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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. Big Grin

I like the fixed measures, some references call them "chargers", as mentioned, no chance of screwing up the setting when loading.

LD


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FYI - beeswax and paraffin have similar melting temps:

Beeswax 144-150°F

Paraffin 125-165°F

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...


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how "big" an antler to make 90gr measure?
 
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Mike M, You'll want that antler tip big enough for a 1/2" hole about 1 3/4" deep. That, of course, is approximate. Shoot sharp, Mike N
 
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Mike N. Thanks!
 
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Mike M, Bravo!! Mike N
 
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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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If it is hot enough to melt wax this ol boy is soaking in the brook,me and duke.
 
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Originally posted by Walking Crow:
If it is hot enough to melt wax this ol boy is soaking in the brook,me and duke.
Amen brother....


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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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I've used antler and river cane and both make excellent measures. Up here there ain't no river cane. But I have a couple I use a lot & made years ago. All bamboo has a great use.


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We don't have river cane here either....Might have to get inventive....


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Back in 2012 I suggested use of a turkey wingbone. The large piece that folks often add to a turkey-bone turkey call.

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Originally posted by Loyalist Dave:
Back in 2012 I suggested use of a turkey wingbone. The large piece that folks often add to a turkey-bone turkey call.

LD
Now that you mention it, I remember that. Thought it was a good idea at the time, and still do, thanks for reminding me....


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