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Straighten wad petals????????????

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by DecalDude, Mar 28, 2012.

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  1. DecalDude

    DecalDude Active Member

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    Ok I cant be the only guy who wonders? What is the easiest way to get the wads all straight ready to roll after they been cramped in the bags in cases?

    Whos got the answers? I need it bad! lol


    Jerry Lewis
     
  2. Calkidd

    Calkidd Well-Known Member

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    I have heard to throw them in a laudry net and in the dryer for a few minutes on LOW.

    I personally just throw them in the wad station and push them in. But jacked up wads are easier with a MEC.
     
  3. Highrise

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    I have been wondering the same thing. Have a case of WAA12's that I gave up on and switched to RXP's due to this issue.
    Loading on a PW bent in petals are a major headache as when the ram comes down it folds the petal in and the shot spills over the top. Not really a problem on a MEC as you run the wad up onto the ram and the shot fills the hull on the way out.

    G
     
  4. grunt

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    Low heat in the drier will straighten the petals, Doesnt take very long. I wait till the wife goes shopping. She doesnt like the wads in her drier.
     
  5. pigeon101

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    The wifes hair dryer works well also.


    Jason in PA.
     
  6. Bird30

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    I have tried the dryer and a welding rod heated box and I still have to bend them out while the are hot. I just gave up and buy the stitched wads and don't have that problem. I even stitched my wads but that is a timely process.

    Dave
     
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    I use a Mec Grabber reloader so doesn't matter how bad/jacked up the petales are
    they go in and the shot is dropped and the wad is filled. Never a bad wad seated or petals allowing shot to be misplaced.


    Jason in PA
     
  8. Bob Merkov

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    Jerry,

    I was thinking about that this past weekend during a reloading session. I recently switched to Downrange eight petal 1 oz. wads and they do slow the reloading time down. I haven't tried the dryer trick yet, and I can't in my mind see how that will work, but I've got to do something.

    I have a case of these things, and they do perform very well, but it's another quarter of the time it takes me to load a flat of shells using them.

    I to would welcome a solution to this situation.

    Bob M.
     
  9. skeezix

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    Clothes dryer on high for about 15 minutes. Put them in a mesh bag, preferably one not prone to opening while flopping about in the dryer. Dump the warm hulls in a laundry basket or something and let them cool. I've done this several times to bags of crunched wads. Works fine.

    AA28hs wads are terrible for being shmucked in the case - The dryer trick works, but I find I don't need the dryer if I use a little stiffer wad - like the claybuster.
     
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    Been loading Windjammers and put them in the dryer for a few minutes before loading. They open like a spring flower!

    Don
     
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    I've done the dryer trick on Windjammers (original flavor and CB clones) too but it lasts only so long. Heat what you intend to load in a session; if they are heated and stored afterwards, the petals will take on a barrel shape which defeats the purpose of heating them.

    Keller
     
  12. scooterbum

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    While reloading, any bent wads go into a container. During the summer season, I place these in the summer sun for a couple hours. Voila!
     
  13. shot410ga

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    Claybusters use to have the problem big time. But, they must have changed the plastic formula or something because the last few cases I've purchased don't have many bent petals. The wads seem thicker and slightly spread out at the top. Much better than they use to be.
     
  14. DecalDude

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    The dryer tip worked!!! I am changeing from the Orange Claybusters for Remington/Winchester to Purple Federal. The purple sample I got at the grand went in Nice last night.

    I do have 10 bags I will be selling Due to the fact Remington hulls are hard to come by here for me without buying.



    Thank You all for the quick easy great solution *glad Mrs is a shooter she didnt care bout the dryer lol)


    Jerry Lewis
     
  15. Mike Battista

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    Yes use the dryer. Five minutes on low heat. Open the dryer door and let the heat out. Then turn on the dryer for ten minutes on air only, no heat. This allows the wads to cool off while in the open position.
    Mike Battista
     
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    I also load on a PW 800+. I keep a clay target box off to the side to throw these bent petal wads into as I reload. When I get almost a full layer in the bottom I use a hair dryer set on high and move them around in the box as heat is applied. It only takes 30 seconds to 1 minute to have them straighten out.


    Plastic has a memory and returns to the original configuration when heat is applied.


    Michael Stephenson
     
  17. Dr.Longshot

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    Throw 2 VIAGRA pills in with the wads in a pillow case and that will solve your problems, they come out stiff and straight.

    Also try 2 VIAGRA's in a can of COKE and pour your self a stiff one.

    Makes your wife or girlfriend happy too.


    Gary Bryant
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  18. grnberetcj

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    Dryer on high, 10-15 mins.

    Curt
     
  19. Masterplan

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    OK heres my solution .............

    You may find this at your local HD or Lowes

    Buy a small amount of "pour rock" or "fast set"

    Mix a Baseball size amount into a container. Use only the least amount of water to make the mixture thicker than peanut butter.

    Ball it up into a mount on your bench as I did or on a pc of plywood and when it starts to get firm .. form the top into a shape you can put the wad on and spin it open...

    Now this may sound silly to some (sorry) make it into the shape of a breast.

    I put a screw into my bench first so it woulnd break off.

    It works for me, and I can just keep loading....

    I've only ran accross one bag of CB which was SO bad that it prompted me to find something because it was so frustrating to stop and unbend the petals.

    Good luck.
    :eek:)
     
  20. hmb

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    Get a Mec. HMB
     
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