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    Homemade overshot cards 12 gauge

    Now I needed some overshot cards for some light loads I was making for some yard pests and didnít need a full load. No one had them local and wasnít paying 10 bucks for shipping. Grabbed a few things I had in the shop and made my own punch for cards, now I have an endless supply.

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    I punch the center out of the plastic caps that come on top of the drinking water bottles. Gp

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    Now there's a good idea! I use a 3/4" gasket punch for full bore and made a punch for 16 ga. wads (0.672" wad size) for use under balls and slugs in shotcups. The only plastic I had was a kids snow slider and while tough it is pretty thin. Bottle caps are thicker and stiffer. Hadn't thought of that.

    But yes, a little innovation and a bit of work and there's lots you can make yourself.

    I like to see these ideas posted. A guy can always learn something new or even just to see what someone else is doing can cause that light to turn on!

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    I had got years ago the Snap on gasket punch set and all the cutters that is there I use for all my shotgun over powder and shot cards for 10,12,20,410 and also for for use in shotshells for 44mags and 357/38spl and 327/32 H&R mag. ,I use cracker box cardboard for it all. For Shotshells I use 2 cards over the powder and one over the shot.
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    You might also consider the poly-waxed cardboard from milk or juice cartons for your wads. We used those as over powder wads for rifle cases used for breech seated rounds in Schuetzen.

    For my 20 gauge, I was fortunate enough to pick up a NOS Ideal 20 gauge wad punch somebody won in a junk box in an auction and let me have cheap. I'm hoping to also use it for wads for my 64 cal smoothbore Maynard.

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    Been punching over shot cards since I bought my first muzzleloading shotgun back in the late 70's. They also work in 2 1/2" shotshells. Plastic hulls cut back if you have a roll crimper and in brass hulls under waterglass. Back then, not knowing Alcan was still selling wads and cards, that was the only way we had to shoot the old guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Frog View Post
    You might also consider the poly-waxed cardboard from milk or juice cartons for your wads. We used those as over powder wads for rifle cases used for breech seated rounds in Schuetzen.

    For my 20 gauge, I was fortunate enough to pick up a NOS Ideal 20 gauge wad punch somebody won in a junk box in an auction and let me have cheap. I'm hoping to also use it for wads for my 64 cal smoothbore Maynard.

    Froggie
    You can also use paraffin and melt it and put your cardboard in it and wax it that way and then just cut you cards or do it after you have cut your cards and save the wax use. My dad taught me that when he was teaching me taxidermy and use wax cardboard for when you mount fish to hold the fins open and to dry out. You pin them on to the wax cardboard. It is the old way of taxidermy he taught me.
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