Wax balls in 1851 Navy Cap and Ball?


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toddbg
January 5, 2013, 01:26 PM
Hi Guys -
I was watching some cowboy action shooting and saw that they were using wax bullets for there fast draw shooting. I went and looked at the brand mentioned and saw how cheap they were and got to thinking about my new C&B pistol.

Is it possible to shoot wax balls? Has anyone done this? What would the load be? Are there any sellers out there?

I'm mainly thinking about shooting in the backyard in the city.

Thanks!

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TheRodDoc
January 5, 2013, 03:22 PM
I have in 36 cal. Just mold the wax in your ball mold and use caps only for inside. I just push the ball in the chambers flush with the cylinder face with my finger to load them.

Crossfire
January 5, 2013, 04:30 PM
The first bullets I shot out of my 1860 Army were wax. The Remington caps would not push them out of the bore so I used 5 grs of Triple 7. Pour melted paraffin into a container about 5/8 inch deep and let it firm up but not harden. Drill out the primer pocket of a .45acp brass. Punch out the bullets with the brass and punch them out of the brass with a dowel. They will fit perfectly in the .44 chamber. Load same as you would a ball. For .36 cal use a 38 special brass.

A lot of fun to shoot, but the gun still has to be cleaned afterward.

Crossfire

SleazyRider
January 6, 2013, 09:29 AM
I'm mainly thinking about shooting in the backyard in the city.

Purely out of curiosity, I wonder if it makes any difference---from a legal standpoint---if you're shooting wax or lead balls. Sure, I understand from a safety standpoint, but I'd hate to see you get hosed by the local authorities on a technicality.

kBob
January 6, 2013, 09:51 AM
Many moons ago I did wax bullets in modern cartridge guns. Amoung the things we did with them was build a large simple bullet trap using multiple layers of card board on either sid of a one by one set of seven foot long rails backed by a free hanging blanket. The ladies I shared the house with would do their home invader drills with their little .38 SPL revolvers, flashlights and phones and actually engage a man shaped target with the wax bullets.

More than a few rounds appeice though and it got stinky in the house and folks started to worry about lead from the primers.

Any how at the time I was doing some action style shooting with a 1911 style .45ACP and so modified som cases and single loaded the same to practice presenting and firing from the holster. I was encouraged to "take it outside." I on a few occassions during the middle of the day went out and did so, and even got to do some flashlight work around ninish one night. Then one day I was out just before sundown and the neighbors were home from work. While they said nothing to me about it they said to the 911 dispatcher that someone was shooting at a house (I was using the blank section of block wall between the bathroom and kitchen as a final back stop) with an automatic pistol. Officer friendly fortunately had the forethought to go to the front door first and the girls explained what I was doing and how and then offered to go have me lock and clear so Officer Friendly could comfortably approach me for a discussion.

Naturally I do not argue with Officer Friendly "in the field" (that is what courts are for) so all was settled happily with my promising not to frighten the neighbors and "take it inside"

I was fortunate to have an understanding Officer Friendly take the call and shudder to think what might have happened if Officer Jack-Booted Thug had made a dynamic entry into my back yard while I had .45 ACP in hand.......

Something to think about "legal" or not.

-kBob

Foto Joe
January 6, 2013, 10:37 AM
Extremely good point kBob.

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