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Ross Smith posted this 18 October 2017

During a recent fishing trip I had the pleasure of using some of the "John Wayne" toilet paper that is prvided by the Forest Service etc. My question is :Has anybody tried this BLM/FS issue tp for patching?

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BudHyett posted this 18 October 2017

I have seen everything from Teflon tape to ordinary notebook paper. 

The two shooters I knew, both deceased, who were ardent advocates of paper-patching used Teflon tape, onionskin and tracing paper.

  • One was looking for increased velocity (Teflon tape) and the other was patching (onionskin) up undersized bullets to fit odd bore sizes. 
  • Both used tracing paper, .002 thickness with success.
  • The teflon tape stopped leading, but no accuracy. This was partially attributed to the inability to get an uniform thickness when applying. 
  • The onionskin worked well, many five-shot groups under two inches at velocities around 2,000 FPS. 
  • Tracing paper also worked well. 

From my observation of their efforts, I think better quality paper will give better results. 

Country boy from Illinois, living in the Magical Pacific Northwest

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Ross Smith posted this 18 October 2017

This was-is strictly tongue in cheek. Shuolda knowed somebody would take me serious. But Mr Hyett, I wish the forest service/BLM would take tour advice and use a better quality paper. Me, I patch with 2 different weights of onion skin. Thanks All, Ross

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