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

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  1. RodneyWT1180B

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    A carpenter's pencil. I should make the time and make a proper tamper or two.
    Rodney
     
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  3. Pfeifenraucher

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    Nail, ballpoint pen, small pocket knife:bing:
     
  4. Thuber88

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    Live 20 gauge round. Not the primer end
    Otherwise the usual assortment, made a tamper from a broken screwdriver that works OK, since I cant find the one I had made from a stem
     
  5. derrickyoung

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    Used many of the listed none as crazy as live ammunition though.

    But I have to think using a finger gets you an automatic move into codger status territory
     
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    I've discovered that when driving, finger works best. Least distracting than trying to find whatever I have handy in my cup holder.
     
  7. RevSmoke

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    Finger used on many occasion. Once while fishing - forgot it was wet. Tough relight.
     
  8. PipeHaze

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    Probably mentioned already but for a while I just used dry wall screws I had in the garage. The flat round head worked fine. I now have like 3-4 pipe tools plus a tamper/spoon combo that came with a pipe order. At one time, I had misplaced every pipe tool I had, then they all pop up out of nowhere. I never lose them, only misplace them.
     
  9. capt dave

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    actually, i do not own a real tamper. i use in this order
    finger
    a case bone pen knife which is my A. P. pipe tool
    peices of random wood from my wood kindleling box and i'm sad when my wife burns one in the fire place:(
     
  10. mitchell

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    I used the butt of my highligter. worked ok, just embedded some ash in the end.
     
  11. Husayn

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    Still haven't got around to purchasing a tamper yet :shead:been using a bolt, finger and a spent 30-06 cartridge :bangin:
     
  12. CoreyR

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    A friction fuse ignitor. Note: the ignitor, NOT the blasting cap!
    A live 5.56 round. C'mon, be realistic, it takes more heat and more time to "cook off" a round than a half second tamp. Especially at 40 below. round was probably frozen anyway.
    My finger.
     
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    I'm going with finger too. Silly thing was I didn't even think about it, my mind was elsewhere and I just stuck that bad boy right in there. It wasn't until after I'd done it that I thought about it.
     
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    Lighter. Screw.
     
  15. marklar

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    i've used just about anything i can find. but the weirdest would probably be a pipe cleaner with the fuzz burnt off bent into a tamper-ish shape. used SPENT rifle casings too.
     
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    I usually grab a golf tee. Use the fat end, it's a perfect substitute.
     
  18. rondel65

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    Just about anything really that will get the job done if I don't have a real pipe tamper handy. My favorite tamper is a deer antler tamper with a .45 shell casing end that I purchased from Don Warren. That tamper just seems to had a bit to my enjoyment.
     
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    Car key and it didn't do the job
     
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