Hey that's a pretty good idea! I'd warn against parafin and stick to beeswax though. On a really hot day parafin can get soft or even melt, and one wouldn't want to dump powder fouled with parafin into the gun while loading. Might only be a summertime at the range concern, but still, such would be my luck.
I like the fixed measures, some references call them "chargers", as mentioned, no chance of screwing up the setting when loading.
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FYI - beeswax and paraffin have similar melting temps:
So neither do real well on a hot day - if using paraffin just get one of the higher temp versions - the package will generally tell you the melting point - Gulf Brand Paraffin is a common one found for canning and melts at around 140° Both types will get soft at even lower temps - I use a lot of beeswax in my leather sewing and it will get malleable soft with just body heat alone...
If you have access to some river cane, powder measures are really easy to make. Cut the cane about 4' long above the nodule and again below the nodule about 3/4 of an inch. Then shape it how you like and bore a hole for the string. Measure your charge and pour it into the cane. put a rod down to the powder level and mark it. Measure that length from the mouth of the cane measure and cut it off. Done.
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I make mine mostly out of deer antler, but have used 45/70 brass.
With the 45/70 brass I just plug the open end with a dowel about 5/16 to 3/8 inch / glue it & pin it / cut the dowel off leaving about 1/2 inch of it exposed to drill a hole for a piece of leather to hang it from my bag - cut the base off & dress it smooth to the point of what I want for a charge. Nothing fancy just like my antler powder measures, nothing fancy, but workable.
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