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Post by Admin 29/11/21, 10:44 pm

I did these the other day, Mostly .45, and about 200 .54 Cal

Buying Bulk 1/8” Wool Felt from Durofelt is the ONLY way to go when you shoot as much as i do, I buy their Closeout stuff Punching out Wool Felt Wads 3355125947

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Post by George_Kelley 30/11/21, 06:35 pm

How do you sharpen those round blades? Question
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Post by Admin 01/12/21, 09:27 am

George_Kelley wrote:How do you sharpen those round blades? Question

So far I haven’t had to, I use a Clean Teflon Backing Punching out Wool Felt Wads 3355125947
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Post by Mark Goostree 02/12/21, 08:33 pm

Now you soak them in lube. What is your lube of choice? <edit> I posted before I thought to ask... do you lube before you punch them out? Is that easier, or does it really matter?

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Post by deerstalkert 02/12/21, 09:21 pm

i had to sharpen my 1 1/4 inch  punch.
i took a flat washer that fit into the cone and a bolt that would chuck into my drill press. put a nut on the out side of the cone and one on the inside and cinched them tight.
chucked in the drill press i used a fine half round file to get the divit out of the cutting edge, then used a stone to really sharpen it.
now i really watch what i use as a base. wife has been wondering what happened to her teflon cutting board! Punching out Wool Felt Wads 1139610133

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Post by Admin 02/12/21, 09:42 pm

Mark Goostree wrote:Now you soak them in lube. What is your lube of choice? <edit>  I posted before I thought to ask... do you lube before you punch them out? Is that easier, or does it really matter?

I lube mine after i punch them out, I use Stihl HP Ultra Full Synthetic 2 Stroke engine oil as Lube Punching out Wool Felt Wads 3355125947
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Post by Admin 02/12/21, 09:44 pm

deerstalkert wrote:i had to sharpen my 1 1/4 inch  punch.
i took a flat washer that fit into the cone and a bolt that would chuck into my drill press. put a nut on the out side of the cone and one on the inside and cinched them tight.
chucked in the drill press i used a fine half round file to get the divit out of the cutting edge, then used a stone to really sharpen it.
now i really watch what i use as a base. wife has been wondering what happened to her teflon cutting board! Punching out Wool Felt Wads 1139610133

I didn’t risk using my Wife’s cutting board, I bought mine at Buffalo Arms Very Happy
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Post by deerstalkert 02/12/21, 11:05 pm

i have lived here for 30 years and never been to Buffalo Arms! of course i only go to sandpoint 2 times a year on average. Heck i only go to BF once or twice a month.
i need some .32 cal balls so am planning a raid on Buffalo Arms soon.

wish i hadn't seen that link for the felt. i am soooo weak!

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Post by George_Kelley 03/12/21, 12:03 am

deerstalkert wrote:i had to sharpen my 1 1/4 inch  punch.
i took a flat washer that fit into the cone and a bolt that would chuck into my drill press. put a nut on the out side of the cone and one on the inside and cinched them tight.
chucked in the drill press i used a fine half round file to get the divit out of the cutting edge, then used a stone to really sharpen it.
now i really watch what i use as a base. wife has been wondering what happened to her teflon cutting board! Punching out Wool Felt Wads 1139610133

I am just not visualizing. Neutral Could you produce a video on YouTube to demonstrate? bounce
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Post by deerstalkert 03/12/21, 11:43 am

George, if i can wake up enough today i will. i just woke up after sleeping 12 hours straight!
i haven't slept more than 4 hours in a stretch in 40 years. wife thought i had died.
the youtube part may be beyond me though. did it once and it was ok but haven't done it again.
will try. or post step by step pictures here. that i can manage.
need another cuppa first. and maybe breakfast/lunch.
do you want the part where the wife finds her cutting board ? Punching out Wool Felt Wads 1986740415

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Post by deerstalkert 03/12/21, 12:51 pm

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Post by deerstalkert 03/12/21, 12:54 pm

using a drill press gives you two hands to control the tools. as you can see in one pic it also doubles my chance of injury.  Punching out Wool Felt Wads 1139610133

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Post by George_Kelley 03/12/21, 04:39 pm

Thanks much! Punching out Wool Felt Wads 3355125947
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Post by deerstalkert 03/12/21, 05:29 pm

you bet. of course it only works with this type of punch. i bought a set on Amazon for like 18.00

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Post by Admin 04/12/21, 03:02 pm

Looks good @deerstalkert Punching out Wool Felt Wads 3355125947 I do the same thing for Patch Roundball material, I have a few Hole Saws that i ground down and turned them in to Patch Cutters

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Post by deerstalkert 04/12/21, 11:20 pm

never thought of that but i have a few i could convert!

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Post by Admin 05/12/21, 06:08 am

deerstalkert wrote:never thought of that but i have a few i could convert!

They work really well, I use the Same Teflon cutting board as Backing Punching out Wool Felt Wads 3355125947
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Post by Ivan Wagurak 14/12/21, 05:42 pm

That is one of the slickest ideas I've ever seen for patch cutting!
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Post by Waters 29/12/21, 08:42 pm

Using a 54 caliber over powder wool patch in a 50 caliber. With a oversized patch, what size cutting dye would you guys suggest? would 9/16 die work fine ?I would be using it for hunting. so it would sit on powder for extended time so I would be using it unlubed could you please share a link for the die that you suggest for this application or point me in the right direction

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Post by Admin 29/12/21, 08:52 pm

Waters wrote:Using a 54 caliber over powder wool patch in a 50 caliber. With a oversized patch, what size cutting dye would you guys suggest? would 9/16 die work fine ?I would be using it for hunting. so it would sit on powder for extended time so I would be using it  unlubed could you please share a link for the die that you suggest for this application or point me in the right direction

9/16 is to Big, I use 9/16 in my .54 Cals. For .50 Cals I use a 13MM Punch which equals .511-.512
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Post by Waters 30/12/21, 08:28 am

Thanks lew

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Post by Admin 30/12/21, 09:17 am

I got my MM Punches From Ebay, There were lot’s of options back then, I haven’t looked lately? Most are cheap Chinese made Punches

Here is another option, and these are VERY High Quality punches, I have the .45 Rifle and .50 Cal, The .50 Cal is .512 Which is ideal Punching out Wool Felt Wads 3355125947
https://www.buffaloarms.com/510-hammer-struck-wad-punch-50rifle.html
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Post by Admin 30/12/21, 09:23 am

Here is another important item that goes with Punching out your own Wads, I ruined a Nice .45 Cal Punch by using a piece of Hardwood, I hit a Knot and Destroyed the Edge. I went to one of these BACO Punch boards and everything is Perfect, Smooth sailing now Punching out Wool Felt Wads 3355125947

I have punched out a Few Thousand Wads and this cutting board stil looks new, These are really good

https://www.buffaloarms.com/wad-punch-cutting-pad-pad.html

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Post by EdMehlig 30/12/21, 01:23 pm

Lew, I know the 45's are about .451-.452 in diameter I assume the .460 diameter wide enough? I never measured the 50cal Felt Wads. Guess I should have done that before asking you? Punching out Wool Felt Wads 1986740415
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Post by Grant Northcott 13/02/22, 04:44 am

Those felt wads are the same diameter as the barrel? Sorry for the dumb question, but this is all very new to me. Do the felt wads serve the same purpose as using wasp hive material?
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