Wax Wadcutters!

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by FullClip, Mar 30, 2020.

  1. FullClip

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    Ha-Ha....knocking on wood here, but have never burned myself pouring lead. But one of the worst burns I've ever got was using hot glue.....I'd be all dressed up like this before I tried it, and that stuff ain't cheap.

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    cheygriz God Bless Trump

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    I shot thousands of wax bullets before I discovered the Speer plastic bullets.
     
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    I would use the petroleum jelly instead of any grease..
     
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    unclebob DFC, MSM, 12 Air Medals.

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    Another fun thing to do, is fill the case with rice or barley and cap off with a dab of toilet paper or paper towel. Good for shooting wasps or flies. Also really shreds Black Widow spiders. Wife wasn't too happy about all the TP chunks and rice scattered about the house.

    Also, about 1/2 of a cottonball rammed into the case works good for shorter ranges than a wax bullet.
     
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    I wanted to run some wax bullets this year using 38 short colt cases and the flash holes drilled. Primer setback still presented itself, and I got busy so the winter draw/fire practice got put on hold.

    It was a lot of fun while it lasted though.
     
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    A million years ago< I bought a bunch of was bullets. A bit of a mess but fun.
    They had something added to make them quite firm.
     
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    When I was a kid, my Grandpa had a similar set up. He purchased a kit specifically set up for this sort of shooting.

    It was for a .38 spl. The cases were aluminum. Hard plastic wadcutter bullets came with it. The idea was to just use primers for propellant. No powder at all.

    It was fun on a rainy day in the basement. We used cardboard boxes full of wadded paper as the targets.
     
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    Rumor has it a magnum primer and wax bullets in a .44mag will kill a cat if the range is short enough. (Was. It me)
     
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    Well...not the best group ever from 5 paces. Hitting low, 2 cylinders full. No problem with the cylinder binding up...but I did have one dud primer even after hitting it 3 times. No idea what caused that..never remember having one before and using WSP primers. It has a wicked decent strike mark.
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    This thread got me thinking....
    I've noticed that 9mm brass slides inconveniently (or conveniently) pretty neatly by hand into a 40SW/10mm case. Here are my results with my Kahr CT40.

    First method: 9mm fired case slid backwards into a 40sw primed case= @150fps
    Would be easier to load in a revolver etc.
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    Second method: Primed 40sw case in chamber/ 9mm case slid backwards into muzzle (also stops conveniently) @80fps
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    Notes:
    9mm case sometimes will slide out of 40sw case even if seated with press. The smallest paper shim or dab of adhesive would take care of that. (Is a .380acp or other case slightly bigger?)

    The 9mm case at 150fps rebounded off of that tree quite energetically!

    This might solve the 9mm/40 debate at last!
     
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    Ha-Ha! Proving once again that "idle hands are tools of the devil". Bet even at that speed it would leave a mark.

    I don't have anything in .40...but may see about how a 9 or .380 fits in a 10mm case.
    On second thought, maybe I won't. Haven't had a beer yet today.
     
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    Wonder how much a magnum primer would bump up velocity? Also, and importantly if shooting in a semi-residential area, the report is much like a CO2 pistol I would say. Haven't tested too much for accuracy but hit what I wanted. Have some taping/spackling to get done, maybe get back out later...
     
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    Why? Need someone to hold it? :D
     
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    Doh ?
    :animlol::animlol::animlol:

    Especially when you have a very special set of skills ......

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    I shot some wax bullets ,many years ago. Then I discovered the Speer X-Ring bullets. I use those as well as the plastic cases for new shooters at times. I also got some brass 12g shells and I use those with wax for new shooters as well.

    With the brass cases, pistol and shotgun, yes, drill out the flash holes to keep the primer from backing out. Fed and Rem are the worst, CCI will sometimes not need it at all, but I do it to all of mine.

    I do keep a bucket at the press and bad pieces of 9mm as well as .380 and I put those into .40 cases with a magnum SPP. These are used for failure drills in training with Glock .40 S&Ws.
     
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    I found these on the range a couple of years ago. Did not know they even existed. I picked up about 5, shot two and kept the others. They would not cycle the action on my Glock 17 but did make holes in paper targets. I was told on the forum they could be lethal.
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    Those look like the plastic training ammo (German or Swedish I think) that they were selling out of SGN/ GL back around the turn of the century.

    I think they had a BB or something similar in them and were meant for short range practice/training.

    There was also a 7.62x51 version floating around too.
     
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    I still have several hundred of the blue plastic training rounds in .308. Students adverse to noise and recoil shot 1000s of the 9mm from revolvers when I was training full time. Both my boys shot their first rounds out of TC Encore .308 with those at about 10 years old.
     
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