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Recently during shooting over seed fields I decided to pick up used wads when retrieving shot birds just by picking then and putting then in my pocket and holding birds in my hand. I empty my pockets in the hide . The one day I shot 125 shells and picked 100 plus wads. 

The question is can they be reused after a quick wash to remove grit, the wads in question are for steel shells.

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Used to pick up wads from Winchester Trap 100`s and re use them back in the 80`s,never had an issue.

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On the reloading forums I have often seen reference to reusing plastic wads. Even modifying them.

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modern wads are designed for 2 things, to just about survive the loading process, and to make the load perform on one firing. the skirts are blown, the compression looses flexability, and the the cups tear / rip off. 

dont reload em. they are waste.

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Currently using up some Maionchi loads and the plaswads from those are quite deformed when you pick them.

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Have. Reloaded 1000s when money was tight.

dont pick up any from bolting rabbit stand as could gave sand embedded.

put them thru the washing machine if you have an understanding wife, I have

happy reloading👍

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Plaswads used for Steel loads tend to be signficantly longer than those used for Lead loads, you're doing a good job by picking them up PC.!

I shoot over arable land that is already heavily polluted with all sorts of plastic waste which is mixed up with the "manure" that Farmers spread on their fields after harvest, they must source it via Local Authority "Green Bin Waste", as it is literally full of all sorts of plastic waste, mainly bottle tops, disposable lighters, biro tubes, shredded plastic bags and all sorts of small plastic fragments that must slip through the screening process.

Cat.

 

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Pc shoot fiber wads and enjoy not littering.

Unless your farms are also covered in waste plastic.

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29 minutes ago, figgy said:

Pc shoot fiber wads and enjoy not littering.

Unless your farms are also covered in waste plastic.

Pc shoots mostly steel shot not sure what is available in fibre cartridges for pigeon 

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On 26/06/2020 at 09:37, cookoff013 said:

modern wads are designed for 2 things, to just about survive the loading process, and to make the load perform on one firing. the skirts are blown, the compression looses flexability, and the the cups tear / rip off. 

dont reload em. they are waste.

+1

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