a pellet gun that'll it work with. I have a .177 caliber, but not a 22. I'll also see if I can find Fruitys.

Earlier this year I sent two musket/altoid tins filled with used cleaning patches I had tossed into the fireplace to make char cloth. Sent them to my uncle with some stuff for him and some stuff for my nephews. My uncle was delighted to get the char cloth, then he had to be told its for the nephews. Anyway, I want to make it right.
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Old November 11, 2016, 11:50 AM   #9
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I like the old shoe polish tins. They have a good seal and are easy to open with the little twisty thing.
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Old November 11, 2016, 01:40 PM   #10
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How's about a empty Copenhagen tin. It's the ideal container for a woodsy minded fellow needing a place to tuck something away in. And when sitting in your deer stand opening the tin occasionally will release a dandy cover up scent too. (You bet cha.)
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Old November 11, 2016, 05:39 PM   #11
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If you go to E-Bay or Amazon and search "round metal tins" you get lots of options.

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Old November 16, 2016, 10:21 AM   #12
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Victory!

Went to Wally World yesterday and bought two tins of Crossman .177 pellets. I declare victory in this matter.
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Old November 16, 2016, 10:46 AM   #13
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char cloth tin

i just got ALTOIDS yearstady at CVS, farmacy and they werent in a round but oblong the only way i haver seen them5x3 inches, that is what i use. let me know if this helps?
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Old November 16, 2016, 10:51 PM   #14
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Cookies come in tins large enough to make a lifetime supply of charcloth in one firing. And you get to eat the cookies.
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Old November 17, 2016, 09:35 AM   #15
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cookie tins, WOW!! now that is an idea that comes with age and wisdom.
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Old November 17, 2016, 11:27 AM   #16
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I can see mountain man with a canteen size Danish butter cookie tin used just for char cloth.
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Old November 18, 2016, 04:31 AM   #17
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I generally make my char cloth in a cookie tin ( usually over a hot plate outside, since the smoke and odor can get pretty intense). I get a pretty good supply and keep it in a sealed jar where it lasts for a long time. I just fill up the smaller tins to take with me when needed.
I used some monk's cloth for the last batch and it works really good!
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Old November 19, 2016, 07:54 AM   #18
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altoids tin

what is MONKS CLOTH?
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Old November 19, 2016, 09:33 PM   #19
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I didn't know what Monk's cloth was so I went to Amazon and found some.



https://www.amazon.com/Monks-Cloth-N...monk%27s+cloth

I'm sticking with used cleaning patches. First, I already paid for them and second, I give them a second life by making them into char cloth.
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Old November 20, 2016, 08:47 AM   #20
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MONKS CLOTH

i guess that it is verry course woven 100% cotton, not cheep. i to will keep using washed cotton cleaning patches. i wash them by hand in the sink with dish detergent to get the cleaning solvents out, takes no time at all.if you dont it will leave a shinney hard resedue on the cloth. i wait till i get a 100 or so. boy am i going to die with the mother load of them. how many do you use in a tear? thanks for the answer on what is MONKS CLOTH.
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Old November 20, 2016, 09:36 AM   #21
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After Christmas there will be many larger decorative tins available for cheap. And some of them will contain fruitcakes hard enough for making bullets!
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Old November 21, 2016, 06:00 AM   #22
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Don't remember what I paid for the monk's cloth, but a yard of it from a fabric store will last a guy for a really long time. As a lot of guys do, I used cleaning patches for a long time and they work well, I just found the monk's cloth to hold a spark a lot longer and with the deep weave of it you can really get a pretty large spot burning hot at one time and gives me a little longer time to get the tinder going. Not a problem with patches for char, just another alternative.
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Old November 21, 2016, 07:13 AM   #23
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Thanks Old Stony.
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Old November 21, 2016, 10:12 PM   #24
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Upon returning home....

Pulled the tin out of the fireplace and darn if I can't unscrew it. Talk about having too many First World Problems.
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Old November 22, 2016, 11:27 AM   #25
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Just for s's and g's I made a bunch of char cloth in a bush's bean can in the fireplace. I tried like crazy to find a piece of steel that would make sparks on flint, but I can't make enough sparks to light the cloth. I got an old flintlock lock that has some worn parts, and fixed it up to light char cloth. Works good, but, it sure is a lot easier to have a ferro rod and cotton balls or dryer lint.
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