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Case plugs for 38-55
May 4th, 2019 at 3:26pm
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Years back someone was selling, and I bought, plugs for 32-40 cases with powder, but not bullets in them. They fit snugly into 32-40 case mouths and prevent powder spillage on rough roads. To take the powdered cases to the range for breech seating. The plugs are/were common tapered flanged red plastic thingys used to plug holes and cap ends of things. I'm cheap so the price (which I don't remember) must have been low. I can find the plugs on the web but at $.15 each and I want at least 200. I would like to get the same kind of plugs (or something equivalent) to fit a 38-55 case mouth. Does anyone know of source for such plugs or and equivalent?
  

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Re: Case plugs for 38-55
Reply #1 - May 4th, 2019 at 4:55pm
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These are only  a nickle, but shipping and handling might put them out of reach.
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Reply #3 - May 5th, 2019 at 1:33pm
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I just cut pieces of upholstery foam to a size of about half inch square by about an inch long and fit them into the mouth. They also have enough sticking out the top to keep them sitting down where they belong in the cartridge box and not bouncing around on the trip. Plus, if you loose a few, or the whole damn bunch they are just about free, so just make more.
  

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Reply #4 - May 5th, 2019 at 1:54pm
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Those roll 'em up tight expanding ear plugs should do the job.
  

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Reply #5 - May 5th, 2019 at 2:56pm
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ear plugs is what gave me the idea. They work, but can get shoved down into the case so far that they are a pain to get out at the bench. The longer strips leave a long enough handle to grab and pull free. Plus, the foam is cheaper if you need to buy the plugs. I got a lot of them free at my work, so I used them at first.
  

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Reply #6 - May 5th, 2019 at 6:11pm
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My breech seated cases have foam wads made from the 3/4"  water pipe insulation.

No it does not burn or melt when fired down the barrel.

For my .32 caliber I use a .38 wad Punch (#11 Punch) but the .40 wad fits much tighter (# 12) Punch.

For the .38 you would want to punch out wads with a #12 or #13 punch.

For the wad to fit tightly in the mouth of the case and not slide down you have to make a wad bigger than the caliber you are firing so the wad acts as a cork.

I make wads while watching TV.
  
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Reply #7 - May 5th, 2019 at 7:18pm
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I simply use MTM hard cases, with foam rubber in the lid. Once the lid is closed the foam seals all the cases and I don't have to fiddle with individual plugs for each case.
I get foam just thick enough to seal, and not so thick the case mouth can stick in the foam.
  

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Re: Case plugs for 38-55
Reply #8 - May 5th, 2019 at 7:57pm
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marlinguy wrote on May 5th, 2019 at 7:18pm:
I simply use MTM hard cases, with foam rubber in the lid. Once the lid is closed the foam seals all the cases and I don't have to fiddle with individual plugs for each case.
I get foam just thick enough to seal, and not so thick the case mouth can stick in the foam.


I use a 380 MTM case with some folded up paper towel in the lid to do the same thing for my 32-20. I'd think that with a little R&D a case and lid gasket combination could be found for nearly anything.

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Reply #9 - May 6th, 2019 at 9:14am
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I also use foam on top of my MTM case for transportation.

However the case wad prevents you ever tipping powder into your action.
Tip powder into a Miller action and you will lock her up.
  
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Reply #10 - May 6th, 2019 at 9:29am
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My powder charges are never so full that I need to worry about dumping powder into the action when loading.
  

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Reply #11 - May 6th, 2019 at 9:34am
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I've managed to dump some powder into the action of one of my highwalls in .32-40.   Even though the case is mostly empty and plenty long, I've still managed to do it a couple of times.

Dave I might give your wads a try later this year once I put the large caliber black powder rifles back into the safe.

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Reply #12 - May 6th, 2019 at 9:39am
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I've dropped a charged case on the ground too, and dumped all the powder out of it. But it didn't make me want to go home and plug all my cases.
  

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