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Old 03-31-2014, 07:09 PM   #1
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My felt wads tend to fly out flaming. They are lubed, but still tend to burn. I live in a dry area and do not think this is the best idea.

I use a paraffin/beeswax/olive oil mix for covering the lead and I use a fairly stiff mix because I do not want it to melt when it is 125 degrees outside before firing the gun. I was wondering if dropping a ball of this wax/oil mix between the ball and powder would work instead of using a felt wad. Thoughts?
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:13 AM   #2
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I don't like the wads , you can use Instant Cream of Wheat or Corn meal between the powder and ball to keep it from chain firing . I use it for filler for reduced load to keep ball at the top of the cylinder and keep bore clean . You then only need grease over ball now to keep fouling soft so you can carry it greaseless . But I would shoot it with the grease when not carrying . I use alox and bees wax with a little Gray & Blue ball lube to soften grease . I can shoot all day long without cleaning the gun with this grease and IC of W . I only wipe the outside of gun down between reloading only . The black powder will still spit unburnt powder .



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I use a ball seater to reload on the bench . Sure make life a little easier .



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Do you find your cream of wheat comes our burning? I tried oatmeal, and it came out burning too. I also want to make sure if it had to be shot inside that it wouldn't burn the house down as well as frequent outdoor practice in dry areas.

I also often load off the gun, but mine is the cheap traditions brand loader for around $12 on Amazon.
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Do you find your cream of wheat comes our burning? I tried oatmeal, and it came out burning too. I also want to make sure if it had to be shot inside that it wouldn't burn the house down as well as frequent outdoor practice in dry areas.

I also often load off the gun, but mine is the cheap traditions brand loader for around $12 on Amazon.
I took some IC of W and put some on my metal table and trying burning it with a propane torch and it wouldn't catch on fire . It smokes and turn black . So no it wouldn't catch on fire .

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