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Candle wax for penetration tests

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Andy, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. Andy

    Andy Administrative Staff Member Founder

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    Just wondered if anyone has used candle wax or the newer gel wax as a medium for penetration test.
    Or do you have any other ideas as what to try.
     
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    99p modeling clay from woolies:up:
     
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    I have used bars of soap in the past just to compare the penetration of different pellets. Cheap economy ones from supermarket do the job.
     
  4. Andy

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    Was thinking more on the lines something that you could see the pellets in for taking photo's.
    The candle gel comes in a clear form so might be ideal if it's fairly rigid.
     
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    wouldn't wax break up:confused:
     
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    Just get a pork loin from your local butcher - try that and when you're finished, remove the pellets, get some sage and onion stuffing and have a great Sunday lunch/dinner!

    Cheers

    Harry
     
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    Candle wax issues....

    It seems that the wax changes a lot with temperature. It would be OK I'd think for a relative test if you shot it all at one time (or otherwise controlled things), but data from one test wouldn't necessarily work well with another.

    I've read of guys using bulk candle wax for pellet traps, easy to recover the wax by melting and recasting after straining the pellets out (or pouring the melted wax off). The recommended grade is the somewhat softer (has more plastics) version commonly used for container type candles.

    The best 'home range' medium seems to be the clear soap bars. "Nutrigena" (however it's really spelled...) being the standard here in the colonies.

    Doug Owen
     
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    soap for me works brill.
     
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    Anyone else used a yellow pages for penetration tests? As accurate as you want - the pages are even numbered to see how far the pellet penetrates. Didn't half annoy the ex wife when she wanted a Curry, although the pellets never got as far as Takaway so I can't see what her problem was!:D
     
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    yellow pages and thompson are my penetration testers and backstops of choice. However they don't last too long and you need to make sure you don't aim at the same spot too long or you end up with holes in the wall :rolleyes:

    Might try the modelling clay though for penetration seems as it can be reused
     
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    Duct seal is what alot use in the US, its that grey, clay like material plumbers use to seal off holes from exterior to interior after making a retro fit. A gallon jug of water is really good for pellet deformation testing, i can see soap working well. A chuck roast might benefit from some tenderization :lol:, at least my wifes would. I've used yellow pages as well, more for how deep a pellet will penetrate and or deform. Kids play-doh would work good, modeling clay would be another. I do love the occassional ballistic testing session. Predators are really an interesting pellet. The only draw back of candle wax and soap over the clays is retrival of pellet and being able to remodel the lump for further testing. The clays make for quiet backstops as well, needed in my house.
     
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    Just wondering whether duct seal might equate to Plumbers Mait in the uk, which is a putty like material for sealing water fittings and bedding taps into sinks to stop water leaking between the two, It never seems to set, i have found 20 year old plumbers mait under taps which is still soft...
     
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    I use glazing putty in a tube.
    Squirt it all out into a sandwich bag, squeeze out the air, and you have cheapo balistics gel!.

    Dont allow it to get over 20'c, or under 10'c and it works a treat,
    You can then use a stanley knife to open it along the wound channel to see the bizz.
     
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