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Online Tim Crosby

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A Short Tutorial In Response To "Shot Pouches"
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:23:48 PM »
It will take me longer to type this out and post the pix than it did to make it.

1.   Flat piece of 3-4 oz leather, use what ya got. Size the neck out to the balls it will hold, usually 1 times the ball
        size, I make them a little lager.
2.   Fold it in half, or use two separate pieces, wet the seam if folded.
3.   Draw a pattern on it, use something round that will suit you or make it long, sketch the neck in, it can be
4.   Mark the stitch holes and punch. Not traditional but I put a bit in the press, works when
        your in a hurry.
5.   Use a Whip stitch, go through the first hole 3 or 4 times, then start the stitch catching
         the tail for the first 4 or 5
        holes. If you folded the leather stop at the fold and make 3 or 4 stitches before starting
         back, start on the back
        and X over each stitch. At the end run a couple of stitches through the last hole then feed the needle back down through
        a few stitches. Repeat for the other side. If you started with two pieces just do the same but go all the way
        around and them back. I used two plys of Cotton thread with wax om it. 
6.   Wet it with warm water and force a tapered dowel in it, start with a small diameter and work up to what you
        want.  Round the end of the dowel and use it to open the pouch up some. Once you can get a ball in it, make
        sure it is a loose fit, if necessary go to a larger dowel, pack the pouch with balls to fill out the sides, you will be
        surprised at how many will go in. The wet leather will stretch considerably.
7.   Whittle out a plug, stick it in an let it dry good. I have used a heat gun on them.

    There are other way to make them but this I about the simplest. Any question just ask, I hope this helps.
   This one is about 3'X2" and has 27 .36 balls in it.

      Tim C.

« Last Edit: January 14, 2020, 12:57:24 AM by rich pierce »

Offline Canute Rex

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Re: A Short Tutorial In Response To "Shot Pouches"
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2014, 04:23:10 AM »
Straightforward. Good plan.

If you want a rigid pouch, after wetting/soaking fit an air fitting in the end, bind it in place, and give it a trickle of compressed air. The pouch will inflate to a smooth pear shape. Then dunk it in 180F water for about 45 seconds and watch it bubble. Leave the air trickling in while it cools. You now have cuir boulli. Some people pack clean wet sand in the pouch instead of using air.

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Re: A Short Tutorial In Response To "Shot Pouches"
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2014, 06:01:29 AM »
Thank you Tim.   That was a lot of work for you to post for our benefit.  I am planning on making my shot pouch similar as turkey season is near... 

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Re: A Short Tutorial In Response To "Shot Pouches"
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2014, 01:14:01 PM »
Cool! I'm going to try this tonight.