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horsemen61
May 7, 2012, 04:29 PM
How do y'all feel about wax bullets does anybody make them hoow do you do it. Im looking to make some pistol rounds if I could

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joecil
May 7, 2012, 04:35 PM
I buy them and no powder used just a shotgun primer #209. Now in my case I use 45 Colt and purchased a box of 50 drilled cases which I've reloaded no a 100 times. No presses other than a means of removing and replacing the primers. Bullets screw in by hand. Accurate for about 30 feet and will penetrate fruit or soft tissue at about 15 feet. I buy here http://www.waxbullet.com/ and have found theirs to be about the best out there. I started using wax bullets years ago for quick draw but now use them for short distance target practice that is safe as well as very inexpensive.

wally
May 7, 2012, 04:57 PM
I made my own when I went through a cowboy quick draw phase. Deprimed some cases, marked them to avoid accidental reloading later, drilled the flash hole so the primer anvil had just enough to push against, primed the cases, and cookie-cutter the case mouths into a slab of paraffin canning wax.

I tired of rather quickly, but the accuracy was quite good diagonally across the garage (~25 ft). Pretty much only useful with revolvers.

56hawk
May 7, 2012, 04:58 PM
I burned a hole in the carpet with a wax bullet when I was a kid.

CountryUgly
May 7, 2012, 05:55 PM
I know guys mostly do .45's but is this something worth trying for say .38spl for punching paper?

joecil
May 7, 2012, 06:39 PM
I know guys mostly do .45's but is this something worth trying for say .38spl for punching paper?

Now that I don't know as I've only shot them with 45 Colt (or clone) SAA guns. Don't even know if they would work in a semi auto or for that matter a rifle other than perhaps a single shot since those have a feed tube or magazine also.

Rail Driver
May 7, 2012, 06:44 PM
I've used them in a compact 1911 before, but you have to hold the gun upside down to get them to feed since they've got the feed characteristics of an empty case.

Revolvers will fire them just fine.

GCBurner
May 7, 2012, 07:31 PM
The Speer plastic bullets work better, and are reusable.

icanthitabarn
May 7, 2012, 07:40 PM
I found the wax to be a waste of time in .38. Plastic is much better.

CountryUgly
May 7, 2012, 10:42 PM
Didn't mean to hijack the thread but thanks guys for the info. Plastic it is then.

FIVETWOSEVEN
May 7, 2012, 10:47 PM
When I did it, I just punched a primer out with a small punch, put a new one in and seated it using a vice block and then stuck the casing in a pan of wax. Works great for my purposes. :)

Dnaltrop
May 7, 2012, 11:10 PM
http://www.gunfighter.com/waxbullets/

Love em. Beware phone books, if they aren't supported properly and allowed to develop a curve, they can send a round back at you like a U-bend pipe. Hit myself in the lower leg and it stung like the devil.

I have used them for the odd House Mouse too, fairly accurate inside of 10 yards.

OcelotZ3
May 7, 2012, 11:43 PM
I've heard of people using glue sticks to create semi-plastic bullets for 38 spc. Haven't done it myself but might be worth a try.

CountryUgly
May 7, 2012, 11:46 PM
Empty .38 cases...check....primers...check...glue stick (why not).....check.... I'll let you all know how it goes tomorrow.......wish me luck!

loneviking
May 8, 2012, 01:16 AM
I buy online. For $25 I can buy a thousand. I use the .38s, regular primers and they do just fine. You can also load a small owder charge of a grain or so if you want more oomph. I use it for draw and point shooting practice, mostly against pesky birds.

stoney1666
May 8, 2012, 10:39 AM
Tried the glue stick in my 1911, the barrel was a bitch to clean

Ryanxia
May 8, 2012, 11:01 AM
Interesting idea. Never saw this before.

loneviking
May 8, 2012, 11:52 AM
Ryanxia-this is pretty much a revolver thing as the primer alone doesn't have enough power to even begin to cycle the slide on a semi-auto. Also, the wax bullets I buy from Gunfighter don't gum up the barrel. They have a soft, waxy feel when you load 'em but after firing they have a hard plastic feel.

Vern Humphrey
May 8, 2012, 12:22 PM
The Speer plastic bullets work better, and are reusable.
Indeed they are -- but the Speer plastic cases don't give enough support to fire reliably in some revolvers. I've found the best combo is plastic bullets with brass cases, with the flash holes drilled out, to match those on the plastic cases.

gym
May 8, 2012, 02:23 PM
My girlfreiends brother had a partner in treasury, that was half deaf from shooting these things in the house, almost 30 yrs ago. Danny "her brother said to me "that's all he does all day, 'when he's off', is shoot wax bullets at a target in the apartment they shared,obssevive compulsive. I want to try also, but in an auto, do they work in auto pistols or just revolvers, the plastic ones sound like they may work.

Vern Humphrey
May 8, 2012, 02:43 PM
No, they don't work in auto pistols -- that is, if you expect them to cycle the action are reload automatically.

Dnaltrop
May 8, 2012, 03:57 PM
As said with Semi-autos, if you bore out the end for the Shotgun primer, the primers tend to sit just a touch loose and drop free the moment they're unsupported from behind. (unless you're one of those impossibly precise folks)

You can simply use standard primers with a microscopic powder load, but as Vern said... You'll be cycling the gun manually.

Jim, West PA
May 8, 2012, 05:04 PM
" The Speer plastic bullets work better, and are reusable.

Indeed they are -- but the Speer plastic cases don't give enough support to fire reliably in some revolvers. I've found the best combo is plastic bullets with brass cases, with the flash holes drilled out, to match those on the plastic cases. "

I deg to biffer with both of ya.
Rubber bullets are more durable than the SPEER plastic ones.
And, quite accurate.

SPEER plastic cases with rubber bullets work great, ( shoot 'em in my wheel guns all the time), and you don't have to work with drillin out the cases.
Nor do you hafta prime 'em with a tool. Jist use the case over an anvil up primer and push it in.
Which wheel gun(s) did you have trouble with Vern ?
If ya wanna go wax horsemen61, jist melt parafin or bees wax and pour it out onto a cookie sheet and then like wally said..jist cookie cutter the wax usin a primed case.

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