Parafin wax (canning wax)

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Postby randomvictim » Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:05 pm

I was having difficulty finding ammo for my half inch barrel pneumatic guns.

<img src="http://www.mclendons.com/img/products/62/62307.jpg"></img>

I bought 4 of these, each come with 4 sheets of wax.

I tried shaping the wax into bullets, but since it is so difficult to get them absolutly perfect they would always end up flying way off to the side ( extremely dangerous, I heard something break, still have not figured out was broken ) so for now I just roll them into balls by hand.

What I am looking for is a way to mill paraffin wax into perfect half inch balls. I have come up with the idea of a mold but having trouble of having my plans fully worked out.

Can anyone come up with a good way of molding half inch wax balls?
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Postby Kenny_McCormic » Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:16 pm

this goes in ammo not bb guns
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Postby randomvictim » Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:28 pm

It was my intent to put it in the ammo section =(.
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Postby Navigator7 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:39 pm

What's the chances of "perfect" wax balls deforming under the shot of air?

Even perfect balls are not going to go straight.

Can you cast them like lead fishing sinkers?
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Postby spuzi14 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:41 pm

If your barrel is .75 inch diameter I'd say poor wax in there. Make it about 2 inch's long.

To shape it (the bullet) I would mount my drill somehow and drill into the back of the wax bullet a little, say 1 inch. Then put turn your drill on and take a razor blade that you heated up and very very slowly shape the tip. You will have to keep heating your blade and be very careful. High RPM's mixed with blowtorches and razor blades won't be pretty.
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Postby Navigator7 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:50 pm

If you are making wax balls by hand already...and they are curving...meaning round is not working.
Try something like this:

http://web.mac.com/charlesgallup/iWeb/S ... xBall.html
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Postby randomvictim » Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:38 am

No, rounded by hand they go decently straight, but it is a very tedious process making enough ammo to last me 5 minutes. I am looking for some alternative way to do it, like a mold or something.

Once the wax is fully hardened ( I usually put them in my freezer ), it is a lot stronger, and doesn't break up in flight/out of the barrel like you would think it would.

Thanks to whoever moved my thread to the ammo section.
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Postby PotatoNick » Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:07 am

you are going to need to make a split mold. find something that wont stick to paraffin wax, maybe some type of greased plaster?? then you'll need to find the exact half way mark on a model ball. make something to pour the plaster in. pour in the plaster, take a piece of sheet metal and cut a hole with the same diameter of the ball and place it over the plaster. you'll then need to place the wax ball through that hole up to the exact halfway mark so you imprint a half ball in the plaster and the sheet metal should make it very flat. repeat this process. then you have to make fill holes and vent holes and it's a pain in the ass. unlees you can figure out a way to "forge" them.

Just GET SOME BALLS! (from mcmaster)
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Postby Los Frijoles » Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:14 am

Parrafin melts easily, so I think if you could get/make a bullet mold like the ones you see used in musket times it would work decently (once you removed the flash from the edge of the ball).
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