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Unread postAuthor: PVC Arsenal 17 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:45 pm

I'm interested in using shotshell wads as the basis for cheap, easy to make recreational darts. I've read on here that 12ga wads work in 3/4" sch40 PVC and 20ga work in 1/2". Can anyone put that in actual terms for me? I've found diameter charts but as always with these things, there's no substitute for manual test fitting. It'll be a while before I can get a hold of any 20ga wads... (my main interest).

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Unread postAuthor: Gun Freak » Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:48 pm

I think I read that a shotshell wad will fit in 3/4" copper. Not sure what ga.
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Unread postAuthor: mark.f » Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:24 pm

I use 12 gauge ones in 3/4" type L (or was it M?). In any case: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauge_%28bore_diameter%29#Conversion_guide
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Unread postAuthor: PVC Arsenal 17 » Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:39 pm

Thanks. I was able to find some more info on 20 gauge wads and they should suit my needs. Just to be sure I'll buy a case of every size.
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Unread postAuthor: Zeus » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:44 pm

Sod, I had a "You can't post so quickly message", then it double posts.
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Unread postAuthor: Zeus » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:45 pm

20 gauge wads are a good fit in 1/2 PVC too, but you may need a turn of electrical tape if you want a snug fit.
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Unread postAuthor: Mr.michael.2468 » Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:22 pm

something i can help with! lol i've actually done this a lot, i've found that i used some leftover 28 gauge wads in 1/2 sch 40 pipe pvc, worked awesome actually, im going to convert my old paintball barrel into a semi auto shot shell airsoft shot gun with this design actually. all u have to do is put a little scotch tape over the end of the wads, i used airsoft and metal bb's in it and it works great every time, though i found 6mm airsoft bb's take up alot of space and doesn't work quite rite do the fact that like 12 bbs go into a wad, im not sure about larger wads and different sized pipes, but i will say that i bought a different type of wads then the first ones i got and they didn't fit at all! but luckily i found that they fit into a sch 80 pvc 1/2, so it was all good lol you can buy em in bags of 500 at gander mountain, i could look up the model numbers of em specifically if your really interested
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