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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-20-2016, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Speed loaders

So im looking for a good way to have predetermined powder charges for my muzzleloaders this fall and the speed loaders from the big companies are ridiculous prices for three, my question is have any of you guys gotten the little craft vials off of amazon and used them? Alot cheaper that way. If the link isnt allowed feel free to remove it.

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Re: Speed loaders

I don't see why they wouldn't work, as long as you stored them properly. I'd guess they are a more brittle plastic, whereas the marketed speedloaders seem to have a little more flex to them.

Some sabots come packaged in similar tubes... something else that could be recycled to work for powder.

I've always used speed loaders that my dad picked up for a little bit of nothing at an auction forever ago. You're right though... the prices some of these guys ask for a plastic tube is borderline ridiculous.

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Re: Speed loaders

May be hard to find now, but I carry premeasured powder loads in old 35mm film canisters.

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Re: Speed loaders

I use the rubber tubes.. haven't looked in a while but don't remember them being expensive...

They just hold premeasured powder charges...not my bullet...

Fairly water tight..i squeeze the air out and put the cup on so they suction the cap tight. Can't really break them or hurt them...cap comes off with a simple pull...


Could use lots of things...but I'm happy with the rubber tubes...
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Re: Speed loaders

Check with your DR.Mine gave me a bunch of specimen vials that are perfect diameter and have saeled lids.
You could also use old 410 shells with corks on the ends.
Clear plastic tube also with a cork.

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Re: Speed loaders

http://www.octobercountry.com/rmc-powder-tubes-5-pk/

Not really gonna break the bank to get those. I bought mine at Dixon's, but they're not hard to find. I like them a lot. Not a push-through, all-in-one deal, but securely holds a pre-measured charge for you, quite well.
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Re: Speed loaders

I use penny rolls for premeasured powder charges, the flat kind you get at the bank, not the pre-cylinder shaped ones. Fold one end, glue or staple shut, then dump in a measured powder charge, and then fold and staple or glue the other end. I keep 5 or 6 of them in a ziplock bag in my possibles bag when hunting. Easy to just tear one end open, dump the powder, then use the loading block to load a ball.

For my flint smooth bore, I roll tubes from phone book paper. Then fold glue as above. For the shotgun I make a two chamber affair from the paper, for shot and powder, then use the paper for the wadding.
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Re: Speed loaders

I like the two sides ones marketed by Traditions. They have a clip on the side for the edge of your pants or jacket pocket. I think they were $10 for 3 last time I saw them.
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Re: Speed loaders

I'm new to this, but a prescription bottle may work as well, although not as flexible as a film container.

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They're 7.99 for 3 capped loaders on a site regarding the footprint of an animal that howls.....PM me if you don't understand what I'm saying.

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