whats the wierdest,strangest,silliest or just down right stupid thing you have used for a tamper?.

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#61
Caught my wife using a one of those spill sticks from that place that sells coffee last night... end that goes in the coffee as a poker, top side as a tamper.

I've used the handle end of an MRE spoon because I always have those around. Also, the bottom of a super glue bottle and a sharpie cap. Pretty much anything else I have around that looks about the right size.
 

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craig

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#62
Caught my wife using a one of those spill sticks from that place that sells coffee last night... end that goes in the coffee as a poker, top side as a tamper.

I've used the handle end of an MRE spoon because I always have those around. Also, the bottom of a super glue bottle and a sharpie cap. Pretty much anything else I have around that looks about the right size.
like you and your wifes inspiration fella
 

Dogman

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#67
Spent bullet casings, .223 is the right size for all of my bowls. Trying to think of something I can jam into the open end to make them purdy...
 

#68
Ive used my finger quite a few times but I've also used the blunt end of my ole ladies fine silver ware(Bad Idea!), a tiny hammer, I have gauged ears and have used a 5/8 tapered earring, Oh heheh the other day on Christmas I used a candy cane!! I'm sure there are plenty more things I've used but I can't recall at the moment!
 

Biggles

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#69
I've always got my forefinger so I'm not too bothered when I do forget my tamp, but if I were I reckon the odd stick would do fine in a pinch. Having said that I do have a fondness for bamboo tamps and I've lost my share, so maybe, just maybe some other chap picked one up and put it to good use. :doh:
 

#71
why the shock over the live rounds? takes a whole lot more heat than what an ember produces to set the primer off.

That said, I've yet to NEED an improvised tamper, but I have access to basically unlimited hinge pins, and metal stock, so I may make a few to keep around just in case. Will also bring back a few rounds from my next range trip and make something purdy out of them... Thanks for the inspiration guys!

AL
 

#74
funny enough, I had a bit of a commute across town this afternoon, so I packed a half-bowl and off I went. Couldn't lay my hands on my Czech Tool, so I went for a (lock geek word coming up) LM tailpiece for a lock cylinder. The type that would be in a deadbolt. It had a nice big round flat and a full-sized handle. A little small, but it did the job well while I was driving.
 

#76
Forgot my tamper one night while I was at work. I carry a streamlight microstream with me at all times. Pretty cool to see what Iam doing in the dark and tamp my pipe at the same time.

Gunslinger,
 

noodle

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#79
Other than those losted the only thing I can add is a maglite solitaire and metal aglets oh edit and a door handle once thankfully no one opened it while I was doing this
Its nomally my fingers though but a couple of my pipes are too small for me to do thay once you get past the first third
 

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