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Thread: How to carry PPBs while Hunting?

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    Boolit Bub
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    How to carry PPBs while Hunting?

    For those that hunt with PPBs, how to you carry the extra rounds in the field, if they are loaded as I was told then only a very small portion of the bullet is in the case and its only finger tight, so its a pretty fragile round to be carrying around. I had some roll off my table onto the carpet and the bullets popped out of the case on a couple of them so just curious how you carry your spare rounds? With my greasers its no problem, they are down in the case and have a decent crimp on them so no problem putting 4 or 5 in my jacket pocket to carry.
    Chris W.

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    I would recommend a "Cartridge Wallet" type solution. Pics of various options can be seen at this Amazon Link:

    https://www.amazon.com/cartridge-wal...rtridge+wallet
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    an end mill pr drill tube would squeeze together and hold them together while in your pocket. 5-6 tubes should cover the day. Another option might be to carry cases with wads and compression, and patched bullets in a separate container and assemble as needed. Like breech seating or a muzzle loader.

    I believe most guys target and hunting ammo with PP may be slightly different. slightly different neck tension and a little more bullet in the case. My hunting ammo for these calibers is also slightly more neck tension with greasers than true match ammo.

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    The tube ideal is good, and could easily make one of the leather ammo wallets but would just have to be careful when extracting a round from it so as not to lose a bullet out the case, not always easy to do when in a hurry trying to reload. The other option is to set them a little deeper in the case and add a little more neck tension, think I'll look for some of those tubes mentioned, I have something like that I use for my muzzleloader that I keep my measured powder charges in so I can just pour and load when hunting. May just end up using my grease groove rounds for hunting till I come up with something. Probably work better in the field anyway as no wiping between shots.

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    Make friends with a couple tradesman ( machinist tool and die makers,cutter grinders, ) and youll have an over supply of them.

    If making an ammo wallet make it with a insert plastic or wood like a fuse holder with top and bottom rails the right spacing for shell length so the rounds pick straight up and out and dont need to slide out.

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    I'm not familiar with the tubes your talking about but then again I don't know any machinist either but I'll do some searching. I like the ideal of a wood insert, I think a piece of wood that about a 1/2" of the case went down in would work good, I think I'll make one of them anyway and look for the plastic tubes. Thanks for the ideals.

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    When you say shallow seated I take it your talking about a PP bullet.
    For hunting using a PP bullet I completely do it different than I would for matches or range time.
    My hunting bullets are a little less in diameter or with a reduced shank so it can be chambered in a fouled chamber.
    Also I seat the bullet deeper in the case and use a generous taper crimp, but not a roll crimp, so I can shake the round bullet down so it son't fall out. This will let me carry it in my pocket to belt if I want.
    Also, I use a Vellum paper instead my regular cotton or wood pulp. Vellum paper is a little stiffer and also water don't affect the patch like the onion skin paper.

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    This is how I carry mine. works great and they are handy. Just smear a little jojoba oil on the patches to make them somewhat water proof. I have scuffed up a couple of the patches on the butt stock cover. Still could camber the round if need be. I generally look at them when I get back to camp and just swap them out if I think I need to. Only swapped a couple in the last 10 years.
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