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Hot-glue bullets

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Post by AndyC » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:23 pm

A younger friend of mine does security-work and is always wanting to improve his shooting, but he doesn't make a lot of money to pay for range-fees and ammo. I've decided to assist by introducing him to hot-glue bullets - that way he can shoot inside his apartment and incur very little expense (basically just primers).

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Now, I used to cast wax bullets when I worked for an armed response company in Cape Town so we could easily, cheaply and safely practice room-clearance and the like inside our company HQ - and they were pretty accurate and fed well when cycled by hand from the magazine of our CZ75s. Problem was, they took a long time to cool and they bent after a few firings, so I decided this would likely be more efficient. I've never made the hot-glue version, so I had some fun experimenting yesterday with a new glue-gun and a 2nd-hand 9mm Lee mold.

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The simplest way I found is to spray Pam inside the mold-block faces and cavities as well as on top of the sprue-plate - you can cast 10-12 glue bullets before they start to stick a little and it needs more Pam. It also makes removing the glue-sprue easier if you drag glue between the cavity-holes on top of the sprue-plate too (as in the photo below) - that way the sprue just peels off in one go.

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It takes a minute or two for the glue to solidify enough to remove the bullets, so it's kinda slow going - I found it best to do some chores and throw bullets in between.

With that said, these are not people-safe - they WILL welt severely (don't ask how I know this), so don't shoot them at anyone. They're reusable and are easily-stopped by a few layers of towel etc behind a cardboard target - I don't know how long these glue versions will last, but they seem to be pretty solid yet slightly rubbery.
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Post by MP(Ret)95B » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:04 pm

That is brilliant!
Going to try that....would be great for critters in the yard (that I don't want to kill...just scare away) as well as practice.
Now to get a mold, glue gun & sticks,....etc, etc.
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Post by AndyC » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:21 pm

Get a cheap mold - Lee or something.
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Post by TreyHouston » Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:39 pm

Thats cool! I would definitely by some if your selling!
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Post by mojo84 » Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:08 pm

Very cool. Do they fill or clog the rifling in the gun? If they do, I'm sure nothing cleaning won't take care of.
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Post by mrvmax » Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:29 am

Thanks for that, I may have to try that. These are using primers only, no powder - correct?


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Post by kayt00 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:05 am

Wait...did I read that correctly? Quiet enough to practice shooting in an apartment? :shock:
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Post by Daddio-on-patio » Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:05 am

I'd be careful advising discharge of a firearm in an apartment. When we cleared our service weapon to use in Simunition training we had a system set up to assure no live rounds were in the "clean" area despite all barrels be removed and replaced. These rounds are a great idea, however, you will be using the barrel that is installed in the firearm. Let's all be vigilant with regards to safety.
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Post by AndyC » Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:24 pm

TreyHouston wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:39 pm
Thats cool! I would definitely by some if your selling!
Nope, too time-intensive, but thanks ;)

mojo84 wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:08 pm
Very cool. Do they fill or clog the rifling in the gun? If they do, I'm sure nothing cleaning won't take care of.
I don’t know - I’ve only shot wax before, not these things - but nobody I’ve read seems to have had an issue with them.

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Thanks for that, I may have to try that. These are using primers only, no powder - correct?
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kayt00 wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:05 am
Wait...did I read that correctly? Quiet enough to practice shooting in an apartment? :shock:
It’s just the primer popping - I can’t speak for wherever you live.

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Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:05 am
I'd be careful advising discharge of a firearm in an apartment. When we cleared our service weapon to use in Simunition training we had a system set up to assure no live rounds were in the "clean" area despite all barrels be removed and replaced. These rounds are a great idea, however, you will be using the barrel that is installed in the firearm. Let's all be vigilant with regards to safety.
Absolutely, and good advice.

Also, as the primers contain small lead particles, I wouldn’t use these near a kitchen and I’d keep the hallway or wherever well-ventilated.
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Post by K-Texas » Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:52 pm

:clapping: Hopefully they'll last a few shootings and should be a cost effective alternative to rubber bullets. ;-)
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Post by flechero » Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:33 pm

mojo84 wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:08 pm
Very cool. Do they fill or clog the rifling in the gun? If they do, I'm sure nothing cleaning won't take care of.
Run a wet patch with pam on it before shooting! If Pam is good enough for a mold release it should lube the rifling as well for this purpose.

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Post by AndyC » Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:47 pm

^ Not a bad idea at that :cheers2:
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Post by LDP » Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:11 pm

So the primer is enough to cycle the action? Or does it require a manual cycle?

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Post by AndyC » Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:54 pm

Manual cycle.
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