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Mikee5star

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Ear Plug reloads
« on: March 03, 2016, 08:15:50 PM »
Like the subject line says, anybody on here ever play with earplug reloads?

I saw a You Tube video where a guy was using earplugs in stead of wax bullets in his quick draw gun.  I have a bunch of primed brass just need to get rid of the mouth bell in order to be good to go. 

I have a bunch of thirty year old small pistol magnum primers that I don't know what I would use them for so...I am thinking about trying it out.
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    Re: Ear Plug reloads
    « Reply #1 on: March 03, 2016, 10:03:27 PM »
    Update #1

    Didn't work.

    I used Federal small pistol primers, .38 Spc. brass and Radians foam earplugs.  I think that the earplugs are too big for use in the .357 brass and bore.  I loaded twenty rounds, two earplugs exited the barrel.  Two failed to exit the brass completely, all the earplugs were too damaged to be reused.  All the primers bulged and showed signs of over pressure, as primers were only propellant no damage came to the firearms.

    Next experiment will be with .44 brass, but those guns are all in storage so it will have to wait.  Also it looks like I have lots more large pistol primers than small pistol primers.  If I can find my CCI 550s, I still have reloading stuff in at least three places, and I can find some smaller earplugs I might try again with .38 spc brass.

    When my camera card finishes down loading to the computer I will post some pics up.
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    Re: Ear Plug reloads
    « Reply #2 on: March 04, 2016, 12:47:07 AM »
    Took me a bit longer than I planned to get back to this.  Pictures are self explanatory.
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    Re: Ear Plug reloads
    « Reply #3 on: March 04, 2016, 01:04:50 AM »
    Earplugs by themselves caused over pressure?
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    Re: Ear Plug reloads
    « Reply #4 on: March 04, 2016, 01:18:33 AM »
      That's weird....

    Friend loaded earplougs in his cap and ball revolvers, capped them and it worked like a charm. 
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    Re: Ear Plug reloads
    « Reply #5 on: March 04, 2016, 01:38:46 AM »
    Forgive my ignorance, but why would anyone wish to shoot ear plugs? For reenactment purposes? (to get the boom, but hopefully none of the more injurious consequences).
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    Re: Ear Plug reloads
    « Reply #6 on: March 04, 2016, 03:48:33 AM »
    Wax bullets without the wax mess.
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    Re: Ear Plug reloads
    « Reply #7 on: March 04, 2016, 05:55:01 AM »
    Usually in quick draw competitions, for safety. You still wouldn't intentionally shoot them at anyone.
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    Re: Ear Plug reloads
    « Reply #8 on: March 04, 2016, 11:53:46 AM »
    Forgive my ignorance, but why would anyone wish to shoot ear plugs? For reenactment purposes? (to get the boom, but hopefully none of the more injurious consequences).

    When I was a kid scouting leader had plastic cartridge case with matching plastic bullet propelled by a shotgun primer.  No real noise, even shooting them inside.  They would break windows, but were reasonably "safe" for indoor target practice.  That was my idea, to develop a "gallery load" that I could shoot inside at short distances.  That would be cheap, and could utilize primers that I do not use for my reloading.  And just like any any loads not to shoot at people, although the orange plug do allow for quick id when using a revolver.
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    Re: Ear Plug reloads
    « Reply #9 on: March 04, 2016, 12:10:31 PM »
    Earplugs by themselves caused over pressure?

    The primers showed signs of over pressure.  There was no other propellant but the primer itself.  Here was my process;  I primed the brass, squeezed the ear plugs put them in the case, and them went out and shot them at a no parking sign on the shed wall.   

    A couple of the plugs expanded tightly enough in the brass that the primer ignition blew the plug in half, but not out of the brass.  Most of the earplugs had holes blown partially threw them.

    Brass was found in a box of reloading stuff de-primed, but not resized, and very dirty.  Also guns' bores were not shiny clean.  I think when I try this again I will use shiny clean nickle plated cases.  I will use a caliber and a earplug sized so that the plug fits snugly in the case, but does not need to be compressed to be inserted.  I will have the bores of my test guns shining like mirrors.  I might have to get another sample pack to see what plugs work best.
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    Re: Ear Plug reloads
    « Reply #10 on: March 04, 2016, 09:20:36 PM »
    To stop the primer setback you need to enlarge the flash hole.  IIRC, about 1/8" for a 38 spl.  Do not use those case for regular loads with powder.
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    Re: Ear Plug reloads
    « Reply #11 on: March 05, 2016, 12:08:02 PM »
    Thanks.

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