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

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  1. Just Smitty

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    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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  2. craig

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    like you and your wifes inspiration fella
     
  3. Frank H

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    A hing pin for one if the doors in my house! I took the middle one so the door still worked right!
     
  4. craig

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    Gotta hand it to you frank the ingwnuity is class
     
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  5. Old Ted

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    ...you can use those for tampers? :eek:
     
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  6. craig

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    Ted your a smart arse (i mean that in the nicest possible way teddy bear :D ) it was meant to be ingenuity but im on my android phonw and you need fingers the width of cocktail sticks for the buttons lol
     
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  7. Dogman

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    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...
     
  8. AnonSage

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    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!
     
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  9. Biggles

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    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:
     
  10. piper mike

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    wish I had known that trick back at the beginning of my last marriage ...not only would it have saved me time but I'd still be laughing
     
  11. althelockguy

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    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
     
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  12. Brit abroad

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    I have used a hinge pin from an old door a little on the heavy side though also I whittled one out of a maple stick
     
  13. craig

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    im almost at the point now where it doesnt burn when i use my finger as a tamper lol
     
  14. althelockguy

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    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.
     
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  15. tungbite

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    When I forget my tamper tool, I look for a discarded cigarette butt with a filter...filter works great as an emergency tamper :cool:.
     
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  16. gunslinger84

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    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,
     
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  17. Stormy

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    A zip drive.
     
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    A Pyrodex pellet doesn't make a good tamper:eek:
     
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  19. noodle

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    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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  20. Tate

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    I use an old discarded pin from a door hinge as one of my tampers.
     
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