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What's Re-purposed for Tampers?

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  1. mso489

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    I'm a huge fan of pipe nails and horseshoe nails for tamper-scoopers for simplicity of design. Sometimes it's good to repurpose other objects for this use. Golf tees are a classic, with the round end as the tamper and the pointed end for pick and scooping. Wooden is good, not plastic. Of course there are various nails and bolts that can be used. Is there anything else that works? I think these have to be non-toxic items, where materials are known, so I'm not sure I'd use a spark plug or other item that might have materials you don't want in your mouth (through being on tobacco that is then smoked). Car parts? Small tools? Any ideas?

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    bullets

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    Golf Tees

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    Micro screwdrivers.

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  5. akfilm

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    I've used bolts, screws, nails, a piece of steel rod, a marker, a .410 shotgun shell, 5.56, 30.06, .45lc, .454 casull, a leather punch, a screwdriver handle, pencil, chapstick, knitting needle (don't you dare tell my wife, I'll be murdered).
    Sometimes you just need to tamp and can't immediately locate the proper tamper, especially in the shop.

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  6. kyrob

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    Round clothes pins.

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    Used Diamond Dremel bits:

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    . The square clothespin is the ideal tamper, it's jaws are cut on a 45 degree so you don't flatten the cherry of the burn. The top can be squeezed to make it fit a bigger pipe, and it doubles as a pipe rest. Cajuns are Frugal.

    The Old Cajun
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    Cajuns are also amazing cooks! I've used small twigs while lunting.

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    I have an antique pestal that I use from time to time. It has a nice wieght to it and fits most of my pipes well. I've also used the odd nail when I misplaced my tamper in the garage. I love my pipe nail though and will grab it almost 100% of the time over my other tampers and tools.

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    Antler tips. At that point the buck had no more use for them

    "Each of you be a light unto yourself; betake yourself to no external refuge. Hold fast to the Truth. Look not for refuge to anyone beside yourself." -The Buddha
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    A finger most often... usually easy to find as well.

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    Bonehead I agree but my wife always yells when she gets burnt.

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    The loop ends of pipe brushes are good for fiddling with the tobacco during times out.

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    A finger most often... usually easy to find as well.

    Couldn't agree more. One of the most magnificent tools God endowed us with.
    Well, aside from our brains and common sense, but hopefully He is still working out the wrinkles on that issue.

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    Half a clothes pin, a nail set, my house key, golf tees, micro screw driver, nail clippers, thumb.

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    I've been joining spent casings together and polishing them up. A 30/30 shell fits perfectly inside of a 45/70 casing. Doesn't help with a pick, but the different size heads work great for different size pipes.

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    Nipple wrench for a black powder revolver. I've used a musket wrench as well which is similar but a bit larger.

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    .380 over .308 Brass


    Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum
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    I'm with bonehed I have quit a few different ones, but no matter how hard I try to remember to grab one I end up forgetting them when out an about. The finger. You develop a good callus over time.

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    I really like those bullet tampers! However, in northern Europe we have quite a different view on guns so I'll probably never find one at home. I use my Czech tool.

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    Alexnorth... people still hunt there, maybe you could ask some for spent shells. The also have shooting clubs.

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    30.06 case. My truck is littered with them. I have one I used while reloading, the neck got beveled and now doubles as a cigar punch.

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    30.06 case. My truck is littered with them. I have one I used while reloading, the neck got beveled and now doubles as a cigar punch.

    Nice touch!

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    Excellent tamper, golf tee comes out and can be used as scraper

    A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the source of pleasure, the companion of the wise ☪️
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    My Case knife is perfect and always in my pocket

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    Carter Hall...when you care enough to burn the best.
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    A .30-06 shell and casing with dottle scoop.

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    Sometimes I use a Scripto lighter. Does this make me declasse?

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

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    Not at all. Whatever works.

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    Golf tee or spent .300 WinMag casing.

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    I never realised the importance of a tamper to till I created my own, used to poke the tobacco Noe I use the tamper and get a better smoke.

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    I use Clevis Pin Bolts, I have one that is 3" and skinny and 4" that is 5/8 around. Very effective and inexpensive.

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    Sticks and twigs.

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    We saved the shells they used for the gun salute at my FIL's funeral; they work great and induce fond memories.

    " I'm talking about the kind of sound you can feel. When it comes to great stereo you can't beat big speakers, I'm talking about big speakers with big woofers."
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    Modified bullet shells. Can't claim the design as my own. Some young fellas at out pipe club handed then out as gifts.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    A small chess or other game piece might work, with the felt (if any) taken off the bottom and maybe a very small metal washer added. A piece of elongated sea glass (shards of glass worn smooth by the ocean and sand) might work, given the right shape, or similarly an elongated piece of seashell.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    I use the severed phalanges of my enemies. Polish the ends a bit to avoid having bits of leaf stick to it. Helps to macerate and dehydrate the bone first.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  39. nevadablue

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    410 shotgun shells work too...

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    Posted 1 year ago #
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    @puffermark

    I assume the cutaways are for scooping. Nice mod. Great idea.

    Posted 1 year ago #

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