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    Canvas shot bags

    While digging around at my folks place last week, I found a bunch of old canvas bags that once held 25lbs of chilled lead #8 shot. Lawrence is the brand name, they are quite cool. I have a couple I filled with sand and sewed up to use as rifle rests, but not sure what to do with the rest. Do people collect bags as well as other component cans/crates?

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    I reload trap so I end up with lots of them. No particular value, but I fill them with pea gravel and leave them at our range for the members to use as shooting rests. So far I have made 8 and all but 1 have been stolen by some moron. When spring comes I'll put some out again. I mean what kind of loser would steal a free canvas bag filled with pea gravel from it's members?
    I just shake my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polymath View Post
    what kind of loser would steal a free canvas bag filled with pea gravel from it's members?
    I just shake my head.
    After watching the news, and years of careful observation,,,,
    I've come to the conclusion that roughly 60% of our nation's population is just trash.
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    Unless they are really old they seem to sell for about $5 each on eBay. I just purchased five for a $1 each. Wished the seller had more at that price.
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    My LGS puts out for free when they have them.

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    Mine are filled with corn cob media and stay in my range box. Light weight "sand" bags.

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    I also have a few empties, but not enough. My mother and wife quilt and we saving the bags to make kiddo a quilt for next year’s Christmas gift.
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    I put bullet molds wrapped in vapor inhibiting paper in shot bags then store in ammo can. Others I made dust covers for different equipment like my lead pot. Saw a man who made a shop apron of shot bags. Of course some gun rest bags. Not as impressive as a pair of jogging pants made of Crown Royal bags but do their job. GW

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    When I make sandbags out of shot bags, I put the sand in ziplock bags, then put the ziplock bags in the shot bags.

    Less leakage. And the ones I leave on the rifle range at the club don't get waterlogged as fast from the dummies too lazy to put them away when they are done.

    On the stolen ones, may not be as many stolen as thrown away. We have had more than I can count damaged over the years by people who shouldn't own a gun.

    They set up the bags so the very end of the barrel is supported. Past the end of the barrel. So the end of the barrel is sinking into the sandbag.

    Then touch one off.

    The bags that just get scorched or just ripped slightly get left. The professionally done, "hold my beer and watch this" end up in the trash. At the bottom.

    I know, I'm the guy who empties the trash at the range. There have been a couple virtually ripped in half.

    I'd like to see one done, never been there when one was executed. It's got to be impressive.

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    I think I have 50-60 of them, one of them says "New Bag Label Adopted 1-1-62". The others I believe are older. I removed these from a resort/cabin in Colorado when I was much younger. I had been hired to clear out a shed and throw everything away. Packrats had been in there for years. I washed all of the bags intending to make a quilt cover from them. But in the end they just sat in a box in my folks shed instead.

    I found some of the same pattern on Ebay. Of course different folks are asking anywhere from $5 to $14, and still no indication that anyone has purchased one at those prices. I guess the better idea is to put the stack in swappin & sellin section and try to get the die sets I need. I'm sure it'd also be beneficial if I could sort out how to post pictures in a timely manner as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polymath View Post
    I reload trap so I end up with lots of them. No particular value, but I fill them with pea gravel and leave them at our range for the members to use as shooting rests. So far I have made 8 and all but 1 have been stolen by some moron. When spring comes I'll put some out again. I mean what kind of loser would steal a free canvas bag filled with pea gravel from it's members?
    I just shake my head.
    YEP - I made about a dozen for each the two ranges I belong to made out of old blue jean legs when the pants had big wear holes in them (Could not find a young person who was styling to buy them - hahaha). All disappeared within a month at each range. No longer make and leave them.

    I have a couple of the empty shot shell bags ands/reuse them for storage of items.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winger Ed. View Post
    I've come to the conclusion that roughly 60% of our nation's population is just trash.
    I think your estimate is a bit low.
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    I use to shoot trap and had a supply of empty bags. I took uncooked rice, filled empty plastic bread bags, and then put inside the shot bag. Excellent light weight shooting bags.

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    For fun, I un-stitched a bunch of them and then sewed them together as a cover
    for my Atlas 6" Lathe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeettx View Post
    For fun, I un-stitched a bunch of them and then sewed them together as a cover
    for my Atlas 6" Lathe.
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    Have a couple of them, handy for bringing the brass back from the range.

    2nd the old dungaree leg sections for sand bags...

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    Skeettx got me thinking... Maybe I break out the old Singer and sew up a dust cover for the Dillon Press. Or perhaps a couple gun socks for the old .22 rifles.
    I have been working on making a carry case for my old Stevens over/under out of an ancient Craftsman tool box. I was going to line it with some scrap wool army blanket, now maybe the shot bags would give it more character...

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    I have one of those old bags filled with 15 pounds with graphite covered number two! I traded to a member here that told me it was number fiveÖlol. I canít legally use it here for turkey hunting and itís a little too small for my taste for coyotes. Sure would like to trade it for some lead BBB, T, or F. Iíd even like some heavy shot in number seven to stuff in my 10 gauge. Itís a pretty cool bag. Iíll have to find some good use for that number two.

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