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Is there a safe way to make shotgun blanks?

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  1. JB Logan Co. Ohio

    JB Logan Co. Ohio TS Member

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    The title of the thread is my question. Is it safe? We used to do it with the old cardboard wads (no shot) but haven't heard of a way to do it with today's componets. A load of confetti instead of shot? Just wondering.....

    JB=Jerry Beach 8503917
     
  2. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    We had a jokster at one club who was always shooting a confetti load so I know it can be done. I am not sure of how?
     
  3. gun fitter

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    I always saw them oversize and let them sit for a year then i move them to the eves of an attic or barn for 2-4 more years by that time their usually dry enought for turning in to a stock.
     
  4. JB Logan Co. Ohio

    JB Logan Co. Ohio TS Member

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    Oops, maybe I should have stated that better. How about non-shot (harmless) payload that goes boom. Saftey first, muzzle in safe direction, etc. You know a noisemaker in a shotgun shell.

    JB=Jerry Beach 8503917

    PS. Gunfitter, if I had even the slightest ability for that type of endeavor that method sounds as good as any I've heard. -JB-
     
  5. BuckGuru

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    I can't tell you how I do it, but lot's of my reloads are blanks judging by how many targets I miss.
     
  6. halfmile

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    Dog trainers use them all the time. Call them popper loads. They may be available commercially.

    HM
     
  7. maclellan1911

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    heck a primer is pretty load, just stick a empty shell with a live primer point it down range and see what happens. Are you trying to fool some one?
     
  8. shadow

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    Black powder and a hunk of toilet paper to fill the shell. Works great.
     
  9. JB Logan Co. Ohio

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    Kids are having a hay ride tonight. Someone who was going to be a bloody hunter can't make it tonight and asked me to fill in. Initial thought was not to do blanks but I thought I'd throw it out to the crowd. Second thought isn't much better than the first. One is that I haven't had time to try anything out at the range and the whole safety issue. I'll just use a chainsaw minus the chain and a bloody axe. Should be scary enough. If I still had my black powder pistol I'd just load it and stuff some TP as a wad and light 'er off but that was many years ago. Maybe next year with some better (more) planning.

    JB=Jerry Beach 8503917
     
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    JB Logan Co. Ohio TS Member

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    Shadow- you took the thought right out of my noggin'! Thanks.

    JB=Jerry Beach 8503917
     
  11. maclellan1911

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    get the confetti pull bang things, found at most joke/gag shop.
     
  12. noduck

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    I HAVE A BOX OF 12 GAUGE winchester FACTORY BLANKS. (23) SHELLS. $ 20.00 AND ILL PAY SHIPPING. DROP xs
     
  13. The Rock

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    I have used with good results G/M hull 18 grains of Solo 1000 12S3wad and enough baby powder to fill. A small amount of candle wax may be necessary to seal.

    PS: Stand upwind when shooting.

    Rock

    Jim
     
  14. Quack Shot

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    We used to make some using PB powder and card wads. I would suppose you could make a "blank" using a standard one piece wad and some lightweight filler. Popcorn (popped), confetti, cereal, corn meal, etc, may make a decent filler to enable you to obtain a crimp. Just don't shoot these towards anything you don't wish to damage. They could be lethal at close range.
     
  15. ricks1

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    It is not good to use a plastic shot wad they travel too far. Take 2 over powder wads and 25gr blue dot, fill with flake oats compressed. If you want colors put in some oats and a drop of food color a few more oats and a drop of another color,etc. 3 in shells work better and will fire in a 2 3/4 chamber. Always check barrel between shots. I would say any powder will work but blue dot is a slow burn mag and gives a BIG muzzle flash. rick
     
  16. School Teacher

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    Years ago, for new year's eve, I used to load a Federal Paper hull with 20 grains of Red Dot, an over powder card wad and 3 or 4 felt spacer wards (enough to fill the hull) and crimp. It was loud enough to wake the dead.

    Ed Ward
     
  17. School Teacher

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    Another thought regarding noisemakers, didn't somebody make a "bird bomb" 12 gauge load that fired an M-80 firecracker about 100 yards before it exploded?

    Ed Ward
     
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    Yup: have a pair right here in front of me. Called BYE BYE BIRDIE!! Comes 3 to a card. The back of the card reads: "Blasts an M-80 type projectile between 50 & 100 yards. When detonation you will see a BRILLIANT white light with a THUNDEROUS REPORT!" ATLAS AMMO, 603 Norris Hwy., Central, S.C., 29630. (864) 639-5454. I bought them and am sort of afraid to shoot them in MY gun. Called Atlas and they said DO NOT shoot them from a gun with a full choke. They said the 34" barrel was OK tho.
     
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    Want loud?

    Resize and prime an empty hull, then fill with 2F to a 1/2 inch from full, then crimp like you would an ordinaty shell.

    Mark it "BLANK" with a Sharpie pen so that you don't accidentally get it mixed in with your trap loads!

    louder than an M-80 and has about a 3 foot flame out the muzzle!
     
  20. JB Logan Co. Ohio

    JB Logan Co. Ohio TS Member

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    We used to have those report shells in high school. I believe they were called "twin shots". Indeed shot an M-80 like projectile out a hundred yds. or so with a bang when the "report" went off. Used to scare birds out of fields etc. Haven't seen them around for quite awhile.

    Last night was a hoot. No live rounds or blanks. I didn't know exactly who was at the party that would freak out about firing guns around the kids. I got more than a few looks coming out of the woods with my Chinese AK (MAK-90). I don't think the crowd shoots many guns but the kids had a good time. I don't think we scared many of them. If we would have broke them into smaller groups we probably would have done a better job, they had courage in numbers (7th graders). A good Friday night's activities.

    JB=Jerry Beach 8503917
     
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